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WRITTEN BY MARY ANN GWINN and MICHAEL UPCHURCH
ILLUSTRATED BY SUSAN JOUFLAS
LITERARY FICTION
POPULAR FICTION
NONFICTION
PEOPLE'S LIVES
POST 9/11 BOOKS
LOCAL

Our twice-yearly list of upcoming books has evolved into a highlights list. It's not encyclopedic — we culled through thousands of prospects to pick the most tantalizing books coming out now through August. Look for old favorites (Ursula K. LeGuin, Larry McMurtry, Michael Connelly, Jean Auel) and promising newcomers. And keep reading. Recent research has shown that it strengthens both abs and brain function. OK, we made that part up . . .

LITERARY FICTION

March

"The Birthday of the World and Other Stories" by Ursula K. LeGuin (HarperCollins). Seven short stories and a novella "about love, lust, sex, marriage, gender and other such troublesome but interesting problems."

"Atonement" by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday). A large-scale novel, nominated for the Booker Prize, chronicling an English family from the 1930s through World War II to 1999.

"In the Forest" by Edna O'Brien (Houghton Mifflin). A psychological thriller set in western Ireland. By the author of "Wild Decembers" and "A Pagan Place."

"Rouse Up, O Young Men of the New Age" by Kenzaburo Oe, translated by John Nathan (Grove). The Japanese Nobel laureate delivers a novel about a writer and his mentally disabled son.

"A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity" by Whitney Otto (Random House). 1980s San Francisco and Japan's ancient Floating World are juxtaposed in the new novel by the author of "How To Make an American Quilt."

"The Apprentice Lover" by Jay Parini (HarperCollins). An American abroad falls in with a treacherous intellectual circle on the island of Capri. By the author of "The Last Station."

April

"Spies" by Michael Frayn (Metropolitan). A new novel by the British playwright-novelist ("Copenhagen," "Headlong") about a suburban youngster trying to figure out his neighbors' secrets during World War II.

"Fox Girl" by Nora Okja Keller (Viking). Keller follows up her searing debut, "Comfort Woman," with a novel about Korean children abandoned by the American GIs who fathered them.

"Wild Ginger" by Anchee Min (Houghton Mifflin). The author of "Becoming Madame Mao" tells the story of an elementary-school teacher singled out for persecution by China's Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution because of her "foreign-colored eyes."

"A Cup of Light" by Nicole Mones (Delacorte). The Portland author follows up her debut, "Lost in Translation," with a novel about an art appraiser brought to China to examine a porcelain collection.

"The Haunting of L." by Howard Norman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). A novel about "spirit photographs, adultery and greed," set in 1920s Churchill, Manitoba, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, by the author of "The Museum Guard."

"Sea Glass" by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown). A novel about a newlywed New Hampshire couple "blindsided" by the 1929 Crash. By the author of "The Pilot's Wife."

May

"Camouflage" by Murray Bail (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and "Holden's Performance" by Murray Bail (Picador USA). A novel and short-story collection by the great eccentric Australian writer ("Eucalyptus," "Homesickness").

"Sunday Jews" by Hortense Calisher (Harcourt). A hefty saga about a divided family leading public lives that bring up questions of national and religious identity. By the three-time finalist for the National Book Award.

"The City of Your Final Destination" by Peter Cameron (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The author of "Andorra" and "The Weekend" crafts a comic tale about a doctoral student trying to write an unauthorized biography of an uncooperative Latin American author.

"The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits" by Emma Donoghue (Harcourt). Short stories by the British lesbian writer whose novel, "Slammerkin," was one of last year's knockouts.

"Mr. Potter" by Jamaica Kincaid (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). A short novel, set in Antigua, about an illiterate "taxi chauffeur." By the former writer for The New Yorker ("Talk Stories").

"The Cadence of Grass" by Thomas McGuane (Knopf). The Montana author's first novel in a decade, about a patriarch who exerts "perverse control" over his family, even after death.

"Sin Killer" by Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster). Historical fiction from the Texan author ("Lonesome Dove") about a family making rough progress up the Missouri River in 1830.

"Wish You Were Here" by Stewart O'Nan (Grove). A family saga set in upper New York state, by the author of "A Prayer for the Dying."

June

"The Laying on of Hands" by Alan Bennett (Picador USA). Short stories by the British playwright ("The Madness of King George," "The Clothes They Stood Up In").

"The Emperor of Ocean Park" by Stephen L. Carter (Knopf). A first novel by the African-American cultural critic, about an upper-crust African-American family that has "a dangerous link to the shadowlands of crime."

"The Weather in Berlin" by Ward Just (Houghton Mifflin). Our best political novelist ("Echo House," "A Dangerous Man") depicts an anti-war filmmaker in post-Wall Berlin.

"Noble Norfleet" by Reynolds Price (Scribner). A novel about a young man whose losses and traumas lead him into a lifelong nursing career — and a "compulsion to worship women's bodies." By the Southern writer ("Kate Vaiden").

"Under Radar" by Michael Tolkin (Atlantic Monthly). The author of "The Rapture" and "The Player" pens a tale about a man who goes through a strange, traumatic transformation while on vacation in Jamaica.

July

"The Hermit's Story" by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin). Short stories by the Montana writer ("Where the Sea Used to Be").

"Anything Goes" by Madison Smartt Bell (Pantheon). Bell takes a break from his fictional re-creation of Haitian history to deliver a novel about a rock-band guitarist finding his feet in life.

"Inflating the Dog" by Eric Kraft (Picador USA). A new Peter Leroy adventure set in Babbington, Long Island, "clam capital of America," by one of our most inventive comic novelists.

"Fragrant Harbor" by John Lanchester (Putnam/Marian Wood). The British author ("The Debt to Pleasure," "Mr. Phillips") expands his canvas in this hefty novel about a young Englishman in 1930s Hong Kong.

"The Book of Splendor" by Frances Sherwood (Norton). A historical novel about a beleaguered Jewish community in 17th-century Prague. By the author of the highly-praised novel "Vindication."

August

"Manhattan Monologues" by Louis Auchincloss (Houghton Mifflin). Ten new stories by the literary heir to Henry James and Edith Wharton.

"Pasadena" by David Ebershoff (Random House). A Southern California family saga, by the author of "The Danish Girl."

"I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting With My Daddy" by Ellen Gilchrist (Little, Brown). The Southern writer revisits familiar ground in this new story collection.

"The Music of a Life" by Andrei Makine, translated by Geoffrey Strachan (Arcade). The Russian writer ("Dreams of My Russian Summers") crafts a tale about an artistic family hounded by Stalin's heavies in 1940 Russia.

"after the quake" by Haruki Murakami (Knopf). Short stories by the Japanese author ("A Wild Sheep Chase"), inspired by the January 1995 Kobe earthquake and the poison gas attacks on the Tokyo subway two months later.

"The Whore's Child and Other Stories" by Richard Russo (Knopf). The noted novelist ("Nobody's Fool") delivers his first collection of short fiction.

"The Girl from the Coast" by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated by William Samuels (Hyperion). The noted Indonesian writer sets his latest novel in a feudal Java, where poverty and privilege live side by side.

"The Judges" by Elie Wiesel (Knopf). A novel by the Jewish writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner ("Night") about five passengers on a New York-to-Tel Aviv flight who undergo interrogations after their plane is grounded.

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POPULAR FICTION

March

"Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales" by Stephen King (Scribner). Fourteen short stories by the horrormeister: one unpublished, three published only online and four previously published in The New Yorker.

"Justice Hall" by Laurie King (Bantam). Mary Russell, the fictional spouse of Sherlock Holmes, returns to help her husband unlock a secret "whose roots reach deep into the very soul of England."

"Widow's Walk" by Robert B. Parker (Putnam). A new Spenser novel, in which the private investigator signs on to investigate the death of a wealthy older man.

"Time and Chance" by Sharon Kay Penman (Putnam). The historical novelist writes a fictional account of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II, Thomas Becket and others.

April

"The Shelters of Stone" by Jean M. Auel (Crown). The queen of prehistorical fiction ("The Clan of the Cave Bear") continues the story of Ayla and Jondalar.

"Daddy's Little Girl" by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster). A new novel by the prolific suspense writer.

"City of Bones" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown). Harry Bosch takes on a 20-year-old child murder.

"Black Water" by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion). A writer of California noir pens a tale about a policewoman who investigates a possible murder/attempted suicide by a promising young cop.

"Three Fates" by Nora Roberts (Putnam). The romance/mystery writer tells the story of a relic stolen from the wreck of the Lusitania and the quest to recover it.

"Put a Lid On It" by Donald E. Westlake (Mysterious Press). The witty crime novelist writes about a career thief whose services are called on by some highly placed political types.

May

"The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time" by Douglas Adams, edited by Christopher Cerf (Harmony). A final book by the author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," who died last May at 49.

"Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident" by Eoin Colfer (Talk Miramax). The sequel to "Artemis Fowl," in which the world's "youngest, brightest and most dangerous scoundrel" tries to rescue his father from the Russian mafia.

"Last of the Amazons" by Steven Pressfield (Doubleday). The author of "Gates of Fire" and "The Legend of Bagger Vance" reimagines the world of the proud female warriors known by the Greeks as the Amazons.

June

"A Fine and Bitter Snow" by Dana Stabenow (St. Martin's Minotaur). Kate Shugack investigates the poisoning of a controversial professor.

"Nuremberg: The Reckoning" by William F. Buckley, Jr. (Harcourt). An historical thriller about a young German-American serving as an interpreter for Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials.

"Jolie Blon's Bounce" by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster). A new Dave Robicheaux mystery, this one involving a murdered drug-addict prostitute and her Mafia-bigwig daddy.

"Deadly Embrace" by Jackie Collins (Simon & Schuster). Sequel to "Lethal Seduction," with "beach-read" written all over it.

"The Dream of Scorpio" by Iain Pears (Riverhead Books). The author of "An Instance of the Fingerpost" weaves together tales set in the 5th, 14th and 20th centuries.

"A Conversation with the Mann" by John Ridley (Warner Books). The author of "Everybody Smokes in Hell" portrays a black comedian at the dawn of the civil-rights era who's determined to make it big, no matter what.

"Sunset in St. Tropez" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte). Steel's latest is about a group of six friends whose summer plans are disrupted by tragedy.

"The Wailing Wind" by Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins). Lt. Joe Leaphorn comes out of retirement to investigate two murders.

July

"Revenge" by Stephen Fry (Random House). The actor-writer's new novel is a thriller about an 18-year-old Eton graduate sent to a "gulag-style asylum" after he's mistakenly arrested.

"A Love of My Own" by E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday). The latest from the author of "Just As I Am" follows a group of friends as they navigate life's challenges.

"In This Mountain" by Jan Karon (Viking). The further adventures of Father Tim, Cynthia and assorted citizens of the town of Mitford, N.C.

"The Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon" by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (Tyndale House). A new installment in the apocalyptic "Left Behind" series.

"Bad Boy Brawly Brown" by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown). A new Easy Rawlins mystery by the popular African-American author.

"The Blood Doctor" by Barbara Vine (Shaye Areheart Books). The British writer (aka Ruth Rendell) tells a tale of a biographer who discovers that his subject, a Victorian specialist in hemophilia, may have had more than a medicinal interest in all things bloody.

"Acid Row" by Minette Walters (Putnam). Walters ("The Shape of Snakes") sets her new book in a decaying housing project, where a young doctor becomes involved in a child disappearance.

August

"Red Rabbit" by Tom Clancy (Putnam). Jack Ryan is back. This book is a prequel of sorts in which the younger Ryan investigates a plot to assassinate the pope. Beach book.

"The Last Detective" by Robert Crais (Doubleday). Detective Elvis Cole goes through tough times when the son of his longtime girlfriend goes missing.

"Milk Glass Moon" by Adriana Trigiani (Random House). The author of "Big Stone Gap" reprises her characters from that and "Big Cherry Holler," as they confront the challenges of growing up and getting older.

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NONFICTION

March

"Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing" by Margaret Atwood (Cambridge University Press). One of the English language's most well-regarded fiction writers writes about what motivates writers, including, presumably, herself.

"Alcohol: A History" by Griffith Edwards (Thomas Dunne Books). The story of alcohol, humanity's agent of pleasure and destruction. Edwards is "emeritus professor of addiction behaviour" at the University of London.

"The Structure of Evolutionary Theory" by Stephen Jay Gould (Harvard University Press). Gould examines the "three core commitments" of classical Darwinism and then proposes his own system for integrating these ideas into a new structure of evolutionary thought. Not a beach book.

"Wife Work: What Marriage Really Means for Women" by Susan Maushart (Bloomsbury). The author of "The Mask of Motherhood" writes about an issue that leads to many divorces: Women still perform "an astounding share of the physical, emotional and organizational labor in marriage."

"Wealth and Democracy: The Dangerous Politics of American Prosperity" by Kevin Phillips (Broadway Books). A longtime observer of America's income gap turns to the "hidden history of the American rich" to reveal how income disparities in this country are destroying the democratic process.

"The Treatment: The Story of Those Who Died in the Cincinnati Radiation Tests" by Martha Stephens (Duke University Press). A tragic, three-decade-old story of how cancer patients in Cincinnati were swept into secret experiments run for the U.S. military.

April

"The Dream of Eternal Life: Biomedicine, Aging, and Immortality" by Mark Benecke, translated by Rachel Rubenstein (Columbia University Press). A forensic scientist explains the fundamentals of death and examines why we may soon be able to expand our lives to 120 or 150 years.

"Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth" by David Bollier (Routledge). The author "exposes the audacious attempts of companies to appropriate medical breakthroughs, public airwaves, outer space, state research and even the DNA of plants and animals." And "Steal This Idea: Intellectual Property and the Corporate Confiscation of Creativity" by Michael Perelman (Thomas Dunne Books). The author's related premise: Laws governing intellectual property rights throttle innovation and progress.

"The Character of Cats" by Stephen Budiansky (Viking). The author of "The Truth About Dogs" switches sides. And "The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events" by Stanley Coren (Free Press). How relationships between dogs and their famous owners have influenced human events.

"Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League" by Neal Conan (Crown). The new host of "Talk of the Nation" tries his hand at announcing baseball games for the Aberdeen Arsenal (an Atlantic League franchise).

"Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship" by George Dyson (Henry Holt). Bellingham's Dyson, son of physicist Freeman Dyson, writes about an idea of his father's that achieved its greatest resonance in the Fifties: Powering massive space vehicles by explosions of multiple hydrogen bombs.

"The Fish's Eye: Essays About Angling and the Outdoors" by Ian Frazier (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Frazier, author of "Great Plains" and "On the Rez," composes essays on his lifelong passion for fishing, fish and the aquatic world.

"Our Posthuman Future" by Francis Fukuyama (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). A social philosopher explores how our developing abilities to modify human behavior will affect liberal democracy.

"Frigid Embrace: Politics, Economics and Environment in Alaska" by Stephen Haycox (Oregon State University Press). How the drive for natural resource extraction has shaped Alaskans' understanding of nature and of Native peoples.

"Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001" by Seamus Heaney (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). A new collection of the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet's prose works, from short newspaper articles to radio commentary.

"The Fever Trail" by Mark Honigsbaum (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The story of the scourge of malaria, which still kills from 1.5 to 2.7 million people per year (over half of them children), and the search for a cure.

"Richmond Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital" by Nelson Lankford (Viking). The author of "Eyes of the Storm" and "Images from the Storm" writes a history of the destruction of the Confederate capital.

"The Soul's Religion" by Thomas Moore (HarperCollins). Billed as a companion volume to Moore's popular "Care of the Soul," this book tells readers how they can go "beyond the precepts of tradition and church-going religious practice" to "find the spirit moving in everyday life."

"Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us" by Alexandra Morton (Crown). A British Columbia researcher shares what she has learned about orcas, especially the way they communicate with one another.

"The Middle of Everywhere" by Mary Pipher (Harcourt). The author of "Reviving Ophelia" and "Another Country" examines the lives of refugees who come to this country and what we can learn from their endurance, love of family and lives.

"Medal of Honor: Profiles of America's Military Heroes from the Civil War to the Present" by Mike Wallace (Hyperion). The "60 Minutes" host decides that if Tom Brokaw can write a book, he can, too. This one profiles Medal of Honor recipients. In May, "Heroes: U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor Winners" by Mark Cerasini (Berkley), profiles the Marine Corps' contributions to this group.

May

"The Fall of Berlin 1945" by Anthony Beevor (Viking). The author of the acclaimed "Stalingrad" tells the story of the brutal month of January 1945 in Berlin, when the vengeful Red Army and the Germans clashed for the last time.

"What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Electronic Frontier" by James Gleick (Pantheon). A leading observer of the intersection between society and technology ("Faster") examines the development and hype surrounding the electronic world as it emerged in the 1990s.

"Five Minutes Past Midnight in Bhopal" by Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro (Warner Books). The author of "City of Joy" and a Spanish writer revisit the story of the 1984 industrial accident in India in which 30,000 people perished.

"The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions" by Rick Moody (Little, Brown). The author of "The Ice Storm" ties the clinical depression that landed him in a psychiatric hospital when he was in his 20s to his family heritage, including the Rev. Joseph Moody — inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's story, "The Minister's Black Veil."

"A New World Order" by Caryl Phillips (Vintage). A collection of essays by the Caribbean-born novelist ("Cambridge," "The Atlantic Sound").

"Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy" by Diana Preston (Walker & Company). A retelling of the 1915 sinking of the ship, by a well-regarded writer and historian ("The Boxer Rebellion").

"Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust" by Richard Rhodes (Knopf). The author of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" looks at the killer task forces dispatched by the SS into Poland and the Soviet Union to execute the first wave of the Holocaust.

"Trail of Feathers" by Tahir Shah (Arcade). The author of "Sorceror's Apprentice" — the wildest, funniest travel book of last year — trains his sights on Peru and a rumor concerning the locals' ability to fly.

"The Other Parent: How the Media Shapes Kids' Lives" by James Steyer (Pocket Books). An expert on kids and families writes about the media's increasingly dominant presence in children's lives.

"The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy" by Strobe Talbott (Random House). The story of Bill Clinton's efforts to keep Russia stable as it lurched from one crisis to another during the 1990s, by the chief architect of Clinton's strategy.

June

"Shark Trouble" by Peter Benchley (Random House). A primer on sharks by the author of "Jaws." Beach book? You be the judge.

"The Irresistible Rise of Harry Potter: Kid-Lit in a Globalized World" by Andrew Blake (Verso). "J.K. Rowling rescues her character through the reinvention of that apex of class privilege, the English public school, a literary conceit that problematises Harry Potter's status as a role model." Could that be Andrew "Snape" Blake?

"Should I Medicate My Child?" by Dr. Lawrence Diller (Basic Books). A resource for parents confronting the question of whether to put their child on Ritalin or other psychiatric drugs. By the author of "Running on Ritalin."

"The Rise of the Creative Class And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Every Day Life" by Richard Florida (Basic Books). Readers in Seattle will be thrilled to discover that we are the No. 5 city in the country on the author's Creativity Index, having scored high in the "Three T's: Technology, Talent and Tolerance."

"A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable" by John Steele Gordon (Walker & Co.). The story of the laying of the cable that would unite America and Europe and of Cyrus Field, the man who sustained the decade-long effort to accomplish an extraordinary engineering feat.

"Reporting Back: Notes on Journalism" by Lilian Ross (Counterpoint). Ross, who has written for The New Yorker for almost half a century, looks at what makes a good reporter and journalism.

July

"The Art of Travel" by Alain de Botton (Pantheon). One of Britain's smartest, funniest writers ("Kiss and Tell," "How Proust Can Change Your Life") considers the hazards of travel.

"Sahara: A Natural History" by Marq de Villiers with Sheila Hirtle (Walker & Co.). A natural history of the largest desert on Earth.

"Watershed: The Undamming of America" by Elizabeth Grossman (Counterpoint). A Portland author examines the implications of dam removal to America's rivers and communities.

August

"Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right" by Bill Bryson (Broadway Books). The popular travel writer (and former copy editor for the London Times) explains the peculiarities of the English language.

"Getting By on the Minimum" by Jennifer Johnson (Routledge). The stories of working-class women who — as cashiers, house-cleaners, beauticians, cooks and childcare providers — are earning an average of $16,000 a year.

"The Writer and the World" by V.S. Naipaul (Knopf). A generous selection (544 pages) of the latest Nobel laureate's best essays.

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PEOPLE'S LIVES

March

"The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate" by Robert Caro (Knopf). Volume three of Caro's acclaimed biography: How Johnson used his senatorial power to break Southern control of the Senate and pass the first civil-rights legislation since Reconstruction.

"Heartbreak" by Andrea Dworkin (Basic Books). Memoirs of a trailblazing and sometimes maverick feminist.

"Laura: America's First Lady, First Mother" by Antonia Felix (Adams Media). An adoring portrait of the first lady.

"Sakharov" by Richard Lourie (Brandeis University Press). The first full biography of the nuclear scientist who helped the Soviet Union build the H-bomb and then became one of the regime's most determined political critics.

April

"A Song Flung Up in Heaven" by Maya Angelou (Random House). The sixth volume of the author's memoirs, which began with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

"Common Place: Agrarian Essays" by Wendell Berry (Counterpoint). Twenty-one essays from the nation's foremost agrarian philosopher.

"Martha Inc.: The incredible story of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia" by Christopher Byron (John Wiley). How Martha created a business empire based on domesticity.

"Lucky Man" by Michael J. Fox (Hyperion). The actor writes of his life and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.

"Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim" by Anton Gill (HarperCollins). A portrait of the wealthy art patroness, whose love life was the stuff of legend.

"A House Unlocked" by Penelope Lively (Grove). A memoir by the prize-winning British novelist about World War II repercussions as the author's grandparents experienced them when they opened up their house to European refugees.

"Tom Stoppard: A Life" by Ira Nadel (Thomas Dunne Books). The life of one of the pre-eminent playwrights of our time, by a Vancouver-based author who previously wrote a biography of poet Leonard Cohen.

"The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes" by Willie Nelson (Random House). The country singer offers his own "reflections on a life well led."

"The Kennedys at War: 1937-1945" by Edward Renehan (Doubleday). The family provides grist for another book: the military careers of the various Kennedys during World War II. In May: "Profiles in Courage for Our Time," edited and introduced by Caroline Kennedy (Hyperion). John Kennedy's daughter follows in her late Dad's footsteps (he wrote the first "Profiles in Courage") by collecting these pieces on modern-day examples of political bravery.

"Two Gardeners: Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence: A Friendship in Letters" edited by Emily Herring Wilson (Beacon Press). White (wife of E.B. White) wrote a gardening column for The New Yorker — Elizabeth Lawrence was a New Yorker reader from North Carolina. Their correspondence flowered into a friendship.

May

"American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy Jr." by Richard Blow (Henry Holt). A portrait of the late son of the president, by a journalist who worked with him at George magazine.

"Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story" by Charles Craighead and Bonnie Kreps (Graphic Arts Publishing). A new account of the life of Murie, Alaskan pioneer, environmentalist and wife of the naturalist Olaus Murie.

"Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters" by Robert Gordon (Little, Brown). A portrait of the seminal blues musician, by the author of "It Came From Memphis."

"The Lobster Chronicles" by Linda Greenlaw (Hyperion). The author/fisherwoman writes about the joys of lobstering.

"Napoleon" by Paul Johnson and "Charles Dickens" by Jane Smiley (Lipper/Viking). Two new installments in the estimable "Penguin Lives" series.

"Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters" edited by Carla Kaplan (Doubleday). More than 500 letters written by the great Harlem Renaissance writer ("Their Eyes Were Watching God"). In August: "Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston" by Valerie Boyd (Scribner). Billed as the first definitive biography of Hurston.

"Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912" by Donald Keene (Columbia University Press). A look at a little-known ruler of Japan who oversaw the transition of the country from an almost feudal society to a modern, industrialized state.

"Shakey: Neil Young's Biography" by Jimmy McDonough (Random House). The biography of one of rock's most talented, enigmatic and enduring musicians.

June

"Eisenhower: The Making of a Commander" by Carlo D'Este (Henry Holt). The transformation of Dwight D. Eisenhower, son of pacifists, into the supreme Allied commander in World War II.

"Leadership" by Rudolph Giuliani (Talk Miramax). The former mayor and Sept. 11 hero gives a minute-by-minute account of his actions in the aftermath of the disaster and shares the principles of leadership that guided them.

"When I Was a Young Man" by Bob Kerrey (Harcourt). The former Nebraska governor and senator tells his own version of his involvement in the Vietnam war.

"You Cannot Be Serious" by John McEnroe with James Kaplan (Putnam). The autobiography of the tennis star and bigmouth..

July

"Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million" by Martin Amis (Talk Miramax). The successor to Amis' memoir, "Experience." This one focuses on "the central lacuna of 20th-century thought: the indulgence of communism by intellectuals of the West."

"Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II" by J.M. Coetzee (Viking). The Booker Prize winner ("Disgrace") follows up his memoir, "Childhood," by recalling his years of exile in London.

"Citizen McCain: Maverick Politician" by Elizabeth Drew (Simon & Schuster). A portrait of Sen. John McCain, by a veteran Washington journalist and writer at The New Yorker.

August

"Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead" by Dennis McNally (Broadway Books). The Grateful Dead's official historian chronicles the three decades of the seminal rock band's existence.

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POST 9/11 BOOKS

In addition to Rudy Giuliani's memoir, these books promise further insight into the world changes created by the events of Sept. 11:

"The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam and Christianity" by M.J. Akbar (Routledge). The clash between two of the world's great religions throughout the centuries, by an expert on Indian and Middle Eastern politics. (May)

"Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad" by David B. Edwards (University of California Press). The lives of three recent Afghan leaders, and how a country whose leaders hoped to create a model of social development turned into an impoverished and politically dysfunctional land. (May)

"Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam" by John Esposito (Oxford University Press). A highly regarded Islam expert places extremist organizations in the broader context of global Islam. (May)

"Inside Al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror" by Rohan Gunaratna (Columbia University Press). Leadership, ideology, structure and tactics of the world's most feared terror network, by a former principal investigator for the United Nations' terrorism branch. (May)

"Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam" by Gilles Kepel, translated by Anthony Roberts (Harvard University Press). The author, fluent in Arabic, traveled throughout the world and examined documents inaccessible to most scholars in writing this book on the "holy struggle" and how it is fragmenting the Muslim world. (April)

"My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story" by Latifa (Talk Miramax). The story of a young, middle-class Afghan woman whose safe, ordered life fell apart when the Taliban took over in Kabul. (April)

"Last Man Down: A New York City Fire Chief and the Collapse of the World Trade Center" by Richard Picciotto with Daniel Paisner (Berkley). Picciotto, the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse, tells his harrowing story. (May)

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LOCAL

March

"Nelson's Run" by Peter Bacho (Willowgate Press). A satire of life in a former colony still yearning to be colonized, based on events in the Philippines. By a Tacoma author.

"Bears of Alaska" by Erwin and Peggy Bauer (Sasquatch). Two Olympic Peninsula wildlife photographers feature their work on bears throughout the length and breadth of Alaska.

"William Morris: Man Adorned" by Blake Edgar and James Yood (Marquand Books/UW Press). A profile of the local glass artist's latest work, depicting prehistoric peoples.

"Stay" by Nicola Griffith (Doubleday). An ex-cop, wracked by the death of her lover, is hired to find the missing fiancé of an old friend. When she finds the man who has been tormenting her, violence explodes. Griffith is the Seattle author of "The Blue Place" and "Ammonite."

"James Lavadour: Landscapes" by Vicki Halper (Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture/UW Press). The Seattle arts writer and curator traces the career of Native American artists James Lavadour whose landscapes, inspired by Oregon's Blue Mountains, blur the line between abstract and figurative art.

"Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of Promiscuity" by Emily White (Scribner). The former editor of The Stranger ponders why "the slut" is such a legendary and universal figure.

"Historic America: The Northwest" by Jim Kaplan (Thunder Bay Press). Accounts of the Native Americans, Christian missionaries, trappers, explorers, loggers, homesteaders, outlaws and intellectuals who have shaped the character of this corner of the country.

"Fatal Mountaineer: The High-Altitude Life and Death of Willi Unsoeld, American Himalayan Legend" by Robert Roper (Thomas Dunne Books). A new biography of the late mountaineering legend and husband of former Congresswoman Jolene Unsoeld.

"Channeling Cleopatra" by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (Ace). A forensic anthropologist looks for Cleopatra's burial place to gain access to her genetic material. By the Port Townsend author.

"The Restless Northwest: A Geological Story" by Hill Williams (Washington State University Press). A "brief, easy-to-follow" overview of the geologic processes that shaped the Northwest, by a former Seattle Times science writer.

April

"A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change" by William H. Calvin (University of Chicago Press). An oft-published University of Washington professor tells us that Earth's cycles of cool and warm have powered the enormous increase in brain size and complexity in human beings.

"Homesick" by Roger Fanning ((Penguin). Poems that take apart pop culture to find the substance and emotion beneath the icons. Fanning is a Seattle poet and the author of "The Island Itself."

"Shirakawa: Stories from a Pacific Northwest Japanese-American Community" by Stan Flewelling (White River Valley Museum/UW Press). A history of the Japanese-American community of the White River Valley, between Seattle and Tacoma, from its beginnings as the truck-farming "breadbasket" of Puget Sound through its sufferings during World War II.

"Alfredo Arreguin: Patterns of Dreams and Nature/Disenos, suenos y naturaleza" by Lauro Flores (University of Washington Press). A retrospective of the work of the Mexican-born Washington artist, by a University of Washington associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and American ethnic studies. With a foreword by Tess Gallagher.

"Robert Willson: Image Maker" by Matthew Kangas (Pace-Willson Foundation/UW Press). The Seattle art critic, and frequent Seattle Times contributor, on the Texan glass artist. And "Bertil Vallien: Somna/Vakna" by Matthew Kangas (William Traver Gallery/UW Press). The Seattle art critic on the Swedish glass sculptor.

"Lone Patriot: The Short Career of an American Militiaman" by Jane Kramer (Pantheon). A New Yorker writer tells the story of a Whatcom County Washington State Militia member, painting a picture "that could easily describe many rural communities in the Pacific Northwest - refuge to a strange assortment of conspiracy theorists, armed 'constitutionalists,' white supremacists, county secessionists, Freemen, con men, Christian fanatics and erstwhile terrorists." There goes the neighborhood!

"Lipstick and Other Stories" by Alex Kuo (Asia 2000/Soho). Short fiction on "trans-Pacific" themes, by the Eastern Washington writer ("Chinese Opera").

"Surgery and Its Alternatives: How To Make the Right Choices for Your Health" by Sandra A. McLanahan and David J. McLanahan (Twin Streams/Kensington). A look at how to employ traditional surgery and alternative therapies in tandem. David McLanahan is a Seattle general surgeon and teacher.

"Hansa: The True Story of an Asian Elephant Baby" by Clare Hodgson Meeker (Sasquatch). Seattle's most famous baby elephant gets the star treatment.

"Season of the Body" by Brenda Miller (Sarabande). Autobiographical essays by a Western Washington University assistant professor of English who is also editor of The Bellingham Review.

"Turbulence" by John J. Nance (Putnam). A new air-disaster thriller from the Tacoma aviation specialist about a restive group of airplane passengers who decide to mutiny after their pilot makes a forced landing in Nigeria.

"Midnight to the North: The Untold Story of the Inuit Woman Who Saved the Polaris Expedition" by Sheila Nickerson (Putnam). A Bellingham author re-creates the story of an Inuit translator who saved the American crew of an 1871 expedition to reach the North Pole.

"Lightning Strikes! Staying Safe Under Stormy Skies" by Jeff Renner (Mountaineers). The KING-5 meteorologist explains how not to get zapped.

"White Grizzly Bear's Legacy: Learning to Be an Indian" by Lawney L. Reyes (UW Press). A Seattle author, son of a Filipino immigrant and a mother descended from the leaders of Eastern Washington's Sin Aikst tribe (part of the Colville Confederated Tribes), examines the Native American experience of displacement, acculturation and self-renewal.

"A Spy for the Redeemer" by Candace Robb (Warner). A new medieval mystery by the Seattle author, featuring ex-soldier and spy Owen Archer.

"Act of God" by Susan R. Sloan (Warner). Mystery about a naval officer who may have killed 200 people in a Seattle abortion clinic. By the Seattle-area author ("Guilt by Association").

"Hidden Hikes in Western Washington" (Mountaineers Books) by Karen Sykes. Lost and underused trails not described in other guidebooks.

"Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in the Cascades," text and photographs by John Suiter (Counterpoint). Suiter pulls together letters, journals, interviews and his own photographs to create a group portrait of these Beat writers and poets, focusing on how the time they spent in the Cascades, often as fire lookouts, shaped their work.

"Drawing Back Culture: The Makah Tribe's Struggle for Repatriation" by Ann M. Tweedie (McLellan/UW Press). An investigation of how the Olympic Peninsula Native American tribe implemented the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to reclaim cultural artifacts held by museums and federal agencies.

May

"Get Down!! Dog Cartoons by Callahan" by John Callahan (Crown). Dog cartoons by John Callahan, Pacific Northwest magazine's wickedly funny cartoonist.

"Baby Blessings: Inspiring Poems and Prayers for Every Stage of Babyhood" by June Cotner (Harmony). An inspirational anthology by a Poulsbo writer.

"21 Dog Years: Doing Time@Amazon.com" by Mike Daisey (Free Press). Daisey's Amazon career, which began as a temp and went up from there, resulted in the material for his one-man show that ran for three months in Seattle. Now comes the book.

"And Then You Die" by Michael Dibdin (Pantheon). The Seattle writer's new Aurelio Zen mystery takes the Italian detective to the beaches of Tuscany and backroads of Sicily.

"Vertical Burn" by Earl Emerson (Ballantine). The firefighter-writer's latest novel is about a man who goes into a fire as a hero - and comes out as an outcast and target. Emerson lives in North Bend.

"Washington Territory" by Robert E. Ficken (Washington State University Press). A new history of our state during the 36 years it was classified as a territory, from 1853 to 1889.

"The Unforgiving Coast: Maritime Disasters of the Pacific Northwest" by David H. Grover (Oregon State University Press). True stories of some of our region's deadliest 20th-century maritime disasters.

"High-Tech Harvest: Understanding Genetically Modified Food Plants" by Paul Lurquin (Westview Press). Billed as a "clear-eyed" look at genetically modified foods. The author teaches at Washington State University.

"Stumbling Toward God: A Prodigal's Return" by Margaret McGee (Innisfree Press/Consortium). A Port Townsend writer's account of her journey from atheism to faith.

"Hard Drive to the Klondike: Promoting Seattle During the Gold Rush" by Lisa Mighetto (Northwest Interpretive Association/UW Press). How Seattle competed with San Francisco, Portland, Tacoma, Victoria and Vancouver, B.C., to become outfitters for miners bound for the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896.

"Don't Look Back" by Amanda Quick (Bantam). Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) brings back two characters from her earlier "Slightly Shady" so they can "woo and win again."

"Midnight Voices" by John Saul (Ballantine). The Seattle horror writer delivers a tale of a widowed mother of two whose second marriage traps her in a creepy (Dakota-like) apartment building on Manhattan's Central Park West.

"Enough About You: Adventures in Autobiography" by David Shields (Simon & Schuster). The University of Washington writing professor and author ("Black Planet") takes on the topic of the impulse to write about oneself through autobiography, memoir and tell-all, using himself as a prime suspect.

June

"Air Ferrets Aloft" and "Rescue Ferrets of Sea" by Richard Bach (Scribner). The Orcas Island author ("Jonathan Livingstone Seagull") switches species with two parables about adventurous ferrets.

"Evening's Empire" by David Herter (Tor). An outsider moves to an Oregon coast town famous for its cheese and finds that strange doings abound, even stranger than the cheese sculptures. By the Seattle author of "Ceres Storm."

"Geology and Plant Life: The Effects of Land Forms and Rock Types on Plants" by Arthur R. Kruckeberg (UW Press). A study by a UW professor emeritus of botany who is also the author of the regional classic, "The Natural History of Puget Sound Country."

"Range of the Possible: Conversations with Contemporary Poets" by Todd Marshall (Eastern Washington University Press/UW Press). The Spokane writer interviews Robert Hass, Linda Bierds, David St. John and other poets.

"Chandigarh's Le Corbusier: The Struggle for Modernity in Postcolonial India" by Vikramaditya Prakash (University of Washington Press). A UW associate dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning recounts modernist architect Charles Le Corbusier's role in designing a new capital city, Chandigarh, for the Punjab in the 1950s.

"The Lifetime Relationship Quiz Book" by Pepper Schwartz (Hyperion). Local "relationship guru" Schwartz gives you a quiz to evaluate your relationship.

"Love, War, and Circuses: The Age-Old Relationship Between Elephants and Humans" by Eric Scigliano (Houghton Mifflin). The Seattle writer draws on his childhood in Vietnam and travels in Burma and Sri Lanka, as he illuminates the relationship between the endangered Asian elephant and human beings.

"Roadrunner" by Trisha R. Thomas (Crown). A second novel by the Tacoma author ("Nappily Ever After"), about a black baseball star whose career is sidelined by an injury.

"Roads to Trails: Northwest Washington" by Washington Trails Association volunteers, coordinated by Ira Spring (Mountaineers Books). A new guide for dedicated hikers wanting to get off the track and hike decommissioned forest service roads.

July

"Lake in the Clouds" by Sara Donati (Bantam). A sequel to the Bellingham writer's historical novel, "Into the Wilderness," set in the American frontier in 1802.

"Distant Shore" by Kristin Hannah (Ballantine). The Bainbridge Island novelist pens a tale of marriage, grief and "a second chance at happiness."

"Faith, Food and Family in a Yupik Whaling Community" by Carol Zane Jolles (McLellan/UW Press). An oral history blending ethnography and ethnohistory, by a UW research faculty member in anthropology.

"The Arraignment" by Steve Martini (Putnam). The prolific Bellingham author returns with a new Paul Madriani legal thriller, this one about Madriani's attempt to find out why a lawyer friend was killed in a hail of gunfire outside the courthouse.

"The Art of Deception" by Ridley Pearson (Hyperion). Seattle cops, including the durable Lou Boldt, follow a "trail of murders through Seattle's forgotten and dangerous underworld." Beach book!

"Hazel Wolf: Fighting the Establishment" by Susan Starbuck (UW Press). A biography of the Seattle social activist, who died in 2000 at 101. Starbuck teaches at Seattle's Antioch University.

August

"The Bear in the Attic" by Patrick F. McManus (Holt). More humorous essays by the Spokane outdoorsman.

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Mary Ann Gwinn is The Seattle Times book editor. Michael Upchurch is a Times book critic.


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