A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Vanishing Act” by Art Wolfe, with Barbara Sleeper (Bulfinch, $50). A coffee-table book of brilliant photographs showing how wild animals’ natural coloration helps them disappear into their surroundings. Wolfe is based in Seattle. Sleeper, who supplies the text, is a past president of the Seattle Zoological Society.
“Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway” by Brian Solomon (MBI, $50). A hefty coffee-table book about the railway company that, since the merger of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroads in 1995, has come to dominate the entire U.S. west of the Mississippi. Includes a number of vintage photographs of Pacific Northwest trains, stations and tunnels.
“Comfort & Joy” by Kristin Hannah (Ballantine, $15.95). A holiday-season novella by the Bainbridge Island writer, about a recent divorcée whose secret escape to the rural Northwest at Christmas time takes some most unusual turns.
“Master Class: Lessons from Leading Writers,” edited by Nancy Bunge (University of Iowa Press, $44.95 hardcover, $19.95 paperback). Interviews with writers about the writing process, including talks with locals Ivan Doig and Marvin Bell.
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“Poems from Ish River Country” by Robert Sund (Shoemaker & Hoard, $16). Softcover edition of the collected verse of the Olympia-born poet who died in 2001. Times reviewer Sheila Farr described these as “plainspoken poems … in praise of the natural world.”
“Cross-Country Skiing: Building Skills for Fun and Fitness” by Steve Hindman (Mountaineers, $19.95). An instructor at the Ski and Snowboard School at Stevens Pass shares tips.
“Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk (Norton, $13.95). Reissue of Palahniuk’s debut novel, described by Seattle Times reviewer Greg Burkman as “a dark, unsettling and nerve-chafing satire of white-color society set in an uncomfortably near future.” With a new afterword by Palahniuk, formerly of Portland, now living on our side of the Columbia.
“Your Father Forever” by Travis Griffith, illustrated by Raquel Abreu (Illumination Arts, $15.95). Children’s picturebook by a Spokane author, in which a father tells his children that he’ll “nurture and protect them forever.”
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic