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Originally published Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 12:04 AM

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Local books | A new Jance thriller, Starbucks' corporate history and an orphan's tale

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

New releases

"Trial by Fire" by J.A. Jance (Touchstone, $25.99). The Seattle writer's new thriller featuring Ali Reynolds concerns a fire victim who wakes up with amnesia. Jance signs books at noon Nov. 30, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle, free (206-587-5737 and www.seattlemystery.com) and reads 7 p.m., Nov. 30, University Book Store, 15311 Main St., Mill Creek, free (425-385-3530 or www.ubookstore.com); 4 p.m., Dec. 1, Barnes & Noble, 626 106th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-451-8463) and 7 p.m., Dec. 1, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).

"Everything But the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks" by Bryant Simon (University of California Press, $25.95). A history professor's look into how the Seattle-based company's "explosive success and rapid deflation" casts light on a deep American need for "predictability and class standing, community and authenticity."

"Imagine Children's Museum: The Early History" by Sunny Strong (StrongSolutions, $17.95, http://web.me.com/sunnystrong). A history of the first 20 years of the Imagine Children's Museum in Everett. Strong autographs books 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Imagine Children's Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett (425-258-1006 or www.imaginecm.org).

"Camp Harmony: Seattle's Japanese Americans and the Puyallup Assembly Center" by Louis Fiset (University of Illinois Press, $25). A book about the converted Western Washington fairgrounds where Japanese Americans were held for four months during World War II before being transferred to Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho. Seattle author Fiset covers everything from intern-captor relationships to health-care provisions and religious activities.

Seattle Times staff

For possible listing in "Local Books," send a finished copy of the book, with price and publication date, to Local Books, Seattle Times, 1120 John St., Seattle, WA 98109. No self-published or vanity-published titles, please.

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