New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 4/17/14

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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

“Prayers for the Stolen,” by Jennifer Clement.

Ladydi Garcia Martínez is fierce, funny and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing.

In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere.

Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes.

And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight.

While her mother waits in vain for her husband’s return, Ladydi and her friends dream of a future that holds more promise than mere survival, finding humor, solidarity and fun in the face of so much tragedy.

Despite the odds against her, this spirited heroine’s resilience and resolve bring hope to otherwise heartbreaking conditions.

An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of an unjust war, “Prayers for the Stolen” is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.

— jacket notes

“Monument Road,” by Charlie Quimby.

Leonard Self has spent a year unwinding at his ranch, paying down debts, and fending off the darkening.

Just one thing left: taking his wife’s ashes to her favorite overlook, where he plans to step off the cliff with her into a stark and beautiful landscape.

But Leonard finds he has company on a route that intertwines old wounds and new insights that make him question whether his life is over after all.

— jacket notes

Nonfiction

“Drama High,” by Michael Sokolove.

Why would the multimillionaire producer of “Cats,” The “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Miss Saigon” take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school production of “Les Misérables?”

To see the show performed by the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe.

Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows like “Rent” and “Spring Awakening” before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation.

Volpe’s students from this blue-collar town go on to become Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters, and community-theater founders.

Michael Sokolove, a Levittown native and former student of Volpe’s, chronicles the drama director’s last school years and follows a group of student actors as they work through riveting dramas both on and off the stage.

This is a story of an economically depressed but proud town finding hope in a gifted teacher and the magic of theater.

— jacket notes

“North Cascades Highway,” by Jack McLeod.

Each year thousands of drivers travel Washington State’s breathtakingly beautiful North Cascades Highway (State Route 20), observing the region’s alpine flora and fauna and its dramatic geologic features.

The North Cascades Highway, an illustrated natural history guide, helps travelers and readers to appreciate the deeper beauty behind the landscape. Organized as a series of stops at eye-catching sites along eighty miles of the highway, “North Cascades Highway” reveals the geological story of each location.

Plate tectonics, rock formation, erosion, and glaciation are explored to show how the existing features of the North Cascades landscape came into being.

The book describes how miners, climbers, and poets have been inspired by the geology and terrain of the North Cascades.

For travelers on the road, the easy-to-use guidebook format includes mileage, parking information, and detailed maps. Stunning color photographs allow armchair travelers to enjoy the journey as well.

Appendices provide detailed information on geologic time, rock types, glaciers, and the geologists who have decoded stories hidden in rock and ice.

— jacket notes

Others

“Anything That Moves,” by Dana Goodyear. “Deepest Secret,” by Carla Buckley. “The UnAmericans,” by Molly Antopol.

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