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Originally published Monday, December 29, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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New books with Seattle-area ties

New books, with Seattle-area ties, about nursing, lighthouses and dogs and cats. Authors include Peter Jaret and Karen Kasmauski; Indu Sundaresan; and William Emery and Scott Squire.

"Nurse: A World of Care" by Peter Jaret and Karen Kasmauski; senior editor: Marla Salmon (Emory University, $29.95). A writer-photographer team explores "the vital and often invisible work of nurses throughout the globe." Senior editor Salmon is the dean at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

"In the Convent of Little Flowers" by Indu Sundaresan (Atria, $22). A short-story collection from the Seattle novelist ("The Feast of Roses"). Sundaresan shifts gears from historical fiction to contemporary tales set in India and the U.S.

"Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley" by William Emery and Scott Squire (Heyday, $24.95). The "valley" in the subtitle is California's Central Valley. But photographer Squire hails from West Seattle.

"Lighthouses and Lifesaving on Washington's Outer Coast" by William S. Hanable and "Federal Way" by the Historical Society of Federal Way (Arcadia, both $21.99). Two new photo-histories in the ever-expanding series by Arcadia — the first looking at wrecks, rescues and lighthouses from Cape Flattery to Cape Disappointment; the second tracing the evolution of Federal Way from a logging settlement into a Seattle suburb.

"The Ultimate Cat Lover: The Best Experts' Advice for a Happy, Healthy Cat with Stories and Photos of Fabulous Felines" and "The Ultimate Dog Lover: The Best Experts' Advice for a Happy, Healthy Dog with Stories and Photos of Incredible Canines" by Marty Becker with Gina Spadafori, Carol Kline and Mikkel Becker (Health Communications Inc., both $14.95). Handbooks to dog and cat care. Contributing author Becker is the children's education coordinator for the Whitman County Humane Society in Washington state.

"Swiss Mist" by Randy Powell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16.95). In his eighth young-adult novel, the Seattle author traces the impact of divorce and a memorable teacher on a boy as he grows from a fifth-grader to a high-school student.

"Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story" by Hena Khan, illustrated by Julie Paschkis (Chronicle, $16.99). A picture book for children ages 4-8 about Ramadan. Illustrator Paschkis lives in Seattle.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer: mupchurch@seattletimes.com

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