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Originally published January 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM | Page modified January 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM

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Local books: Encounters with Ishi, love tips and job-hunting strategies

A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.

New releases

"Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America" by Douglas Cazaux Sackman (Oxford University Press, $24.95). A professor of history at the University of Puget Sound writes of the encounter between American anthropologist Alfred Kroeber (1876-1960) and Ishi, the last survivor of California's Yahi Indian tribe. Ishi was the focus of an anthropology classic by Alfred's wife, Theodora Kroeber, "Ishi in Two Worlds." Sackman's emphasis is equally on Alfred Kroeber, whose work with Ishi would lead him to "question his own profession and his civilization," rekindling in him "a wildness of his own." Alfred and Theodora Kroeber, by the way, were the parents of novelist Ursula K. Le Guin.

"A Time Before Slaughter" by Paul E. Nelson (Apprentice House, $12.95, A narrative poem about the town of Auburn, originally named Slaughter after Lieutenant William Slaughter, who died in a conflict with Indians in 1855. Nelson takes readers "through events — at times beautiful, at times horrific — that shaped Auburn's history." He reads 3 p.m. Jan. 24, Open Books, 414 N. 45th St., Seattle; free (206-633-0811 or

"Over 40 & You're Hired!: Secrets to Landing a Great Job" by Robin Ryan (Penguin, $15). The Seattle-area career counselor shares tips on "how to effectively stand out and appeal to employers amid age discrimination and floods of competition."

"L.O.V.E.: Putting Your Love Styles to Work for You" by Les and Leslie Parrott (Zondervan, $14.99). The founders of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University tackle such issues as "communication and conflict, as well as sex and intimacy" by focusing on four "love styles": "Leader: The Take-Charge Spouse," "Optimist: The Encouraging Spouse," "Validator: The Devoted Spouse" and "Evaluator: The Careful Spouse."

"Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills" by Raleigh Briggs (Microcosm, $7, A Seattle 'zine writer gives tips on "how to craft a sustainable domestic life outside of consumer consciousness."

Seattle Times staff

For possible listing in "Local Books," send a finished copy of the book, with price and publication date, to Local Books, Seattle Times, 1120 John St., Seattle, WA 98109. No self-published or vanity-published titles, please.

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