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Originally published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 3:03 AM

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An epic 1929 footrace, a small house that builds inner peace

New books by Northwest writers Elizabeth George and others tell tales of mystery, true-life grit and finding oneself.


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New releases

“The Edge of the Water” by Elizabeth George (Viking, $18.99). The latest teen-young adult novel from Whidbey Island mystery writer George (the Inspector Lynley series) is set on Whidbey Island and revisits Becca King from “The Edge of Nowhere.” While running from her criminal stepfather, Becca becomes more aware of her paranormal powers and secrets. The tale blends mystery and myth and tension.

“The 1929 Bunion Derby” by Charles B. Kastner (Syracuse University Press, $24.95). Kastner, from Seattle, writes a true story of how 77 men began an epic 3,554-mile footrace across America that pushed their bodies to the breaking point. He is planning a book launch at 7 p.m. May 5 at the University Book Store in Seattle.

“The Big Tiny” by Dee Williams (Blue Rider Press, $26.95). Williams, a sustainability advocate who lives in Olympia, produces a memoir about building a small house from scratch and rediscovering herself. Williams, who began her quest after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, will appear at 7 p.m. May 1 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.

“Fly Away” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press, $15.99). New in paperback, “Fly Away” revisits characters from Hannah’s 2008 novel “Firefly Summer” and finds them grappling with illness, grief and sorrow. She lives in Washington. Seattle Times reviewer Melinda Bargreen praised the authenticity of the book’s local scenes, “from the farms of Snohomish to the streets and sounds and foods of Seattle.”



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