A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Dreams of the Desert Wind”
by Kurt R.A. Giambastiani (Fairwood Press, $17.99). Fantasy novel by a Seattle-area writer, about a secret that lures three people in Jerusalem — a visiting American student of ancient languages, an Israeli army lieutenant and “a woman of the Sulubba Bedouin” — into the Judean Desert.
“Marmes Rockshelter: A Final Report on 11,000 Years of Cultural Use,”
edited by Brent A. Hicks (Washington State University Press, $65). Anthology of essays about an archaeological site that drew great interest in 1968, just before it was permanently submerged with the completion of the Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River in 1969.
“Pacific Ocean Campaign, 1842-1844: Journal Written by Corporal Edward W. Taylor, USMC,”
researched and edited by Mary Kline Rose and L. Stuart Taylor (Rose Wind Press, $29.95 plus $3 postage/handling, www.rosewindpress.com). Journal of a Marine on the frigate USS United States, on which novelist Herman Melville served as a seaman. Taylor became the model for the character of Lemsford in Melville’s novel “White Jacket.” L. Stuart Taylor is Taylor’s great-great-grandson. Mary Kline Rose lives in Vancouver, Wash.
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by Ilene Birkwood (Five Star/Gale, $25.95). New Zealand-set thriller about computer fraud and a climbing accident that looks like murder. By a former New Zealander who now lives in Issaquah.
“Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America”
by Linda Lawrence Hunt (Anchor, $14). Paperback edition of a book about Norwegian immigrant Helga Estby, who attempted to save her Eastern Washington family’s homestead in 1896 by taking a wager to walk across America for $10,000. Hunt is an associate professor of English at Whitworth College in Spokane. Times reviewer Elizabeth Ridgeway said, “Hunt skillfully brings this story alive, engaging so intimately with her heroine that at times the border between historical reporting and imaginative recreation becomes blurred.”
“The Winemaker’s Daughter”
by Timothy Egan (Vintage, $14). New in paperback: The Seattle-based correspondent for The New York Times tries his hand at fiction with a novel about firefighting and winemaking east of the Cascades.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic