NW Books: An adventure turns disastrous
New books of Seattle interest: “The Ledge,” “Morning Coffee,” “Afternoon Tea,” “Evening Wine,” “The Fear & Anxiety Solution” and “Resuscitate!”
“The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival” by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan (Ballantine Books, $16). New in paperback: Davidson, a Colorado adventurer, with the help of Denver Post staff writer Vaughan, re-creates a Mount Rainier climbing adventure gone horribly wrong, and discusses the hard life lessons he learned. “Everyone who has ever felt guilt will relate to the searing pain he relates in the last part of the book as he struggles to find peace afterward and extract meaning from the experience,” wrote Seattle Times freelancer Carol M. Ostrom.
“Morning Coffee,” “Afternoon Tea” and “Evening Wine” by Glen G. Greenwalt(HarperCollins, $10.99 each). This trio of art compilations brings out the best in some of our daily rituals. Each page has an original pen-and-ink sketch by Greenwalt, a Seattle-based artist, accompanied by coffee-, tea- or wine-centric quotes from the likes of Lewis Carroll, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Victor Hugo and Josephine Baker.
“The Fear & Anxiety Solution” by Friedemann Schaub (Sounds True, $17.95). Seattle-based physician Schaub releases his solution to the most common mental-health challenge in the United States: anxiety. Schaub aims to help readers identify and resolve the subconscious root causes of fear and anxiety through a step-by-step process.
“Resuscitate!: How Your Community Can Improve Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest” by Mickey S. Eisenberg (University of Washington Press, $35). While sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among adults, some communities have higher survival rates than others. This book, from the director of King County Emergency Medical Services, describes the steps communities can take to improve survival rates, from the immediate to the long-term or national level.