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Originally published Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 5:31 AM

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Local Books: 'Reamde' in paperback, Indian studies, finance

Neal Stephenson's best-seller "Reamde" is out in paperback, plus "Song of Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau" and "Chinuk Wawa," two books on Northwest Native Americans, and "Securing Your Financial Future," personal finance for beginners.

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"Reamde" by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow, $18.99). New in paperback. The Seattle author's New York Times best-seller puts an Iowa farmboy/draft dodger and marijuana smuggler/online-game magnate in a high-stakes global thriller where "even the slightest of the book's narrative threads takes entertaining twists, and the main plot lines crisscross crazily," wrote Seattle Times freelance reviewer Nisi Shawl.

"Song of Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau: The Jesuit, the Medicine Man, and the Indian Hymn Singer" by Chad S. Hamill (Oregon State University Press, $21.95). The narrative explores the relationship between song and spirituality on the Columbia Plateau, east of the Cascades, and is enhanced by numerous photographs and translations of old Indian hymns. Hamill is of Native Plateau ancestry and has served as Associate Director of the Plateau Center of American Indian Studies at Washington State University.

"Chinuk Wawa: As Our Elders Teach Us To Speak It" by The Chinuk Wawa Dictionary Project (University of Washington Press, $29.95). "Kapxu, noun. Older sibling (brother or sister)." This dictionary of Chinuk Wawa, an intertribal hybrid language indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, was created to preserve the record and create a resource for those wishing to learn to speak the language, says the preface.

"Securing Your Financial Future: Complete Personal Finance for Beginners" by Chris Smith (Rowman & Littlefield, $19.95). A Seattle-based author and father of two college-age children offers the basics of personal finance. Budgeting, borrowing, buying — it's all here "in clear, accessible, and lively language," according to the publisher.

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