NW Books: 365 days of butterflies
New books of Seattle interest: “Mariposa Road,” “Escape from Camp 14,” “Jimi Hendrix FAQ” and “Seattle: A Photographic Portrait II.”
“Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year” by Robert Michael Pyle (Yale University Press, $22). New in paperback: This Washington state author and lepidopterist spent a year on the road trying to see as many species of American butterflies as possible. His goal? 500 species in 365 days. Seattle Times reviewer Irene Wanner said, “The delight in the joys around him, whether it’s a tasty ale after a long day or a sunny, flower-rich hilltop bustling with butterflies, elevates — let’s face it: a list — from being a tedious catalog of ‘I saw this, then I saw that’ and so on.”
“Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West” by Blaine Harden (Penguin Books, $15). New in paperback: Seattle journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, who grew up in a North Korean labor camp and escaped from one of the ghastliest places on Earth. Seattle Times reviewer Craig Welch called it “A riveting, remarkable book that should be required reading in every high-school or college civics class.”
“Jimi Hendrix FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Voodoo Child” by Gary J. Jucha (Backbeat Books, $22.99). Despite the brevity of his career, Jimi Hendrix contributed much to the 20th-century music scene. This compilation attempts to provide many Hendrix-related facts in a fast, friendly manner, with many short chapters examining different facets of his life.
“Seattle: A Photographic Portrait II” photography by Stuart Westmorland, narrative by Barbara Sleeper (Twin Lights Publishers, $26.95). Seattle is known for its brilliant scenes, and this compilation of images hits it on the spot. Westmorland, a photographer who specializes in cityscapes, lives in Mill Creek.