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Friday, December 21, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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"Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day," edited by Brangien Davis with Katharine Wroth (Skipstone/Mountaineers, $14.95). Selected words of wisdom from www.grist.org, an environmental-minded Web site that aims to "ease your eco-worries" with practical advice on what to eat, wear, use as a sex toy, and other concerns. Co-editor Davis, who lives in Seattle, is a former contributor to The Seattle Times.

"Zagat Seattle Restaurants 2008," edited by Alicia Comstock Arter and Allison Lynn (Zagat Survey, $12.95). An updated edition of the restaurant guide, covering 759 Seattle eateries.

"Eight Women, Two Model Ts and the American West" by Joanne Wilke (University of Nebraska Press, $18.95). A Montana author recounts the 1924 journey that her grandmother, great-aunt and their friends made, including stops in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Wilke weaves her own memories of the women into her narrative.

"Paddling the Waters of Vashon Island: A Circumnavigation and Some Adventures" by Biffle French (Lao Mei Publications, $19.95, www.LaoMeiPublications.com). A kayaker's tales of paddling the shores of Vashon, with tips on floating your way around the island.

"Get Out of Our House: Revolution! A New Plan for Selecting Representatives" by Tim Cox (Bridgeway, $14.95). Texas author Cox and his brother Steve Cox, of Sammamish, co-founded Get Out of Our House (GOOOH), a grass-roots organization aiming to "bypass the two parties, sever all ties with special-interest money, replace career politicians and hold elected officials accountable." This book is the GOOOH manifesto.

"On the Moon: The Apollo Journals" by Grant Heiken and Eric Jones (Springer, $34.95). A transcription of the Apollo astronauts' live reactions to their lunar explorations and later interviews about the experience, with connecting text and commentary supplied by co-authors Heiken and Jones. Heiken lives on Whidbey Island.

"Life's Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest" by Christina Baldwin (Bantam, $16). Reprint of a 1990 self-help book by a Whidbey Island author, teacher and lecturer who operates an educational enterprise called PeerSpirit.

Michael Upchurch,

Seattle Times book critic

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