A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Moving Washington Timeline: The First Century of the Washington State Department of Transportation, 1905-2005” by Walter Crowley, Kit Oldham and the HistoryLink Staff (HistoryLink/University of Washington Press, $12.95). The excellent team at HistoryLink.org offers a 128-page, illustrated account of how our state’s transportation infrastructure came into being.
“Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination” by Lance Berelowitz (Douglas & McIntyre/Publishers Group West, $30). A look at our neighbor to the north, proposing that “Vancouver is to the Canadian imagination what Los Angeles is to the American — a mythologized place of endless possibilities that is grounded in altogether more limited social and environmental realities.”
“Parties, Rules, and the Evolution of Congressional Budgeting” by Lance T. LeLoup (Ohio State University, $59.95 hardcover, $21.95 paper, $9.95 CD). A Washington State University professor of political science provides some background for one of the burning issues of the day, taking the 1974 Budget Act and Reagan’s tax cuts as his starting point.
“More Than Words, Volume 2” by Debbie Macomber, Sharon Sala, Jasmine Cresswell, Beverly Barton and Julie Elizabeth Leto (Harlequin, $12.95). Port Orchard author Debbie Macomber contributes to a volume of stories that draw their inspiration from real women who “reach out and change lives in their communities.” Book profits go to “causes that are of concern to women.”
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“Digital Sports Photography: Take Winning Shots Every Time” by Serge Timacheff and David Karlins (Wiley, $29.99). Tips on how to get “up close and personal with the action you crave” — sports action, that is. Co-author Serge Timacheff is from Issaquah. Local contributing photographers include Marc Chirico, Adam Hardtke, Harry Haugen, Nathan Jendrick, Jim McKiernan, Amber Palmer, Neal Thatcher and Amy Alden Timacheff.
“The Children’s Blizzard” by David Laskin (HarperPerennial, $13.95). Paperback release of the Seattle author’s account of a 1888 Great Plains blizzard that killed roughly 500 people, many of them children. “The Children’s Blizzard” just won a Washington State Book Award.
“The Rhyming Season” by Edward Averett (Clarion, $16). A author who splits his time between Seattle and Spokane writes a novel for young adults about a senior girl on a high-school basketball team whose coach has his players recite poetry during their games.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic