A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.

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“Hey Ya! The Unauthorized Biography of Outkast”

by Chris Nickson (St. Martin’s Griffin, $11.99). A Seattle-based British writer profiles the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo.


“Four on the Floor”

by Deborah Morgan (Berkley Crime, $6.50). A mystery featuring an FBI-agent-turned-antique-picker, based in Seattle, who finds himself with murders to solve.



“Tori Amos: Piece by Piece”

by Tori Amos and Ann Powers (Broadway, $23.95). The singer-songwriter collaborates with the senior curator at the Experience Music Project in revealing her creative process.

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“Fearless Sex: A Babe’s Guide to Overcoming Your Romantic Obsessions and Getting the Sex Life You Deserve”

by Joy Davidson (Fair Winds, $12.95). Something to spice up Valentine’s Day: the recently revised tome by the Seattle-based sex therapist and psychiatrist, originally titled “How To Be a Babe.”



“Dark Matter: Reading the Bones,”



edited by Sheree R. Thomas (Aspect, $14.95). Paperback edition of an anthology of “speculative fiction from the African Diaspora” that includes contributions from locals Tananarive Due, Charles Johnson and Seattle Times contributor Nisi Shawl.



“Maya Running”

by Anjali Banerjee (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, $15.95). A Port Orchard author’s novel for children ages 12 and older, about a young girl — “the only brown-skinned middle schooler in her tiny Manitoba town” — whose prayer to the Hindu elephant god Ganesh has consequences she didn’t quite intend.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic