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Originally published Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 6:15 AM

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‘The Family’ in paperback; a tribute to Russell Wilson

New books by Seattle-area authors — talking less and doing more about inequality; David Laskin’s “The Family,” new in paperback; a tribute to Seahawk Russell Wilson and a picture book about many variations of a patriotic song.


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“Overrated” by Eugene Cho (David C. Cook, $15.99). The pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, who created the “One Day’s Wages” global-antipoverty movement, writes about the need to talk less and do more to ease inequality and suffering. He says today’s younger generations have so much that they need to think more about sharing.

“The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century” by David Laskin (Penguin, $17). New in paperback. Seattle author Laskin tells a sweeping story that spans the great upheavals that affected Jews in the 20th century: American immigration, two world wars, the Holocaust and the founding of Israel. Times reviewer Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett said the book “Sews history and anecdote together with stitches so tiny they would do any quilter proud.”

“Russell Wilson: Standing Tall” by Art Thiel and Steve Rudman (Triumph, $14.95). Veteran Seattle sports writers describe the work ethic, positive attitude and athletic ability that make the Seahawks quarterback a transcendent sports figure. Wilson came into the NFL an underdog because of his height (5’11”), but is now a national phenomenon.

“My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights” by Claire Rudolf Murphy and illustrated by Bryan Collier (Henry Holt, $17.99). For ages 9-11: This picture book focuses on how protesters for equal rights wrote and sang new verses of the tune, which dates back to the 1740s. It’s a fascinating look at how the “sweet land of liberty” was hard-fought for by many different groups. Murphy lives in Spokane.



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