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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.

Essential Reading

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Ancient Places, People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest

Ancient Places, People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest

by Jack Nisbet

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The Pacific Northwest's leading historian picks through his cabinet of literary curiosities to tell great tales about its nature and ancient peoples. Nisbet's narrative features floods, great landscapes, the Northern Lights, meteors, a giant mound of thatching ants and much more. (PNW352, $18.95)

Breaking into the Backcountry

Breaking into the Backcountry

by Steve Edwards

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Edwards shares stories of seven months in "unparalleled solitude" along the Rogue River. (PNW282, $16.95)

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest

by Katharine Berry Judson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

First collected in 1910, these age-old stories include revealing myths and creation narratives alongside noted geographical features of the territory. Presented with 52 photographs. (PNW17, $14.95)

Moon Oregon

Moon Oregon

by Judy Jewell

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 650 PAGES

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Oregon. (PNW321, $21.99)

 
Oregon Map

Oregon Map


by Benchmark Maps

  • MAP

A folded road map of Oregon at a scale of 1:1,100,000. (PNW166, $7.95)

The Complete Whitewater Rafter

The Complete Whitewater Rafter


by Jeff Bennett

  • REFERENCE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

A popular, practical guide to whitewater rafting, with information on preparing for your trip, choosing equipment, safety and rescue, the history of rafting, as well as introductions to water currents and rapid classifications. (OCE59, $17.95)

The Rogue River, A Comprehensive Guide from Prospect to Gold Beach

The Rogue River, A Comprehensive Guide from Prospect to Gold Beach


by Matt Leidecker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

Leidecker's comprehensive, practical guide features detailed topographic maps with mile-by-mile text and plenty of information, including regional history and a diagramed exploration of the Rogue's geology. Printed on waterproof paper. (PNW232, $25.00)

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)

Owning It All

Owning It All


by William Kittredge

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 182 PAGES

A beautifully written memoir of growing up on a ranch in Oregon's Warner Valley in the 1930s by one of the great writers on the American West. (PNW49, $15.00)

The Oregon Trail, Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life

The Oregon Trail, Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life


by Francis Parkman | David Levin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 504 PAGES

The original, 19th-century account by the great American historian and romantic, based in part on the author's wanderings on the Oregon Trail through the plains of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas. (USW369, $16.00)

The Living, A Novel

The Living, A Novel


by Annie Dillard

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirist Annie Dillard tries her hand at fiction in this tale of 19th-century pioneers, adjusting to a difficult new life in the Pacific Northwest. (PNW108, $15.99)

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, $22.00)

Owyhee Canyonlands

Owyhee Canyonlands


by Mark W. Lisk | William Fox

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 120 PAGES

Beautiful photographs celebrate the rugged Owyhee Mountain Canyonlands of Oregon and Idaho in this inspiring homage to the pristine region. Includes an introductory essay by William Fox. (PNW365, $27.95)

Rivers of America

Rivers of America


by Tim Palmer

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER

Palmer celebrates the natural history of America's waterways in 200 dazzling color photographs and accompanying incisive essays on the vital role of rivers. A Discovery Channel Book Club. (NAT148, $45.00)

Rivers of Oregon

Rivers of Oregon


by Tim Palmer

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

According to Tim Palmer, rivers are the essence of Oregon. He captures them here through 140 photos and supplemental text, including essays on the nature and ecology of the rivers as well as Oregonians' commitment to maintaining and preserving their beloved waterways. (PNW364, $40.00)

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 history, people and natural resources. (PNW11, $15.95)

The Klamath Knot

The Klamath Knot


by David Rains Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER

The 20th-anniversary edition of Wallace's celebrated meditation on the natural history, myth and meaning of the Klamath mountains of northern California and southern Oregon. (CAL251, $29.95)

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)

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)

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)

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
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 512 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)

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