A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Building Harlequin’s Moon” by Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper (Tor, $25.95). The crew of an interstellar starship doesn’t have much luck when it tries to escape from a solar system “populated by rogue AIs and machine/human hybrids, threatened by too much nanotechnology, and rife with political dangers.” Co-author Cooper lives in Kirkland.
“Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome” by Greg Palmer (Woodbine House, $16.95, www.woodbinehouse.com). PBS writer and documentary producer describes how his son Ned, who has Down syndrome, made the transition from his school years to life in the workplace.
“The New Bullwhip Book” by Andrew Conway (Loompanics, $12.95, www.loompanics.com). A British-born bullwhip maker, now based in Bothell, explains how you can “improve your crack” and other tricks of the trade, in a book the Port Townsend publisher describes as “the next best thing to having a personal whip coach.”
“Maximum Fitness, Minimum Risk: The Wellness Exercise Program for Cardiac, Diabetes, and Pulmonary Patients” by Carole Marshall (Caveat Press, $16.95). Health advice from a Port Townsend medical assistant and personal trainer.
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“Myths and Mysteries of Washington” by L.E. Bragg (Globe Pequot, $9.95). From Puget Sound’s “demon of the deep” to the flying saucers sighted over Mount Rainier, the riddles of our region are probed by the Seattle-area author (“More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Washington Women,” “Seattle, City by The Sound”).
“Jack Straw Writers Anthology” edited by John Mifsud (Jack Straw Productions, $5, call 206-634-0919). The latest anthology from the Seattle audio-medium workshop includes work by locals Anna Balint, Jaime Curl, Brenda Givens, Steve Hernandez Effingham, Fredda Jaffe, Bharti Kirchner, Carlos Martinez, Maliha Masood, Jeanne Morel, Nhien Nguyen, Susan Rich and Laurel Anne White.