A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Woman in Ill-Fitting Wig”
by Nancy Kiefer and Rebecca Brown (Pistil Books, $20, www.pistilbooks.net). An experimental collaboration between Seattle artist Kiefer and Seattle writer Brown (“The Gifts of the Body”), in which Brown uses fantasy portraits by Kiefer as inspirations for prose meditations on side-winding states of mind.
“Out Here in the Out There: Essays in a Region of Superlatives”
by Philip Heldrich (Mid-List Press, $16, www.midlist.org). An Orting author’s essays on “the glitz of Las Vegas casinos, the devotion of Oklahoma football hooligans, the manufactured magic of Disneyland” and other topics. Heldrich teaches at the University of Washington in Tacoma. Winner of the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Creative Nonfiction.
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“Testing Miss Toogood”
by Stella Cameron (Mira, $7.50). The Kirkland writer delivers the second installment in her historical-romance trilogy about an outspoken young vicar’s daughter who is her family’s best bet for marrying into wealth.
“Therapeutic and Legal Issues for Therapists Who Have Survived a Client Suicide: Breaking the Silence,”
edited by Kayla Miriyam Weiner (Haworth, $39.95 hardcover, $19.95). Anthology of essays, edited by a Seattle psychotherapist, in which therapists advise their colleagues.
“The Great Extravaganza: Portland and the Lewis and Clark Exposition”
by Carl Abbott (Oregon Historical Society/University of Washington Press, $15). Third edition of a history of the Rose City’s 1905 centennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Includes a new introduction by Abbott.
“The Woman’s Comfort Book: A Self-Nurturing Guide for Restoring Balance in Your Life,” “The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book: A Self-Nurturing Guide to Your Emotional Well-Being During Pregnancy and Early Motherhood,” “The Woman’s Retreat Book: A Guide to Restoring, Rediscovering, and Reawakening Your True Self — in a Moment, an Hour, or a Weekend”
“The Couple’s Comfort Book: A Creative Guide for Renewing Passion, Pleasure and Commitment”
by Jennifer Louden (HarperSanFrancisco, all $17.95). Revised editions of self-help and wellness books by a Bainbridge Island author.
“John Adams Speaks for Freedom”
by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Craig Orback (Aladdin, $3.99). A book for youngsters ages 6 to 8 about Founding Father John Adams. Illustrator Orback lives in West Seattle; Hopkinson lives part-time in Walla Walla.
“Jitterbug Jam: A Monster Tale”
by Barbara Jean Hicks and Alexis Deacon (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16). A Seattle writer publishes her first children’s picture book, about a monster who’s scared that there’s a boy living under his bed. With illustrations by London artist Alexis Deacon.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic