NW Books: A look at the intelligence of crows
New books of Seattle interest: “Gifts of the Crow,” “Governors of Washington,” “The Columbia River Treaty Revisited” and “Scarlet.”
“Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans” by John Marzluff and Tony Angell (Atria,$15). New in paperback: Marzluff, a renowned corvid expert and University of Washington professor, and wildlife artist Angell collaborate on this book, which brings readers up-to-date on crow and raven intelligence and how it works. “After reading their latest book about these amazing birds, the question in this reader’s mind has become — not what can a crow do, but what can’t a crow do?” wrote Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn.
“Governors of Washington” by George W. Scott (Civitas Press, $24.95). With 14 years as a Washington state legislator under his belt, this Seattle author and historian brings us a comprehensive look at the governors of Washington, from 1853 through Gary Locke’s term, which ended in 2005.
“The Columbia River Treaty Revisited: Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty” edited by Barbara Cosens (Oregon State University Press, $29.95). The 1964 Columbia River Treaty split regulation of the river between Canada and the United States. This book, with contributions from historians, geographers and environmental scientists, aims to aid conversation about the treaty before some of its provisions expire in 2024.
“Scarlet” by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, $17.99). For ages 13 and up: The sequel to Meyer’s New York Times best-seller, “Cinder,” offers a futuristic twist on Little Red Riding Hood, complete with a handsome big, bad wolf. The intertwining plot also keeps tabs on the cyborg Cinderella’s escape from jail, adding both background on Cinder’s past and new mysteries. Fans should enjoy the sci-fi rush as the story turns darker and more violent, tempered by the title character’s romance and a little humor from Cinder’s fellow captive and new sidekick, Captain Thorne. The ending will leave readers impatient for the third (Rapunzel) and fourth (Snow White) books in the Lunar Chronicles. The author lives in Tacoma.