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Originally published Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:01 PM

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Local books: The Long Way Home, bilingual children's books and new urban fantasy

New in local books: David Laskin's "The Long Way Home" new in paperback; two bilingual picture books for children; a Chris Crutcher novella collection; and new fantasies by Patricia Briggs.

New releases

"The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War" by David Laskin (Harper-

Perennial, $15.99). In bookstores in paperback March 15: Seattle author Laskin's history of a dozen men who emigrated from Europe, found a new home in America, then returned to their native lands to fight in World War I. "Laskin has succeeded in taking two familiar American stories and, by combining them, enabled us to see them fresh," said Drew DeSilver in a Seattle Times review.

Laskin will discuss "The Long Way Home" at these local bookstores: at 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park (free; 206-366-3333 or and at 7 p.m. April 20 at Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Co. (free; 206-624-6600 or

"Mamá and Me" by Arthur Dorros, pictures by Rudy Gutierrez (HarperCollins Children's Books, $16.99). For ages 4-8: a bright and beautiful picture book about the love between a bilingual girl and her Mamá. A dulce Mother's Day story by Seattle author Dorros; Gutierrez's colorful illustrations pop off the page.

"The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred" by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Rafael López (Charlesbridge, $17.95). For ages 5-8: another lively and colorful tale that's a bilingual variation of "this is the house that Jack built," about a farm girl who whips up a tasty dish with the help of farm animals. A yummy-looking recipe for Arroz con Leche is included. Vamos lives in Bellevue.

"Angry Management" by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow, $8.99). For ages 14 and up: three novellas by the award-winning Spokane author, who brings back some of his more memorable characters to populate stories about "prejudice, rage and hope. About surviving it all and showing the world that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," according to the publisher.

"River Marked" by Patricia Briggs (Ace, $26.95). A new urban fantasy by Washington state author Briggs featuring Mercy Thompson, a car mechanic/shape-shifter who associates with witches, werewolves, vampires and ordinary people. In this book, Mercy confronts "an evil ... stirring in the depths of the Columbia River." Briggs' novel "Wolfsbane" (Ace, $7.99), a sequel to her first novel "Masques," is also new in paperback.

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