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Originally published Monday, June 6, 2011 at 7:01 PM

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Local books: alcoholism, globalization and the lingering appeal of Pudding Pops

New in local books: a mother battles alcoholism, a Mexican village confronts globalism and a Seattle pop-culture expert wonders whatever happened to Pudding Pops and other artifacts of the '70s and '80s.

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"Best Kept Secret" by Amy Hatvany (Atria, $15). By a Seattle author: a novel about a mother who increasingly relies on alcohol to dull the pain of her divorce, jeopardizing her life with her 5-year-old son. Hatvany discusses her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free (425-450-1765 or

"Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes & Trends of the '70s and '80s" by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont (Perigee, $12.95). The authors reminisce about Pop Rocks, Sea-Monkeys, the 1976 trucker-inspired hit "Convoy" and other childhood memories of Generation X. Cooper lives in Seattle; Bellmont in the Twin Cities. Cooper discusses her book at 6:30 p.m. June 18 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park (206-366-3333 or and at 7 p.m. June 20 at the University Book Store (U-District branch; 206-634-3400 or

"No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy" by Wendy Call (University of Nebraska Press, $29.95). The author, a former writer in residence at Seattle University, examines the effects of globalization on a small village on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and the ongoing struggle of the local people to protect their lands and their livelihoods. The author will discuss her book at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Eagle Harbor Book Co. on Bainbridge Island (206-842-5332 or and at 5 p.m. June 26 at Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Co. (206-634-3400 or

"Lord Langley is Back in Town" by Elizabeth Boyle (Avon, $7.99). Lord Langley, that brazen rake, returns after years as a diplomat and spy, hoping to shed his checkered past and persistent ex-lovers by proposing to "staid, serious" Minerva Sterling. Complications ensue.

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