A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Ruan Ling-Yu: The Goddess of Shanghai” by Richard J. Meyer (Hong Kong University Press/University of Washington Press, $27.95). Book-DVD package about a gifted but troubled Shanghai actress who committed suicide in 1935. The DVD is of her 1934 masterpiece “The Goddess,” about a prostitute trying to make a better life for her son. Seattle writer Meyer’s commentary is a bit clunky, but the film itself is terrific (and beautifully restored), and the accompanying booklet offers useful information on Ruan’s life and the challenges of making movies in China in the 1920s and 1930s.
“Pictures Without Borders: Bosnia Revisited” by Steve Horn (Dewi Lewis Publishing/Bosnian Institute, $30). The Lopez Island photographer employs a before-and-after approach in his portrait of Bosnia, juxtaposing black-and-white photographs he took there in 1970 with images of the same places and people taken on a second visit in 2003.
“Boundary Issues: Using Boundary Intelligence to Get the Intimacy You Want and the Independence You Need in Life, Love, and Work” by Jane Adams (Wiley, $24.95). The psychologist shares tips on how to “resolve conflict, transform your important personal and professional connections, and satisfy your deepest emotional needs.” Adams lives part time in Seattle.
“Worth More Dead and Other True Cases: Ann Rule’s Crime Files, Vol. 10” by Ann Rule (Pocket, $7.99). A new collection of true-crime narratives, some with a local connection. By the Seattle-area author (“Green River, Running Red”).
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“Ask the Dead” by Joyce Yarrow (Martin Brown, $13.95, www.mbpubs.com). A Seattle author’s debut thriller about a female private eye who flees to New York from Los Angeles in an attempt “to cut all ties to the detective business that almost made her an accessory to murder.”
“Range of Voices: A Collection of Contemporary Poets,” edited by Tod Marshall (Eastern Washington University Press, $19.95). The Spokane poet-essayist-interviewer gathers five poems apiece from 20 poets, including locals Linda Bierds, Christopher Howell, Lucia Perillo Nance Van Winckel and Carolyne Wright.
“Singer in the Snow” by Louise Marley (Viking, $16.99). The Redmond author’s latest novel for young adults is set on an “ice planet” whose residents rely on singers “to channel psi energy through music, creating heat and light.”
Clarification: In an earlier listing, I described Langley author Drew Kampion’s “Waves: From Surfing to Tsunami” (Gibbs Smith, $19.95) as “a picturebook for children.” While it does have pictures on every page, its text is geared not to toddlers but to readers in Grades 4 to 6, according to School Library Journal. Precocious first-graders and ocean-loving adults will undoubtedly enjoy it, too.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic