"The Olympic: The Story of Seattle's Landmark Hotel since 1924," by Alan J. Stein and The HistoryLink Staff (HistoryLink/University of Washington...

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“The Olympic: The Story of Seattle’s Landmark Hotel since 1924,” by Alan J. Stein and The HistoryLink Staff (HistoryLink/University of Washington Press, $19.95). Presidents, movie stars and astronauts have passed through the doors of this downtown hotel. This book, full of archival photos, explains how the landmark building attracted an A-list crowd and how it helped shape the city.

“Nineteenth-Century Printing Practices and the Iron Handpress” by Richard-Gabriel Rummonds (Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, $150 hardback, $99.95 paperback). This two-volume, illustrated opus by a Seattle author offers an encyclopedic account of how printing presses were used.

“Hot Ice” by Cherry Adair (Ballantine, $19.95). A continuation of the Seattle writer’s “T-FLAC” romance-thriller series, “Ice”‘ finds jewel thief Taylor Kincaid both in pursuit of some diamonds held by a terrorist group and pursued by one Huntington St. John, an anti-terrorism cop who’s just plain hot.

“Renewing the Countryside: Washington” by Ingrid Dankmeyer, photographer James R. Anderson and editor John Harrington (Renewing the Countryside, $39.95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback, www.renewingthecountryside.org). This coffee-table book looks at 43 examples of sustainable rural living, natural-resource stewardship and eco-friendly business practices.

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Tyrone Beason, Seattle Times staff reporter