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Originally published Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:01 AM

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NW books: the latest ‘Dune,’ a new Debbie Macomber novel

New in local books: a new “Dune” chronicle, a Debbie Macomber romance, a “Nisei Daughter” reissue and for young readers, the lives of Alaska sled dogs.


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“Mentats of Dune” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor, $27.99). Herbert and Anderson offer the latest installment of the “Dune” series. It is set at the Mentat School, where humans can learn the techniques of thinking machines. Herbert, who lives on Bainbridge Island, is son of Frank Herbert, who created “Dune.”

“Blossom Street Brides” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine, $26). The lives of three women intersect in unexpected ways on Blossom Street, a tight-knit Seattle community, in this latest installment of the Blossom Street romance novel series. Macomber, of Port Orchard, has seen nine of her novels reach the top of The New York Times best-seller list.

“Nisei Daughter” by Monica Sone (University of Washington Press, $17.95). A reissue of a book first published in 1953, “Nisei Daughter” is a memoir of Sone’s Seattle childhood and the experiences she and other Japanese Americans had in an Idaho internment camp during World War II.

“Alaska’s Dog Heroes: True Stories of Remarkable Canines” by Shelley Gill and illustrated by Robin James (Sasquatch, $16.99). For ages 7-10: Each two-page spread features a full-page illustration and several paragraphs telling about the lives of well-known sled dogs such as Balto and Togo, as well as less-famous but fearless dogs who fight polar bears, sniff out oil spills, and save a family in a fire. The illustrator lives in Snohomish.



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