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Books set in Washington state or by Washington state authors.


1001 Curious Things : Ye Olde Curiosity Shop and Native American art book 1001 Curious Things : Ye Olde Curiosity Shop and Native American art

Duncan, Kate C.
979.7772 DUNCAN

For more than one hundred years, tourists and residents alike have flocked to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, located on Seattle's waterfront. Information and history on Seattle's early years and an insight on some of the unique items in this Seattle store.



B Street : the Notorious Playground of Coulee Dam book B Street : the Notorious Playground of Coulee Dam

Reyes, Lawney L.
979.731 REYES

"B Street" tells intimate stories about the street of shops, restaurants, bars, and brothels where the workmen who built the Grand Coulee Dam spent their recreational hours and wages. From the beginning, B Street was the place to play and let off steam for the white workingmen who had faced the hard times of the Depression. It was a raucous playground that denied blacks and most dark-skinned Indians access to the frivolity, good times, and pretty ladies that were the main attractions of that provocative place.This vivid story of a colourful era is based largely on the memories of Lawney L. Reyes. As a young boy he wandered B Street with his little sister, Luana, and their dog, Pickles, while their Indian mother and Filipino father eked out a living running a Chinese restaurant. His mother's diary and the stories told by his parents and older members of the Sin-Aikst tribe contribute to his story. Reyes tells of hard times, dreams, and extreme courage and reveals the humour, toughness, and recklessness of the adventurers who came to work on the dam. He also describes the history and culture of the Indians whose villages were flooded and whose way of life was irrevocably changed by the building of the Grand Coulee Dam. Lawney L. Reyes is the author of "White Grizzly Bear's Legacy: Learning to be Indian and Bernie Whitebear: An Urban Indian's Quest for Justice".



Bretz's Flood : the Remarkable Story of a Rebel  Geologist and the World's Greatest  Flood book Bretz's Flood : the Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest Flood

Soennichsen, John Robert.
550.92 SOENNIC

This book is about the of a geologist by the name of J. Harlan Bretz. In the 1920's he studied the deep channels that have been cut into the land in Eastern Washington. He came to the conclusion that only a huge flood could explain the landscape. He proposed this idea in 1923, but his theory was not taken seriously by the scientific world. In 1974 satellite photographs provided the proof that he was correct. This book would be interesting to anyone interested in geology or anyone who has seen and wondered about this unique Washington State feature.



City at the End of Time book City at the End of Time

Bear, Greg, 1951-
FIC BEAR

Bear's work contains sweeping futuristic vistas populated by creatures spawned from a decaying universe. The three young heroes, each assigned to protect a fragment of the universe's history in a book filled warehouse in Seattle, must survive long enough to pass that knowledge onto the new universe that is being born.



Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet : a novel book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet : a novel

Ford, Jamie.
FIC FORD

Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.



It Happened in Washington book It Happened in Washington

Crutchfield, James Andrew, 1938-
979.7 CRUTCHF

Sail the seas along Washington's rugged coast, explore the untamed wilderness of the U.S.-Canada border, and climb to the summit of Mount Rainier-all in the pages of It Happened In Washington, a collection of the most extraordinary episodes from Evergreen State history. Learn about some of the states more interesting events that "Happened in Washington"



Miss Zukas and the Island Murders book Miss Zukas and the Island Murders

Dereske, Jo.
FIC DERESKE

The ever-conscientious Miss Helma Zukas of Bellehaven, Washington, is not one to renege on a promise—even one made hastily . . . and too long ago to possibly remember! So when an anonymous note in the morning mail reminds her of her vow to bring her high school classmates together for a twenty-year reunion, Miss Zukas hops to and begins organizing the perfect celebration . . . despite some vague and mysterious warnings about dire consequences.

Seattle Noir book Seattle Noir


FIC SEATTLE

C. Colbert has assembled stories that reflect Seattle's ethnic diversity (Native American, East Indian, Chinese, Latino, etc.) as well as tales from its rough past to its glory days of Boeing, Starbucks and Microsoft. Notable selections include Colbert's Till Death Do Us..., featuring 1940s PI Jake Rossiter, and G.M. Ford's wry Food for Thought, but two of the best come from nonmystery writers, Bharti Kirchner's disturbing Promised Tulips and Kathleen Alcalá's stark Blue Sunday. Brian Thornton's Paper Son provides a seamy look at corruption and vice in Seattle's Chinatown in the late 1800s. Patricia Harrington's What Price Retribution? demonstrates that people may be homeless, but they aren't necessarily helpless.



Sonic Boom! The History of Northwest Rock: From Louie Louie to Smells Like Teen Spirit book Sonic Boom! The History of Northwest Rock: From Louie Louie to Smells Like Teen Spirit

Blecha, Peter.
781.6609 BLECHA

In this epic exploration of the Pacific Northwest's esteemed garage rock traditions, Peter Blecha, Seattle's "rock 'n' roll archaeologist," skillfully weaves together the untold tales behind the rise of the region's early dance halls, recording studios, record labels, radio stations, and 1950s rockabilly, RandB, and doo-wop groups. The result is a compelling saga about an isolated region of America that, against all odds, managed to win global acclaim by stubbornly making music merely to satisfy its own provincial pop needs.



The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest book The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest

Tapper, Joan.
917.9504 TAPPER

A tour in words and photographs of the picturesque small towns of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia— their architectural treasures, charming inns, quaint main streets, and magnificent scenery.

What is the allure of the Pacific Northwest? Centuries ago it was the gifts of nature that brought the explorers, fur traders, and pioneers. Today Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia still draw visitors to the sparkling coves and waterways, pristine mountains, and broad beaches— and they charm them with artful towns and spirited communities.



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