New at the Walla Walla Public Library 5/16


Featured books will be available for the public today.

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

Featured books include:



by Brian Kimberling.

“In those awkward, drifting, post college years, when many young men find themselves working behind a counter, Nathan Lochmueller learns he has a gift for tracking songbirds.

“Given a job as a research assistant, he becomes intimately familiar with one square mile of south central Indiana near Bloomington, where he imagines himself in kinship with the great naturalists of early America.

“The pay is poor, but the woods provide solace through rocky, hand-to-mouth years, during which Nathan pines for the lovely but free-spirited Lola and experiences the growing apart that accompanies growing up.

“Told with precise and memorable prose in beautifully rendered, time-shifted vignettes, Snapper richly evokes the emotions of coming to adulthood.”

— reviewed by Keir Graff, Booklist, Dec. 1, 2012.

“The Hope Factory,”

by Lavanya Sankaran.

“Anand Murthy is a driven young man who, despite his birth into the scholarly Brahmin caste of Bangalore, makes a name for himself as an entrepreneur in the field of automotive engineering.

“When his small factory begins to attract international contracts, Anand needs to acquire land. One of his servants, Kamala, is also in need of space, namely, a place where her son can grow into manhood without bad influences.

“Anand and Kamala narrate Sankaran’s masterful novel in turns, each aware of the other’s trials through the master-servant relationship they share.

“Though they exist in separate economic and social spheres, they are linked by the common threads of optimism and hard work.”

— reviewed by Amber Peckham, Booklist, Apr 1, 2013.


“The Drunken Botanist,”

by Amy Stewart.

“Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn.

“Thirsty yet? In ‘The Drunken Botanist’, Amy Stewart explores the dizzy array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.”

— jacket notes

“Storm Kings: The Untold Story of America’s First Tornado Chasers,”

by Lee Sandlin.

“From the acclaimed author of ‘Wicked River’ comes ‘Storm Kings’, a riveting tale of supercell tornadoes and the quirky, pioneering, weather-obsessed scientists whose discoveries created the science of modern meteorology.

“Drawing on memoirs, letters, eyewitness testimonies, and archives, Sandlin brings to life the forgotten characters and scientists who changed a nation.”

— jacket notes


“Every Last Secret,” by Linda Rodriguez. “Decadence,” by Eric Jerome Dickey. “Last Ape Standing,” Chip Walter. “The Book of My Lives,” by Aleksandar Hemon.


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