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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

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)

Moon Handbook San Juan Islands

Moon Handbook San Juan Islands

by Don Pitcher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A comprehensive, practical guide to the San Juan Islands with a focus on outdoor activities. Kayakers, bikers, hikers and whale-watchers especially will appreciate this guide in the Moon series. (PNW130, $17.99)

San Juan Islands Map

by Great Pacific Map Company

  • MAP

A detailed map and guide to the San Juan Islands at a scale of 1:70,000. (PNW68, $6.95)

 
The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory, The Archaeology of San Juan Island


by Julie Stein

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An introduction and guide to San Juan Island National Historic Park and its archaeological sites. With color illustrations of sites and artifacts, topographical maps and drawings. (PNW172, $19.95)

The Pig War, The Most Perfect War in History


by E.C. Coleman

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 223 PAGES

Coleman conveys all the comedy and politics of a dispute over a pig in the San Juan Islands that escalated into a major conflict between the U.S. and Britain that stretched from 1859-1872. (PNW299, $27.95)

Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast

Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast


by Hilary Stewart

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1979
  • PAPER
  • 111 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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A concise, illustrated overview of the diverse art produced by the peoples of the Pacific Northwest. It focuses on the spiritual and cultural meaning of common motifs that characterize the rich art of the area. (PNW06, $17.95)

The Island Within

The Island Within


by Richard Nelson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

A beautifully written tribute to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from the author's journals, this is an account of the natural and cultural history of an island in the waters of Haida Strait, with emphasis on the relationship between people and the land. (ALA17, $17.00)

Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars


by David Guterson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 460 PAGES

A beautifully wrought, extremely evocative novel set on San Piedro Island in Puget Sound in the 1950s. Readers are rewarded not only with some fine storytelling and beautiful prose, but also with a vivid glimpse of island life. (PNW52, $15.95)

The Raven Steals the Light

The Raven Steals the Light


by Robert Bringhurst | Bill Reid | Claude Levi-Strauss

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 109 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A classic collection of 10 Haida myths and legends with accompanying black and white etchings by Vancouver artist Bill Reid. These stories capture the storytelling traditions of the Haida. (PNW53, $16.95)

Winterkill

Winterkill


by Craig Lesley

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A highly acclaimed novel by a Pacific Northwest literary lion, this book is a tale of fathers and sons, of modern Native American life, of the salmon and the spirit world. (PNW117, $19.00)

Rainshadow World: A Naturalist's Year in the San Juan Islands


by Susan Vernon

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 266 PAGES

Co-founder of the San Juan Nature Institute and San Juan resident for nearly 25 years, Vernon knows the secret places to explore and takes readers on a compelling journey through an island year. (PNW314, $16.95)

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 Great Northwest Nature Factbook

The Great Northwest Nature Factbook


by Ann Saling

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

From rain forests to glaciers and geoducks to rattlesnakes, this is a fun, take-along guide filled with fascinating facts about Washington, Oregon and Idaho. (PNW230, $14.95)

The Presence of Whales, Contemporary Writers on the Whale

The Presence of Whales, Contemporary Writers on the Whale


by Frank Stewart

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

In this well-chosen series of essays, some of our best modern writers enlighten and entertain on the subject of whales, with pieces from Roger Payne, Diane Ackerman, and Barry Lopez. (BST02, $15.95)

The Rogue: Portrait of a River

The Rogue: Portrait of a River


by Roger Dorband

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 191 PAGES

Dorband's large-format color photographs of the Rogue capture the grandeur and beauty of this wild and scenic river. With quotations by western writer Zane Grey and a forward by Oregon's governor John Kitzhaber. (PNW234, $49.95)

Plants and Animals of the Pacific Northwest

Plants and Animals of the Pacific Northwest


by Eugene Kozloff

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1978
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

A convenient single-volume introduction to the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. Divided by habitat, it covers plant life in detail with some information on associated invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and a few mammals. (PNW10, $35.00)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird. (USW418, $19.95)

Wild Plants of the San Juan Islands

Wild Plants of the San Juan Islands


by Scott Atkinson | Fred Sharpe

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

A comprehensive field guide to flowers, mosses, shrubs, grasses, trees and wild areas of the islands, illustrated with line drawings. More than 190 species are thoroughly described. (PNW18, $14.95)

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