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Books make memorable, lasting gifts

The bears of Alaska's Wildlife, from Graphic Arts Center Publishing.

gift books For a special gift with a personal touch, consider a book or calendar, selected with the interests of the recipient in mind. Several publications with local focus are ready for the holiday season.

   The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Northwest Poets & Artists Calendar by The Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council features the work of local artists and poets such as Sherry Rind from Redmond. The calendar, selling for $12.95, is available at regional retail outlets or by calling (206) 842-7901 or 1-800-501-8795.

   Henriette Anne Klauser, highly-acclaimed author of Writing on Both Sides of the Brain, has penned a new book, Put Your Heart on Paper: Staying Connected in a Loose-Ends World. The book is filled with inspiring stories of people who have already discovered how worthwhile putting pen to paper can be. Publisher's Weekly gave this book its "starred" review, calling it "moving and inspiring...a source book...one of the best available."

   A new photo-essay book, Washington Apple Country, by Rick Steigmeyer and John Marshall, selling for $39.95 at area booksellers, will interest out-of-staters as well as locals. The book showcases the orchards of central Washington and shares insightful text about the Washington apple industry.

   If you've never been face to face with a grizzly, peeked into the nest of a loon, or sailed alongside a pod of Orcas, Tom Walker will take you there in Alaska's Wildlife, a lushly photographed coffee table treasure from Graphic Arts Center Publishing, for $39.95. In his accompanying essay, author-photographer Walker relates his many euphoric experiences as well as his disappointments, and shares his knowledge of the animals he has come to know so well. Walker, a leading wildlife photographer, has spent most of the last 30 years in the Alaskan and Canadian wilderness, photographing everything from moose to Arctic foxes and porpoises.

   Seafood lovers, fishermen, and chefs will appreciate The Alaska Heritage Seafood Cookbook: Great Recipes from Alaska's Rich Kettle of Fish, retailing for $18.95 at bookstores. The fish featured in the recipes include halibut, cod, salmon, crab, steelhead, herring, flounder, sole, and trout. Author Ann Chandonnet has woven tales of Alaska's rich history with the recipes.

   Author Karen Barnaby uses the distinctive ingredients of the West Coast to create the dishes found in Pacific Passions Cookbook. In this new cookbook that retails for $14.95, you'll find old favorites as well as unusual and exciting variations on local seasonal staples. Barnaby, currently executive chef at The Fish House in Stanley Park and Pacific Northwest Magazine Chef of the Year in 1994, also relates anecdotes and confessions of mistakes in her cooking career.

   Christmas in Washington Cookbook features delicious, festive recipes from chefs and cooks across the state and captures the delightful flavors of the Evergreen State during the holiday season. Try Christmas dinner Washington style, with Holiday Artichoke Dip, Christmas Corn Chowder, Yule Kage, Scottish Scones, Egg Nog Cranberry Salad, Moushella, Swedish Meatballs, Roast Turkey & Corn Bread Stuffing, Bavarian Apple Strudel, and Candied Cranberries. At $8.95, the book by Janet Walker is available from Golden West Publishers, 1-800-658-5830. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Washington branch of The Salvation Army.

   Oregon chef Lucy Gerspacher demonstrates the versatility of the hazelnut in the new Hazelnuts & More Cookbook from Graphic Arts Center Publishing for $27.95. Widely used in gourmet confections, hazelnuts are known for their delicate flavor. In this cookbook, Gerspacher broadens the culinary uses of the hazelnut beyond dessert. The book offers recipes from the first appetizer of Baked Brie with Hazelnuts & Mangoes to the main course of Chicken Breasts with Cranberry & Hazelnut Stuffing to dessert of Poached Pears with Hazelnut Ganache & Fresh Raspberry Sauce. Sections include appetizers, salads, soups, fish, meat and poultry, pasta and grains, vegetables, breads, and sweets.

   History buffs will be intrigued by Rufus Woods, the Columbia River, and the Building of Modern Washington, a new book from Washington State University Press by historian Robert E. Ficken. This is the first full biography of Woods, one of the Northwest's most influential newspapermen. To order ($25 for paperback, $40 for cloth), call WSU Press at 800/354-7360.

   Also from WSU Press is a reprint of a Civil War classic, Confederate Raider in the North Pacific: The Saga of the C.S.S. Shenandoah, 1864-65, by noted Northwest historian Murray Morgan. The book, first published in 1948, retails for $19.95 at bookstores, or is available by calling 800-354-7360.

   To celebrate the centennial of the University of Washington's present campus, the University of Washington and Documentary Book Publishers have published The Fountain and the Mountain. The book is available through the UW Alumni Association or at The Bon Marche for $40. Proceeds from book sales will benefit UW Alumni Association programs. Call 543-0540.

   In Snoqualmie Pass: From Indian Trail to Interstate ($9.95), author Yvonne Prater recounts stories of people who forged a path through the area known to natives as "Snoqua-limoo" and follows the events that helped it become a modern-day superhighway.

   Follow writer Robert Ferguson as he leads you through Seattle's Lake View Cemetery and relates stories of the city's founding families in The Pioneers of Lake View. The book takes the reader to more than 70 graves and reveals the lives, deaths, and secrets of Seattle's pioneers. From Thistle Press, the book sells for $12.95.

Outdoors & Sports
   For the golfer who has everything, the American Lung Association has the answer: the 1996 Golf Privilege Club book. This membership book allows a golfer to play for free or reduced fees at over 740 West Coast golf courses. Call (800) 732-9339 or (206) 441-5100, or send a check ($25 per book, or four books for $75, plus $1 per book for postage and handling) to American Lung Association of Washington, Golf Privilege Club, 2625 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98121-1200.

   Mountaineers Books' latest offerings:

    Mountaineers publications are available at most bookstores or by calling 1-800-553-4453.

   The science fiction fantasy Sing the Light by Redmond concert singer Louise Marley tells the story of Sira, the "Cantrix" whose song warms the cold, heals the sick, and gives light to every darkness in the land of Nevya. Sing the Light ($5.50) was recently released by Ace Books of Berkeley Publishing Group.