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 or call the Library for assistance at 527-4550.

Featured books include:


“Butch Cassidy, the Lost Years,” by William W. Johnstone.

"On November 3, 1908, in the town of San Vicente, suspected of stealing a mining company payroll, Butch Cassidy was killed in a bloody shootout by the Bolivian Army. Or was he?

In a small Texas town in 1950, a man from the Pinkerton Detective Agency interrupts an old-timer’s daily game of dominoes to learn the truth about Butch Cassidy — who is still alive and well and sitting right in front of him.

Filled with page-turning action and authentic historic details, ‘Butch Cassidy, the Lost Years’ is a exciting and fitting tribute to a true American original.”

— Jacket notes

“The Confessions of Al Capone,” by Loren D. Estleman.

“In 1944, Al Capone, the most notorious mob boss in history, has already been released from prison. Though Capone is no longer the enormously powerful force who dominated Chicago’s underworld for years, he is still a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI chief knows that if he can somehow manage to get Capone to reveal details of crimes he and the Outfit committed, the Bureau has a good chance of nailing key members who now are active in the wartime black market.

This is Al Capone as he’s never been seen before, a ruthless crime lord who trafficked in death and corruption … as well as a man of refined tastes who loved his family. A man whose life is waning and perhaps, a man who is seeking absolution.”

— Jacket notes


“Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life,” by Melody Moezzi.

“In this funny but unsettling memoir, 34-year-old Iranian American lawyer and activist Moezzi vividly describes her swings between mania (she disrobes in a lobby) and deep depression (she attempts suicide).

She is the daughter of an OB/GYN father and a pathologist mother, who tells her that vertical cuts cause more bleeding than horizontal ones, knowledge she uses when she slits her wrists.

Like so many memoirists, Moezzi fictionalizes parts of her story, changing names and creating composite figures while weaving insights and humor into her expletive-laced book, which is titled after a medication and a flower signifying the start of spring.

One example: ‘Losing your mind is indeed traumatizing ... it’s not like getting cancer. No one rallies around you or shaves her head in solidarity or brings you sweets.’

Moezzi is also critical of most mental-health facilities. She ends on a realistic note, pointing out that she takes daily medication and is not cured though she hasn’t been hospitalized in more than four years. In all, a passionate first-person account of mental illness.

— Karen Springen, Booklist, Aug. 20.

“On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson,” by William Souder.

“Fifty years ago, Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring,’ an eloquent expose of the dangers of pesticides, transformed our perception of life on earth.

To mark this watershed, Souder, author of a John James Audubon biography (‘Under a Wild Sky,’ 2004), brings a fresh and delving perspective to Carson’s trailblazing achievements and heroic sacrifices.

Born to a hardscrabble Pennsylvania life in 1907, Carson was passionate about nature and always wanted to be a writer. Fired up by a gutsy woman science teacher, she ditched English for biology and went to work for what is now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ‘Under the Sea Wind’ (1941), Carson’s highly original first book, established her signature style, a precise and enrapturing union of science and lyricism. ‘The Sea around Us’ (1951) won the National Book Award and made her famous. As Carson courageously battled against pesticides and issued prescient warnings about global warming, she was under siege from within and died of cancer at 56.

Souder returns Carson to us in all her poetic glory and strength as a singular artist and clarion champion of the living world.”

— Donna Seaman, Booklist, Aug. 5.


“The Professor of Truth,” by James Robertson. “Days in the History of Silence,” by Merethe Lindstrom. “For a Song and a Hundred Songs,” by Liao Yiwu. “Brothers at War,” by Sheila Miyoshi Jager.


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