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Songs of Willow Frost. By Jaime Ford

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 Posted in Articles, Washington Reads | No Comments »


ford-frostSongs of Willow Frost. By Jamie Ford. (New York: Ballantine Books, 2013.)

Recommendation submitted by:
Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA.

Our protagonist is William Eng, a 12-year-old living at the Sacred Heart Orphanage in 1930’s Seattle. He’s been there since he was seven; no one is interested in adopting a Chinese boy. Only, he remembers his beloved mother, a singer and a dancer, and he remembers finding her slumped in the bathtub, and how she was carried off to the hospital, and he never saw her again.

But now he sees her on the screen in a vaudeville show preview down at the local movie theater—he’s certain it’s her—and he sets off, together with the blind girl, Charlotte, fellow outcast, and his best friend, to find Liu Song, aka Willow Frost, his mother.

The book recounts this seemingly impossible quest, as well as Liu Song’s own tragic story, and how she came to give up her precious child. Will they be reunited to make a life together? We’re kept in suspense until the final page.

Full of old Seattle scenes and images, this poignant tale will tug at your heart-strings, while filling in a chapter in our nation’s regrettable history of the prejudice suffered by its people of Chinese heritage.

ISBN: 978-0-345-52202-3

Available at the Washington State Library, NW 813.6 FORD 2013
Available as an eBook.
Downloadable talking book available through NLS and WTBBL.

Truth Like the Sun By Jim Lynch

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 Posted in Articles, Washington Reads | No Comments »


Truth-Like-the-SunTruth Like the Sun. By Jim Lynch. (New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.)

Recommendation submitted by:
Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA.

Jim Lynch’s third novel, Truth Like the Sun, set in Seattle, bounces back and forth between 1962 and 2001, telling us a story that revolves around the Seattle World’s Fair and its fictional chief mover and shaker, one Robert Morgan, a.k.a. Mr. Seattle, a high-flying, entrepreneurial city booster, who maybe loves wine, women and gambling a little more than is good for him, but is largely responsible for building the iconic Space Needle, and for much of the success of the fair. Through his eyes, we witness the excitement of the fair, and its famous visitors, including Elvis Presley, President Kennedy, Ed Sullivan, John Glenn, and many more.

Back in the more recent present era, we follow the efforts of Helen Gulanos, would-be hotshot reporter, who’s recently arrived in town, and who hopes to secure her career with a hard-hitting, fully researched exposé of Mr. Morgan, who has just decided to run for mayor, after all these many years. Helen’s life is complicated by her single mother status, and the fact that she finds her target to be oddly compelling, and begins to develop a grudging respect for the guy, still charismatic after all these years, even as she strives to dig the dirt on him.

Native son author Lynch seems to be moving ever closer to main-stream fiction with each new novel. His first effort, The Highest Tide, a remarkable coming of age story set in the Olympia area, had an other-worldly almost SciFi aspect to the natural wonders it depicted.

His second attempt, Border Songs, still had more than a hint of the fantastic with its larger-than-life primary character, and its chain of slightly off-kilter, not-quite-believable series of events.

Now, in this third literary foray, the Space Needle itself seems to be the most fantastic element, as we move ever more firmly into the realm of big-city politics and finance as they are in real life. Truth Like the Sun is a great read, but misses some of that element of the fantastical that was so central to Lynch’s earlier novels. Nevertheless, strongly recommended, especially for those who enjoy fiction set in the Pacific NW.

ISBN: 978-0-307-95868-6

Available at the Washington State Library, NW 813.6 LYNCH 2012
Available as an eBook
Downloadable talking book and Braille editions through NLS and  WTBBL.

New Arrivals in the NW Collections

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 Posted in Articles, For the Public, State Library Collections | No Comments »


pnw new arrivalsA listing of some recent additions to the Pacific Northwest Circulating Collection at Washington State Library’s Central Library.

 

Last Chapter and Worse: A Far Side Collection. By Gary Larson. (London: Warner Books, 1996. 107 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 741.5973 LARSON 1996
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o43221795

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story Of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival. By Peter Stark. (New York: Ecco, 2014. 366 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 979.5 STARK 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o875697499

The Last Pysht Valley Pioneer: Gertrude Stange Fernandes. By Karolyn Hamerquist Burdick. (Clallam Bay, WA: Karolyn Hamerquist Burdick, 2013. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references.)
NW 979.799 BURDICK 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o884583007

Last Wednesday: a Pacific Northwest Anthology of Poetry. By Gene Bradbury, Howard Chadwick, Judith Duncan [and 5 others]. (Sequim, Washington: Wide Awake Publishing, 2013. 101 pp.)
NW 811.608 LAST WE 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o885262559

The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans. By Judy Fleagle. (Florence, Or.: Pacific Pub., 2012. 48 pp. Illustrations, map.)
NW 624.2 FLEAGLE 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o826869228

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State. By Roger Stark. (Seattle, WA: Washington Policy Center, 2014, Rev. ed. 18 pp. Bibliographical references.)
NW 368.382 STARK 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o884934044

The Yachats Indians, Origins of the Yachats Name, and the Prison Camp Years. By Joanne Killel and Suzanne Curtis. (Waldport, OR: Joanne Killel and Suzanne Curtis, 2010, Rev. ed. 29 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references.)
NW 979.5004 KITTEL 2010
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o656418674

Tales from Saturday’s Child: A Collection of Columns by Gordon Aadland. (Centralia, Washington: Chronicle, 2014. 262 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 979.782 AADLAND 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o889094264

The People of Cascadia: Pacific Northwest Native American history. Written and illustrated by Heidi Bohan. (Seattle, Washington.: 4Culture, 2009. 175 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 979.5004 BOHAN 2009
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o460883156

Bellevue Farmers Market cookbook. By Cindy Pigott, foreword by Holly Smith. (Seattle, Wash.: Documentary Media, 2009. 136 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 641.5979 PIGOTT 2009
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o302099949

This is Mauro: Assaggio Ristorante cookbook. By Mauro Golmarvi (Seattle, WA: Documentary Media, 2013. 143 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW 641.5945 GOLMARV 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o878147003

A Sound Defense: Military Sites, Lighthouses, and Memorials of Puget Sound. By Nancy L. McDaniel. (Chimacum, Wash.: Nancy L. McDaniel, 2013. 365 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 917.9704 MCDANIE 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o862117718

Obstacles– Bring ‘em. By Maria Federici (Doyle). (Bloomington, IN: Xlibris Corp, 2013. 100 pp. Illustrations, index.)
This is the story of Maria Federici (Doyle), a young woman whose life changed on a February night in 2004 when a piece of particle board flew through her windshield. Striking her head it caused massive brain and facial trauma as well as complete blindness.
NW 362.4092 FEDERIC 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 855042886

Hawk Heaven: The Road to the Seahawks’ First Super Bowl Victory. By The Seattle Times. (Stevens Point, WI: KCI Sports Publishing, 2014. 128 pp. Illustrations.)
NW OVERSIZ 796.3326 HAWK HE 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 871556703

Super Hawks: The Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 Championship Season. (Chicago, Illinois: Triumph Books, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 796.3326 SUPER H 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o840465286

King County Collects: Treasures of Our Historical Organizations. By Association of King County Historical Organizations. (Seattle, Wash.: AKCHO, 2013. 188 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.
NW 979.777 KING CO 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o863077876

The Indian Frontier, 1846-1890. By Robert M. Utley. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003. Rev. ed. Histories of the American frontier series. 325 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.
NW 978.02 UTLEY 2003
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o52335098

Tracing Footsteps: Jefferson County, Washington. By Pam McCollum Clise. (Port Townsend, Washington: Teekalet Publishing, 2014. 475 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.
NW 979.798 CLISE 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o889949446

The Wages of Sin: The True Story & Photos of the Great Sedro-Woolley Bank Robbery of 1914. By Rustan Robertson. (Sedro-Woolley, Washington, Sedro-Woolley Museum, 2014. 88 pp. Illustrations, maps
NW 979.772 ROBERTS 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o889448648

The Chilean Memorial. By June Robinson. (Port Angeles, Washington: Clallam County Historial Society, 2000. 15 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references.)
NW 910.9164 ROBINSO 2000
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o889039216

The Norwegian Memorial. By June Robinson. (Port Angeles, Washington: Clallam County Historial Society, 2000. 13 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references.)
NW 910.9164 ROBINSO 2000a
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o889061115

Wreck of the Austria. By June Robinson. (Port Angeles, Washington: Clallam County Historial Society, 2000. 9 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references.)
NW 910.9164 ROBINSO 2000b
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o889056041

Views Through My Lenses: Helgi’s Saga: Eye Surgeon Shares His Eventful Journey from Iceland to America. By Helgi Heidar. (Centralia, WA: Helgi Heidar, 2013. 221 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 617.7092 HEIDAR 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o850019900

Stories from Riffe, Wash. By Buddy Rose. (Centralia, WA: Buddy Rose, 2013. 150 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.)
NW 979.782 ROSE 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o865512678

A History of the Chehalis Industrial Commission: A Community-Owned Not-For-Profit (501c3) Group of Friends. By Julie McDonald Zander. (Toledo, Wash.: Chapters of Life, 2013. 154 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW 979.782 ZANDER 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o889271530

Chehalis, a “Can-Do” Community: A History of Industrial Development in Lewis County. By Julie McDonald Zander. (Toledo, Wash.: Chapters of Life, 2014. 306 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 979.782 ZANDER 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o889272830

Bull Head. By John Vigna. (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012. 201 pp.)
NW 813.6 VIGNA 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o805880095

Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel. By Lynda Barry. (New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1999. 305 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 813.6 BARRY 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o45450244

Morning Glory: A Novel. By Sarah Jio. (New York, N.Y.: PLUME, Published by the Penguin Group, 2013. 291 pp.)
NW 813.6 JIO 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o837144236

Goodnight June: A Novel. By Sarah Jio. (New York: Plume, 2014. 284 pp.)
NW 813.6 JIO 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o861208338

Cloud Pharmacy. By Susan Rich. (Buffalo, N.Y.: White Pine Press, 2014. 96 pp.)
NW 811.6 RICH 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o858603295

A Simplified Map of the Real World: The Renata Stories. By Stevan Allred; illustrated by Laurie Paus. (Portland, Or.: Forest Avenue Press, 2013. 271 pp. Illustrations, map.)
NW 813.6 ALLRED 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o859680705

After the Earthquake. By Lindasue Flores. (Milwaukee, WI: Mirror Publishing, 2010. 115 pp.)
NW 813.6 FLORES 2010
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o893112046

Hall of Secrets. By Cate Campbell. (New York, NY: Kensington Books, 2014. 361 pp. A Benedict Hall novel.)
NW 813.6 CAMPBEL 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o848163188

Always Coming Home. By Ursula K. Le Guin, Todd Barton, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, George Hersh. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. 523 pp. Illustrations, maps, music.)
NW 813.6 LE GUIN 2001
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o43615330

Alien on a Rampage. By Clete Barrett Smith; illustrated by Christian Slade. (New York: Disney Hyperion Books, 2013. The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast. 296 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 813.6 SMITH 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o832455745

A Bride for Noah. By Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith. (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2013. Seattle brides, Book 1. 296 pp.)
NW 813.6 COPELAN 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o821266001

Endangered. By Ann Littlewood. (Scottsdale, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press, 2012. A zoo mystery. Bibliographical references.)
NW 813.6 LITTLEW 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o759911348

Ascendance: Poems. By Tim McNulty. (New York: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013. 121 p.)
NW 811.6 MCNULTY 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o857880135

A bride in the bargain. By Deeanne Gist. (Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House, 2009. Brides series. 365 pp.)
NW 813.6 GIST 2009
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o263987534

Annie Oakley’s Girl. By Rebecca Brown. (San Francisco: City Lights, 1993. 154 pp.)
NW 813.54 BROWN 1993
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o27677477

Come Away with Me. By Kristen Proby. (United States: CreateSpace, 2013. With me in Seattle series, bk. 1. 322 pp.)
NW 813.6 PROBY 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o843923870

Play with Me. By Kristen Proby. By Kristen Proby. (United States: CreateSpace, 2013. With me in Seattle series, bk. 1. 265 pp.)
NW 813.6 PROBY 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o846911768

Fight with Me.By Kristen Proby. (United States: CreateSpace, 2013. With me in Seattle series, bk. 2. 273 pp.)
NW 813.6 PROBY 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 844371203

Another Autumn: Poems. By Yvonne Higgins Leach. (Cincinnati: WordTech Editions, 2014. 80 pp.)
NW 811.6 LEACH 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o890314827

Beautiful. By Amy Reed. (New York: Simon Pulse, 2009. 232 pp.)
NW 813.6 REED 2009
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o262737477

Crazy. By Amy Reed. (New York: Simon Pulse, 2012. 367 pp.)
NW 813.6 REED 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o758243808

Clean. By Amy Reed. (New York: Simon Pulse, 2012. 272 pp.)

NW 813.6 REED 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o793201154

Dry Rot: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery of the Pacific Northwest. By S.L. Stoner. (Portland, Or.: Yamhill Press, 2013. Sage Adair historical mystery series. 251 pp.)
NW 813.6 STONER 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o793165725

Black Drop: A Sage Adair Historical Mystery of the Pacific Northwest. By S.L. Stoner. (Portland, Or.: Yamhill Press, 2014. A Sage Adair historical mystery. 314 pp.)
NW 813.6 STONER 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 863723545

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain: A Novel. By Adrianne Harun. (New York: Penguin Books, 2014. 256 pp.)
NW 813.6 HARUN 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o852238742

At the End of the Ferry: Welcome to Seasons of Joy in a Little Bit of Scandinavia on the Olympic Peninsula. By Susan Walters. (Maitland, Florida: Xulon Press, 2012. 103 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 508.7979 WALTERS 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 861548765

Best Kept Secret: A Novel. By Amy Hatvany. (New York: Washington Square Press, 2011. 330 pp.)
NW 813.6 HATVANY 2011
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 664839363

The Language of Sisters: A Novel. By Amy Hatvany. (New York: Washington Square Press, 2012. 275 pp.)
NW 813.6 HATVANY 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o779266336

Heart like Mine: A Novel. By Amy Hatvany. (New York: Washington Square Press, 2013. 345 pp.)
NW 813.6 HATVANY 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 798133042

Safe with Me: A Novel. By Amy Hatvany. (New York: Washington Square Press, 2014. 338 pp.)
NW 813.6 HATVANY 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o881757052

A Soft Place to Fall. By Betsy Rogers. (Las Vegas, NV: Montlake Romance, 2012. 185 pp.)
NW 813.6 ROGERS 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o815825093

Geek Love. By Katherine Dunn. (New York: Vintage Books, 2002. 347 pp.
NW 813.54 DUNN 2002
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o50590962

Fiddlehead. By Cherie Priest. (New York: Tor, 2013. Clockwork century novels. 366 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 813.6 PRIEST 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o827256652

Chilled. By Kendra Elliot. (Las Vegas, NV: Montlake Romance, 2012. A bone secrets novel. 348 pp.)
NW 813.6 ELLIOT 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o806957467

Evil at Heart. By Chelsea Cain. (New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2011. 341 pp.)
NW 813.6 CAIN 2011
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o696085429

Kill You Twice: An Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell Novel. By Chelsea Cain. (New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2013. 369 pp.)
NW 813.6 CAIN 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 810534016

The Night Season. By Chelsea Cain. (New York, NY: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2011. 337 pp. Map.)
NW 813.6 CAIN 2011
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o767903487

Thicker Than Water: A Leo Waterman Mystery. By G.M. Ford. (Las Vegas, NV: Thomas & Mercer, 2012. A Leo Waterman mystery. 260 pp.)
NW 813.6 FORD 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o804008220

Chump Change: A Leo Waterman Mystery. By G.M. Ford. (Las Vegas, NV: Thomas & Mercer, 2014. A Leo Waterman mystery. 233 pp.)
NW 813.6 FORD 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o864091145

Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips. By Eli Hastings. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: ECW Press, 2013. 260 pp.)
NW 973.9209 HASTING 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o815824990

Scene of the Climb. By Kate Dyer-Seeley. (New York, NY: Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014. A Pacific Northwest mystery. 299 pp.)
NW 813.6 DYER SE 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o858601769

Now, Now. By Jennifer Maier. (Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013. 65 pp.)
NW 811.6 MAIER 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o847837291

Reflected. By Rhiannon Held. (New York: Tor Books, 2014. 336 pp.)

NW 813.6 HELD 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o853618618

Questionable Practices. By Eileen Gunn. (Easthampton, Mass.: Small Beer Press, 2013. 276 pp.)
NW 813.6 GUNN 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o867915953

I Loved You More: A Novel. By Tom Spanbauer. (Portland, Oregon: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, 2013. 466 pp.
NW 813.54 SPANBAU 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o841516432

The Man Who Fell In Love with the Moon: A Novel. By Tom Spanbauer. (New York: Grove Press, 1991. 355 pp.)
NW 813.54 SPANBAU 1991
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o43973660

Odin’s Wake. By R.W. Magill. (R.W. Magill, 2013. 306 pp.)
NW 813.6 MAGILL 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 893588447

vN: The First Machine Dynasty. By Madeline Ashby. (Long Island City: Angry Robot, 2012. 348 pp.)
NW 813.6 ASHBY 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o760971563

iD: The Second Machine Dynasty. By Madeline Ashby. (Long Island City, NY: Angry Robot, 2013. 315 pp.)
NW 813.54 ASHBY 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o816511880

More Than a Touch. By Alexis Morgan. (New York: Signet Eclipse, 2014. A Snowberry Creek novel. 328 pp.)
NW 813.6 MORGAN 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 849719125

Highliners: A Novel. By William B. McCloskey, Jr. (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2013. Highliners, bk. 1. 387 pp. maps.)
NW 813.6 MCCLOSK 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 816030120

Home by Morning. By Alex Harrington. (Las Vegas, NV: Montlake Romance, 2010″ 320 pp.)
NW 813.6 HARRING 2010
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o758397848

Home By Nightfall. By Alexis Harrington. (Las Vegas, NV: Montlake Romance, 2012. 279 pp.)
NW 813.6 HARRING 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o805145009

Running Secrets. By Arleen Willliams. (Seattle, Wash.: Booktrope Editions, 2013. Alki triliogy, bk. 1. 281 pp.)
NW 813.6 WILLIAM 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o868045047

Rough Day. By Ed Skoog. (Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 2013. 85 pp.)
NW 811.6 SKOOG 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o812258442

Portrait of the Poet as an Engineer. By Maged Zaher. (Boston, Mass.: Pressed Wafer, 2009. 77 pp.)
NW 811.6 ZAHER 2009
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o460057229

The Revolution Happened And You Didn’t Call Me. By Maged Zaher. (Kane’ohe, HI: Tinfish Press, 2012. 67 pp.)
NW 811.6 ZAHER 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o806785320

Thank You for the Window Office. By Maged Zaher. (Brooklyn, NY: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012. 74 pp.)
NW 811.6 ZAHER 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 816032363

Last Go Round: A Real Western. By Ken Kesey with Ken Babbs. (New York: Penguin Books, 1995. 238 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 813.54 KERSEY 1995
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o32730295

Sailing by Ravens. By Holly J. Hughes. (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2014. Alaska literary series. 84 pages: Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 811.6 HUGHES 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o853113554

Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline. By Kenneth V. Peterson. (Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, Inc., 2013. 226 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 264.15 PETERSO 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o856861047

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories. By Miranda July. (New York: Scribner, 2008. 205 pp.)
NW 813.6 JULY 2008
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o228505684

Murder Strikes A Pose: A Downward Dog Mystery. By Tracy Weber. (Woodbury, Minnesota: Midnight Ink, 2014. 274 pp.)
NW 813.6 WEBER 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 857287911

Seasons’ End. By Will North. (Seattle, WA: Booktrope Editions, 2013. 232 pp.)
NW 813.6 NORTH 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o870900303

Night Blind. By Michael W. Sherer. (Las Vegas, NV: Thomas & Mercer, 2012. 411 pp.)
NW 813.6 SHERER 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 806521669

Permeable Borders.By Nina Kiriki Hoffman. (Bonney Lake, WA: Fairwood Press, 2012. 278 pp.)
NW 813.6 HOFFMAN 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o800043268

Never Eighteen. By Megan Bostic. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012″ 200 pp.)
NW 813.6 BOSTIC 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 694829904

Reckless Lovely. By Martha Silano. (Ardmore, PA: Saturnalia Books, 2014. 68 pp.)
NW 811.6 SILANO 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o862788101

Songs for a Summons: Poems. By David Guterson. (Sandpoint, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2014.64 pp.)
NW 811.6 GUTERSO 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o863198526

Hard Rain Falling. By Don Carpenter; introduction by George Pelecanos. (New York: New York Review Books, 2009. 308 pp.)
NW 813.54 CARPENT 2009
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o290468854

The Bet. By Rachel Van Dyken. (New York: Forever, 2014. 275 pp.)
NW 813.6 VAN DYK 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 856053676

Stop the Ocean. By Laura Neuman. (Ithaca, NY: Stockport Flats, 2014. 77 pp.)
NW 811.6 NEUMAN 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o868041738

Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery. By Bharti Kirchner. (Seattle, Wash.: Booktrope, 2012. 243 pp.)
NW 813.6 KIRCHNE 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o795194267

The Sweet Spot. By Laura Drake. (New York: Forever, 2013. Sweet on a cowboy, bk. 1. 322 pp.)
NW 813.6 DRAKE 2013
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The Pet Thief. By Kassten Alonso. (Tuscaloosa: FC2, 2013. 341 pp. Bibliographical references.)
NW 813.6 ALONSO 2013
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The Monarchs. By Melanie Noel. (Ithaca, NY: Stockport Flats, 2013. 55 pp.)
NW 811.6 NOEL 2013
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The Free: A Novel. By Willy Vlautin. (New York: Harper Perennial, 2014. 297 pp.)
NW 813.6 VLAUTIN 2014
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The Lynching of Louie Sam: A Novel. By Elizabeth Stewart. (Toronto: Annick Press, 2012. 288 pp.)
NW 813.6 STEWART 2012
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The Wanderer. By Robyn Carr and Don Mills (Ontario: Harlequin Mira, 2013. Thunder Point novel. 377 pp.)
NW 813.6 CARR 2013
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The Newcomer. By Robyn Carr. (Don Mills, Ont.: Harlequin MIRA, 2013. A Thunder Point novel. 360 pp.)
NW 813.6 CARR 2013
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The Hero. By Robyn Carr. (Don Mills, Ontario, Canada: Harlequin MIRA, 2013. A Thunder Point novel. 379 pp.)
NW 813.6 CARR 2013
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Tip of A Bone. By Christine Finlayson. (Cambridge, Minnesota: Adventure Publications, Inc., 2013. 262 pp.)
NW 813.6 FINLAYS 2013
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Three Sisters. By Susan Mallery. (Don Mills, Ont.: Harlequin Mira, 2013. Blackberry Island novel. 340 pp.)
NW 813.6 MALLERY 2013
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Evening Stars. By Susan Mallery. (Don Mills, Ontario: Harlequin MIRA, 2014. Blackberry Island novel. 356 pp.)
NW 813.6 MALLERY 2014
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There. Here.: poems. By Stan Sanvel Rubin. (Sandpoint, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2013.75 pp.)
NW 811.54 RUBIN 2013
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The Whiskey Creek Water Company. By Jan Walker. (Gig Harbor, Washington: Plicata Press, 2014. 326 pp.)
NW 813.6 WALKER 2014
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This Is Between Us: A Novel. By Kevin Sampsell. (Brooklyn, New York: Tin House Books, 2013. 234 pp.)
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The Woods: A Saga of Love, Grand Dreams, and Transformation… By Ronald Lee Geigle. (Washington, DC: Polidais LLC, 2013. 423 pp)
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The Sex Offender: A Novel. By Matthew Stadler. (New York: Grove Press, 2000. 206 pp.)
NW 813.6 STADLER 2000
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Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants. By The Oatmeal [written and drawn by Matthew Inman.] (Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013. 162 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 741.5697 WHY GRI 2013
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The Land Of Plenty. By Robert Cantwell, selected and introduced by Jess Walter. (Seattle, Wash.: Pharos Editions, 2013, originally published in 1934. 357 pp.)
NW 813.6 CANTWEL 2013
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You Don’t Love This Man: A Novel. By Dan DeWeese. (New York: Harper Perennial, 2011. 336 pp.)
NW 813.6 DEWEESE 2011
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A Fuller View of China: Chinese Art in the Seattle Art Museum. By Josh Yiu, Seattle Art Museum. (Seattle, London: University of Washington Press. 192 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 709.5107 SEATTLE 2014
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Be In a Treehouse: Design, Construction, Inspiration. By Pete Nelson. (New York, NY: Abrams, 2014. 223 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 690.89 NELSON 2014
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Forlorn Confederacy: The Native Wars in the Washington Territory 1855-1858. By Mark A. Berhow. (Peoria, Illinois: Cosmoline Press, 2014. 73 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references.)
NW 979.703 BERHOW 2014
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A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. By Marc Hinton, edited by Pamela Heiligenthal. (Charleston, SC: American Palate, a division of The History Press, 2013. 206 pp. Iillustrations.)
NW 641.5979 HINTON 2013
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Beer Lover’s Washington. By Logan Thompson. (Guilford, Conn.: GPP, 2013. 278 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.)
NW 647.9579 THOMPSO 2013
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A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother. By Janny Scott. (New York: Riverhead, 2012. 386 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 973.932 SCOTT 2012
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Aircraft Wrecks of the Pacific Northwest. By David L. McCurry, with Cye Laramie and Dan Thomas Nelson. (Bennington, VT: Merriam Press, 2013. 242 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.
NW 623.746 MCCURRY 2013
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Aircraft Wrecks of the Pacific Northwest, Volume 2. By David L. McCurry, with Cye Laramie and Don Hinton. (Bennington, VT: Merriam Press, 2014. 292 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.
NW 623.746 MCCURRY 2014
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Freeway Birding, San Francisco to Seattle. By Harry G. Fuller. (Klamath River, CA: Living Gold Press, 2013. 352 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 598.0723 FULLER 2013
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Eat & Explore Washington: Favorite Recipes, Celebrations & Travel Destinations. By Christy Campbell. (Kosciusko, MS: Great American Publishers, 2013. 256 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW 641.5979 CAMPBEL 2013
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Field Guide to the Spiders of California and the Pacific Coast States. By text by R.J. Adams; illustrations by Tim D. Manolis. (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2014. California natural history guide series, no. 108. 303 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 595.4409 ADAMS 2014
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Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need To Know. By Martha Brockenbrough. (New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2013. 149 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 001.944 BROCKEN 2013
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Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest. By Barbara L. Wilson, et. al. (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2014. Second edition. 432 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 584.8409 WILSON 2014
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Bridging a Great Divide: The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge. By Kathie Durbin. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2013. 312 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 979.7 DURBIN 2013
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Battle Ready: The National Coast Defense System and the Fortification of Puget Sound, 1894-1925. By David M. Hansen. (Pullman, Washington: Washington State University Press, 2014. 161 pp. Bibliographical references, index
NW 355.4509 HANSEN 2014
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The Washington Guide to Fairs, Festivals & Craft Shows. (Oakridge, OR: Drake Publications, 2014 edition. 208pp. Illustrations, map, index.)
NW 394.2097 WASHING 2014
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Fodor’s Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West. (New York: Fodor’s Travel Publications, 2014 edition. 936 pp. Illustrations, maps.)
NW 917 FODORS 2014 ed. 4
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Maritime Place Names: Inland Washington Waters. By Richard W. Blumenthal. (Bellevue, WA: Inland Waters Pub. Co., 2012. 338 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references.)
NW 917.977 BLUMENT 2012
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The rural West since World War II / R. Douglas Hurt, editor
Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 1998. 258 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 978.033 RURAL W 1998
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Charles Wilkes and the Exploration of Inland Washington Waters: Journals from the Expedition of 1841. Edited by Richard W. Blumenthal. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2009. 314 pp. maps.)
NW 917.977 BLUMENT 2009
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In Season: Culinary Adventures of a Pacific Northwest Chef. By Greg Atkinson; photography by Charity Burggraaf. (Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books, 2014. 240 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW 641.5970 ATKINSO 2014
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The Enemy Never Came: The Civil War in the Pacific Northwest. By Scott McArthur. (Caldwell, Idaho : Caxton Press, 2012. 268 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 973.7 MCARTHU 2012
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John Mullan: The Tumultuous Life Of A Western Road Builder. By Keith C. Petersen. (Pullman, Wash.: Washington State University Press, 2014. 336 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 623.6209 PETERSE 2014
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Legendary Locals Of Walla Walla, Washington. By Diane B. Reed. (Charleston, South Carolina: Legendary Locals, Arcadia Publishing, 2014. Legendary locals series. 127 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 979.702 REED 2014
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Harvest Heritage: Agricultural Origins and Heirloom Crops of the Pacific Northwest. By Richard D. Scheuerman and Alexander C. McGregor, with color plates by John Clement. (Pullman, Wash.: Washington State University Press, 2013. 186 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 338.1097 SCHEUER 2013
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Paradise Imperfect: An American Family Moves to the Costa Rican Mountains. By Margot Page. (Seattle, Washington USA: Yellow House Press, 2013. 265 pp.)
NW 972.8605 PAGE 2013
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The Great Bear Sea: Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise. By Ian McAllister & Nicholas Read; photographs by Ian Mcallister. (Victoria, BC: Orca Book Pub., 2013. 121 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 578.7709 MCALIST 2013
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The Columbia River: A Historical Travel Guide. By JoAnn Roe. (Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Press, 2013. 228 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 917.9704 ROE 2013
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The Nude Beach Notebook. By Barbara J. Scot. (Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2014. 198 pp. Bibliographical references.)
NW 979.549 SCOT 2014
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The Dancer Diaries, Volume 1. By Andy Norris. (Portland, Oregon: Gyrfalcon Press, 2013. 123 pp.)
NW 813.6 NORRIS 2013 v1
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Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets. By Craig Rennebohm with David Paul “Rennebohm. (Boston: Beacon Press, 208 pp. Bibliographical references, index.)
NW 242 RENNEBO 2008
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Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music. By Marisa Meltzer. (New York: Faber and Faber, 2010. 162 pp. Bibliographical references, filmography, index.)
NW 781.6408 MELTZER 2010
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It Happened On The Oregon Trail, 2nd ed. By Tricia Martineau Wagner. (Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot, 2014. It happened in series. 205 pp. Map, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 978.02 WAGNER 2014
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Elders Dialog: Ed Davis and Vi Hilbert Discuss Native Puget Sound Language, Culture and Heritage. Edited by Jay Miller, PhD. (Seattle, Washington: Lushootseed Press, 2014. 245 pp. Illustations, map, bibliographical references.)
NW 979.7004 ELDERS 2014
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The Shoshoneans: The People Of The Basin-Plateau. By Edward Dorn, et.al. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2013. Expanded edition, “Recencies. 165 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 978.0049 DORN 2013
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Wild Berries of Washington and Oregon. By T. Abe Lloyd, Fiona Hamersley Chambers. (Auburn, Washington: Lone Pine Publishing International, 2014. 256 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 581.464 LLOYD 2014
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The First 100 Years: Women’s University Club of Seattle, 1914-2014. Edited by Carol Sollie, Sheri Bloch, Maryann Spangler, Julie Moberly. (Seattle, WA: Women’s University Club of Seattle, 2013. 112 pp. Illustrations, maps, plans.)
NW 305.406 BLOCH 2013
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My Seasons: A Literary Celebration of Sports and Life. By Bob Welch. (Eugene, Or.: AO Creative, 2007. 239 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 612.044 WELCH 2007
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The Story of Tregoning Boat Company: A Seattle Business – A Pioneer Family and a Little History. By Frank J. Tregoning. (Seattle, 2012. 96 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 623.8223 TREGONI 2012
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Buckle of the Power Belt: Recollections of the Wenatchee World’s First 100 Years. By Andy Dappen. (Wenatchee, WA: Wenatchee World, World Pub. Co., 2005. 360 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 979.759 DAPPEN 2005
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San Juan Islands … And Beyond: A Photographer’s Journey. Photographed by Karyn F. King. (Anacortes, WA: Her Majesty’s Press, 2012. 108 pp. Illustrations, map.)
NW OVERSIZ 508.79 KING 2012
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Healy’s West: The Life and Times of John J. Healy. By Gordon E. Tolton. (Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press, [2014]” “287 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 979.5041 TOLTON 2014
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Frontier Cowboys and the Great Divide: Early Ranching In BC and Alberta. By Ken Mather. (Victoria/Vancouver/Calgary: Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd., 2013. 221 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 971.103 MATHER 2013
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From Summit to Sea: An Illustrated History of Railroads in British Columbia and Alberta. By George H. Buck. (Calgary, Alta.: Fifth House, 1997. 202 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 385.0971 BUCK 1997
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Asper Nation: Canada’s Most Dangerous Media Company. By Marc Edge. (Vancouver: New Star Books, 2007. 326 pp. Bibliographical references, index.)
NW 384.5506 EDGE 2007
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Reservation “Capitalism”: Economic Development in Indian Country. By Robert J. Miller; foreword by Tom Daschle. (Lincoln : Bison Books, 2013. 208 pages. Bibliographical references, index.)
NW 338.973 MILLER 2013
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Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Treaties and Treaty Making in American Indian History. By Colin G. Calloway. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2013. 377 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 346.7301 CALLOWAY 2013
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Silverdale. By Kitsap County Historical Society. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations, maps.)
NW 979.702 SILVERD 2014
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Tribes and trappers: a history of Montana, Volume One. By Greg Strandberg. (Missoula: Big Sky Words Press, 2013. 221 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references.
NW 978.6 STRANDB 2013 v1
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Tragedy at Southern Oregon Tunnel 13: Deautremonts Hold Up the Southern Pacific. By Scott Mangold. (Charleston; London: The History Press, 2013. 207 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.
NW 364.1552 MANGOLD 2013
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The Book of Shadows: New & Selected Poems. By Carlos Reyes. (Sandpoint, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2009. 240 pp.
NW 811.6 REYES 2009
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Whelm: Poems. By Dawn Lonsinger “Lonsinger, Dawn” “Sandpoint, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2013. 95 pp.)
NW 811.6 LONSING 2013
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First Up: Barnstorming for Poetry. By Samuel Green. (Bellingham, WA : Village Books, 2012. 71 pp. Bibliographical references.)
NW 811.6 GREEN 2012
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Incomplete Strangers: Poems. By Robert McNamara. (Sandpoint, Idaho : Lost Horse Press, 2013. 62 pp.)
NW 811.6 MCNAMAR 2013
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The Radium Watch Dial Painters: Poems. By D.S. Butterworth. (Sandpoint, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2008. 82 pp.)
NW 811.6 BUTTERW 2008
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Once Upon a Two by Four. By Ann Combs. (Burton, Wash.: Endicott and Hugh Books, 2012. 240 pp.)
NW 979.776 COMBS 2012
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A Tale for the Time Being. By Ruth Ozeki. (New York: Viking, 2013. 422 pp.)
NW 813.6 OZEKI 2013
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Dark Moon Walking. By R.J. McMillen. (Victoria, British Columbia: TouchWood Editions, 2014. A Dan Connor mystery. 232 pp.)
NW 813.6 MCMILLE 2014
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Devil’s Gate: Owning the Land, Owning the Story. By Tom Rea. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006. 307 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 978.785 REA 2006
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Their Own Frontier: Women Intellectuals Re-Visioning the American West. Edited and with an introduction by Shirley A. Leckie and Nancy J. Parezo. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008. 395 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 301.092 THEIR O 2008
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Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing. Michelle M. Jacob. (Tucson: Univ. Of Arizona Press, 2014. 139 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 305.897 JACOB 2014
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The Cornish Miner in America: The Contribution to the Mining History of the United States by Emigrant Cornish Miners–The Men Called Cousin Jacks. By Arthur Cecil Todd. (Spokane, Wash.: Arthur H. Clark, 2005, c1967. 279 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 622.0973 TODD 2005
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Photographing Washington: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them. By Gordon and Cathie Sullivan. (Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press, 2014. 112 pp. Illustrations, maps.)
NW 778.9991 SULLIVA 2014
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Mary Randlett Portraits. By Frances McCue, photographs by Mary Randlett. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014. 183 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 779.2092 MCCUE 2014
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The Civil War Rivalry: Oregon vs. Oregon State. By Kerry Eggers. (Charleston; London: The History Press, 2014. 527 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 796.3326 EGGERS 2014
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Ball Four: The Final Pitch. By Jim Bouton. (New York: Turner, 2014. 540 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW 796.357 BOUTON 2014
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Rough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir. Laurie Wagner Buyer. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013. 249 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 811.54 BUYER 2013
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Storied Lives: Japanese American Students and World War II. By Gary Y. Okihiro; with a contribution by Leslie A. Ito. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999. 182 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 940.5308 OKIHIRO 1999
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The Hank Adams reader: an exemplary native activist and the unleashing of indigenous sovereignty. Edited by David E. Wilkins. (Golden, Colo.: Fulcrum Pub., 2011. 312 pp. Bibliographical references, index.)
NW 970.0049 HANK AD 2011
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The Oregon Shanghaiers: Columbia River Crimps From Portland To Astoria. By Barney Blalock. (Charleston, SC : History Press, 2014. 159 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 979.503 BLALOCK 2014
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Auburn. Hilary Pittenger. (Charleston, South Carolina : Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 979.777 PITTENG 2014
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Compassion In Dying: Stories Of Dignity And Choice. Edited by Barbara Coombs Lee; foreword by Barbara Roberts. (Troutdale, Or.: NewSage Press: Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West, 2003. 137 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 362.175 COMPASS 2003
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Boise Impressions. By Idaho Stock Images  (Helena, Mont.: Farcountry Press, 2009. 80 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 917.9628 BOISE I 2009
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Custer Survivor: The End of a Myth, the Beginning of a Legend. By John Koster. (Palisades, New York: Chronology Books, 2010. 220 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references, index.
NW 973.8209 KOSTER 2010
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At The World’s Edge: Curt Lang’s Vancouver, 1937-1998. By Claudia Cornwall; foreword by David Beers. (Salt Spring Island, B.C.: Mother Tongue Pub., 2011. 266 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 971.133 CORNWAL 2011
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Buckaroos and Mud Pups: The Early Days of Ranching in British Columbia. By Ken Mather. (Surrey, BC: Heritage House Pub., 2006. 222 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 971.103 MATHER 2006
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Day Hike! Mount Rainier. By Ron C. Judd. (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2014.  3rd Edition. 195 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.)
NW 917.9794 JUDD 2014
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The Elusive State Of Jefferson: A Journey through the 51st State. By Peter Laufer, PhD. (Guilford, Connecticut: TwoDot, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, 2013. 229 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 974.4053 LAUFER 2013
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Grand Teton National Park. By Kendra Leah Fuller and Shannon Sullivan with images contributed by Jackson Hole Historical Society. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 978.701 FULLER 2014
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Geyser Basins of Yellowstone. By Dr. N. Genean Dunn and Thomas D. Dunn. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references.)
NW 978.752 DUNN 2014
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Crook County. By Steve Lent. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2013. 127 pp. Illustrations, maps.)
NW 979.583 LENT 2013
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Conversations with Ken Kesey. Edited by Scott F. Parker. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014. 194 pp. Bibliographical references, index.)
NW 928.1 KESEY 2014
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Collared: Politics and Personalities in Oregon’s Wolf Country. By Aimee Lyn Brown. (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2013. 135 pp. Map, bibliographical references, index.
NW 599.773 EATON 2013
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A Reliable Car and a Woman Who Knows It: The First Coast-To-Coast Auto Trips by Women, 1899-1916. By Curt McConnell. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2000. 174 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 796.7082 MCCONNE 2000
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Around Florence. By Judy Fleagle. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations, maps,
NW 979.531 FLEAGLE 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o871346035

Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life on Fire. By Jerry D. Mathes II. (Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Press, 2013. 225 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 363.3709 MATHES 2013
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Building The Columbia River Highway: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done. By Peg Willis. (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2014. 186 pp. Bibliographical references, index.)
NW 388.122 WILLIS 2014
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Alaska’s Whaling Coast. By Dale Vinnedge. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2013. 127 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 976.1 VINNEDG 2013
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Crater Lake National Park. By Margaret LaPlante. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2013. 127 pp. Illustrations.) NW 979.591 LAPLANT 2013
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Magnificently Unrepentant: The Story of Merve Wilkinson and Wildwood. By Goody Niosi. (Survey, B.C.: Heritage House, 2001. 236 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.)
NW 634.9092 NIOSI 2001
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Portland International Raceway. By Jeff Zurschmeide. (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub., 2013. 127 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 796.7206 ZURSCHM 2013
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Portland’s Maritime History. By Rebecca Harrison and Daniel Cowan.
(Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations.
NW 979.549 HARRISO 2014
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Oregon Surfing: Central Coast. By Scott and Sandy Blackman. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 95 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 797.3209 BLACKMA 2014
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Mount Hood National Forest. By Cheryl Hill. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references.)
NW 979.5 HILL 2014
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Myrtle Point and Vicinity, 1893-1950. By Chuck King, Linda Kirk, Carolyn Prola, and Mary Ellen Robertson. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations, maps.)
NW 979.502 KING 2014
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Pendleton. By Elizabeth Gibson. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2013. 127 pp. Illustrations.)

NW 979.569 GIBSON 2013
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Oak Harbor. By Peggy Christine Darst. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 979.775 DARST 2014
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Oregon & Northwestern Railroad. By Jeff Moore and Wayne I. Monger.
(Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub., 2013. 127 pp. Illustrations, maps.)
NW 625.2603 MOORE 2013
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Meander Scars: Reflections on Healing the Willamette River. By Abby P. Metzger. (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2013. 142 pp. Bibliographical reference)
NW 577.6409 METZGER 2013
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Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse. Essays by Barbara Brotherton, Sheila Farr, John Haworth. (Seattle: Seattle Art Museum in association with University of Washington Press, 2013. 104 pp. Illustrations
NW 709.2 ROBERT 2013
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Undaunted: The Best of BC Bookworld. Edited by Alan Twigg; illustrations by David Lester. (Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2013.    242 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 808.8499 UNDAUNT 2013
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Woodpeckers of North America. By Frances Backhouse. (Richmond Hill, Ont.: Firefly Books, 2005. 232 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 598.7209 BACKHOU 2005
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We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford. By introduction by Paulann Petersen. (Portland, Oregon: Ooligan Press, 2013. 135 pp.
NW 811.54 WE BELO 2013
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Winemakers of the Willamette Valley: Pioneering Vintners from Oregon’s Wine Country. By Vivian Perry & John Vincent   foreword by Harry Peterson-Nedry. (Charleston, SC: American Palate, a division of The History Press, 2013. 160 pp. Illustrations, index.
NW 663.2092 PERRY 2013
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A Flash of Hex. By Jes Battis. (New York: Ace Books, 2009. 371 pp.)
NW 813.6 BATTIS 2009
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Inhuman Resources. By Jes Battis. (New York: Ace Books, 2010. 304 pp.)
NW 813.6 BATTIS 2010
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Understory: Poems. By Paulann Petersen. (Sandpoint, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2013. 182 pp.)
NW 811.6 PETERSE 2013
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Where Law Ends. By Kevin Emmet Foley. (Pronghorn Press, 2008. 411 pp.)
NW 813.6 FOLEY 2008
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42: A Novel. By M. Thomas Cooper. (Portland, OR:  Ooligan Press, 2008. 325 pp.
NW 813.6 COOPER 2008
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The Empty House: Stories. By Nathan Oates. (Sandpoint, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2013. 183 pp.)
NW 813.6 OATES 2013
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Mussio Venture Presents Backroad Mapbook. By Russell Mussio. (New Westminster, B.C.: Mussio Ventures Ltd., 1998. Illustrations, maps, indexes.
NW 912.711 MUSSIO 2003
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Boring. By Dan Bosserman. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 979.541 BOSSERM 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o877852850

Kennewick Man: The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton. Edited by Douglas W. Owsley and Richard L. Jantz.  (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2014. 669 pp. Illustrations, maps.)
NW OVERSIZ 979.701 KENNEWI 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o 872382151

Notes from a 12 Man: A Truly Biased History of the Seattle Seahawks. By Mark Tye Turner. (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2009. 288 pp. Bibliographical references, index.
NW 796.3326 TURNER 2009
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o308209033

Inside Oregon State Hospital: A History Of Tragedy And Triumph. By Diane L. Goeres-Gardner; foreword by John Terry. (Charleston: The History Press, 2013. 334 pp. Index.)
NW 362.2109 GOERES 2013
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o827261529

Grandview. By Ruth A. Dirk. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 979.755 GRANDVI 2014
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Haunted By Waters: A Journey Through Race and Place in the American West. By Robert T. Hayashi; foreword by Wayne Franklin. (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2007. 194 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical reference, index.)
NW 305.8009 HAYASHI 2007
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Crazy Enough: A Memoir. By Storm Large. (New York: Free Press, 2012. 267 pp.)
NW 782.4216 LARGE 2012
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o849817205

Day Hike! Central Cascades. By Mike McQuaide. (Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books, 2014. 3rd edition. 277 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.)
NW 796.51 MCQUAID 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o879388541

Hourglass museum. By Kelli Russell Agodon. (Buffalo, New York: White Pine Press, 2014. 120 pp.)
NW 811.6 AGODON 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o858603285

Washington’s Sunset Highway. By Church Flood. (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 127 pp. Illustrations, maps.)
NW 979.784 FLOOD 2014
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Echoes of Mutiny: Race, Surveillance, and Indian Anticolonialism in North America. By Seema Sohi.
(Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 271 pp.)
NW 305.8009 SOHI 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o873746903

The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour: The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. By Donald Olson. (Portland: Timber Press, 2014. 300 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.
NW 635.0979 OLSON 2014
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Seattle Seahawks Super Season: Notes from a 12 on the Best Season in Seahawks History. By Mark Tye Turner.
(Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2014. 145 pp. Illustrations.)
NW 796.3326 TURNER 2014
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Fly Fishing For Western Smallmouth. By David Paul Williams. (Mechanicsburg, PA: Headwater Books/Stackpole Books, 2014. 202 pp. Illustrations, index.)
NW 799.1773 WILLIAM 2014
http://stlow.iii.com/search~S2?/o865496191

The Deerholme Foraging Book: Wild Foods from the Pacific Northwest. By Bill Jones. (Victoria, British Columbia: TouchWood Editions, 2014. 266 pp. Illustrations, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 641.6 JONES 2014
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The Bright Hours.  (Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibris Corporation, 2010. 171 pp.)
NW 796.5092 ANTONSE 2010
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The Crow’s Nest. By Barbara Giles. (Florence, Oregon: BeeJayGee Press, 2014. 178 pp.)
NW 813.6 GILES 2014
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The West Coast of Vancouver Island, Including the Bunsby Islands & the Broken Group. By Anne & Laurence Yeadon-Jones. (Anacortes, Wa: FineEdge Nautical & Recreational Publishing, 2006. 191 pp. Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide, v. 6. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical information, index.)
NW OVERSIZ 797.1097 YEADON 2006 v6
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Gender, Whiteness, and Power in Rodeo: Breaking Away from the Ties of Sexism and Racism. By Tracey Owens Patton & Sally M. Schedlock. (Lanham, Md.: Lexington, Books, 2012. 228 pp. Illustrations, maps, bibliographical references, index.)
NW 791.8409 PATTON 2012
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Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Area’s Best Backcountry Hot Springs. By Evie Litton and Sally Jackson. (Guilford, Connecticut; Helena, Montana: FalconGuides, 2014. Fifth edition. 352 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.)
NW 796.5109 LITTON 2014
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Tenino Scrapbook: Memories of Tenino with a Walk down Sussex, 1900-1950. Compiled by Evelyn Ruggieri Hoffman; with special thanks to David Alton Phillips and other family and friends for their help; edited by Larry Zessom and Julie McDonald Zander. (The Author, 2013. 274 pp. Illustrations, maps, index.)
NW 979.779 HOFFMAN 2013
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A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 Posted in Articles, Washington Reads | No Comments »


A Tale for the Time Being. By Ruth Ozeki (New York : Viking, 2013. 422 pp.)tb-cover-373x563

Recommendation by PNW & Special Collections

When a diary sails across the Pacific in a Hello Kitty lunchbox to the shore of an island in British Columbia, it is recovered by a novelist named Ruth recently relocated from New York City.  In this diary a teenage girl finds sanctuary, purging into its pages her daily trials as she adjusts and copes with brutal Japanese classmates and a youth culture alien to her, musing on her relocation from the United States, ranting about and reflecting upon the failings of her parents, and making personal revelations catalyzed by her Great-Grandmother, Jiko, a Zen Buddhist Priest.  Ruth (the character) serves as the primary witness to Nao’s sufferings as Ruth herself manages her own grief, isolation, writer’s block, and hindered sense of self alongside her drive to discover the mysterious fate of this child author.

The book within the book grapples bullying, culture shock, economic hard times, and asks questions of ethical duty and the potential price a family pays to reconcile the legacy they share.  The author of Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki, like the story’s great-grandmother, is a Zen Buddhist Priest and was ordained in 2010.  She divides her time between the Pacific Northwest and New York City. Whatever parallels you wish to draw from this are up to you.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013, this is a highly recommended read.  The book on the whole plays with history, time, and biography pulling and snapping back each element like narrative putty.  It is refreshingly unsentimental in its humanistic approach, and the tale’s stylistically bold design is jeweled with relatable characters.

Ms. Ozeki will also be in Washington as the opening speaker for the 2014-15 Artist and Lecture Series at South Puget Sound Community College, on Oct 9th.

ISBN-13: 9780670026630

Available at the State Library’s Pacific Northwest Collections, NW 813.6 OZEKI 2013

and as a physical and downloadable talking book through NLS and WTBBL

 

Celebrate Teen Literature Day!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 Posted in State Library Collections, Washington Reads | No Comments »


From the desk of Kathryn Devine

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Every year, the Thursday of National Library Week, April 17th  this year, is set aside as Teen Literature Day.

Check out these teen books at the Washington State Library.

 

 

Meet Hannah West—smart, resilient, slightly sarcastic, and sometimes too
nosy for her own good.teen blog belltown towers cover

She’s a young Seattleite whose favorite pastimes include watching the Crime Network, Law & Order, Monk, Columbo, or any mystery show really.
All of which provide a solid education when she tries to untangle her first real mystery in her own (temporary) home in Hannah West in the Belltown Towers.

Not to give too much away—but there are missing paintings, a ubiquitous bike messenger, and a shady artist who may be involved.

This is a fun read peppered with references to Seattle locations and culture.
Linda Johns, author and librarian at the Seattle Public Library, has created a wonderful character to spend some time with.

teen blog deep water coverYou can follow Hannah’s other adventures, all set in the Seattle area:

Hannah West in Deep Water (2006)

Hannah West in the Center of the Universe (2007)

Hannah West on Millionaire’s Row (2007)

 

 

Here are a few other series for teens, also at the Washington State Library.0-545-22418-7

Dear America

1. West to a Land of Plenty 

2. Across the wide and lonesome prairie: the Oregon Trail Diary

3. The Fences Between Us (Kirby Larson) 

 

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1. On the Devil’s Court (1988)

2. Painting the black (1997)

3. Night hoops (2000)

4. High Heat (2003)

5. Runner (2005)

6. Gym Candy (2007)

7. Payback Times (2010)

Come and visit us, or browse the catalog, if you’re  looking for teen fiction written in or about the Pacific Northwest.

 

Border Songs, by Jim Lynch

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 Posted in Washington Reads | No Comments »


U.S. Hardback Knopf - CoverBorder Songs. By Jim Lynch (New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. 291 pp.)

Recommendation submitted by:
Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA.

Jim Lynch’s second novel, Border Songs (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009), follows his enormously popular debut novel, The Highest Tide. In Border Songs, we follow the adventures of a zany and seemingly dysfunctional cast of characters, of which the foremost is Brandon Vanderkool, a dyslexic, six-foot-eight U.S. Border Control guard who keeps a running daily bird watch count in his head, while intuitively ending up in exactly the right spot at the right time to repeatedly catch people crossing the border illegally.

Another unlikely character is Brandon’s barely competent dairy cow farmer father, Norm, who is building a yacht in his garage, but spends most of his time up to his knees in mud , manure, and mastitis, worrying about his wife’s memory loss (it it Alzheimer’s?) while suffering the daily taunts of his Canadian neighbor across the border.

Brandon harbors a crush on the neighbor’s daughter, Madeline, who herself is becoming increasingly caught up in a major marijuana kingpin’s smuggling and growing operations. This naturally makes us (the haplessly amused readers) wonder if Brandon’s border sensitivity and his wished-for girlfriend’s smuggling activities aren’t headed for a catastrophic confrontation of some sort. Will it be a romantic conclusion, or the seemingly inevitable police action?

This seriocomic novel truly takes us to the ultimate Northwest, both in physical location (the NW corner of the NW region of the U.S. lower 48) and its cultural implications. The book is a highly entertaining must-read for anyone even remotely interested in the contemporary NW literary scene.

ISBN: 9-780-30727117-4

Available at the Washington State Library, NW 813.6 LYNCH 2009
Available as an eBook, as a Braille edition, and as a talking book.

The Hamlet Trap

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 Posted in Washington Reads | No Comments »


HamletThe Hamlet Trap. By Kate Wilhelm. (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987.)

Recommendation submitted by:
Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA.

For the mystery fan who is also a theater buff, this is the perfect book! Set in Ashland, Oregon, not in the famous Shakespeare Festival proper, but in another nearby theater that specializes in anything other than the Bard, two people end up dead, and police suspicion falls on Ginnie, the talented set designer, who also just happens to be the theater’s owner/producer/impresario’s niece. A retired New York City detective and his Ph.D. psychologist wife are sent in to find the true culprit, and save the day. Well written, with great character development, as per usual with author Kate Wilhelm, this NW mystery is just the ticket for anyone who might have overlooked it back when it first came out.

ISBN: 0-312-94000-9

Available at the Washington State Library, NW 813.6 WILWELM 1987
Available as an eBook, or as a Braille edition.
Not available as a talking book.

Intrigue and Adventure in the Cave of Secrets

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 Posted in Washington Reads | 1 Comment »


Cave of Secrets. By Hal Burton. Lilliwaup, Washington: Hal Burton Publishing, 2002. 224 p.

Recommendation submitted by:
Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA.

Place, specifically the Olympic coast “north of Grays Harbor County, where US Highway 101 turns inland and most of the coastal region along the shores of the Pacific is accessible only by old logging roads and hiking trails” plays a major role in this regional novel. According to the book’s Prologue:

It is speculated, though never proven, that the first explorers to the coastal region of Washington were monks from China. Several accounts have been found in Chinese court records that tell of missionary trips to the Aleutian Islands and as far south as Baja, California.

And on one of those mythical accounts, dating from 499 AD, hangs this tale of adventure and treasure. First off, the story briefly recreates the actual expedition, and what it might have been like for those early intrepid travelers from another continent. Then we shift rapidly to 1981, as Chuck Coolridge, UW PhD student in ancient Chinese history, having found some tantalizing historical records in Taiwan, mounts an expedition to try and locate any possible remnants of the original expedition these many hundreds of years later.

Further complicating the story is the mystery, never solved, of a young man who went missing on the very same stretch of Olympic Peninsula coastline back in the late 60’s. Two of his friends from the time, being familiar with the area, are recruited to help with the current search. Throw in a nosy Seattle newspaper reporter, and a spy working for the current Chinese government (!), and these disparate factors combine for a fast-paced adventure story.

Libraries and librarians often tend to look down their collective noses at self-published books such as this one, and not entirely without justification. While the writing in this book does not always measure up to sophisticated reader’s expectations, the intriguing nature of the story line soon draws the reader in, and the action and suspense carry you on through.

ISBN: 0-9725707-0-5

Available at the Washington State Library, NW 813.6 BURTON 2002.
Available in an eBook edition
Not available as a talking book, or as a Braille edition.

Paranormal mystery surrounds tragedy in Gregg Olsen’s Envy

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 Posted in Washington Reads | No Comments »


Envy: An Empty Coffin Novel (Book 1). By Gregg Olsen. New York : Splinter, 2011. 285 p.

Recommendation by:
Rand Simmons, Acting Washington State Librarian, Tumwater, WA.

It begins with a suicide. A young girl, Katelyn, depressed and lonely, slips into a tub of water. Or, was it murder?
Katelyn’s childhood friends, Hayley and Taylor Ryan suspect the latter and set about to prove it so. The twins are the children of a true crime writer and a psychiatric nurse. But, they have gifts beyond those they have learned from dinner table conversation.

Set in Port Gamble, Washington author Gregg Olsen explores the dark side of this company town. The first in Olsen’s Empty Coffin series this is a good read for teens, especially girls ages 15-16. It may well appeal to a wider audience of murder mystery lovers.

Once you’ve read Envy you will hunger for the next in the series, Betrayal.

Editor’s Note: This book was selected by the Washington State Library for the 2012 National Book Festival, held in Washington D. C.

ISBN-10: 1402789572

Available at the Washington State Library, NW 813.6 OLSEN 2011
Available as an eReader edition and as a downloadable talking book.
Not available as a Braille edition.

High desert hardships and romantic conflict in Little Century

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 Posted in Washington Reads | No Comments »


Little Century: A Novel. By Anna Keesey. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. 336 p.)

Recommendation by:
Carolyn Petersen, CLRS Project Manager, Tumwater, WA.

18 year old Chicago born Esther Chambers found herself entering a different world when she accepted her cousin’s offer of help after her mother’s death.  The vast emptiness of the high desert of Oregon where her cousin’s cattle ranch is located challenges her.

Even though the year is 1900 a range war between the sheep men and the cattlemen still divides the tiny settlement of Century.  Esther finds herself drawn to two men, each on a different side of the conflict.

Anna Keesey’s debut literary novel paints a lyrical picture of the settling of Eastern Oregon.  Readers will find the characters fully realized and the story compelling.

ISBN-13: 978-0374192044