A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Right Turns: Unconventional Lessons from a Controversial Life”
by Michael Medved (Crown Forum, $26.95). The local movie critic and talk-radio host recounts how he moved from left to right in his politics and his religious faith, and explains “why his former colleagues on the Left remain hopelessly wrong on every cultural, political and social issue.”
“Dining Car to the Pacific: The ‘Famously Good’ Food of the Northern Pacific Railway”
by William A. McKenzie (University of Minnesota Press, $24.95). A gustatory trip down memory lane, with lots of archival photographs. Among the recipes included in this history of the transcontinental train’s food service: Washington Apple Pan Cake, Puget Sound Clam Chowder and Slenderella Salad. Railroad archivist and historian McKenzie died in 2003.
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“Lewis and Clark Lexicon of Discovery”
by Alan H. Hartley (Washington State University Press, $24.95). An independent lexicographer gives readers the skinny on what some of the more arcane words in the famous explorers’ diaries mean. Example: basilicon — “an ointment compounded of pine resin, bee’s wax, and lard.”
“Cinderella’s Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground”
by Maria Raha (Seal, $17.95). Local bands and performers mentioned include Sleater-Kinney, Mia Zapata, Hole and Bikini Kill.
“Tales from the Gonzaga Hardwood”
by Dave Boling (Sports Publishing, $19.95). The Tacoma News Tribune columnist recounts the Jesuit university’s rise from its 1990s doldrums to its recent wins on the basketball court. With an introduction by Gonzaga coach Mark Few.
“Song of the Earth”
by John R. Dann (Forge, $26.95). The Friday Harbor author offers a prequel to his prehistoric novel “Song of the Axe.” In the new book, an African tribe whose home is destroyed by a volcano wanders northward to Europe.
“The Freedom Outlaw’s Handbook: 179 Things to Do ‘Til the Revolution”
by Claire Wolfe (Loompanics, $20)
. A local author’s expanded book of 179 tips (up from 101) on what to do if you don’t like the direction American society is heading. They include “Protect your medical privacy,” “Learn to disappear in a crowd,” “Fun with superglue” (“Does interesting things to door locks, for one”), and much, much more.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic