'AS RUGGED AS THE TERRAIN: CCC 'BOYS,' FEDERAL CONVICTS, AND WORLD WAR II ALIEN INTERNEES WRESTLE WITH A MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS' by Priscilla Wegars (Idaho); Caxton Press ($21.95)
This is a joint publishing venture between Caxton Press and the University of Idaho Asian American Comparative Collection. Written by U of I professor Priscilla Wegars, the book explores some intriguing history of Idaho's wild and scenic Lochsa River. In 1893, this site at turbulent Canyon Creek was a footnote in the saga of the ill-fated Carlin hunting party. In 1933, it held nearly 200 tent-dwelling Civilian Conservation Corps recruits, most from New York state. The antics of these "city slickers" provide colorful insights into CCC camps housing young men far from home. In 1935 the site became Federal Prison Camp No. 11, a road-building facility for convicts mostly from the Leavenworth, Kan., penitentiary. The authorities stressed rehabilitation, rather than punishment, but because the camp was not fenced, a few escapes occurred, some quite thrilling. During WWII the camp housed Japanese internees who were forced to continue the back-breaking work of clearing the wilderness for roads.
'ETERNAL MERCURY' by Elaine Pinter (Boise); CreateSpace ($8.99)
"Eternal Mercury" is Boise resident Elaine Pinter's debut novel. Can true love survive the boundaries of death? Eighteen-year-old Chelsee Taylor has been in love with her boyfriend, Max, since they started kindergarten together. She has no idea that high school graduation will be the last perfect day of her life. After a deadly car accident, Chelsee refuses to accept Max's death because she can still feel his presence.
'AN ORANGE FOR YOU: A CHILD'S BOOK OF AWARENESS' by Mark W. McGinnis (Idaho); CreateSpace ($9.99)
Idaho artist and writer Mark McGinnis writes "helping a child to develop a sense of awareness may be one of the greatest gift you can give." The book is beautifully illustrated by the author.