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

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“The Boys of Winter: Life and Death in the U.S. Ski Troops During the Second World War”

by Charles J. Sanders (University Press of Colorado, $29.95). A history of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division, a group of champion skiers and mountaineers who went into combat in the mountains of Italy in World War II. Includes information on their training and experience on Mount Rainier and other Pacific Northwest locales.

“Jimi Hendrix: The Man, the Magic, the Truth”

by Sharon Lawrence (HarperCollins, $24.95). A new biography of the rock star, with several chapters on his Seattle boyhood, along with details on his legacy and the settling of his estate.

“Kissing School: Seven Lessons on Love, Lips, and Life Force”

by Cherie Byrd (Sasquatch, $14.95). A Seattle-based psychotherapist shares tips on kissing techniques, firegazing, “earthy communion” and other romantic essentials.

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“A Blessed Event”

by Jean Reynolds Page (Ballantine, $13.95). New in paperback: a first novel by a Seattle-area writer, about a married couple placed in an ethical dilemma when the 5-months-pregnant surrogate mother bearing their child is injured in a car crash. Their quandary: If they take her off life support, the baby will also die. Times reviewer Melinda Bargreen called this “an assured and poignant first novel.”


by Pete Dexter (Vintage, $13). Paperback edition of the latest novel by the National Book Award winner (“Paris Trout”), set in a segregated and racially tense 1953 Los Angeles and concerning a gifted 17-year-old black golfer who’s trying to caddy his way into the game. Squeamish readers, be advised: “Train” contains brutal scenes of murder, rape, beatings and misogyny — along with a whole lot of golf.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic