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Local books: Mormon dissenters, challenging co-workers

New in local books: Mormon dissenters, challenging co-workers and a kids' book lampooning the electoral process.

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"Playing with Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West," edited by Polly Aird, Jeff Nichols and Will Bagley (Arthur H. Clarke/University of Oklahoma, $45). This volume, the 13th in the Kingdom in the West series, collects narratives of four individuals — George Armstrong Hicks, Charles Derry, Ann Gordge and Brigham Young Hampton — who left the Mormon church, providing an overview of dissent from the religion's beginning to the early 20th century. Aird, an independent historian, lives in Seattle.

"Peer Power: Transforming Workplace Relationships" by Cynthia Clay and Ray Olitt (Jossey-Bass, $34.95). This book promotes effective interpersonal collaboration at work by discussing how to work with and even change the behavior of peers, including "challenging co-workers and bosses" such as the drive-by boss, the manipulator, the slacker and the whiner. Clay, a Seattle resident, is also the author of "Great Webinars: How to Create Interactive Learning that is Captivating, Informative, and Fun." Olitt lives in Edmonds.

"Vote for Me!" by Ben Clanton (Kids Can Press, $16.95). For ages 4-8: A picture book that pokes gentle fun at the electoral process, as Donkey and Elephant battle to win favor and friends. Author/illustrator Clanton lives in Seattle's Mount Baker/Columbia City neighborhood.

"Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010" by Barbara Matilsky (Whatcom Museum/University of Washington Press, $20). A book/catalog based on a 2010 exhibit at Bellingham's Whatcom Museum. Includes works by Emily Carr, Imogen Cunningham, Fay Jones, Sherry Markovitz, Barbara Earl Thomas, Patti Warashina and others. Matilsky is curator of art at the museum.

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