New at the library - 1/2/14

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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

“In the Memorial Room,”

by Janet Frame.

Harry Gill, a moderately successful writer of historical fiction, has been awarded the annual Watercress-Armstrong Fellowship; a living memorial’ to the poet, Margaret Rose Hurndell.

He arrives in the small French village of Menton, where Hurndell once lived and worked, to write.

But the Memorial Room is not suitable; it has no electricity or water. Hurndell never wrote here, though it is expected of Harry.

Janet Frame’s previously unpublished novel draws on her own experiences in Menton, France, as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow. It is a wonderful social satire, a send-up of the cult of the dead author, and; in the best tradition of Frame; a fascinating exploration of the complexity and the beauty of language.

— jacket notes

“Unleashed,”

by David Rosenfelt.

Unlike Rosenfelt’s supercharged stand-alones, books in the Andy Carpenter series are more leisurely, character-driven pleasures. With more than 10 in circulation, Rosenfelt has had plenty of time to hone his protagonist’s wiseass humor and refine his oddball cast, which, alongside millionaire defense attorney Carpenter, includes four octogenarian computer whizzes, a taciturn bodyguard, and a brainiac accountant.

Despite Andy’s intention to abandon law (he regularly disses his profession) and devote himself full time to his three loves PI Laurie Collins, his golden retriever, and the Tara Foundation, a dog-rescue center (a real-life project the author founded) he can’t get away from the system.

Once again, the action involves a dog. When Sam Willis, Carpenter’s accountant and friend, hits a stray dog on the road, he misses a plane trip with a high-profile investment counselor.

The accident was fortunate for Sam (who adopts the dog) because the plane crashes. Later, Sam’s would-be companion is found to have been poisoned, Sam is jailed for the murder, and Andy has no choice but to step in.

— Zvirin, Stephanie Copyright 2010 Booklist

Nonfiction

“The Heart of Everything That Is; the Untold Story of Red Cloud,”

by Bob Drury and Tom Calvin.

“An astonishing untold story of the American West. The great Sioux warrior-statesman Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms.

At the peak of Red Cloud’s powers, the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured.

Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of our nation’s most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told. Born in 1821 near the Platte River in modern-day Nebraska, Red Cloud lived an epic life of courage, wisdom, and fortitude in the face of a relentless enemy — the soldiers and settlers who represented the “manifest destiny” of an expanding America.

He grew up an orphan and had to overcome numerous social disadvantages to advance in Sioux culture. Red Cloud did that by being the best fighter, strategist, and leader of his fellow warriors.

As the white man pushed farther and farther west, they stole the Indians’ land, slaughtered the venerated buffalo, and murdered with impunity anyone who resisted their intrusions.

The final straw for Red Cloud and his warriors was the U.S. government’s frenzied spate of fort building throughout the pristine Powder River Country that abutted the Sioux’s sacred Black Hills — Paha Sapa to the Sioux, or “The Heart of Everything That Is.”

The result was a gathering of angry tribes under one powerful leader.

“The white man lies and steals,” Red Cloud told his thousands of braves at council fire.

“My lodges were many, now they are few. The white man wants all. They must fight for it.”

And residing at the heart of the story is Red Cloud, fighting for the very existence of the Indian way of life.

This fiery narrative, fueled by contemporary diaries and journals, newspaper reports, eyewitness accounts, and meticulous firsthand sourcing, is a stirring chronicle of the conflict between an expanding white civilization and the Plains Indians who stood in its way.

“The Heart of Everything That Is” not only places the reader at the center of this remarkable epoch, but finally gives Red Cloud the modern-day recognition he deserves.

— jacket notes

“Yoga XXL,”

by Ingrid Kollak, RN, Ph.D.

In Yoga XXL, yoga instructor and registered nurse Ingrid Kollak shows you how to create a safe, enjoyable and effective yoga practice no matter what your age, size, shape, or physical fitness level.

With modified postures and props, everyone can experience yoga’s many health benefits including increased flexibility, strength, stamina, balance, energy, and calm.

For the person who has never done yoga before or the regular practitioner looking to refine their practice at home, Yoga XXL includes practical information about clothing, mats, and equipment, over 50 postures in a variety of positions.

With Yoga XXL, you’ll have everything you need to bring yoga-and more health and wellness-into your daily life immediately.”

— jacket notes

Others

“Tinderbox,” by Lisa Gornick. “The Doctor and the Dinosaurs,” by Mike Resnick. “Thank You for Your Service,” by David Finkel. “Empress Dowager CIXI” by Jung Chang.

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