"Spanning Washington: Historic Highway Bridges of the Evergreen State" by Craig Holstine and Richard Hobbs (Washington State University...

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“Spanning Washington: Historic Highway Bridges of the Evergreen State” by Craig Holstine and Richard Hobbs (Washington State University Press, $24.95). A history of bridge-building in Washington state, with mini-essays on every major bridge in the state, from “Galloping Gertie” (the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which wobbled itself apart in 1940) to our three floating bridges (two of which have sunk) to the seemingly solid spans across the Columbia.

“Sea Kayak Paddling Through History: Vancouver and Victoria” by Aileen Stalker and Andrew Nolan, “Sea Kayak Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds” by Mary Ann Snowden and “Sea Kayak Desolation Sound and the Sunshine Coast” by Heather Harbord (Rocky Mountain Books, $16.95 each, www.rmbooks.com). Tips on where to paddle in the waterways to our north.

“Voices in Wartime Anthology: A Collection of Narratives and Poems” edited by Andrew Himes with Jan Bultmann and others (Whit Press, $17.95, www.whitpress.org). Anthology of writings about the experience of war, many of which were featured in the documentary film of the same name released earlier this year. Editors Andrew Himes and Jan Bultmann live in Seattle.

“Leaving the Lectern: Cooperative Learning and the Critical First Days of Students Working in Groups” by Dean A. McManus (Anker Publishing, $32.95, www.ankerpub.com). A University of Washington professor emeritus in the School of Oceanography presents a case for making education come alive through the use of cooperative learning and student projects, rather than lectures and examinations.

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“The Wake-Up” by Robert Ferrigno (Vintage, $13). Paperback edition of the Kirkland writer’s novel about “a deeply moral former undercover operative” becoming involved in a Los Angeles underworld. Scene of the Crime columnist Adam Woog called this “a taut thriller, shot through with vivid characters and Southern California strangeness.”

“Antonio’s Card/La Tarjete de Antonio” by Rigoberto González, illustrations by Cecilia Concepción Álvarez (Children’s Book Press, $16.95). A children’s picture book in both English and Spanish, about a boy trying to come up with the right words for a Mother’s Day card for his mother and her lesbian partner. Illustrator Álvarez lives in Seattle.