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Icebound Empire: Industry and Politics on the Last Frontier 1898 - 1938

by Elizabeth A. Tower & J. H. Clark

True Stories of the courage and grit behind Alaska's fierce independence. A mysterious vigilante murder in Nebraska, the Alaska Gold Rush, muckraking politics that lead to the suicide of an American hero and...


The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs

by Joshua L. Reid

For the Makahs, a tribal nation at the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States, a deep relationship with the sea is the locus of personal and group identity. Unlike most other indigenous tribes...


Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle

by Christopher T. Bayley

This is the story of one of the youngest county prosecutors in the country whose mission was to finally end the system of vice and corruption that had infiltrated Seattle's police department, municipal departments,...


Strawberry Days

by David A. Neiwert & David Neiwert

Strawberry Days tells the vivid and moving tale of the creation and destruction of a Japanese immigrant community. Before World War II, Bellevue, the now-booming "edge city" on the outskirts of Seattle, was...


Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest

by Jack Nisbet

These are the genesis stories of a region. In Ancient Places, Jack Nisbet uncovers touchstones across the Pacific Northwest that reveal the symbiotic relationship of people and place in this corner of the world....


The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights

by Louis Corsino

The remarkably sordid past of a Chicago suburb


No-No Boy

by John Okada, Lawson Fusao Inada & Ruth Ozeki

"No-No Boy has the honor of being the very first Japanese American novel," writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her new foreword to John Okada’s classic of Asian American literature. First published in 1956, No-No...


Stehekin: A Valley in Time

by Grant McConnell

As enchantingly odd today as when the author, a city slicker at the time, found it. Join his trip of discovery in this small town cut off from the rest of us by nature.


A Place of Her Own: The  Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin

by Janet Fisher

 After leaving home at a young age and defying her parents to marry the dashing Garrett Maupin, Martha Maupin's future became bound up with some of the most extraordinary events in antebellum American history,...


Encounters in Avalanche Country: A History of Survival in the Mountain West, 1820-1920

by Diana L. Di Stefano

Every winter settlers of the U.S. and Canadian Mountain West could expect to lose dozens of lives to deadly avalanches. This constant threat to trappers, miners, railway workers-and their families-forced individuals...


The WPA Guide to Washington: The Evergreen State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The WPA Guide to Oregon: The Beaver State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


Visible Bones: Journeys Across Time in the Columbia River Country

by Jack Nisbet

How can you know a place? Historian and naturalist Jack Nisbet-author of Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across Western North America—looks to the relics of a region to connect the present...


Oregon: A History

by Gordon B. Dodds

To many Americans, Oregon is an idyllic, fruitful garden on the northwestern shore of a troubled urban nation. But, as author Gordon B. Dodds explains in this thoughtful history, behind that image lies the story...


Temple Grove: A Novel

by Scott Elliott

Deep in the heart of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula lies Temple Grove, one of the last stands of ancient Douglas fir not protected from logging. Bill Newton, a gyppo logger desperate for work and a place...


Becoming Big League: Seattle, the Pilots, and Stadium Politics

by Bill Mullins

Becoming Big League is the story of Seattle's relationship with major league baseball from the 1962 World's Fair to the completion of the Kingdome in 1976 and beyond. Bill Mullins focuses on the acquisition...


Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master

by Lorraine McConaghy & Judith M. Bentley

Free Boy is the story of a 13-year-old slave who escaped from Washington Territory to freedom in Canada on the West's underground railroad.

When James Tilton came to Washington Territory as surveyor-general in...


Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska

by Dean J. Adams

As Four Thousand Hooks opens, an Alaskan fishing schooner is sinking. It is the summer of 1972, and the sixteen-year-old narrator is at the helm. Backtracking from the gripping prologue, Dean Adams describes...


Indians of the Pacific Northwest: From the Coming of the White Man to the Present Day

by Vine , Jr. Deloria Jr., Billy , Jr Frank Jr & Steve Pavlik

The definitive and moving account of the Pacific Northwest tribes and their struggle to maintain their culture and traditional homelands.


The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea

by Lissa K. Wadewitz

For centuries, borders have been central to salmon management customs on the Salish Sea, but how those borders were drawn has had very different effects on the Northwest salmon fishery. Native peoples who fished...