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The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights

by Louis Corsino

The remarkably sordid past of a Chicago suburb


The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful,  the Curious, and the Arcane

by RichardH. Engeman

What's the connection between Ken Kesey and Nancy's Yogurt? How about the difference between a hoedad and a webfoot? What became of the Pixie Kitchen and the vanished Lambert Gardens?

The Oregon Companion is...


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,...


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...


A Year in Paradise

by Floyd Schmoe

A poetic, delightful look at living on Mount Rainier in the early 1900s.


Monte Cristo

by Philip Woodhouse

The rich, colorful history of Washington's Monte Cristo region -- one of the boom-and-bust gold mining areas of the Old West.


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...


The Separating Sickness - Ma'i Ho'oka'awale: Interviews with Exiled Leprosy Patients at Kalaupapa, Hawaii

by Ted Gugelyk & Milton Bloombaum

Oral history -- interviews with exiled Leprosy Patients at Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii. Patients tell about having bounties placed on them, being captured, quarantined and imprisoned for life as leprosy patients....


Seattle and the Demons of Ambition

by Fred Moody

Founded in 1851 as a four-cabin outpost named "New York Pretty-Soon," Seattle has long struggled with an identity crisis. From a nearly lawless port, to a sedate, conventional company town defined by Boeing...


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.


Selling Your Father's Bones: America's 140-Year War against the Nez Perce Tribe

by Brian Schofield

Part historical narrative, part travelogue, and part environmental plea, Selling Your Father's Bones recounts one of the most astonishing journeys in the history of the American West.

The year 1877 bore witness...


Walking Washington's History: Ten Cities

by Judy Bentley

Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities, a follow-up to Judy Bentley’s bestselling Hiking Washington’s History, showcases the state’s engaging urban history through guided walks in ten major cities....


Selling Your Father's Bones

by Brian Schofield

Part historical narrative, part travelogue, and part environmental plea, Selling Your Father's Bones recounts one of the most astonishing journeys in the history of the American West.

The year 1877 bore witness...


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...


David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest

by Jack Nisbet

During a meteoric career that spanned from 1825 to 1834, David Douglas made the first systematic collections of flora and fauna over many parts of the greater Pacific Northwest. Despite his early death, colleagues...


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,...


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....


Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story, 1940-2000

by William G. Robbins & William Cronon

Post-World War II Oregon was a place of optimism and growth, a spectacular natural region from ocean to high desert that seemingly provided opportunity in abundance. With the passing of time, however, Oregon’s...


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...