A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Classic Cottages: Simple, Romantic Homes,” by Brian Coleman with photographs by Doug Keister (Gibbs Smith, $39.95). Victorian “Gingerbread Gems,” quirky storybook-style cottages and Northwest bungalows are all represented in this cross-country tour of enchanting houses. Coleman, the author, is a psychiatrist and historic-home enthusiast who lives in Seattle.
“Perfect Nightmare,” by John Saul (Ballantine, $25.95). The latest thriller by the part-time Seattleite revolves around a mother who fears that her missing teenage daughter may not have run away but been abducted.
“Shaman’s Crossing,” by Robin Hobb (Eos, $25.95). The first installment in a trilogy about a cavalryman-in-training who struggles to make his own impression while helping to expand his rapidly developing kingdom’s frontier. Hobb is a native of Washington state.
“First Warning: Acorna’s Children,” by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (Eos, $24.95). The sci-fi duo follow up their series about the heroine Acorna with the first in a new line of books following the adventures of Acorna’s daughter, Khorii. Scarborough lives in Port Townsend.
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“Eating Heaven,” by Jennie Shortridge ( NAL Accent, $12.95). Protagonist Eleanor Samuel comes to terms with her weight, finds love and uncovers family secrets as she indulges her love of food. Shortridge lives in Seattle.
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