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NW books | Remembering JFK; a Washington murder mystery

Books of Seattle-area interest: “November 22,1973: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy” by Dean R. Owen, “Traps” by MacKenzie Bezos, “Practice to Deceive” by Ann Rule and “Bridging a Great Divide” by Kathie Durvin.

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“November 22, 1973: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy” by Dean R. Owen (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95). Released in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, this is a compilation of reflections from those who worked closely with and for the former president, including Walter Mondale, Benjamin Bradlee, Barry Goldwater Jr., Tom Brokaw, Billy Graham, John Lewis and others. The collection contains more than 100 stories remembering the time when “America lost its innocence.” Owen, a journalist who specializes in public policy, lives in Federal Way. With a foreword by the late Helen Thomas, UPI White House reporter.

“Practice to Deceive” by Ann Rule (Gallery Books, $26.99). Russ Douglas, who was spending Christmas 2003 on Whidbey Island with his children and estranged wife, left to run errands. Neighbors found him the next day in his car, dead from a single gunshot to the head. Rule, an award-winning crime writer and former Seattle police officer, delves into this real-life murder mystery. She lives near Seattle.

“Traps” by MacKenzie Bezos (Vintage Books, $14.95). New in paperback: This novel brings together Jessica, Vivian, Lynn and Dana — four women, each wrestling with the troubles in their own lives. Bezos brings her characters to life through “the theme of emotional disconnection,” Seattle Times reviewer Ellen Emry Heltzel wrote. Bezos, wife of founder Jeff Bezos, lives in her husband and four children in Seattle.

“Bridging a Great Divide: The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge” by Kathie Durbin (Oregon State University Press, $21.95). Environmental journalist Durbin argues that the passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act in 1986 has altered communities on both sides of the river in Washington and Oregon. She suggests that the Pacific Northwest will follow suit, with the Gorge’s shift from an economy based on natural resources to a focus on recreation and technology.

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