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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

The epic tale of an American masterpiece: How Edward Curtis set out to capture on film the last moments of many American Indian  tribes at the dawn of the  20th century —  a  pursuit that nearly killed him, but accomplished his goal of letting the nation’s first inhabitants “live forever.”  Read More→

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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

The National Book Award winning account of the Dust Bowl, the nation’s worst environmental disaster – a story of endurance and heroism, and a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of trifling with nature. Read More→

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The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

The story of the nation’s biggest wildfire – an apocalyptic blaze that burned an area the size of Connecticut in a weekend.   No living person had ever seen a fire with the ferocity, speed, and destructive power of the Big Burn of 1910.  Equally dramatic is the larger story of Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, and the creation myth of the U.S. Forest Service. Read More→

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Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West

A free-wheeling tour of the American West in all it quirky glory, with all its iconic scenery and many unknown tales in between.  The author goes from America’s oldest continuously inhabited community – the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico – to the high kitsch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  A unique blend of travel writing, historical reflection and passionate polemic. Read More→

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The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest

The classic book on the Northwest, consistently voted one of the 10 essential books about the region.  The author follows a ghost, Theodore Winthrop, who wrote the first national book about the Northwest in the 1850s.  That journey went by horseback and canoe. The modern jaunt goes by kayak, hoof, plane,  Coast Guard life raft and car to explore the natural and human wonder at the far edge of the continent. Read More→

Breaking Blue

True crime told through true history, Breaking Blue is the cinematic account of the nation’s longest running murder investigation – a killing from 1935 that wasn’t solved until a half-century later.  In this Depression-era tale of corrupt  cops and hard times, a single misstep over black market butter leads to murder, and a police cover-up that was protected through three generations. Read More→

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The Winemaker’s Daughter

A story of wine, love, fire and betrayal, set in the inland Northwest and northern Italy. The daughter is Brunella Cartolano, who sets out to save her father’s legacy, and in the process finds a place she can finally call home. Read More→

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