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NW books | A holiday love story; museums’ ‘Hidden Treasures’

Books of Seattle-area interest: Debbie Macomber’s “Starry Night,” Harriet Baskas’ “Hidden Treasures,” “A Yankee on Puget Sound” and “The Diamond Deep” by Brenda Cooper.

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“Starry Night” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine Books, $18). Gossip columnist Carrie Slayton takes on the challenge of securing the first-ever interview with best-selling author Finn Dalton. But what starts off as Carrie trying to prove herself as a serious journalist turns into an unexpected holiday love story. Best-selling author Macomber lives in Port Orchard.

“Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You” by Harriet Baskas (Globe Pequot Press, $19.95). From Pink Floyd’s 17-foot inflatable pig to a minuscule diorama inside of a matchbox, museums keep many items under lock and key instead of putting them on display. With this volume, readers can explore more than 50 collections they wouldn’t see while visiting museums. Baskas lives in Seattle.

“A Yankee on Puget Sound: Pioneer Dispatches of Edward Jay Allen” by Karen L. Johnson and Dennis M. Larsen (Washington State University Press, $29.95). This slice of Pacific Northwest history tells the story of pioneer Edward Jay Allen, whose travels included the first documented ascent of Mount Adams and a journey across Puget Sound. Both authors are Washington State University graduates; Johnson lives in Chehalis and Larsen in Olympia.

“The Diamond Deep” by Brenda Cooper (Prometheus Books, $18). Following “The Creative Fire” as the second tale in Ruby Martin’s adventures, Ruby and the crew of the discovery spaceship Creative Fire arrive home, where they are cast to the bottom of an advanced society of technology and riches. Ruby must find a way to save her people from this strange world. Cooper lives in Bellevue.

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