A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“The Quick” by Katrina Roberts (University of Washington Press, $30 hardcover, $17.50 paperback). The latest volume in the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series (edited by Linda Bierds) is by a Walla Walla poet who teaches at Whitman College, where she’s a Garrett Fellow in the Humanities.
“Road to the Rose Bowl: 50 Years of Lawry’s Beef Bowl” by Todd Erickson, foreword by Keith Jackson (Silverback Books, $29.95, www.silverbackbooks.com). A look back at Rose Bowl participants’ half-century-old tradition of dining at Lawry’s, a Los Angeles restaurant famous for its prime rib, a few nights before the game. Includes numerous mentions of the University of Washington Huskies and not quite so many of the Washington State Cougars.
“At Work in Life’s Garden: Writers on the Spiritual Adventure of Parenting,” edited by Sarah Conover and Tracy Springberry (Eastern Washington University Press, $19.95). Anthology of writings on parenting by Barbara Kingsolver, Anne Lamott, Alexandra Fuller, Barry Lopez and other writers, including locals D.S. Butterworth, Nadine Chapman, Jonathan Johnson, Jack Nisbet, Gina Mikel Petrie, Laura Read, Jess Walter and Betsy Wharton. Conover and Springberry live in Spokane and Cheney, respectively.
“Snow in July” by Heather Barbieri (Soho, $12). Paperback reprint of a Seattle writer’s first novel about the impact of drug addiction on a family. Times reviewer Rebecca Taylor called this “a commendable debut.”
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“A Small Boat at the Bottom of the Sea” by John Thomson (Milkweed, $16.95). A locally set novel for young readers about a 12-year-old boy sent to spend a summer with an uncle and aunt he never knew, who live in a cabin on Puget Sound.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic