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Originally published Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:15 AM

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Buddhism and biology, a Lummi carver’s story

New books by Seattle-area authors: the links between Buddhism and biology, a Lummi carver’s story told by his daughter, a basketball saga for young hoopsters.

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New releases

“Buddhist Biology” by David P. Barash (Oxford University Press, $29.95). University of Washington psychology professor Barash explores how Buddhism and biology illuminate each other. In the process he offers a worldview with implications for political action.

“A Totem Pole History: The work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire” by Pauline Hillaire (University of Nebraska Press, $40). Pauline Hillaire, a Lummi cultural historian, tells the story of her father’s life and the Lummi teachings and history that influenced his work. The volume includes essays from eight contributors on Coast Salish art and carvings.

“Swagger” by Carl Deuker (Houghton Mifflin, $17.99). For ages 14-17: The exciting play-by-play descriptions of high-school basketball teams will hook sports fans, but there’s more going on with fictional Harding High’s new young, charismatic coach than just winning games. Jonas, a California transplant to the Northwest, must make tough ethical decisions when his friend and fellow teammate Levi confides in him. The team plays Garfield, Inglemoor and other local high schools, and characters visit Green Lake and Mount Rainier. Deuker lives in Seattle.

“Dead Girls Don’t Lie” by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (Walker Books, $17.99). For ages 14-17: Jaycee blames herself for her estranged best friend’s death. If only she’d read Rachel’s last text, pleading for help, instead of kissing a cute boy. As Jaycee tries to find out whether Rachel’s death is connected to an alleged gang shooting of another teenager, she isn’t sure who can be trusted in her small town. Wolf lives in Lacey.

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