A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“The Earth’s Blanket: Traditional Teachings for Sustainable Living”
by Nancy J. Turner (University of Washington Press, $29.95). A School of Environmental Studies professor at the University of Victoria, B.C., draws on 35 years of study with the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest to offer tips on how “systems of traditional ecological knowledge can contribute to the modern world.”
“Where There’s a Will”
by Aaron Elkins (Berkley, $23.95). A mystery set on the northern uplands of Hawaii’s Big Island, involving rival ranching syndicates and a mysterious will. Elkins lives on the Olympic Peninsula.
“Waging War on the Home Front: An Illustrated Memoir of World War II”
by Chauncey Del French, edited by Lois Mack and Ted Van Arsdol (Oregon State University Press/Oregon Cultural Heritage Foundation, $24.95). Memoir about moving to the Portland area during World War II to work at the Henry Kaiser shipyard in Vancouver, Clark County. Co-editor Van Arsdol lives in Vancouver.
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“And God Said, ‘Play Ball!’: Amusing and Thought-Provoking Parallels Between the Bible and Baseball”
by Gary Graf (Liguori Publications, $19.95, www.liguori.org). Baseball parables with a Catholic twist, by a Seattle writer.
“The Memoir Club”
by Laura Kalpakian (St. Martin’s Griffin, $13.95). Paperback reprint of the Bellingham writer’s novel about a group of women using memoir-writing as a way to get through tough times. Times reviewer Ginny Merdes called this “a finely crafted story that honors self-awareness.”
“Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism”
by Dawn Prince-Hughes (Three Rivers, $12.95). Paperback edition of a Western Washington University anthropology professor’s memoir, in which she explains how working with gorillas at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo helped her come to terms with her undiagnosed autism. Richard Seven noted the “deft, loving spotlight” that Prince-Hughes “shines on gorillas and their code of life.”
“Terra Nova: Settling the Red Planet”
by Thelma Ritchie (Tate Publishing, $16.95, www.tatepublishing.com). A Mercer Island author’s novel for children ages 10 and up about the first family to live on Mars, and the challenges that life there poses to their Christian faith.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic