A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Pacific Voices: Keeping Our Cultures Alive” edited by Miriam Kahn and Erin Younger (Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture/University of Washington Press, $30). Kahn, a University of Washington professor of anthropology, and Younger, director of public programs for the Burke Museum, assemble an anthology of illustrated essays about the “objects, rituals, ceremonies, and traditions … that both anchor and showcase the ways of life of Pacific Rim communities.” With photographs by locals Mary Randlett and Sam Van Fleet. Other local contributors include Larry Ulaaq Ahvakana, Jack Buzzard, Marcela Antonia Buzzard, Maxine Chan, Khampha Chantharangsy, Ron Chew, Donnie Chin, Rose Dang, George David, Peg Deam, Leonard Forsman, David Hawelmai, Vi Hilbert, Moodette Ka’apana, Helen Kay, Sonia Kim, Aotaumarewa Lorraine Elkington Morehouse, Sapina Pele, Seattle Matsuri Taiko, Kham Oui Sikhanthat and Thuy Vu.
“The Mountain Encyclopedia” by Frederic V. Hartemann and Robert Hauptman (Taylor, $29.50). Several of our local peaks rate multiple mentions — and local mountain lovers can bone up on their mountain terminology here. With photographs by Hartemann, Ansel Adams, Max Giraud and many others.
“Overcoming Underearning: Overcome Your Money Fears and Earn What You Deserve” by Barbara Stanny (Collins, $24.95). Advice from the Port Townsend career counselor and author (“Secrets of Six-Figure Women”), aimed at “self-saboteurs who never live up to their earnings potential.”
“Soaring on Your Strengths: Discover, Use, and Brand Your Best Self for Career Success” by Robin Ryan (Penguin, $14). Career advice on “how to identify your marketable qualities and use that knowledge to promote and brand yourself for the best jobs and promotions.” Ryan lives in Newcastle.
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“Siesta” by Ginger Foglesong Guy, illustrated by René King Moreno (Greenwillow, $15.99). Bilingual picture book for children ages 4 and up, in which a brother and a sister identify beloved objects around the house in both English and Spanish. Author Guy lives in Seattle.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic