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A River Lost, The Life and Death of the Columbia

A River Lost, The Life and Death of the Columbia

by Blaine Harden

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

The single best introduction to the Pacific Northwest, Blaine Harden's superbly reported social and environmental history of the Columbia River combines interviews, anecdote and solid information. (PNW25, $15.95)

The Essential Lewis and Clark

The Essential Lewis and Clark

by Landon Y. Jones | Meriwether Lewis | William Clark

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This compact book features selections from Lewis and Clark's journals focusing on natural history, people and landscapes of the West. (PNW70, $13.99)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest

by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 448 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Pacific Northwest. (PNW50, $22.00)

Lonely Planet Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest

Lonely Planet Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 488 PAGES

This comprehensive practical guide in the hallmark Lonely Planet style includes local and regional color maps, a section of photographs and chapters on history, culture and attractions. (PNW294, $24.99)

Washington and Oregon Map

Washington and Oregon Map

by Mad Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A well-crafted map and guide to restaurants, roadside attractions, and state and national parks in Oregon and Washington state. Depicts the Pacific coast and inland areas from northern California to Vancouver, BC. Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper and scaled so that one inch equals ten miles. (PNW12, $14.95)

 
Columbia River Gorge Map

Columbia River Gorge Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2009
  • MAP

The most comprehensive recreational map for the Columbia River Gorge areas of Washington and Oregon. (PNW251, $11.95)

Eyewitness Guide Pacific Northwest

Eyewitness Guide Pacific Northwest


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This superb guide to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the area's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (PNW151, $25.00)

Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes

Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes


by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 124 PAGES

In nine absorbing essays, Native American scholars reflect on the impact of Lewis and Clark on the Indian nations they encountered, bringing the perspective of the Salish, Nez Perce and other groups to the bicentennial celebrations. Edited by the founding curator of the National Museum of the American Indian. (PNW226, $15.00)

Nch'I-Wana: The Big River, Mid-Columbia Indians and their Land

Nch'I-Wana: The Big River, Mid-Columbia Indians and their Land


by Eugene Hunn

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 378 PAGES

A scholarly, fascinating survey of the Native American people of the eastern Washington and Oregon with a focus on ecology and the environment. The author includes a chapter on contemporary life. (PNW29, $24.95)

Northwest Passage, The Great Columbia River

Northwest Passage, The Great Columbia River


by William Dietrich

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A sweeping portrait of the Columbia, its history, nature and transformation from wild river to engineering marvel by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Seattle Times. (PNW26, $26.95)

On the River with Lewis and Clark

On the River with Lewis and Clark


by Verne Huser

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Popular lecturer and a veteran river man himself, Huser conjures in vivid detail the planning, particulars and perilous journey of Lewis and Clark from the Ohio to the Columbia. With 46 black-and-white photographs and maps. (PNW225, $17.95)

River of Promise, Lewis and Clark on the Columbia


by David L. Nicandri

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 325 PAGES

Historian Nicandri focuses on Clark's position as geographic problem-solver in Columbia River country, taking into consideration contributions by Native American leaders. (PNW272, $29.95)

The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest

The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest


by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 705 PAGES

A riveting, classic history of the Nez Perce from the encounters with Lewis and Clark to the tragic defeat of Chief Joseph in 1877. (PNW88, $38.95)

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

The Journals of Lewis and Clark


by Frank Bergon

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 505 PAGES

An expanded version of the journals with more on the natural history and peoples encountered. (USW48, $17.00)

Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West


by Stephen Ambrose

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Ambrose recreates the high adventure and politics of late 18th-century America in this classic history, rich in details of Native American life, geography, flora and fauna. (USW20, $18.00)

Home Below Hell's Canyon

Home Below Hell's Canyon


by Grace Jordan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER

Jordan's affecting depression-era memoir of life at Kirkwood Bar, an Idaho sheep ranch in the Snake River gorge just below Hell's Canyon. (RKY30, $19.00)

Reach of Tide, Ring of History: A Columbia River Voyage (Northwest Reprints)

Reach of Tide, Ring of History: A Columbia River Voyage (Northwest Reprints)


by Robin Cody | Sam McKinney

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 114 PAGES

McKinney follows the river from Cape Disappointment to the barrier of the Bonneville Dam, telling the story of the voyage through anecdotes, history and observations about the river. A spare, witty account of messing about in a homemade boat. (PNW98, $14.95)

Sacajawea

Sacajawea


by Harold P. Howard

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1979
  • PAPER

The Lewis and Clark Expedition as told through the story of Sacajawea, their young Shoshoni guide. (USW405, $19.95)

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest


by Katharine Berry Judson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

Presented here with 52 photographs, these traditional stories, first collected in 1910, reveal myths and traditions of creation, alongside noted geographical features of the territory. (PNW17, $14.95)

Cataclysms on the Columbia

Cataclysms on the Columbia


by John Allen | Marjorie Burns | Samuel C. Sargent

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 221 PAGES

The tale of early 20th-century discovery of the Bretz Floods, which created the Columbia River gorge and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. (PNW115, $24.95)

In Earshot of Water, Notes from the Columbia Plateau

In Earshot of Water, Notes from the Columbia Plateau


by Paul Lindholdt

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 162 PAGES

Lindholf writes of life and history in the Pacific Northwest, including conservation on the Snake and Columbia rivers, in 14 deft essays. (PNW284, $19.00)

The Good Rain

The Good Rain


by Timothy Egan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

A wonderfully readable portrait of the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle journalist travels along the Columbia River in the footsteps of 1853 visionary Theodore Winthrop, focusing on the history, people and natural resources. (PNW11, $15.95)

The Natural World of Lewis and Clark

The Natural World of Lewis and Clark


by David Dalton

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 244 PAGES

A biology professor at Reed College, Dalton writes with humor and authority about the discoveries of the Lewis & Clark expedition, and the ecology and evolution of the American West. Particularly relevant to the Pacific Northwest, he includes modern concerns over salmon, climate change and conservation. (PNW254, $45.00)

The Organic Machine, The Remaking of the Columbia River

The Organic Machine, The Remaking of the Columbia River


by Richard White

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

An environmental history of the Columbia River, focusing on its historic relationship to the people of the Pacific Northwest. (PNW28, $13.95)

The Restless Northwest, A Geological Story

The Restless Northwest, A Geological Story


by Hill Williams

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A popular geological history of the region by a native Washingtonian and former science writer for the Seattle Times. He divides the book between ancient and quaternary geology, explaining not only the formation of the varied terrain but also the ongoing geologic processes giving shape to the landscape. (PNW135, $19.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest


by David Moskowitz

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

Covering 180 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates of Washington, Oregon, northern California, Idaho, western Montana and British Columbia. (PNW274, $25.95)

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