A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Trask,” “Moontrap” and “To Build a Ship” by Don Berry
(Oregon State University Press; $18.95 for “Trask” and “Moontrap,” $17.95 for “To Build a Ship”). A trilogy of historical novels set in the Oregon Territory in the 1840s and 1850s. First published in the 1960s, these novels by Seattle/Bainbridge author Don Berry (1932-2001) are being reissued in a handsome package, with an introduction by The Oregonian book critic Jeff Baker.
“When Christmas Comes”
by Debbie Macomber (Mira, $14.95). A holiday tale by the Port Orchard romance writer, about a house-swap between a widow from Leavenworth and a Christmas-hating professor from Boston (for whom the Santa-friendly “gift-shoppe” character of Leavenworth clearly comes as a shock).
“People of The Dalles: The Indians of Wascopam Mission”
by Robert Boyd (University of Nebraska Press, $29.95). A study of the Chinookan (Wasco-Wishram) and Sahaptin people who lived along the banks of the Columbia River in the area of The Dalles, Ore.
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“Alaska’s Daughter: An Eskimo Memoir of the Early Twentieth Century”
by Elizabeth Bernhardt Pinson (Utah State University Press, $42.95 hardcover, $19.95 paperback). A memoir by a woman of mixed ethnicity (Eskimo and German) who grew up on a Bering Strait island and lost her legs to frostbite at age 6. Pinson, 92, lives in Marysville.
“Afraid of the Dark”
by Donna Anders (Pocket, $6.99). Thriller by a Seattle writer about a Bay Area policewoman and single mom who takes a job as assistant police chief in a town on the Strait of Juan de Fuca where life turns out to be full of crime and horrors.
“Seattle’s Best-Kept Secret: A History of the Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.”
by Junius Rochester (Seattle Lighthouse, $28 hardcover, $18 paperback, www.seattlelighthouse.org). A history of the 90-year-old nonprofit organization that helps the blind, deaf-blind, and blind with other disabilities live independently.
“A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer”
by Jeff Brouws (Norton, $65). For railroad buffs: 153 duotone reproductions of photographs taken since 1949, including a number shot in the greater Pacific Northwest.
” ‘We Stand By to Assist You’: The History of Ballard Community Hospital”
by Nena Peltin (Swedish Medical Center, $15.95, to order contact Colleen Morgan at 206-781-6227 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The story of how Ballard residents got together to build a hospital for their community in 1928, housed at first on the third floor of the Eagles’ Building on Market Street.
“Beekman’s Big Deal”
by Michael de Guzman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16). New children’s book by the Seattle author, about a 12-year-old boy who, thanks to frequent moves of his “wheeler-dealer” father, has attended nine schools in six years. For ages 10 and up.