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Poetry by David Guterson tops list of local reads

New books by Northwest authors: poetry by David Guterson and Susan Rich, a reissue of an Anderson Island memoir and the story of female nurses in World War II.

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New releases

“Songs for a Summons” by David Guterson (Lost Horse Press, $18). Acclaimed Bainbridge Island author and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, Guterson gathers inspiration from the Pacific Northwest landscape to produce his first book of poetry.

“Island Year” by Hazel Heckman , drawings by Laurie Olin (University of Washington Press, $30). First published in 1972 and now reissued in paperback, it’s Heckman’s diary of the natural world on Puget Sound’s Anderson Island. She marks the months and seasons, each bringing something new, but familiar, as well as an account of development’s effect on the island. “The author sees beauty in the commonplace,” said a 1972 Seattle Times review.

“Cloud Pharmacy” by Susan Rich (White Pine Press, $16). Seattle poet, editor and teacher Rich explores life’s singular moments, large and small, contemplative and sensual, through a series of short works. Rich will read from “Cloud Pharmacy” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N. 45th St., Seattle (

“Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific” by Mary Cronk Farrell (Abrams Books, $24.95). For ages 8-14: Farrell, an award-winning journalist, tells the little-known tale of the critical roles women, particularly nurses, played in early 20th century America and World War II, both as nurses and prisoners of war in the Philippines. She lives in Spokane.

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