Minerva Promise based her career and a bestselling book on the claim that her three "test tube" daughters were engineered and molded to be geniuses. But every child prodigy grows up eventually, and in adulthood, the Promise girls' modest lives fall far short of such grand ambitions. Now, twenty years after the book's release, a filmmaker wants to do a documentary on their lives and the three sisters reluctantly agree. . . Set in Seattle and written by Oregon's own New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick, THE PROMISE GIRLS is a compelling, emotionally rich story about family, identity, and the differences that make us strong.
Kensington Publishing Corp., 978-1-4967-0921-9, $15.00, March 28, 2017
In 1920s Southern California Lupita Camacho leaves Mexico and settles not far from the border--and so begins the journey of an American family through three generations of adjusting to a new country, striving to assimilate, and, finally, still feeling somehow set apart. In fifteen exquisitely human stories, these family members face progress and failure through each generation, bound together--and to us all--by the search for a place in this world.
High school senior Lester is bright but directionless. He should be making plans for life after graduation. Instead, he wanders the back roads of his Puget Sound town, visiting the beaches and ignoring his schoolwork. His father's gone, his mother distracted, and his best friend has applied to 37 colleges. Fortunately there's Yearbook, with a new teacher and secret project that just might snap him out of his funk. Debut author Jesse Edward Johnson lives on Vashon Island.
Paul Dry Books, 978-1-58988-118-1, $11.95, April 11, 2017
Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthology of new authors and illustrators. Featuring awarding illustration by David Furnal, of Beaverton, OR. Discover the next generation of bestsellers through seventeen stories that fascinate, terrify and delight. "This is a fine collection that will appeal to both fans of science fiction and fantasy short stories and aspiring writers looking for ways to improve their craft." --BooklistBonus stories and articles by Anne McCaffrey, Robert J. Sawyer,Todd McCaffrey & L. Ron Hubbard.
Galaxy Press, 9781619865297, $15.95, April 4, 2017
"When Huck Finn lit out for the Territory, no doubt he found a mysterious, magical world much like that in John Daniel's modern coming-of-age tale. The glories, the violence, the stirring spirit that fashioned our nation continue, and are vividly chronicled in this bold and generous novel. Daniel has re-seen and re-gifted us all with our deepest, most cherished American stories, expressed here with poetic precision, amplitude, grace." --Tracy Daugherty, author of What Falls Away and The Boy Orator
Counterpoint Press, ISBN 978-1-61902-920-0, $26, April 11, 2017
Color Stories is the coloring book for lovers of story. Color Stories is the fiction collection for lovers of adult coloring books. Thirty-two vivid short stories from Seattle's Edge of Discovery Writers group are paired with lively and evocative drawings by Seattle artist Sonja Gerard, inspired by the stories themselves and filled with iconic references to Seattle, some obvious, some hidden (Can you find them all?). Read, color. Color, read. Repeat.
Iron Twine Press, 978-0-9970600-2-7, $16.95, October 10, 2016
Tom Olsen is about to leave to visit his grandfather's grave deep in the Olympic Peninsula wilderness when he answers a knock at his door to find a thirteen year old girl. Sarah Cooley announces that Tom is her grandfather. Tom sees trouble but reluctantly takes Sarah with him into the mountains. What happens next is impossible. A breathtaking celebration of the wild Northwest and North Pacific, Strong Heart startles, yet challenges us to think.
Iron Twine Press, 978-0-9970600-5-8, $18.00, March 17, 2017
It's 1976 and the United States is home to the thriving AASSA (American All-Star Soccer Association). Danny Hooper is a third-division English footballer with a thuggish reputation and dreams of playing with the artistry of Latin American soccer. When Danny is suddenly sold to the Rose City Revolution of Portland, he is shocked and confused. He soon learns he's going to America not just to play soccer, but to foil a communist plot.
Unnamed Press, 9781944700164, $16.00, Trade Paper Original, 4/11/2017
This lavishly illustrated book celebrates owls from every corner of the world and offers details on fifty-three of the most striking and interesting species. Eight North American owl are included in the book; several are local to the Pacific Northwest. Unwin explains how owls evolved into the supreme feathered predators of the night, and he examines their breeding and hunting behaviors, unusual calls, and cultural myths and superstitions. More than two hundred dramatic color photographs in the wild, taken or selected by David Tipling.
Yale University Press, 9780300222739, $40.00, February 2, 2017
Drawing on three decades of living among Native peoples, Portland resident Kent Nerburn offers stories that reveal what we all can learn from the ways of Native Americans in his new book, Voices in the Stones. Here the bestselling author of Neither Wolf Nor Dog returns with a rare combination of personal memoir, cultural insight, and spiritual teaching that shines a light on our American past while offering lessons in our quest for a more humane American future.
New World Library, 978-1-60868-390-1, $16.00, December 2016
Adventures with Food and Family in the Great Nearby
Armed with "The Here List," Jess Thomson spends a year exploring the food of the Pacific Northwest with her family. Planning to revel in the culinary riches of the region and hoping to break her son of his childhood pickiness, Jess eventually learns that letting go can be just as important as holding on. "Jess is a smart, funny, straight-shooting writer with a great sense for food." --Molly Wizenberg, author of Delancey
University of Washington Press, 9780295741543, $28.95, April 2017
"This book should serve as a Bible for anyone who wants to understand the deep science behind the autism epidemic in America. Dr. Weiler shows us convincingly that autism is not a mysterious disease with no known cause and no known treatment: it is the expected outcome when you expose a child with a certain genetic make-up to multiple neurotoxins simultaneously." --Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT
A Pacific Northwest Japanese-American baby boomer's personal journey into bushido, the samurai's (the author's ancestral hearth) code of ethics. Each chapter features a timeless message about Japanese and Japanese-Americans who exemplified one of the principles of the bushido: courage, integrity, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty. The Courage of a Samurai presents these principles as a guide, challenging readers to evaluate their own ethics and values, for leading and living well in today's world.