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

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“A Thriving Modernism: The Houses of Wendell Lovett and Arne Bystrom” by Grant Hildebrand and T. William Booth (University of Washington Press, $40). Seattle architect T. William Booth and Grant Hildebrand, a University of Washington professor emeritus of architecture and art history, collaborate on a handsomely packaged survey of the careers of two Seattle architects. With color photographs.

“The Age of Beloveds: Love and the Beloved in Early-Modern Ottoman and European Culture and Society” by Walter G. Andrews and Mehmet Kalpaki (Duke University Press, $24.95). A University of Washington research professor of Near Eastern languages and civilization collaborates with an assistant professor of history at Bilkent University in Ankara on a study of the lyric love poetry of early-modern Ottoman culture.

“The 3-Apple-a-Day Plan: Your Foundation for Permanent Fat Loss” by Tammi Flynn (Broadway, $14.95). A nutrition director at Gold’s Gym in Wenatchee suggests that eating an apple before every meal can help with weight loss and permanent fat loss.

“Hiking the West Coast of Vancouver Island” by Tim Leadem (Greystone, $16.95). A guide to the major trails along Vancouver Island’s rugged western shores.

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“The Risks of Sunbathing Topless and Other Funny Stories from the Road,” edited by Kate Chynoweth (Seal, $15.95). Twenty-three tales about “bad travel — and the uniquely female experience on the road.” Local contributors include Sarah Franklin, Leslie Miller and editor Chynoweth herself.

“Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times,” edited by Kevin Smokler (Basic, $14.95). An anthology of essays pondering what draws some people to become “producers and consumers of the written word at … a time when books face greater cultural competition than ever before.” Local contributors include Kelley Eskridge and Nicola Griffith.

“Starvation Heights: A True Story of Murder and Malice in the Woods of the Pacific Northwest” by Gregg Olsen (Three Rivers, $12.95). Reprint of a 1997 book by Olalla author Gregg Olsen (“The Deep Dark”), about an extremely odd sanatorium on the western shores of Puget Sound, in which wealthy ladies were subjected to a sometimes lethal “fasting treatment.”

“Something Special” by Terri Cohlene, illustrated by Doug Keith (Illumination Arts, $15.95). Children’s picturebook about a token of affection that’s “no good until you give it away.” Cohlene is a Bellingham-area writer; Keith lives in Seattle.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic