'A People's History of the Seattle Mariners' and other NW books
New in books with Northwest connections: a "Moneyball"-style history of the Mariners; a primer on the rent-versus-own question; new poetry by Andrew Feld and a new romance by Susan Mallery.
"Shipwrecked: A People's History of the Seattle Mariners" by Jon Wells (Epicenter Press, $15.95). Wells, a former entertainment lawyer and West Seattle resident, details the missteps that have dogged the Mariners during their 35-year history, and offers some hope for the future. "If you liked 'Moneyball,' you'll love 'Shipwrecked,' " says the publisher. Wells discusses his book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Seattle's University Book Store (206-634-3400 or www.ubookstore.com); at noon Thursday at the Federal Way Costco (253-874-0878) and at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Tukwila Costco (206-574-9191).
"Rent vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice" by Jane Hodges (Chronicle Books, $18.95). A Seattle-based real-estate and personal-finance expert helps readers sort out the rent-or-own question, given the recent housing crash and other factors in the real-estate market.
"Raptor" by Andrew Feld (University of Chicago Press, $18). This is the second poetry collection for Feld, a professor of English at the University of Washington and editor-in-chief of the Seattle Review. Birds of prey are a theme — Feld, who has worked at a raptor-rehabilitation center, "shows these killing birds to be mirrors for humanity, as indicator species, and as highly charged figures for the intersection of that which we call 'wild' and that which we think of as domesticated or domestic," says the publisher. Feld will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Open Books: A Poem Emporium in Wallingford (206-633-0811 or www.openpoetrybooks.com).
"Barefoot Season: A Blackberry Island Novel" by Susan Mallery (Mira, $14.95). The Seattle-based romance novelist writes a story of a young army vet who returns to a quaint inn, set on a fictional island in Puget Sound, "to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war," says the publisher. She meets a former friend-turned-enemy as they both confront a potential financial disaster "lurking beneath the inn's cheerful veneer."
This article was corrected on April 3, 2012. An earlier version misspelled the name of poet Andrew Feld.