New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 11/28/13

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New at the Walla Walla Public Library

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

“Price of Innocence,”

by Lisa Black.

“Called out to investigate a suspected suicide in a luxury high-rise apartment, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean only just escapes with her life when the building is blown to smithereens.

An accident — or something more sinister? A mostly empty block of trendy apartments in downtown Cleveland seems an unlikely terrorist target.

The following day, Theresa is examining another suspected suicide in a wealthy neighborhood when the cop accompanying her is shot dead by an unseen assailant.

Could the two events be connected? As Theresa painstakingly pieces the clues she uncovers evidence of a dark secret in the murdered cop’s past.”

— jacket notes

“Louise’s Dilemma,”

by Sarah R. Shaber.

“The third Louise Pearlie novel finds the OSS file clerk (OSS being the WWII predecessor of the CIA) on a road trip.

American intelligence has intercepted a postcard, sent from occupied France, to an address in Maryland.

What appears to be botched spelling, plus some curious phrasing, leads investigators to wonder if there might be some sort of embedded code.

Louise, in the company of a brash young intelligence agent, is sent to interview the postcard’s intended recipients, to see if there’s anything funny going on. She finds more than she bargained for.

Louise is a strong series lead (her best friend, the wife of a German Luftwaffe pilot who is trying to stay under the radar so she isn’t shipped off to a detention camp, is equally intriguing), and Shaber does a nice job of creating a WWII-era atmosphere without weighing readers down with too much period window dressing.

A very good entry in this new and promising series.”

— Reviewed by David Pitt Booklist April 10, 2013.

Nonfiction

The Book of Immortality,”

by Adam Leith Gollner.

“Death perplexes the agnostic Gollner, who marvels at how people respond to its existential threat with immortalizing beliefs.

Interrogating such beliefs, Gollner questions priests, mystics, magicians, and scientists’ diverse voices for the nearly universal yearning for eternal life.

The author contemplates religious doctrines defining death as a portal into eternity, and he reflects on martyrs’ steely faith in such doctrines.

But as a skeptic, Gollner craves empirical proof. Yet in scrutinizing near-death experiences including his own harrowing teenage brush with death, he finds only maddening ambiguities.

The struggle to interpret these ambiguities carries readers into Freud’s theories, Swedenborg’s visions, and Whitman’s poetry.

But this intensely personal attempt to understand mortality’s boundary turns satiric when it leads to naïf’s and charlatans seeking not life after death but life without death.

A probing inquiry into the most insistent of human hopes.”

— Reviewed by Bryce Christensen Booklist, April 20, 2013


“Average is Over,”

by Tyler Cowen.

“The gap between the haves and have-nots in the U.S. is widening as high-wage earners benefit from advantages over low-wage earners, and the average-wage earners tend to get polarized to one end or the other.

Economist Cowen gives advice and predictions to help low-wage earners reverse the trend and strive for more.

He points out a correlation to education and technology as key factors, and cites examples supporting the theory that if you and your skills are a complement to the computer, your wage and labor-market prospects are likely to be cheery.

Machines are changing the way people work, similar to the way the freestyle model of chess has revolutionized that game by allowing players to consult with books or computers.

He predicts the evolution of education and the impact and advantages of online and machine-driven education as well as related venues, including online communities and blogs.

Self-motivated learners experienced with machine intelligence and data analysis will have the best chance of higher earnings now and in the future.”

— Reviewed by Cindy Kryszak Booklist, May 2, 2013

Others

“Through the Evil Days,” by Julia Spencer-Fleming. “Country Hardball,” by Steve Weddle. “Behind the Shock Machine” by Gina Perry. “The Sun Never Sets,” by L.W. “Bill” Lane, Jr.

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