Take a Hike Seattle

Take a Hike Seattle: Hikes Within Two Hours of the City
250 pages, Avalon Travel Publishing

Washington Hiking: The Complete Guide to More Than 400 Hikes
400 pages, Avalon Travel Publishing

Scott Leonard ’00

Written for Seattle city folk, Take a Hike profiles hiking trails within a two-hour drive of the Emerald City—fertile ground for outdoors enthusiasts, in Leonard’s opinion. “Where else can one find a mix of saltwater and mountains so closely at hand?” The author, who spent several years building trails for the nonprofit EarthCorps, includes lists of his favorite hikes—such as “Best Hikes for Berry Picking” and “Best Hikes for Viewing Wildflowers”—as well as a section on his beloved Olympic Mountains, for which he admits fudging the two-hour rule.

Though published as part of a different guidebook series, Washington Hiking serves as a sort of companion volume, with a similar format but a broader scope, covering more than 400 hikes—a celebration of Washington state’s diverse geographies. Among the areas featured is Mount Rainier, which Leonard recommends for “when your mother-in-law is in town.”



Sociologists in a Global Age

Sociologists in a Global Age: Biographical Perspectives
Edited by Mathieu Deflem
288 pages, Ashgate Publishing

Intended for budding social scientists, this collection offers essays written by 16 prominent, international sociologists, describing how they became practitioners in the field—all presented in the context of today’s increasingly changing world. Among those featured is Leon Grunberg, who’s been a professor of sociology at Puget Sound since 1979, and whose essay is titled “A Serendipitous Career.”


Catching the Flathead Monster

Catching the Flathead Monster
Chris DeVore ’99
173 pages, PublishAmerica

Some lost souls populate the hospital in Polson, Montana. There’s Levi, a poet fascinated with baseball and death; Ruth, a cancer victim; Lily, Ruth’s troubled teenage daughter; and Mark, a nursing intern who, during his first day on the job, discovers his patient to be dead. All have a mysterious, uncontrollable urge to write, and they find themselves haunted by the Flathead Monster, a Loch Ness-style creature (and a real local Montana legend). Here, as in his first novel, The Literary Detective, DeVore wears his eccentricities on his sleeve. Yet beneath the artifice lies a glimmer of humanity. “The woman with cancer makes me rethink how I live my life,” writes Mark in his journal. “She has a peace about her, even with her life the way it is.” Toward the end of the book, the characters connect with one another as they struggle to survive, embrace the future, and let go of the past.


Anneke Vermeulen Mason B.A.‘76, M.A.’79
46 pages

In her latest self-published chapbook of poetry, Mason explores themes of life, death, renewal, and empowerment. “Their lives intertwine / Their thoughts multiply / Their minds fertilize ours,” she writes in “Teachers,” “Which in turn / Produce insights / For others.” She revisits the subject of teaching in “Granddaughter”: “You are the wise one / Unrestrained / I the student / Learning.” Elsewhere, in poems like “Salmon” and “Northwest Rains,” she sounds out the rhythms of nature. Born in Indonesia, Mason spent three and a half years in a Japanese internment camp before eventually emigrating to the United States in 1957.

Class of Twenty-Eight

Class of Twenty-Eight
Neil Moloney ’73
320 pages, PublishAmerica

Based in Seattle, Moloney’s brash new military novel follows the lives of five best friends as they graduate high school in 1928, just before the onset of the Great Depression. Scott Jackson (the protagonist of Moloney’s last book, Renaissance Cop) and his buddies, Mark and Paul, come from working-class families, as does Kenji, a Japanese-American. Corky, meanwhile, is the son of a wealthy architect and real estate developer. Upon graduation, Jackson enlists in the Marines and goes on to serve in the South Pacific during World War II (just as Moloney himself did). He returns home to find that Mark, Paul, and Corky have been shipped overseas and that Kenji, in the wake of Japanese internment, has disappeared. He also meets Sophia, a member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a sexual dynamo, whom he hopes to marry. Packed with grim battle detail and gritty dialog, this book offers a look at American history leading up to World War II and is infused with an almost old-fashioned gallantry.


Ryan Burns, Geoff Cooke, and Jose Martinez
Odd Bird Records

When they learned that bassist Cooke was moving from Seattle back to Denver, pianist Burns and drummer Martinez invited their friend to join them at the Seattle Drum School to play some music. The result is this seven-song CD of classic, bluesy jazz—masterful stuff that one could envision hearing at a small, smoke-filled club in the 1940s. Burns, whom Seattle Weekly credited with having a “fantastically fertile brain,” is an adjunct music affiliate with Puget Sound’s Community Music program. A former student at Boston’s Berklee School of Music, he has worked with numerous jazz, blues, and rock musicians and has even appeared on the Food Network.

The Cambridge Companion to Wilkie Collins

The Cambridge Companion to Wilkie Collins
Edited by Jenny Bourne Taylor
232 pages, Cambridge University Press

Best known for The Woman in White, Victorian novelist Wilkie Collins wrote more than 20 books and numerous plays and short stories over the second half of the 19th century. This collection of essays traces and analyzes Collins’ career. Of particular interest to Arches readers is the chapter titled “The Moonstone, Detective Fiction and Forensic Science” by Puget Sound President (and professor of English) Ron Thomas. One of the first English detective novels, The Moonstone is significant, Thomas says, because of the way it “reconstructs the past through deploying techniques of the emerging 19th-century science of forensic criminology and the practices of criminal investigation it inspired.” Thomas has written three books and authored chapters for more than a dozen books on Victorian literature and culture.

Geminos's Introduction to the Phenomena

Geminos’s Introduction to the Phenomena: A Translation and Study of a Hellenistic Survey of Astronomy
James Evans and J. Lennart Berggren
346 pages, Princeton University Press

Ancient Greek astronomy had a profound impact on the development of modern-day Western celestial science. Here, Evans and Berggren offer the first English translation of a textbook from that era, Geminos’s Introduction to the Phenomena. While little is known about Geminos, the authors nevertheless call his book an “important historical document” that offers “a vivid impression of an educated Greek’s view of the cosmos and of astronomy” around the first century B.C. Written for beginners (probably Geminos’s own students), Phenomena discusses eclipses, the constellations, the phases of the moon, and the variation in the length of the day, among other topics. Evans and Berggren call Geminos “a graceful and charming writer” who “is fond of quoting poets, such as Aratos or Homer, in illustration of astronomical points.” The authors supplement Geminos’s text with contextual commentary along with a series of diagrams, drawings, and photos. Evans is a Puget Sound professor of physics and co-director of the university’s program in science, technology, and society. — Andy Boynton