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NW books | A Quincy Jones biography; ‘Ascendance’

Books of Seattle-area interest: “Quincy Jones: His Life in Music” by Clarence Bernard Henry, “Ascendance” by Tim McNulty, “How Literature Saved My Life” (new in paperback) by David Shields and “The League” by Thatcher Heldring.

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“Quincy Jones: His Life in Music” by Clarence Bernard Henry (University Press of Mississippi, $35). A biography of Quincy Jones, a musician, producer, composer and humanitarian famous for his collaborations with artists including Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Jones, a Garfield High School graduate, grew up in Seattle.

“Ascendance” by Tim McNulty (Pleasure Boat Studio, $16). In his third collection of poetry, McNulty fuses his passion for writing and nature. He blends landscapes and creatures with themes of family, friendship, solitude and work. McNulty, who reviews books for The Seattle Times, lives in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains.

“How Literature Saved My Life” by David Shields (Vintage Books, $15.95). New in paperback: The latest examination/deconstruction of literature from Shields, a University of Washington professor. Shields “continues his massive private-works project of shredding and reassembling the accumulated inputs of art and life,” wrote Seattle Times reviewer David Laskin.

“The League” by Thatcher Heldring (Delacorte, $15.99). For ages 12-14: Wyatt is tired of being bullied, tired of being small and tired of the cute girl next door liking cool football players instead of him. He wants to play football instead of golf with his dad. But lying to his parents about ditching golf camp to play in a secret, no-rules football “League of Pain” leads to more deception than Wyatt anticipates. Heldring lives in Seattle.

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