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Eating local, ‘Tainted Earth’ and brave dogs

Vicki Robin writes about the value of eating local, plus a study of the rise of public-health concerns about smelters, including the ASARCO smelter in Tacoma.

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“Blessing the Hands That Feed Us” by Vicki Robin (Viking, $26.95). Robin, co-author of “Your Money or Your Life,” writes about how the process of choosing and eating local food can transform our minds, bodies and communities. She lived for a month eating only food produced within a 10-mile radius of her Whidbey Island home.

“Tainted Earth: Smelters, Public Health, and the Environment” by Marianne Sullivan (Rutgers University Press, $28.95). “Tainted Earth” “traces the rise of public health concerns about nonferrous smelting in the western United States,” according to the publisher. One featured site: the ASARCO smelter in Tacoma. Sullivan, a professor of public health at William Paterson University in New Jersey, served as an epidemiologist for Public Health-Seattle and King County.

“Boys Camp: Nate’s Story” by Kitson Jazynka, illustrated by Craig Orback. (Sky Pony Press, $14.95). This adventure, geared to boys between 8 and 12, centers on bravery and friendship. Orback is a Seattle illustrator.

“The Last Dogs: The Long Road” by Christopher Holt (Little, Brown, $17). For ages 9-12: The third book in the Seattle author’s post-apocalyptic survival story finds the three dogs with the power to read and understand human speech. They follow beacons to find their missing humans.

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