Spotlight on Northwest authors: 3 new book summaries

‘Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive’ by Amy Newmark and Loren Slocum Lahav; Chicken Soup for the Soul ($14.95)

Meridian author Ruth Knox, writes “Crazy Things” in one of the newest Chicken Soup series. “Time to Thrive” is filled with short stories on how to show you how. You’ll learn how to take charge of your life, make time for what’s important, and do what’s right for you. These stories, from regular people who have taken control of their lives, show you how to do it yourself. Find new purpose, try new things, and take care of yourself, all while improving your relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

‘Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest’ by Jack Nisbet; Sasquatch Books ($21.95)

These are the genesis stories of a region. In Ancient Places, Spokane author Jack Nisbet uncovers touchstones across the Pacific Northwest that reveal the symbiotic relationship of people and place in this corner of the world. From rural Oregon, where a controversy brewed over the provenance and ownership of a meteor, to the great floods 15,000 years ago that shaped what is now Washington, Oregon and Idaho, this is a compelling collection of stories about the natural and human history of our region.

‘Rivers, Fish, and the People: Tradition, Science, and Historical Ecology of Fisheries in the American West,’ edited by Pei-Lin Yu; University of Utah Press ($40)

America’s Western rivers are under assault from development, pollution, invasive species and climate change. Returning these eco-systems to the time of European contact is often the stated goal for restoration efforts, yet neither the influence of indigenous societies on rivers at the time of contact nor the deeper evolutionary relationships is yet understood by the scientific world. This volume presents a unique synthesis of scientific discoveries and traditional knowledge about the ecology of iconic river species in the American West. Pei-Lin Yu is a professor at Boise State University.