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Originally published Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM

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Local books: Seattle Rainiers, cyberterrorism and new books for kids and teens

New in local books: a history of the Seattle Rainiers baseball team; a cyber-thriller by a Microsoft fellow; and three new books for children and teens, including a novel by Deb Caletti.

New releases

"Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers" by Dan Raley (University of Nebraska Press, $26). Raley, an editor with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, worked as a sports writer at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for more than three decades. He tells the story of the Rainiers, the Seattle-based baseball team that entertained local fans for 27 years. There are appearances by local heroes such as Emil Sick, who rescued the team from oblivion in 1937, as well as cameos by stars such as Babe Ruth, who apparently made an unsuccessful bid to manage the team. Includes 52 photographs of players and memorabilia from Northwest baseball collector David Eskenazi.

"Zero Day" by Mark Russinovich (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, $24.99). The author, a technical fellow at Microsoft and an expert on the Windows operating system, writes a thriller imagining what might happen when a cyberterrorist attack disables pretty much everything run by a computer, including airplanes and nuclear-power plants. A disaffected government analyst fears that a more general attack on the U.S. computer infrastructure is on the way.

"The Year We Were Famous" by Carole Estby Dagg (Clarion, $16.99). For ages 12 and up: Dagg, a former librarian with the Everett Public Library, writes a book based on the life of her great-grandmother, Helga Estby, and her great-aunt, Clara Estby, who in 1896 dealt with the imminent foreclosure on their family home by hatching a deal with a publisher — if they walked the 4,600 miles from Mica Creek Wash., to New York City, the publisher would award them a prize of $10,000. Dagg will discuss her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Secret Garden Bookshop, 2214 N.W. Market St., Seattle; free (206-789-5006 or

"Stay" by Deb Caletti (Simon & Schuster Children's Books, $16.99). For ages 12 and up: The Seattle-area author ("Honey, Baby, Sweetheart") writes a novel about a young woman who grapples with a young man's obsession with her, though she's left her hometown for the summer to get some distance from it.

"Vesper: A Deviants Novel" by Jeff Sampson (HarperCollins Childrens' Books, $16.99). For grades seven and up: Sampson, a Tukwila author, wrote this novel about Emily, a girl geek who is perfectly happy reading and watching old sci-fi shows on DVD. But she can't explain to herself why she's turning into a thrill-seeker who might have a monster inside her that's struggling to break free.

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