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Local books | Cats, happiness, negotiating with parents

Books of Seattle-area interest: “How to Be a Cat” by Nikki McClure, “Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain” by Lucia Perillo, “How to Negotiate Everything” by David Spellman with Lisa Lutz and “Traditions of Caring,” by Junius Rochester

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“How to Be a Cat” by Nikki McClure (Abrams, $16.95). For ages 2-6: With a single word on a double-page spread, the deceptively simple story follows a kitten and its mom. Told primarily through the Olympia artist’s dramatic black-and-white paper-cut illustrations, the kitten is “brave” after pouncing on mom’s tail and must “wait” after getting lost stalking a butterfly. Fortunately, mom can “find” her baby, leading it home to “feast” and “dream.”

“Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain” by Lucia Perillo (W.W. Norton, $14.95). New in paperback: Olympia resident Perillo’s collection of 14 short stories, which take place in and around a small Pacific Northwest town, “are keenly observed, attentively fashioned scripts on the inevitability of our demise,” wrote Barbara Lloyd McMichael in The Seattle Times.

“How to Negotiate Everything” by David Spellman with Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster , $16.99). For ages 4-8: This children’s guide for getting what you want from your parents features the illustrations of Seattle artist Jaime Temairik.

“Traditions of Caring” by Junius Rochester (Tommie Press, $ 32 soft cover; $42 hard cover). The story of Norse Home, a retirement and assisted-living community in Seattle, is told with the assistance of two fictional Norwegians, Harald Larssen and Anna Sagstad. Available at Norse Home (, 5311 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, and at Scandinavian Specialties (, 6719 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle.

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