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NW books | Churches of Seattle, an Alaska fishing memoir

Books of Seattle-area interest: “Inspired: Churches of Seattle:” “Four Thousand Hooks” in paperback; “A Very Witchy Spelling Bee” and “Wise Young Fool.”

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“Inspired: Churches of Seattle” by Rick Grant, photographed by Lara Swimmer (Documentary Media, $24.95). This handsome coffee-table book features churches both in Seattle and on the Eastside, from the city’s cornerstone Episcopal churches and Russian Orthodox cathedrals to Redmond’s Overlake Christian Church and the breathtaking Chapel of St. Ignatius on the Seattle University campus. Grant is a Seattle-based freelance writer; Swimmer, an architectural photographer, lives in West Seattle.

“Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska” by Dean Adams (University of Washington Press, $16.95). New in paperback: the Seattle author’s memoir of coming of age on a wooden halibut schooner in the waters off Kodiak Island, where he began his fishing career at age 16 in 1972. Seattle Times reviewer Irene Wanner called it “a marvelous loss-of-innocence book.”

“A Very Witchy Spelling Bee” by George Shannon, illustrated by Mark Fearing (Harcourt, $16.99). For ages 5-9: Young Cordelia loves to “double spell” (she takes a word and changes it into something else by adding a letter). But when she enters a Double Spelling Bee, she has to go head to head with 203-year-old Beulah, a 13-time winner who isn’t above turning Cordelia’s hair into a chair or her ears into pears. The author lives on Bainbridge Island.

“Wise Young Fool” by Sean Beaudoin (Little, Brown, $18). For ages 15 and up: It sounds like the plot of a twisted after-school special — Ritchie Sudden’s sister dies when she is hit by a drunken driver; his dad splits from the family; and his mom’s girlfriend moves in and they decide to have a baby. Throw in cursing, hard-core rock, song lyrics, fighting and, oh, jail time — and it turns out to be cool and poignant at the same time. Beaudoin lives in Seattle.

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