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Published to coincide with the 125th anniversaries this month of the founding of the Anacortes American newspaper (on May 15, 1890) and the incorporation of the City of Anacortes (May 19, 1890), this is a new coffee table book featuring articles and historical photographs from the collection of legendary American editor Wallie Funk. All sales benefit the Anacortes Museum.



OUR SOULS AT NIGHT, by Kent Haruf (Knopf, $24.00) In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Addie's husband died years ago, as did Louis's wife, and in such a small town the two have known of each other for decades. Both have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, and find the nights terribly lonely with no-one to talk to. But now they embark together on a brave new adventure, full of pleasures and difficulties that are, for the reader, hugely involving and truly resonant. This is the perfect final installment to the late author's enduring contribution to American literature.


THE SHEPHERD'S LIFE, by James Rebanks (Flatiron Books, $25.99) James Rebanks is the latest in a long line of shepherds who have lived and worked for generations in England's rugged and romantic Lake District. His way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and it hasn't changed for hundreds or years. In taking us through a shepherd's year, Rebanks tells a story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, writing modern dispatches from an ancient landscape, and offering, in evocative and lucid prose, a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. ("It's bloody marvelous," says Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk.)


THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS - A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery (Atria Books, $26.00) Naturalist and writer Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus and the remarkable connections this astonishly complex, spirited creature makes with humans. She practices true "immersive journalism" in the pursuit of these wild, solitary, predatory mollusks, and befriends octopuses with strikingly different personalities - gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali and joyful Karma, all of whom show their cleverness in a variety of ways. She writes, too, of scientists who watch octopuses solve problems and try to decipher the meaning  of their color-changing techniques. The Soul of an Octopus is both a chronicle of the growing appreciation of the octopus and a love story - funny, entertaining, touching and profound.

THE FATEFUL LIGHTNING, by Jeff Shaara (Ballantine, $28.00) The fourth and final installment in Shaara's epic Civil War series, this novel tells the story of the final eight months of battle from multiple perspectives: the commanders (Grant, Sherman, and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnton) in their tents making plans for total victory; the ordinary foot soldiers and cavalrymen who carried out their orders until the last alarum sounded. The Civil War did not end quietly, and The Fateful Lightning recreates the final, brutal months of fighting with you-are-there immediacy, grounded in the meticulous research that Shaara's readers have come to expect.




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