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Originally published July 1, 2014 at 6:16 AM | Page modified July 1, 2014 at 8:16 AM

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From the ‘Cambrian explosion’ to a Whidbey Island history

New in local books: “Darwin’s Doubt” in paperback; a groundbreaking landscape architect with Seattle connections; a history of Whidbey Island; and a picture story book about Monkey and Elephant gadding about.


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“Darwin’s Doubt” by Stephen C. Meyer (HarperOne, $19.99). New in paperback: Meyer, who directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, addresses perhaps the most controversial aspect of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution: the “Cambrian explosion,” the rapid appearance of animal life 530 million years ago. Meyer makes the case for intelligent design as the best explanation for the Cambrian animals.

“Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape” by Susan Herrington (University of Virginia Press, $39.50). Biography of a groundbreaking Canadian landscape architect who specialized in socially responsible and environmentally sensitive landscape planning. Oberlander worked on both the Holly Park redevelopment and the grounds of the Bagley and Virginia Wright estate in the Highlands.

“Whidbey Island: Reflections on People & the Land” by Elizabeth Guss, Janice O’Mahony, Mary Richardson(History Press, $19.99). The authors offer an anthology that captures the history behind the protection and restoration of natural and cultural areas of the island. Photographs illustrate the book’s account.

“Monkey and Elephant Go Gadding” by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by Galia Bernstein (Candlewick, $14.99). For ages 3-5: In this early-reader book, Monkey and Elephant go gadding, “walking along, looking around, finding something fun, stopping awhile, then moving on.” They find friends and snacks along the way. Schaefer lives on Camano Island.



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