Local books on Jimi Hendrix, Seahawks, Al Franken
New in local books: a book reprising a Seattle lawyer's role in Al Franken's Minnesota recount; Pete Dexter's novel "Spooner" in paperback; a children's book based on Jimi Hendrix's boyhood in Seattle; and a new guide for Seattle Seahawk fans.
"This is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Recount" by Jay Weiner (University of Minnesota Press, $24.95). A blow-by-blow account of the eight-month recount in Minnesota that ultimately led to Al Franken's election to the U.S. Senate. Kevin J. Hamilton, a Seattle lawyer who reviews books for The Seattle Times, was a key member of Franken's legal team and is prominently featured in the book.
"Spooner" by Pete Dexter (Grand Central Publishing, $14.99). New in paperback: the Whidbey Island author's autobiographical novel about a wayward kid who develops an unlikely bond with his stepfather, a former naval officer. Seattle Times reviewer Ellen Emry Heltzel wrote of the hardback: "The story ebbs and flows but always returns to the quiet chemistry between a boy who becomes a man and the only real parent he ever had."
"Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow — The Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix" by Gary Golio, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (Clarion Books, $16.99). For ages 6-9: The story of the young Jimi Hendrix, concentrating on the creative flash points of his Seattle childhood: "A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?"
"Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor" by Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin's Press, $16.99). Set in the San Juan Islands, this novel by a Bellingham author tells the story of a man who becomes guardian of his sister's 6-year-old daughter after her mother dies, then meets a toyshop owner who's dealing with loss in her own life.
"The Spooky Wheels on the Bus" by J. Elizabeth Mills, illustrated by Ben Mantle (Scholastic, $3.99). For young readers: a variation on the "Wheels on the Bus" song with a Halloween theme. Mills is a Seattle resident.
"100 Things Seahawks Fans Should Know & Do Before they Die" by John Morgan (Triumph, $14.99). Billed as the "ultimate resource guide" for fans of Seattle's professional football team, the Seahawks. Morgan's work can be found on the blog FieldGulls.com.
When vice president of Sub Pop Records Megan Jasper isn't running things at the office, she's working in her garden at her West Seattle home where she and her husband Brian spend time relaxing.