New at the Walla Walla Public Library 5/9

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Featured books will be available for the public today.

They can also be placed on hold online at wallawallapubliclibrary.org or call the Library for assistance at 527-4550.

Featured books include:

Fiction

“Parnucklian for Chocolate,” by B.H. James.

“Sixteen-year-old Josiah is special. His father, a space alien, is the Keymaster of Gozer, a high position on the planet Parnuckle. Or so his mother has always told him.

“Routinely announcing this, the boy has socialization problems at the several schools he attends, and things don’t get any better when he and his mother move in with the mother’s fiancé, Johnson Davis, and Josiah falls in love with Johnson’s troubled daughter, Bree.

“In the meantime, Josiah decides his real mother is the singer Cher, who is a goddess on Parnuckle!

“A classic naïf, Josiah is reminiscent of Chauncey Gardner in Jerzy Kozinski’s satirical novella, “Being There” (1970).

“First novelist James seems to have similar satirical intent in his treatment of family and the condition, in Josiah’s case, of being an outsider.”

—reviewed by Michael Cart, Booklist, Feb. 15, 2013.

“Movement of Stars,”

by Amy Brill.

“Hannah Price spends her nights on the rooftop porch with a telescope pointed at the heavens, hoping to spot a new comet.

“During the day, she chafes under the strict discipline of her mid-nineteenth-century Quaker community in Nantucket.

“She also chafes under her own sense of propriety and self-discipline when she finds herself drawn to handsome and passionate Isaac, the Azorean second mate on a whaling vessel who has sought her out for instruction in navigation.

“Their obstacles are similar—both hope to achieve greatness in disciplines dominated by white men—and soon Hannah cannot deny her affection, much to the displeasure of her community.

“Hannah’s search during a period of great discovery and advancement in astronomy, as well as her relationship with Isaac amid widespread abolitionist sentiments, adds up to a stirring historical drama.”

—Reviewed by Sarah Hunter, Booklist, Feb. 15, 2013.

Nonfiction

“A Practical Wedding,”

by Meg Keene.

“Getting engaged is exhilarating …until it sets in that a wedding costs three times what you thought, and takes five to ten times the effort it reasonably should.

“‘A Practical Wedding’ helps you create the wedding you want — without going broke or crazy in the process.

“After all, what really matters on your wedding day, what you’ll remember ’til you’re old and gray, is not so much how it looked as how it felt.”

— Jacket notes

“1,001 Phrases You Need to Get a Job,”

by Nancy Schuman.

“It’s not enough to have the talent and experience to land the right job —you have to be able to put that talent and experience into words.

“With just the right phrase, you can highlight your achievements in your resume, make the cover litter pitch that sets you apart from the crowd, and underscore your unique skill set in the interview that lands you the job.”

— Jacket notes

Others

“The Fine Print of Self-Publishing,” by Mark Levine.

“I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This,” by Kate White.

“Merivel,” by Rose Tremain.

“Virgin Soul,” by July Juanita

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