A country doctor in Idaho, a history of captured orcas
New books by Seattle-area authors: a grandson’s story of his country-doctor grandfather in Idaho, poems translated by Red Pine, Olympia poet Dean Olsen’s latest and a history of Puget Sound orcas captured for commercial purposes.
“Rugged Mercy” by Robert Wright (Washington State University Press, $26.95). Wright, who lives in South Everett, tells the story of his grandfather, a doctor, also named Robert Wright, who practiced in the area around Hailey, Idaho. It recounts decades of rural cases faced by doctors in the first half of the 1900s — including operations lit only by lanterns.
“The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse” by Red Pine (Copper Canyon Press, $17). Stonehouse was a Zen master who wrote his poems while living alone in a hut in the mountains of China. Red Pine (Bill Porter), a Port Townsend resident, discovered the poems in the 1980s. He has translated them and included commentary.
“Off the Clock” by Dean Olson (Fithian Press, $14). The Olympia poet looks at themes such as boating and the sea, weather and the seasons, and aging and mortality. Olson has produced 10 poetry collections and has taught at universities in three countries.
“Puget Sound Whales for Sale” by Sandra Pollard (History Press, $19.99). Author and naturalist Pollard traces the destinies of many “Southern Resident orcas” captured for commercial purposes in or near Puget Sound between 1964 and 1976. Pollard lives on Whidbey Island.