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NW books | Muscular men; a biography of Margaret Sanger

Books of Seattle-area interest: David L. Chapman’s “Universal Hunks,” Ken Jennings’ “Because I Said So!” in paperback, Peter Bagge’s “Woman Rebel” and Kirby Larson’s “Duke.”

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“Universal Hunks: A Pictorial History of Muscular Men around the World, 1895-1975” by David L. Chapman with Douglas Brown (Arsenal Pulp Press, $29.95). From European strongmen to the wrestlers of sub-Saharan Africa, this volume presents a visual array of muscular men from around the world. Chapman, who lives in Seattle, will discuss “Universal Hunks” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Elliott Bay Book Co. (206-624-6600 or

“Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids” by Ken Jennings (Scribner, $15). New in paperback: Remember Mom’s surefire “feed a cold, starve a fever” cure? Or her warning that looking at the sun will make you blind? Record-breaking “Jeopardy!” champion Jennings takes those age-old adages to task, figuring out whether parents really do know best. He lives near Seattle.

“Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story” written and illustrated by Peter Bagge (Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95). In this hardcover graphic novel, award-winning cartoonist Bagge illustrates the life of birth-control activist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. Bagge lives in Seattle.

“Duke” by Kirby Larson (Scholastic Press, $16.99). For ages 8-12: This story, set during the time of World War II, is about Hobie Hanson, an 11-year-old boy who wants his father — fighting overseas — to come home. Hobie donates his dog, Duke, to help in the war effort. Then, Hobie’s father is captured by the Germans. The young boy is left wondering whether he’ll see his father or his beloved pet ever again. Larson lives in Seattle.

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