A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Hannah and the Mountain: Notes Toward a Wilderness Fatherhood”
by Jonathan Johnson (University of Nebraska Press, $22). A memoir in University of Nebraska Press’s “American Lives Series” (series editor: Tobias Wolff) about raising a family in a log cabin in a remote corner of Idaho. Johnson is an assistant professor at Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers.
“Four on the Floor”
by Deborah Morgan (Berkley Crime, $6.50). The latest novel in a mystery series in which antiques picker and ex-FBI agent Jeff Talbot roams the Seattle metropolitan area trying to solve a murder.
by Lisa Jackson (Zebra, $7.99). A romantic suspense novel by a Vancouver, Wash., author, about a former movie star whose move to Oregon doesn’t shake off the obsessed fan who’s on her trail.
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“Class Wars: The Story of the Washington Education Association 1965-2001”
by Steve Kink and John Cahill (HistoryLink/University of Washington Press, $19.95). Two former Washington Education Association officials write “the story of the colorful and often controversial people who transformed the Washington Education Association from a staid professional association ruled by school administrators into the state’s most powerful public-sector labor union.”
“Going to Bend”
by Diane Hammond (Ballantine, $13.95). Paperback reprint of a Tacoma writer’s first novel about life in a small town in Oregon. Times reviewer Wingate Packard called this “a humorous, moving and lively novel of friendship and healing.”
“The Order of the Poison Oak”
by Brent Hartinger (HarperTempest/HarperCollins, $15.99). The Tacoma writer’s new novel for readers ages 13 and up is a sequel to “Geography Club,” in which the earlier book’s characters learn about “the sometimes vast differences between outward appearances and inner truths” at summer camp. Hartinger helped found Oasis, a support group for young gay and lesbian people in Tacoma.
by Anne Capeci (Peachtree, $12.95). The fourth book in Capeci’s “Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries” series, set in the railroad town of Scenic, Wash.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic