A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life” by Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens (Jossey-Bass, $24.95). The Spokane author, with some help from a colleague, offers parents and teachers tips on “how to help our boys overcome their current classroom obstacles and failures.”
“Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, a Mid-Career Survey” by Peter Held (University of Washington Press, $35). Overview of the career of ceramic and graphic artist Akio Takamori, who teaches at the University of Washington. With large, crisp color photographs of Takamori’s works.
“Entertaining in the Northwest Style: A Menu Cookbook” by Greg Atkinson (Sasquatch, $29.95). The Bainbridge Island writer-chef (and Seattle Times contributor) shares some locally-flavored culinary advice.
“Wild Berries of the Northwest: Alaska, Western Canada and the Northwestern States” by J. Duane Sept (Calypso, $12.95, www.calypso publishing.com). Grouseberry, pin cherry, cascara — it’s a berry fest, with color photographs, habitat information and edibility ratings.
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“Live! From Death Valley: Dispatches from America’s Lowest Point” by John Soennichsen (Sasquatch, $22.95). A Cheney author writes about the desert valley that has killed many and drawn still more — including hermits, hippies and UFO seekers — to its toasty sands.
“The System of the World” by Neal Stephenson (Perennial, $15.95). Paperback reprint of the closing volume in the Seattle author’s fantasy trilogy about banking and the history of computers.
“Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer (Little, Brown, $17.99). First novel for young adults about a 17-year-old girl who, upon moving to Forks, Wa., is attracted to a “mysterious, alluring” figure who may not be entirely human.
“Ella Takes the Cake” by Carmela and Steven D’Amico (Scholastic, $16.99). The Seattle couple follow up their children’s picturebook “Ella the Elegant Elephant” with a new Ella adventure, in which the young pachyderm wants to be a help to her mother but doesn’t quite know how.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic