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.”
“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.