A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Echoes of Fury: The 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens and the Lives It Changed Forever”
by Frank Parchman (Epicenter Press, $24.95, www.EpicenterPress.com). A Redmond author revisits the massive 1980 eruption of our deadliest volcano — just in time for its 25th anniversary and its latest round of eruptions.
“Radiation and Modern Life: Fulfilling Marie Curie’s Dream”
by Alan E. Waltar (Prometheus, $28). The director of nuclear energy for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland offers an overview of “radiation’s many great benefits and as yet untapped potential.”
“The Big Book of Northwest Perennials: Choosing, Growing, Tending”
by Marty Wingate, photographs by Jacqueline Koch (Sasquatch, $24.95). With a winter as sunny and warm as this one, it can’t be too early to start thinking about spring gardening. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer garden writer collaborates with a Whidbey Island photographer, whose work has appeared in The Seattle Times, to produce a nicely laid-out how-to book.
“Flight of the Goose: A Story of the Far North”
by Lesley Thomas (Far Eastern Press, $19.95). A novel set in the Alaskan Arctic in 1971, in which an Inupiat woman trying to follow “the outlawed path of shamanism” comes into conflict with a scientist studying the effects of oil spills on salt marshes. Thomas, who grew up in Alaska in part, tells the story from both the aspiring shaman’s and scientist’s points of view.
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Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic