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Originally published Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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NW Books: The politics of science and academic hurdles for women of color top local offers

New books of Seattle interest: “Science Left Behind,” “Dangerous Boy,” “Brendan Buckley’s Sixth-Grade Experiment,” and “Presumed Incompetent.”

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“Science Left Behind” by Alex B. Berezow and Hank Campbell (Public Affairs Books, $26.99). Science writers Berezow, who lives in Seattle, and Campbell reveal that when it comes to anti-scientific progress, the political left is just as culpable as the right. After debunking both liberal and conservative views on topics such as vaccines, natural food, animal testing and the like, the authors lay out 12 issues of the future in appealing to readers to look beyond assumptions and avoid the dangerous politicization of science.

“Presumed Incompetent” edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González and Angela P. Harris (Utah State University Press, $49.95). Through several studies and personal anecdotes, more than 40 authors lay out the challenges faced by academic women of color as they navigate their path of higher education. “Their revelations will enrage you — and open minds and hearts,” says Gloria Steinem. Editor González is a professor of law at Seattle University; Gutiérrez y Muhs an associate professor at Seattle U. in modern languages and women’s studies; and Niemann was involved in several administrative roles at Washington State University.

“Dangerous Boy” by Mandy Hubbard (Razorbill, $17.99). For ages 14 and up: Harper’s new boyfriend is perfect — except for his nasty twin brother, Daemon. Creepy things keep happening in their small Northwest Washington town (Hubbard lives in Enumclaw) and Harper suspects Daemon is behind them. Her sleuthing uncovers secrets that put her own life in danger.

“Brendan Buckley’s Sixth-Grade Experiment” by Sundee T. Frazier (Delacorte, $16.99). For ages 10-13: Brendan’s first year in middle school is complicated by a girl (who loves rocks as much as he does), a new pet anole, a big science project and his parents’ preparations to adopt a baby. Frazier lives in Renton.

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