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Elephant Speak

by Melissa Crandall

When Roger Henneous first dons his keeper uniform and sets foot in the Oregon Zoo, he doesn't know what to expect. But over his thirty-year career, Roger discovers the joys, difficulties, and dangers of life...


Homewaters

by David B. Williams

Not far from Seattle skyscrapers live 150-year-old clams, more than 250 species of fish, and underwater kelp forests as complex as any terrestrial ecosystem. For millennia, vibrant Coast Salish communities have...


After the Blast

by Eric Wagner

On May 18, 1980, people all over the world watched with awe and horror as Mount St. Helens erupted. Fifty-seven people were killed and hundreds of square miles of what had been lush forests and wild rivers were...


Anticipating Future Environments

by Shana Lee Hirsch

Drought. Wildfire. Extreme flooding. How does climate change affect the daily work of scientists? Ecological restoration is often premised on the idea of returning a region to an earlier, healthier state. Yet...


The Port of Missing Men

by Aaron Goings

In the early twentieth century so many dead bodies surfaced in the rivers around Aberdeen, Washington, that they were nicknamed the “floater fleet.” When Billy Gohl (1873–1927), a powerful union official,...


Oregon

by William G. Robbins

Oregon’s landscape boasts brilliant waterfalls, towering volcanoes, productive river valleys, and far-reaching high deserts. People have lived in the region for at least twelve thousand years, during which...


The River That Made Seattle

by Bj Cummings

With bountiful salmon and fertile plains, the Duwamish River has drawn people to its shores over the centuries for trading, transport, and sustenance. Chief Se’alth and his allies fished and lived in villages...


Walking the High Desert

by Ellen Waterston

Former high desert rancher Ellen Waterston writes of a wild, essentially roadless, starkly beautiful part of the American West. Following the recently created 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail, she embarks on a creative...


Storied & Scandalous Portland, Oregon

by Joe Streckert

When vice and scandal are all fun and games.

Portland, Oregon began as a town of itinerant young men who had no shortage of diversions at the end of the workday. This city grew up with lots of revelry and little...


Little Washington

by Nicole Hardina

Washington?s Small Towns Have Great Stories.

Little Washington presents 100 of the state?s tiniest towns. With populations under 3,500, these charming and unique locations dot the entire state?from Neah Bay...


Climate Change and the Future of Seattle

by Yonn Dierwechter

Seattle is one of the most politically progressive and economically dynamic cities in the contemporary United States, popularly known as the ?Emerald City? for its natural setting and environmental politics....


Reclaiming the Reservation

by Alexandra Harmon

In the 1970s the Quinault and Suquamish, like dozens of Indigenous nations across the United States, asserted their sovereignty by applying their laws to everyone on their reservations. This included arresting...


The Portland Red Guide

by Michael Munk

A historical guidebook of social dissent, Michael Munk’s The Portland Red Guide describes local radicals, their organizations, and their activities in relation to physical sites in the Rose City. With the...


The Last Wilderness

by Murray Morgan & Tim McNulty

Murray Morgan?s classic history of the Olympic Peninsula, originally published in 1955, evokes a remote American wilderness ?as large as the state of Massachusetts, more rugged than the Rockies, its lowlands...


The Year Of Decision, 1846

by Bernard DeVoto

This book tells the story of some people who went west in 1846.

Its purpose is to tell that story in such a way that the reader may realize the far western frontier experience, which is part of our cultural inheritance,...


The Seattle General Strike

by Robert L. Friedheim & James N. Gregory

�We are undertaking the most tremendous move ever made by LABOR in this country, a move which will lead�NO ONE KNOWS WHERE!� With these words echoing throughout the city, on February 6, 1919, 65,000 Seattle...


It Happened In Oregon

by James A. Crutchfield

From a volcanic eruption that created the deepest lake in North America to a freighter wreck that took nine years to clean up, It Happened in Oregon looks at intriguing people and episodes from the history of...


Building Reuse

by Kathryn Rogers Merlino

In Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design, Kathryn Rogers Merlino makes an impassioned case that truly sustainable design requires reusing and reimagining existing buildings. The...


In Defense of Wyam

by Katrine Barber

When the US Army Corps of Engineers began planning construction of The Dalles Dam at Celilo Village in the mid-twentieth century, it was clear that this traditional fishing, commerce, and social site of immense...


Building Tradition

by Marie Rose Wong

Marie Rose Wong peers through the lens of single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels to capture the 157-year origin story of Seattle's pan-Asian International District. This gorgeous, meticulous book layers together...