New books by Seattle-area authors include a guide to combining classic manners with 21st century life.
“True Ladies and Proper Gentlemen” by Sarah A. Chrisman (Skyhorse, $14.99). The Port Townsend author offers a how-to guide with tips and tricks to meld 19th-century values with today’s society. For instance, it tells us to “never make a display when removing hair, insects, or other disagreeable things from your food. Place them quietly under the edge of your plate.” The advice is accompanied with illustrations. Chrisman is a UW graduate.
“Mist of Midnight” by Sandra Byrd (Howard, $14.99). A noted author in historical fiction, Byrd combines gothic mystery with romance in a debut novel in the “Daughters of Hampshire” series. Rebecca Ravenshaw returns to her England home, reeling from a family tragedy, only to find out that an impostor has replaced her. Byrd lives in the Seattle area.
“Rusty Summer” by Mary McKinley (Kensington, $9.95). This young adult novel follows a trio of teenagers who take a road trip to the wilds of Alaska so one of them can confront her dad. The trip takes them farther from home than any of them have ever been. A Seattle University graduate, McKinley has written TV pilots and sketch comedy, including the local show “The 206.”
“Replaced” by Kimberly Derting (HarperTeen, $17.99). For ages 14-17. Kyra is one of the Returned, a girl who came back after a five-year disappearance with new powers. In this sequel to “The Taking,” she needs to find her boyfriend, Tyler, who was abducted because of her. She also has to navigate the hidden community of Returned teens and their shifting allegiances. Derting lives in Bonney Lake.