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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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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 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)

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)

Southwest British Columbia and Northern Washington Map

Southwest British Columbia and Northern Washington Map

by Gem Trek Maps

  • MAP

Covering all Vancouver Island, this handy, full-color map covers the region from Seattle and the coast of British Columbia to the Columbia River in detail. (PNW21, $5.95)

 
Olympic National Park Map

Olympic National Park Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A durable, fold-up topographic map of Olympic National Park at a scale of 1:100,000. (PNW63, $11.95)

San Juan Islands Map

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)

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)

Insider's Guide Victoria & Vancouver Island

Insider's Guide Victoria & Vancouver Island


by Gerald Hill | Kathleen Hill

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A quirky, personal guide to Vancouver Island by two residents, with a focus on out of the way places, food and cultural attractions. Organized by neighborhood, the guide includes excellent listings of where to eat, stay and shop. (CND147, $18.95)

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)

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)

Victoria, A History in Photographs


by Peter Grant

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

The story of Victoria, British Columbia from its days as a mining colony to its development into a city. Nearly 150 archival photographs are organized together with a short text. (CND117, $14.95)

The Egg and I

The Egg and I


by Betty MacDonald

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

MacDonald's uproarious tale of raising chickens and children on a dilapidated 40-acre farm on the rainy, remote Olympic Peninsula. (PNW51, $13.99)

Winter Brothers, A Season at the Edge of America

Winter Brothers, A Season at the Edge of America


by Ivan Doig

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

Novelist Ivan Doig quotes extensively from the 19th century settler in the Olympic Peninsula, James Gilchrist Swans, in this tale of frontier life. (PNW57, $16.95)

Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast

Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast


by Bill Richardson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

Lake Woebegone goes British Columbian in this humorous slip of a novel about an unconventional Vancouver B&B, which features twin bookworm brothers, a talking parrot and a motley crew of hotel guests. (CND133, $16.99)

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)

The Dark Place

The Dark Place


by Aaron J. Elkins

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The eerie, remote rainforest of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula forms the backdrop for this second Gideon Oliver mystery. (PNW207, $7.99)

Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific

Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific


by Sea Grant Alaska | Pieter Folkens

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PLASTIC CARD

This multi-panel waterproof card illustrates the region's 50 species of whales, dolphins, sea otters and seals. Includes full-color panels with typical behaviors, whalewatching guidelines and identification tips. (ALA143, $10.00)

The Whale

The Whale


by Philip Hoare

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores. (BST144, $15.99)

A Field Guide to the Cascades and Olympics

A Field Guide to the Cascades and Olympics


by Stephen Whitney

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Don't just call it a mushroom when it's a golden chanterelle; know your screech owl from your saw-whet owl; distinguish a monarch butterfly from a painted lady, all with the help of this comprehensive guide to the 600 species of common plants and animals of the region. (PNW20, $21.95)

British Columbia Seashore Life

British Columbia Seashore Life


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of common marine plants, echinoderms, mollusks, crustaceans, nearshore fish, birds and mammals of British Columbia. (CND233, $6.95)

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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