New and Noteworthy Northwest Nonfiction

~posted by Frank

Craving some new narrative nonfiction about Seattle and the great Northwest, or from local authors? Look no further than these dozen books.

26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest by Greg Vandy. One of KEXP’s most noted DJs explores the relationship between Guthrie and the Bonneville Power Administration that yielded timeless folk songs.

Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies & Advice for Changing Our World by Nick Licata. The Seattle City councilmember empowers citizens to organize and affect meaningful and positive change. Licata will discuss his book at the Central Library on February 3rd.

Eruption: The Story of Mt. St. Helens by Steve Olson. The latest book on the cataclysmic eruption from 1980 looks at its wide-ranging impact on the region, our understanding of volcanology and much more.

Jet City Rewind: Aviation History of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest by Timothy Nelson delivers a comprehensive overview of the aviation industry in Seattle. Perfect for newbies to the region.

Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto chronicles the lives of four Japanese siblings during World War II – two who lived in the Pacific Northwest and ended up in an internment camp, and two who fought in the Japanese Imperial Army. The author will discuss the book at Elliott Bay Book Company on February 1st.

Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish by Tom Reese. Seattle’s only river has figured prominently in the city’s history, from its place as a home for indigenous peoples to its ignominious designation as a SuperFund site, and recent efforts to bring it back.

Oysters: Recipes that Bring Home a Taste of the Sea by Cynthia Nims. The local chef, author and blogger gives readers a collection of recipes and tips for oyster lovers.

Pearl Jam FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about Seattle’s Most Enduring Band by Thomas E. Harkins. A thorough biography of the band, now in its 26th year together!

Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest by Lynn Darroch explores the history of jazz in Seattle and Portland since the 1940s along with luminaries like Ray Charles and Ernestine Anderson.

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. The former arts critic for The Stranger (and current contributor to GQ and The Guardian) presents her first collection of essays in celebration of powerful, funny women.

Weed: The User’s Guide by David Schmader. The former associate editor of The Stranger provides readers with a guide to the brave new world of legal marijuana.

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence, A Young Man’s Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders. Sanders, associate editor of The Stranger, expands on his Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of unchecked mental illness and murder. Sanders will discuss the book at Town Hall on February 3rd.


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