A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.

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“Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide”

by Dennis Paulson (Princeton University Press, $65 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). A guide to 94 North American avian species, by the director of the Slater Museum of Natural History on the University of Puget Sound Campus. Paulson also teaches biology at UPS.



“Rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard: Great Acts of Heroism Since 1878”

by Dennis L. Noble (Naval Institute Press, $23.95). More nautical history from the Sequim author (“Lighthouses and Keepers”), this one about Coast Guard rescuers who used everything from rowboats to helicopters to rescue vessels in trouble.


” ‘Til Morning Light”

by Ann Moore (NAL Accent, $13.95). The latest Gracelin O’Malley novel by the Bellingham writer finds Moore’s heroine moving with her children to San Francisco, only to find that it’s “no place for widows and children.”

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“Hope or Hype: The Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises”

by Richard A. Deyo and Donald L. Patrick (Amacom, $24.95). Two University of Washington professors examine the hazards of “embracing medical advances without serious consideration of efficacy, long-term benefit, side effects, cost, and other critical factors.”



“Home Alone in America: Letters Exchanged by a Young German in the U.S. and His Family in Berlin from 1946 to 1955, ”

translated and edited by Elizabeth Arnswald Dost (Eagle Editions/Heritage Books, $28.50). A Lynnwood author edits and translates the correspondence between 16-year-old Helmut Dost and his German family. Dost, who had been born in the U.S., returned here from Germany in 1946 with the notion of bringing over the rest of his family — a process that took nine years. The editor-translator was Dost’s second wife.



“The Lilaguide Baby-Friendly Seattle and Tacoma 2005”

by Lilaguide.com (Lilaguide/OAM Solutions, $15.95). A guide for parents to baby-friendly activities, shopping, restaurants and more in the Seattle-Tacoma area.



“King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

by Charles Johnson and Bob Adelman (Abrams, $19.95). Paperback reprint of a collaboration between Johnson, a National Book Award-winning Seattle novelist (“Middle Passage”), and Adelman, a veteran photojournalist, offering a words-and-pictures portrait of the martyred civil-rights leader.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic