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Cashup Davis

Jeff Burnside and Gordon W. Davis Among the first white settlers on the Palouse, British immigrant Cashup Davis and his family opened an immensely popular stagecoach stop. When he insists on building an opulent hotel atop one of eastern Washington’s highest sites, it all comes crashing…
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Keiko Hara

Linda Tesner and Ryan Hardesty Keiko Hara offers a detailed exploration of the prolific artist’s unwavering commitment to painting, and her unique form of Japanese woodblock printmaking. Separated from her earlier cultural surroundings in Japan, memory and longing became overarching themes. Rich with metaphorical imagery,…
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Montana Modernists

Michele Corriel In stark contrast to stereotypical romanticized depictions of the West, a twentieth-century postwar avant-garde art movement, Montana modernism, relied on authentic landscapes and experiences. Ranchers, teachers, and professors, their ideas and work flourished, expanding traditional definitions of western art. The…
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Coyote’s Swing

David Edward Walker Using a traditional Yakama tale as a motif, Coyote’s Swing combines the author’s firsthand experiences as a consulting psychologist with rare history and sociocultural critique, revealing how the U.S. mental health system reframes Native American reactions to oppression and marginalization…
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Surviving the Sand

Helen Lingscheit Heavirland NEW FROM BASALT BOOKS! Soon after Columbia Basin Project irrigation opened new possibilities, logger Wayne Lingscheit moved his family to the Pasco, Washington desert. In Surviving the Sand, his daughter Helen shares their hardscrabble yet heartwarming story. Like many who…
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Inventing Idaho

Keith C. Petersen As Idaho’s State Historian, the question author Keith C. Petersen heard most was, “How did Idaho get such a strange shape?” In Inventing Idaho, he answers that popular inquiry, breaking the state’s intriguing border story into six sections covering the…
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Global Nomad

Tom Haig Hungry and broke while in Italy, Tom and his brother Dan committed to living life to its absolute fullest. They called it, “The Bridge to Venice Rule.”  Following that pact, Tom traveled the world as a performance diver. Then, while…
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Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce

Allen V. Pinkham and Steven R. Evans Two Nez Perce historians offer a detailed examination of the relationship between Corps of Discovery explorers and a single tribe, investigating what Lewis and Clark knew or misunderstood regarding the Nez Perce (Nimiipuu), searching for clues about the hosts’ reactions…
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The Character of Meriwether Lewis

Clay S. Jenkinson Meriwether Lewis commanded the most important exploration mission in United States’ early history. Clay S. Jenkinson examines Lewis's journal entries and letters to reveal a rich, yet troubled personality with aspirations of heroism. When the American mythology surrounding him is…
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River of Promise

David L. Nicandri, Foreword by Clay S. Jenkinson River of Promise focuses on often-overlooked yet essential aspects of the Lewis and Clark expedition: locating the headwaters of the Columbia and a water route to the Pacific Ocean; William Clark’s role as the partnership’s primary geographic problem-solver; and the…
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The Pig War

Mike Vouri NEW REPRINT FROM BASALT BOOKS! In the final act of the Northwest Boundary Dispute, a stray pig and a busted miner pushed Great Britain and the United States to the brink of war. From his San Juan Island camp in…
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Nightmare on the Scottie

Stephen D. Orsini NEW FROM BASALT BOOKS! Dreaming of a tropical cruise through sun-drenched Caribbean waters, two college students with summer commercial fishing experience sign on as part of a small crew delivering a boat to Seattle via the Panama Canal. They barely…
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Writing While Masked

Mary Ann Gonzales, Tyson Greer, Wanda Herndon, Laura Celise Lippman, Jane Spalding, Suzanne Tedesko, and Beth Weir NEW FROM BASALT BOOKS! Writing While Masked gathers seven aspiring writers’ personal pieces, essays, and poems about 2020’s deadly pandemic, unparalleled divisiveness, and momentous racial reckoning. Their beautiful, timely, and expressive reflections include thoughts on experiences, lessons learned, and future…
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The Interim

Daniel J. Bernardo Written for those in or considering a temporary academic leadership role, a past Washington State University interim president uses real-life examples from more than forty current and former acting administrators to provide a thoughtful step-by-step guide for navigating the interim…
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Tree Fruit Trade

Desmond O’Rourke Longtime agricultural economist Desmond O’Rourke wrote Tree Fruit Trade both as a tribute and a cautionary tale. Along with personal anecdotes, he describes major players and organizations, chronicles challenges, and discusses new threats and the impact of computerized technology. He…
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Butch’s Game Day

Tony Poston It's Game Day, and little Butch T. Cougar is EXCITED! In this enchanting children's picture book, follow Butch and his dad as they explore an exhilarating Cougar Football Saturday around Pullman, Washington, enjoying all the things the best college town…
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Pull Hard!

David Arnold “Look at what you guys have started…come back here in fifty years and you won’t believe what this has grown into.”—legendary Husky rowing coach Dick Erickson in 1973, to Cougar rowers after a disappointing season of losses A former Washington…
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Rocky’s Rail

John E. Langlot and Mac McCulloch Rocky's Rail recounts Great Northern brakeman and conductor John Langlot’s railroading experiences from 1960 through 2004, a period of sweeping technological change. His stories provide a rare first-person view of the craft of trainman. He also summarizes corporate-level decisions and…
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Seattle’s Streetcar Era

Mike Bergman Seattle’s first street railway opened in 1884. Soon private trolley and cable car lines ran throughout the city, and hillside properties became prized building lots. In 1918, Seattle voters approved municipal ownership, and the Seattle Municipal Railway operated for another…

Backwoods Railroads [Revised Edition]

D. C. Jesse Burkhardt Originally published in 1994, and now updated with new content and additional images, Backwoods Railroads is an engaging description of western Oregon’s evolving contemporary branchline and shortline railroad operations. Burkhardt’s unique photojournalistic account focuses on the Willamette Valley and its bordering…