Local books: a novel of horse-racing, a history of Bumble Bee Seafoods
Local books: A Seattleites's translation of a new Swedish thriller, a horse-racing novel and a new history of Bumble Bee Seafoods.
"Another Time, Another Life: The Story of a Crime" by Leif G.W. Persson, translated from the Swedish by Paul Norlen (Pantheon, $27.95). From a Swedish crime writer/criminologist; a thriller based on real-life events. Terrorists take over a German embassy in 1975, and both hostages and terrorists die. From there the story moves forward through the decades as apparent truths are shattered and more people die. Translator Norlen lives in Seattle.
"Her Last Race" by Kim Schaumburg (BlackRose,$18.95). This novel tells the story of a young woman who works as a jockey in hopes of paying her way through veterinary college. A tragedy leads her to confront her mother, a top Thoroughbred trainer who abandoned her as a child. The author, an ex-jockey, works as a fisheries biologist in Washington state. "Her Last Race" is a finalist for the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, which honors books about Thoroughbred racing.
"A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia" by Blaine Harden (Norton,$15.95). Updated paperback reissue of a 1996 book by Seattle journalist Harden, who chronicled the endless conflicts over the Columbia as he traveled it on a freight barge, by car and sometimes on foot. Harden's "acidly ironic primer about 'the West's most thoroughly conquered river' is as enjoyable as it is enraging," said Seattle Times reviewer Christopher Solomon. With a new forward and afterword.
"Flight of the Bumble Bee: The Columbia River Packers Association & a Century in the Pursuit of Fish" by Irene Martin & Roger Tetlow (ChinookObserver,$22.95). A copiously illustrated tribute to Bumble Bee Seafoods, an Astoria, Ore., company that built an empire on catching, processing and packing seafood, with fishing boats and packing plants at ports throughout Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Bumble Bee left Astoria for San Diego in 1980. For a copy, contact the Chinook Observer, P.O. Box 427, Long Beach, WA 98631.