A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Straken: High Druid of Shannara” by Terry Brooks (Del Rey/Ballantine, $26.95). A conclusion to the Seattle fantasy writer’s latest Shannara trilogy.
“50 Harbor Street” by Debbie Macomber (Mira, $7.50). The Port Orchard author pens a new mystery/romance about goings-on in the fictional town of Cedar Cove.
“Roadside Geology of Southern British Columbia” by Bill Mathews and Jim Monger (Mountain Press, $20). A look at what the rocks can tell you about your surroundings, as you cruise along the highways and backroads of southern British Columbia.
“Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally” edited by Angela Jane Fountas (Seal Press, $15.95). Twenty-two first-generation bicultural women reflect on identity issues in an anthology edited by Seattleite Fountas, featuring essays by local writers Anne Liu Kellor and Maliha Masood.
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“Mome: Summer 2005,” edited by Eric Reynolds and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics, $14.95). The debut volume of a quarterly anthology highlighting the current generation of sequential artists, i.e., cartoonists. Reynolds and Groth live in Seattle.
“Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life” by Jennifer Vogel (Simon & Schuster, $13). Paperback reprint of a memoir by the former editor of The Stranger, about her bank-robbing father, some of whose crimes were committed in Seattle. Reviewer John Freeman found the book “alternately hilarious and heartbreaking.”
“Searching for Grizzlies” by Ron Hirschi, with photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen and drawings by Deborah Cooper (Boyds Mills Press, $15.95). For readers age 7 and up, this book explores the habitat, characteristics and behavior of grizzlies, also known as brown bears. Hirschi lives on the Olympic Peninsula and Cooper lives in Edmonds.
“Orso: The Troll Who Couldn’t Scare” by Brad Thiessen and illustrator Jeremy Balzer (CDS, $16.95). It’s time for Orso the young troll to let his dad teach him how to be a monster. Only problem is, he doesn’t want to be scary. Children’s book author Thiessen lives in Spokane.
Tyrone Beason, Seattle Times staff reporter
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic