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Originally published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:15 AM

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Alexie’s latest poetry; intrigue in the Czech Republic

New books by Northwest authors: a new poetry collection by Sherman Alexie; a Seattle writer’s debut novel set in the Czech Republic; a look at how things go viral online; the treasures you don’t get to see in museums.

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New releases

“What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned” by Sherman Alexie (Hanging Loose Press, $19). Seattle author Alexie’s latest book of poetry proves his dedication to the genre that defined his early literary career. Hanging Loose Press also published Alexie’s first book, “The Business of Fancy Dancing,” in 1992.

“Better You Go Home” by Scott Driscoll (Coffeetown Press, $13.95). A critically ill Seattle man unearths family secrets while visiting the Czech Republic in this debut novel by Driscoll, who has been teaching creative writing at the University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education for 17 years. Coffeetown Press is based in Seattle.

“Going Viral” by Karine Nahon and Jeff Hemsley (Polity Press, $19.95). Nahon, an associate professor at the University of Washington Information School, and Hemsley, a UW doctoral candidate, uncover the factors that make things go viral online. Their analysis of the networks that shape virality looks at the role of gatekeepers who control the flow of information.

“Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You” by Harriet Baskas (Globe Pequot Press, $19.95). Seattle multimedia journalist Baskas takes readers inside the backrooms and locked cabinets of more than 55 U.S. museums and special collections for a look at objects that are rarely displayed. For example, the Smithsonian Institution doesn’t display its collection of condoms.

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