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Originally published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:15 AM

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‘Paradise Imperfect’ explores issues of parenting, loneliness

New books by Northwest authors: A memoir about making connection, a scholarly look at atheism and a pair of mysteries.


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“Paradise Imperfect” by Margot Page (Yellow House Press, $14.95). Seattle writer Page’s memoir shares how a family struggles to right itself in a new environment — Costa Rica. The book explores issues of parenting, privilege, loneliness and connection.

“The Original Atheists: First Thoughts of Nonbelief” edited by S.T. Joshi (Prometheus Books, $20.95). Seattle writer, editor and scholar Joshi presents an anthology from leading thinkers of 18th-century thinkers on the spectrum of atheism and religion

“Love Water Memory” by Jennie Shortridge (Gallery Books, $16). New in paperback: Seattle author Shortridge spins a tale about a woman who wakes up in San Francisco Bay with no memory. Seattle Times reviewer Melinda Bargreen wrote that the book “grabs the reader’s attention from the first page, when we first meet the amnesiac Lucie Walker (whom her fiancé identifies by her photo on the TV news). Everything about Lucie is a mystery — she can remember neither her name nor her profession ... nor her fiancé.”

“Ghost Music: A Marcus Brace Mystery” by Patrick Linder (Oak Tree Press, $15.95). A Seattle detective deals with both a brutal murder committed near the Pike Place Market and his equally brutal family history. Linder lives in Snoqualmie.



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