New at the Walla Walla Public Library

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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

"The Beginners," by Rebecca Wolff

Who exactly are Theo and Raquel Motherwell, and what is it they want with 15-year-old Ginger Pritt?

As newcomers to Wick, their worldliness and sophistication draw attention in the small town. While her best friend, Cherry, spends more time with boys, Ginger is left with her imagination. She contemplates the Motherwells' mysterious past and Wick's history in the days of witch trials.

"Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer," by Wesley Stace

This is an English murder mystery set in a turbulent era of music history. In 1923, Charles Jessold, a gifted young composer, commits suicide after murdering his wife and her lover. This occurs on the eve of the premiere of his revolutionary new opera. It echoes the plot of the opera a bit too closely, and so it is cancelled.

Leslie Shepherd, a critic, biographer and friend of Charles, shares his police testimony and reflects on their relationship

Nonfiction

"Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty," by Tracey Jackson

Screenwriter Tracey Jackson takes a hard, humorous look at reaching middle age. Using stories from her life, she confronts the truth about death, work and sex. She examines the generational shift in our perception of age, a new collective sense of denial among those unwilling to let go of youth.

Readers will be able to greet age 50 with a plan, learning and laughing about the changes Jackson underwent and the lessons she learned.

"The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared," by Alice Ozma

This book celebrates the pleasure and power of reading, the importance of libraries and the unbreakable parent-child bond.

As a fourth-grader, Alice Ozma and her father, a beloved elementary school librarian, promised to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights. By the time they reached their goal, it had become a ritual that neither wanted to end.

The pair continued "The Streak" until the day Alice entered college.

Others

"Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef," by Gabrielle Hamilton; "Think!: Before It's Too Late," by Edward De Bono; "Wrecker," by Summer Wood; "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism," by Peter Mountford

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