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Originally published Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:15 AM

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Wine to the max, Puget Sound history, a kid who ‘can’

New books by Northwest authors: the wine world’s fringes; a Puget Sound pioneer’s dispatches; a dyslexic child’s journey to “I can”; a children’s book about memory.

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“Extreme Wine” by Mike Veseth (Rowman & Littlefield, $24.95). Wine economist and University of Puget Sound professor emeritus Veseth searches the globe to find the best, worst, cheapest and most expensive wines. Along the way he introduces us to outrageous people and strange places as he probes the wine world’s booms and busts.

“Yankee on Puget Sound: Pioneer Dispatches of Edward Jay Allen, 1852-1855” by Karen L. Johnson and Dennis M. Larsen (Washington State University Press, $29.95). WSU alums Johnson and Larsen, who reside in Chehalis and Olympia, respectively, mine the letters and diary of Jay, whose observations of his three-year journey provide insight into Pacific Northwest history.

“The Boy Who Learned Upside Down” by Christy Scattarella, illustrated by Winky Wheeler (Black Heron Press, $18.99). Portland resident and former Seattle Times reporter Christy Scattarella’s book is based on the true story of a dyslexic child’s journey from “I can’t” to “I can.” The book is an outgrowth of The Shadow Project (founded by Scattarella and named after her son Alex’s mutt, Shadow), which teams with teachers to help special-ed kids recognize themselves as capable learners.

“Once Upon a Memory” by Nina Laden, illustrated by Renata Liwska (Little, Brown, $17). For ages 3-6: The picture book asks rhetorical questions about beginnings: “Does a cake remember it was once grain? Does a statue remember it was once stone?” Finally, it wonders: “Will you remember you once were a child?” Laden lives in Seattle and Lummi Island.

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