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LOCAL INTEREST: Historical Northwest

A richer harvest : an anthology of work in the Pacific Northwest book A richer harvest : an anthology of work in the Pacific Northwest

810.8097 RICHER

This collection of prose, poems, manifestoes, songs, memoirs, and oral histories taps a rich vein of Pacific Northwest literature. From pioneer journals to union tracts and cyberpunk fiction, the writings gathered here portray work life in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Atomic farmgirl : the betrayal of Chief Qualchan, the appaloosa, and me book Atomic farmgirl : the betrayal of Chief Qualchan, the appaloosa, and me

Hein, Teri.
979.7043 HEIN

The Palouse Hills in the eastern part of Washington State are known as home of the golden wheatlands, a place with some of the richest topsoil in the world. It is also a region forever changed by the dispersals of nuclear waste – accidental and intentional – from the Hanford Atomic Plant only 100 miles south. In Atomic Farmgirl, Teri Hein explores a childhood marked by horseback riding, haying, casseroles, a stoic German Lutheran tradition, and the Cold War duck-and-cover drills of the 50s. First and foremost, she tells of her family’s bond to the land: “Wheat is our thing and a thousand acres of it swaying in the breeze is for us in the Palouse about the most beautiful thing on earth. We put pictures of wheat on our Grain Growers calendars and write poems about it when we go off to college.” The great-granddaughter of homesteaders, Hein captures the evolution of a landscape and a neighborhood in the face of the invasions of the 19th and 20th centuries: the U.S. military, her own German ancestors, and the Manhattan Project. Filled with humor, poignancy, and a deeply personal web of stories, Atomic Farmgirl offers a rich journey into the mysteries of childhood, love, community, and place.

City of ash : a novel book City of ash : a novel

Chance, Megan.

When the great Seattle fire of 1889 leaves them with nothing to lose, two very different women discover a mutual passion for revenge. Chicago socialite and art patron Geneva Langley has brought scandal to her family for the last time. Her latest and boldest act of immodesty is too much for her father to bear, and he banishes her to Seattle, along with her scheming, ambitious husband, Nathan. Seattle is a far cry from Chicago—the streets are muddy, the society backward, and Ginny feels stifled and alone. Despite her considerable talent, Beatrice Wilkes is an actress whose dream of being a leading lady is fading rapidly. She can’t believe her luck when a new production gives her a chance at stardom, but Geneva Langley seizes the opportunity for her own and unwittingly crushes Bea’s last dream. The two women engage in a fierce battle for center stage, but the great Seattle fire, which ravages the city, changes their fates and plans. In its aftermath, Ginny and Bea see an opportunity to change their lives: but it would mean banding together to enact a truly wicked plan. Their dark and perilous alliance will set them on the path to either redemption or damnation.

Clara and Merritt book Clara and Merritt

Donahue, Peter.

"Clara and Merritt" unfolds amidst the violent strife between longshoremen and Teamsters in Seattle in the 1930s and 1940s, and extends author Donahue's remarkable investigation of Northwest history. He is the author of "Madison House," winner of the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction.

Coming up roses book Coming up roses

Anderson, Catherine (Adeline Catherine)

1890, Oregon: recently widowed, Kate Blakely is struggling to make ends meet on her small farm as she tries to heal from the scars of her late husband's cruelty. When her handsome, brawny neighbor Zachariah McGovern almost dies while saving her four-year-old daughter from a near-fatal accident, Kate, despite being deeply wary of the man, brings him into her home to nurse him back to health. Gradually Kate realizes that underneath Zach's rough exterior is a gentle, loving soul who is fiercely protective of Kate and her daughter. But at much as Zach longs for Kate's love, she knows she can't open her heart without revealing her darkest secret.

Little century : [a novel] book Little century : [a novel]

Keesey, Anna, 1962-

In the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, Esther Chamber is met by her distant cousin, a laconic cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett. But this town on the edge of civilization is in the midst of a very real range in a story of dispossession, greed, and ecstatic visions of America.

Race for the dying book Race for the dying

Havill, Steven.

Upon his arrival in Port McKinney, Washington, young Dr. Thomas Parks discovers the physician who has invited him to join his practice is not what he seems. At the center of the conflict is mail-order diagnosis, which flourished until the U.S. mail fraud statutes were established in 1908.

The egg and I book The egg and I

MacDonald, Betty Bard.
979.777 MACDONA

When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall-through chaos and catastrophe-this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor. A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's The Egg and I is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on an American frontier.

The jump-off creek book The jump-off creek

Gloss, Molly.

The Jump-Off Creek is the unforgettable story of widowed homesteader Lydia Sanderson and her struggles to settle in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s. "Every gritty line of the story rings true" (Seattle Times) as Molly Gloss delivers an authentic and moving portrait of the American West. "A powerful novel of struggle and loss" (Dallas Morning News), The Jump-Off Creek gives readers an intimate look at the hardships of frontier life and a courageous woman determined to survive.

West of here : a novel book West of here : a novel

Evison, Jonathan.

Since the dawn of recorded history, the Klallam Indians have thrived upon the bounty of the Elwha River. In 1889, on the eve of Washington's statehood, the Olympic Peninsula remains America's last frontier. But not for long. As northwestern expansion reaches its feverish crescendo, the clock is ticking...

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