A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“The Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips” edited by Barbara Booth (Reader’s Digest, $30). Coffee-table tome filled with maps, color photographs and suggestions on where to take in the sights — including four possibilities in our own vicinity.
“Rookie Dad Tackles the Toddler” by Susan Fox (Pocket, $14). A Seattle child-development expert offers tips for dads on how to “strengthen learning skills and encourage appropriate behavior in their toddlers.”
“Stick Your Neck Out: A Street-Smart Guide to Creating Change in Your Community and Beyond” by John Graham (Berrett-Koehler, $14.95). A former U.S. diplomat, now president of the Giraffe Heroes Project, suggests ways you can act on public problems you care about. Graham is based in Langley.
“Forgiving Your Family: A Journey to Healing” by Kathleen Fischer (Upper Room Books, $12). A Seattle psychotherapist and spiritual director shares advice on how to forgive (and protect yourself while forgiving) family members who have hurt you.
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“Damaged Angels: An Adoptive Mother Discovers the Tragic Toll of Alcohol in Pregnancy” by Bonnie Buxton (Carroll & Graf, $15.95). A mother whose adopted daughter was afflicted with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder blends memoir and practical guide in this look at a syndrome that can derail lives. With an introduction by University of Washington School of Medicine professor of pediatrics Sterling Clarren, who makes a number of appearances in the book as well.
“Day Hike! Columbia Gorge” by Seabury Blair Jr. (Sasquatch, $16.95) and “Day Hike! Central Cascades” by Mike McQuaide (Sasquatch, $16.95). Two new hiking guides, just in time for summer. Blair lives in Bremerton; McQuaide lives in Bellingham.
“Mud City: A Flamingo Story” by Brenda Z. Guiberson (Holt, $16.95). Guiberson’s first book as both writer and illustrator portrays flamingo life in the Bahamas. Guiberson lives near Seattle.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic