A retrospective of Seattle sculptor Phillip Levine's career tops the titles of local interest.

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Recently published volumes with local connections include a retrospective of the work of a well-known Seattle sculptor:

“Phillip Levine: Myth, Memory & Image: Sculpture and Drawings” by Phillip Levine with Norman Lundin and Tom Jay (Museum of Northwest Art/University of Washington Press, $24.95). If you’re one of the hundreds of people who cross the pedestrian bridge over 15th Avenue East in Seattle’s University District each day, you’ll recognize her instantly: “Dancer with Flat Hat.” She’s just one of the dancers, singers and other figures highlighted in this handsomely packaged retrospective of the Seattle sculptor’s long career.

“Forgetting English” by Midge Raymond (Eastern Washington University Press, $16.95). Eight short stories by a Seattle author about women traveling in Antarctica, the islands of the South Pacific and other far-flung locales. Winner of the 2007 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction.

“Donna Rose and the Roots of Evil” by Norma Tadlock Johnson (Gale, $25.95). The Burlington-area author’s sequel to “Donna Rose and the Slug War” concerns the poisoning of an inept police chief in the small beach town of Cedar Harbor.

“Blessing of the Animals” by Brenda Miller (Eastern Washington University Press, $17.95). A second collection of essays by the Bellingham writer (“Season of the Body”), covering everything from dogs and stained glass to model airplanes and travels in Jerusalem. The title essay and a piece called “Raging Waters” won the Pushcart Prize.

“The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square” by Rosina Lippi (Berkley, $15). New in paperback: a novel by the Bellingham writer set in a South Carolina town buzzing with secrets. Times reviewer Melinda Bargreen said Lippi delivers “a cast of memorable townspeople (and their dogs).”

“How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over” by Theo Pauline Nestor (Three Rivers, $13). Paperback reprint of a memoir by a woman whose husband’s gambling debts led to their divorce. Times reviewer Karen Gaudette noted that Nestor, a writing teacher at the University of Washington, concentrates on “the quiet, secret, less dramatic aspects” of divorce.

“North of Beautiful” by Justina Chen Headley (Little, Brown, $16.99). A novel for ages 12 and up, by a Seattle-area author, about a teenage girl living in a small, Methow Valley town where she feels alienated from friends and family because of the birthmark on her face — until “a handsome Chinese goth guy” comes to town and turns things around for her.

Michael Upchurch: mupchurch@seattletimes.com