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Books related to Washington state and the Northwest: 2017

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Arts, Culture & Media

WA-Books is WA-List’s glimpse at books — recently published in 2017 or coming soon — about Washington and the Northwest spirit it embodies. We might even throw in a few Oregon books if they pique our interest. We will update this list throughout the year.

[Published titles appear below with the newest titles at the top.  Click Upcoming titles for books not yet published.]

October, 2017

Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The change of worlds for the native people and settlers on Puget Sound by David M. Buerge. Sasquatch Books. ISBN: 978-1632171368

Early Kirkland by Matthew W. McCauley. Arcadia Publishing. 128 pages ISBN: 978-1467127578

Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass by John W. Lundin. Arcadia Publishing (The History Press). 144 pages ISBN: 978-1467137744

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition by The Mountaineers. Mountaineers Books. 624 pages. ISBN: 978-1680510041
*This book is not specific to the Northwest, but it is a new edition of an international classic that was birthed here in Washington.

The Myrtlewood Cookbook: Pacific Northwest home cooking by Andrew Barton and Peter Schweitzer. Sasquatch Books. ISBN: 978-1632171412

Territorial Hues: The Color Print and Washington State, 1920–1960 by David F. Martin. University of Washington Press. 144 pages. ISBN: 978-0998911205

September, 2017

Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park by Lauren Danner. Washington State University Press. 334 pages. ISBN: 978-0874223521

Ghosts of Leavenworth and the Cascade Foothills by Deborah Cuyle. Arcadia Publishing (The History Press). 144 pages. ISBN: 978-1625858542

Influential Women of Spokane: Building a Fair City by Nancy Driscol Engle. Arcadia Publishing (The History Press). 176 pages. ISBN: 978-1467119863

Lost Restaurants of Seattle by Chuck Flood. Arcadia Publishing (The History Press). ISBN: 978-1467137041

Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum. Doubleday. 432 pages. ISBN: 978-0385538435
Subject: A recent Tacoma bank robbery

Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest by David Berger. University of Washington Press. 224 pages. ISBN: 978-0295741420

Showtime in Tacoma by Blaine Johnson and Brian Kamens. Tacoma Historical Society Press. 244 pages.

August, 2017

Bothell by Margaret Turcott. Arcadia Publishing. 128 pages. ISBN: 978-1467126205

July, 2017

Marine Weather Pocket Guide: A Field Reference by Jeff Renner. Mountaineers Books. Fold-out book. ISBN: 978-1680510942

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island by William R. Stein and the PBY-Naval Air Museum. Arcadia Publishing. 128 pages. ISBN: 978-1467126120

June, 2017

Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local’s Guide by Linnea Westerlind. Mountaineers Books. 256 pages. ISBN:  978-1680510010

Mountain Weather Pocket Guide: A Field Reference by Jeff Renner. Mountaineers Books. Fold-out book. ISBN: 978-1680510935

The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel by Karen Barnett. WaterBrook Publishing. 352 pages. ISBN: 978-0735289543

Seattle’s Historic Houses of Worship by Marilyn Morgan. Arcadia Publishing. 128 pages. ISBN: 978-1467126380

Urban Trails: Bellingham. Chuckanut Mountains, Western Whatcom, Skagit Valley by Craig Romano. Mountaineers Books. 176 pages. ISBN: 978-1680510249

Waterway: The story of Seattle’s locks and ship canal by David B. Williams, Jennifer Ott, and the staff of HistoryLink. University of Washington Press (HistoryLink and Documentary Media). 176 pages. ISBN: 978-1933245430

May, 2017

Camping Washington: The Best Public Campgrounds for Tents and RVs – Rated and Reviewed!, 2nd Edition by Ron Judd. Mountaineers Books. 336 pages. ISBN: 978-1594859519

Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest by Fiona Cohen, Illustrated by Marni Fylling. Sasquatch Books. 96 pages. ISBN: 978-1632170835

Lou: Fifty Years of Kicking Dirt, Playing Hard, and Winning Big in the Sweet Spot of Baseball by Lou Piniella and Bill Madden. Harper. 352 pages. ISBN: 978-0062660794
This book is not specific to the Northwest, but Lou Piniella was the manager of the Seattle Mariners for ten years, including the team’s best years.

Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide, 3rd Edition by Mike Gauthier. Mountaineers Books. 256 pages. ISBN: 978-1594858420

Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges by Jeff Anderson, Sonja Anderson. Arcadia Publishing. 128 pages. ISBN: 978-1467124874

Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, harvest, and use 120 wild herbs for health and wellness by Scott Kloos. Timber Press (Timber Press Field Guide). 416 pages. ISBN: 978-1604696578

Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages by Candace Wellman. Washington State University Press. 280 pages. ISBN: 978-0874223460

PNW Veg: 100 vegetable recipes inspired by the local bounty of the Pacific Northwest by Kim O’Donnel. Sasquatch Books. 272 pages. ISBN: 978-1632170538

Woodland: The story of the animals and people of Woodland Park Zoo by John Bierlein and the staff of Historylink. University of Washington Press (HistoryLink and Documentary Media). 200 pages. ISBN: 978-1933245416

April, 2017

The Chicken Who Saved Us: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful by Kristin Jarvis Adams. Behler Publications. 290 pages. ISBN: 978-1941887004
Subject: Story of an autistic Seattle boy.

Pacific Northwest Nature: Coloring for Calm and Mindful Observation by Lida Enche. Mountaineers Books. 64 pages. ISBN: 978-1680510928

Seattle Family Adventures: City Escapades, Day Trips, Weekend Getaways, and Itineraries for Fun-Loving Families by Kate Calamusa. Sasquatch Books. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-1632170972

Will it Blow? Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens by Elizabeth Rusch, Illustrated by K. E. Lewis. Sasquatch Books. 48 pages. ISBN: 978-1632171108

A Year Right Here: Adventures with food and family in the Great Nearby by Jess Thomson. University of Washington Press. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-0295741543

March, 2017

Birds of the Pacific Northwest by John Shewey and Tim Blount. Timber Press (Timber Press Field Guide). 560 pages. ISBN: 978-1604696653

Fir Island and Conway by Patricia Hanstad Pleas, Janet K. Utgard and Andrea Millward Xaver. Arcadia Publishing. 128 pages. ISBN: 978-1467124782

In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World by Rachel Dolezal. BenBella Books. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-1944648169
Subject: A Spokane woman’s memoir

Mountain Bike: Bend: 46 Select Singletrack Routes by Katy Bryce. Mountaineers Books. 256 pages. ISBN: 978-1680510645
This is an Oregon title that enticed us for its potential outdoor adventure.

Native Seattle: Histories for the crossing-over place, 2nd edition by Coll Thrush. University of Washington Press (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books). 384 pages. ISBN: 978-029574338

Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains: Plants, animals, fungi, geology, climate by Daniel Mathews. Timber Press (Timber Press Field Guide). 600 pages. ISBN: 978-1604696356

Seattle Walks: Discovering history and nature in the city by David B. Williams. University of Washington (A Michael J Repass Book). 256 pages. ISBN: 978-0295741284

Take a Walk: Seattle: 120 Walks through Natural Places in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, and Olympia, 4th Edition by Sue Muller Hacking. Sasquatch Books. 288 pages. ISBN: 978-1632170910

February, 2017

Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips: 32 Amazing Road Trips, 3rd Edition. Lonely Planet. 368 pages. ISBN: 978-1786572325
A little more than 100 pages of this book concerns Washington (with the rest covers Oregon and British Columbia), but it’s a concise, informative 100 pages.

Spokane’s Expo ’74 by Bill Cotter. Arcadia Publishing. 96 pages. ISBN: 978-1467124638

January, 2017

The Everett Massacre: A History of the Class Struggle in the Lumber Industry by Walker C. Smith. Arcadia Publishing. 128 pages. ISBN: 978-0738594583

Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest: 90 Best Varieties for Successful Rose Gardening by Nita-Jo Rountree. Sasquatch Books. 224 pages. ISBN: 978-1632170491

North Western Journeys: Spokane Pioneers and Scablands Settlers by John W. Lawton. Arcadia Publishing (America Through Time). 128 pages. ISBN: 978-1634990158

Rain Gardens for the Pacific Northwest: Design and Build Your Own by Zsofia Pasztor. Mountaineers Books. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-1680510416


And a few we missed last year:

Fateful Fourth: The Story of America’s Worst Trolley Disaster by Russell Holter. Gorham Printing. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-0984623464 (2016)
Subject: A tragedy in Tacoma in 1900.

Killing Thyme: A Spice Shop Mystery by Leslie Budewitz.  Berkley. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-0425271803 (October, 2016)
This is the third book in the author’s series of fictional mysteries featuring an amateur detective who runs a spice shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. The first novels in the series were Guilty as Cinnamon and Assault and Pepper.

My Old Man and the Mountain: a memoir by Leif Whitaker. Mountaineers. 288 pages. ISBN: 978-1680510683 (September, 2016)

Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest by Lynn Darroch. Ooligan Press. 256 pages. ISBN: 978-1932010817 (February, 2016)

Upcoming titles


American Zeus: The Life of Alexander Pantages, Theater Mogul by Taso G. Lagos. McFarland. 200 pages. ISBN: 978-1476668383 (February, 2018)

Chinook Resilience: Heritage and Cultural Revitalization on the Lower Columbia River by Jon D. Daehnke. University of Washington Press. 256 pages. ISBN: 978-0295742267 (November)

Day Hike! Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Sandpoint by Seabury Blair, Jr.  Sasquatch Books. 304 pages. ISBN: 9781632171146 (April, 2018)
This is a new title among a set of other Sasquatch titles already in multiple editions: Day Hike! Central Cascades. Day Hike! Mount Rainier, Day Hike! North Cascades, and Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula.

Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids by Joseph K. Gaydos and Audrey DeLella Benedict. Sasquatch Books. 64 pages. ISBN: 978-1632170958 (April, 2018)

Gardening in the Pacific Northwest: The complete homeowner’s guide by Paul Bonine and Amy Campion.  Timber Press. ISBN: 978-1604693331 (December)
(Campion? What a lovely name! But no known relation.)

Northwest Garden Manifesto: Create, Restore, and Maintain a Sustainable Yard by John Albers. Mountaineers Books. 224 pages. ISBN: 978-1680511093 (January, 2018)

Urban Trails Olympia: Capitol State Forest, Nisqually Delta, Harstine Island, Shelton by Craig Romano. Mountaineers Books. 224 pages. ISBN: 978-1680510263 (November)




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