A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.

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“Toward a Peaceable Future: Redefining Peace, Security and Kyosei from a Multidisciplinary Perspective,” edited by Yoichiro Murakami, Noriko Kawamura and Shin Chiba (Foley Institute/Washington State University Press, $24.95). Japanese and American scholars examine the concepts of peace, security and kyosei (social responsibility) from a number of angles. Co-editor Kawamura is a WSU associate professor of history. Local contributors include Martha Cottam, Gregory Hooks, William S. Hallagan, Yijin He, Frederick S. Inaba, Otwin Marenin, Mary M. Meares, Michael W. Myers, Mudziviri Nziramasanga, Craig D. Parks, T.V. Reed, Eugene A. Rosa, Steven Stehr, Asako Stone, Noël Sturgeon and Edward P. Weber.

“A Thousand Tomorrows”
by Karen Kingsbury (Center Street/Warner, $18.95),
“A Treasury of Adoption Miracles: True Stories of God’s Presence Today”
by Karen Kingsbury (Warner Faith, $12.99) and “Beyond Tuesday Morning” by Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan, $13.99). Two new novels and a work of nonfiction by the Vancouver, Wash., author. “A Thousand Tomorrows” is a novel about a professional bull rider and a competitive horsewoman who, together, try to overcome their problems with anger, illness and loss. “Treasury” offers “twelve true stories illustrating the presence of God in adoption.” “Beyond Tuesday Morning” is Kingsbury’s sequel to her earlier novel, “One Tuesday Morning,” about a New York firefighter’s widow trying to recover from the loss of her husband in the 9/11 attacks.

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“Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide” by Mike Gauthier (Mountaineers, $18.95). Second edition of the 1999 climbing guide, with a foreword by Seattle writer Bruce Barcott. Gauthier lives in Mount Rainier National Park.

“Invisible Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives”
by Jeanette Farrell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17). A Seattle author’s book for children age 12 and up, about the beneficial attributes of microbes, including how they help create the foods we eat — and then help us digest them. Farrell’s earlier book, “Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $18), is also just out in a revised, updated edition.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic