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NW Books: Why do ravens share food?

New books of Seattle interest: “How In Heaven’s Name,” “Dog Days, Raven Nights,” “Mania” and “Necessary Ill.”

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I need to get the book about why ravens share food. Presumably the other corvids... MORE
I'm guessing, based on other reading that they create alliances and cement bonds... MORE


New releases

“Dog Days, Raven Nights” by John M. Marzluff and Colleen Marzluff (Yale University Press, $17). New in paperback: Seattle’s Marzluffs, University of Washington professor John and wildlife biologist Colleen, were part of a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project from 1988 to 1991 which aimed to answer why ravens share food. Many years later, they published this book, a fascinating account of their four years studying the birds, with the goal of motivating young scientists and bringing their findings to a wider audience.

“How In Heaven’s Name: A Novel of World War Two” by Cho Chongnae, translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton (MerwinAsia, $22.95). The Fultons, a Seattle husband and wife, have made it their mission to translate the literature of Korea for English-speaking readers. This novel looks at the uprooting and dislocation that is widespread through modern Korean and East Asian history, through a group of Korean youths.

“Mania: The Story of the Outraged & Outrageous Lives that Launched a Cultural Revolution” by Ronald K.L. Collins and David M. Skover (Top Five Books, $26). This literary biography tells the thrilling tale of a group of rebellious youths who turned counterculture into the mainstream and became stars in the process. Learn about the dark sides of some of the 20th-century’s greats: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and others. Skover teaches at Seattle University.

“Necessary Ill” by Deb Taber (Aqueduct Press, $20). How does the world stay in balance? Bellingham’s Taber explores the concept through her science-fiction novel, in which people are in charge of designing plagues to set the world straight.

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