A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Lost and Found: My Life in a Group Marriage Commune”
by Margaret Hollenbach (University of New Mexico Press, $16.95). Memoir by a former Seattle resident and writer who served as a program director in the early days of KRAB-FM. Two chapters cover Hollenbach’s years in Seattle. She now lives in Portland. Hollenbach reads at 2 p.m. today at Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., Seattle (206-624-6600) and 7 p.m. tomorrow at University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle (206-634-3400).
“Imagined Ancestries of Vietnamese Communism: Ton Duc Thang and the Politics of History and Memory”
by Christoph Giebel (University of Washington Press, $40). A University of Washington associate professor of international studies and history writes a biography of Vietnamese revolutionary activist Ton Duc Thang (1888-1980), while also offering “the first detailed re-evaluation of the official history of the Vietnamese Communist Party and … a critical analysis of the inner workings of Vietnamese historiography.”
“Holding Ground: Friends, Birds, and the Land Between”
by Samuel Lucy (Countrysport Press, $23, www.countrysportpress.com). A Winthrop author writes about the friendship that develops between a hunter and his dogs as they go after birds in the wild.
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“Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America’s Enduring Legend”
by David J. Daegling (AltaMira/Rowman & Littlefield, $72 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). A biological anthropologist and primate-physiology specialist offers “an engaging and persuasive debunking of the myth of Bigfoot,” the big, hairy hominid also known as Sasquatch, said to be tramping around the wilds of the Cascade Range.
“An Air That Kills: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana, Uncovered a National Scandal”
by Andrew Schneider and David McCumber (Berkley, $15). Paperback edition of a book that Times reviewer Steve Weinberg called “an important, compelling exposé,” revealing how “businesspeople, government officials and health-care professionals placed the almighty dollar and career preservation above the sanctity of human life.” McCumber is the managing editor of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Schneider, formerly with the P.I., is now a deputy managing editor at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic