NW Books: recipes and stories from Seattle's Skillet chef
New books by Seattle-area authors: "Skillet Cookbook," by chef and food-truck entrepreneur Josh Henderson; "Law Man," a memoir by jailhouse lawyer Shon Hopwood; "The Language of Sisters," a new novel by Amy Hatvany; and "Perfect Chaos," a memoir of bipolar disorder told by mother and daughter.
"Skillet Cookbook: A Street Food Manifesto" by Josh Henderson (Sasquatch Books, $18.95). Recipes, stories and advice from the chef and entrepreneur who helped start the national food-truck movement, feeding the Seattle lunch crowd from his Airstream trailer in 2007. Author appearance: Henderson will be at University Book Store at 7 p.m. Aug. 22.
"Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption" by Shon Hopwood with Dennis Burke (Crown Publishers, $25). This true story of redemption and second chances follows a young bank robber from Illinois who goes to jail, gets a job at the prison library, discovers a knack for law and becomes "the greatest jailhouse lawyer in American history," according to the book jacket. Hopwood lives in Seattle and is attending law school. Author appearance: Hopwood will be at University Book Store at 7 p.m. Aug. 23.
"The Language of Sisters" by Amy Hatvany (Atria Books, $15). In the Seattle author's latest novel, a woman must return to the hometown she fled 10 years earlier and deal with her disabled pregnant sister and her troubled relationship with her mother. "A palpable love story ... and a bittersweet ending make for an enveloping, heartfelt read," wrote Publishers Weekly.
"Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, A Mother's Struggle to Save Her" by Linea Johnson and Cinda Johnson (St. Martin's Press, $24.99). Alternating sections written by mother and daughter tell the story of a Seattle family whose lives are torn apart when the youngest daughter begins to have bouts of suicidal depression. A "harrowing and inspiring story of an illness that they conquer together every day," says the book jacket.