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This Is Portland: The City You've Heard You Should Like
This Is Portland: The City You've Heard You Should Like
by Alexander Barrett
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This is Portland is a first-hand look at a city that people can't seem to stop talking about. It's a guidebook of sorts, but not to restaurants and sightseeing. Instead, Alexander Barrett is your friendly guide to the quirky characters and atmosphere of... (read more)

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Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier
Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier
by Peter Stark
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In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent... (read more)

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Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the People
Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the People
by Carl Abbott
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A compact and comprehensive history of Portland from first European contact to the twenty-first century, Portland in Three Centuries introduces the women and men who have shaped Oregon's largest city. The expected politicians and business leaders... (read more)

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Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
by Peter Stark
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John Jacob Astor's ill-fated attempt to establish the first commercial settlement on the West Coast resulted in the tragic death of nearly half the expedition. Peter Stark recounts this captivating tale of madness, starvation, and survival under extreme... (read more)

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The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest (Vintage Departures)
The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest (Vintage Departures)
by Timothy Egan
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The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley
The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley
by Opal Whiteley and Benjamin Hoff
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The nature diaries of Opal Whiteley are amazing for their magical, wide-eyed descriptions of forest and farm life. Raised on a Willamette Valley settlement in the early 20th century, Whiteley claimed to write this diary on scraps of paper at the age of... (read more)

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Rose City Heist:  A True Crime Portland Tale of Sex, Gravy, Jewelry, and Almost Rock and Roll
Rose City Heist: A True Crime Portland Tale of Sex, Gravy, Jewelry, and Almost Rock and Roll
by Matt Love
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On August 21, 1993, Matt Love and his friend became the chief suspects in the biggest jewelry theft in Portland history. No one was ever arrested in the case, the jewelry never recovered. The statute of limitations on the crime, grand larceny, has... (read more)

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The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest
The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest
by Jack Nisbet
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Jack Nisbet first told the story of British explorer David Thompson, who mapped the Columbia River, in his acclaimed book Sources of the River, which set the standard for research and narrative biography for the region. Now Nisbet turns his attention to... (read more)

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Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family (Oregon Reads)
Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family (Oregon Reads)
by Lauren Kessler
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Stubborn Twig is a classic American story, a story of immigrants making their way in a new land. It is a living work of social history that rings with the power of truth and the drama of fiction, a moving saga about the challenges of becoming an American.... (read more)

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Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story
Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story
by Brent Walth
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Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Brent Walth, Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story chronicles Governor McCall's personal life and political career. Much like its subject, this engaging biography is characterized by its... (read more)

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Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River
Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River
by Robin Cody
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“The story is the Columbia River, not the canoe and me, but I’ve learned that friends can’t hear me tell about the river until they know why I was out there. This is not an adventure story, though some adventure was unavoidable, and I... (read more)

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Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast
Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast
by James Herman
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Herman, a native Oregonian from Eugene, graduated from the University of Oregon with an art degree in 2011. He has built forts on Oregon's beaches his entire life and Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast showcases his multi-faceted talents and includes... (read more)

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The Egg and I
The Egg and I
by Betty MacDonald
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The author relates the joys and frustrations of life on a poultry farm in the mountains of Washington.... (read more)

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This Bloody Deed: The Magruder Incident
This Bloody Deed: The Magruder Incident
by Ladd Hamilton
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Ladd Hamilton's vivid storytelling brings to life the infamous murder of Lewiston merchant Lloyd Magruder in the Bitterroot Mountains during the 1860s Idaho-Montana gold rush.... (read more)

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The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History
The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History
by Carlos A Schwantes
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Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes has revised and expanded the entire work, which is still the most comprehensive and balanced history of the region. This edition contains significant additional material on early mining in the Pacific Northwest, sea routes to... (read more)

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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
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After a two-decade absence, journalist Blaine Harden returned to his small-town birthplace in the Pacific Northwest to follow the rise and fall of the West's most thoroughly conquered river. Harden's hometown, Moses Lake, Washington, could not have... (read more)

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Oregon Impressions
Oregon Impressions
by Charles (pht) Gurche
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Crisp, full-color landscape photography of the Beaver State's great diversity: Pacific Coast, rainforest, mountains, high desert, dune country, Columbia Gorge. City and town scenes and historic buildings round out this rich portrait of Oregon.... (read more)

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Of Walking in Rain
Of Walking in Rain
by Matt Love
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Of Walking in Rain is the latest literary output from the one-man stone Oregon publishing empire that is Matt Love. His devotion to and celebration of all things Beaver State is often infectious (and perhaps ought to be classified as a contagion). His... (read more)

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The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane
The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane
by Richard H Engeman
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What's the connection between Ken Kesey and Nancy's Yogurt? How about the difference between a hoedad and a webfoot? What became of the Pixie Kitchen and the vanished Lambert Gardens? The Oregon Companion is an A-Z handbook of over 1000 people, places... (read more)

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Cabin Fever: Notes from a Part-Time Pioneer
Cabin Fever: Notes from a Part-Time Pioneer
by William L. Sullivan
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Rich with humor and natural history, this memoir of building a log cabin in the wilds of Oregon's Coast Range takes readers to a warm world of kerosene lamplight, wood stoves, and ghost stories. Written by a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative... (read more)

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