A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Classic Houses of Seattle: High Style to Vernacular, 1870 to 1950” by Caroline T. Swope (Timber Press, $39.95). A treasure-trove of a book, packed with vintage photos of exteriors and interiors of Seattle houses, from the handsomest mansions to the humblest houseboats. All styles — Queen Anne, Craftsman, Folk Victorian, Four Square, Spanish Eclectic — are here, with notes on the histories behind their distinctive characters.
“Turning Back” by Robert Adams (Distributed Art Publisher, $65). Black-and-white photographs of Pacific Northwest landscapes where, 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark found a seemingly endless evergreen forest. Adams’ shots of clear-cut hillsides and preserved forest groves intend to offer “evidence of both America’s failure and of a continuing promise.”
“The Rosetta Codex” by Richard Paul Russo (Ace, $14.95). A book that “holds the key to a language never heard by mankind” is at the center of this science-fiction novel by the author of the “Carlucci Trilogy.” Russo lives in Seattle.
“The Seven Hills of Rome: A Geological Tour of the Eternal City” by Grant Heiken, Renato Funiciello and Donatella De Rita (Princeton University Press, $29.95). A study of the Italian capital, showing “the links between the history and sustainability of a city and its geologic setting.” Heiken lives on Whidbey Island.
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