New & Notable Northwest Nonfiction

A dozen new and updated books about Seattle and the great Northwest, past and present, are coming to shelves at a library near you.

Building Tradition: Pan-Asian Seattle and Life in the Residential Hotels by Rose Marie Wong. This history of the International District is told through the neighborhood’s single-room occupancy hotels.

Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest by Robert Michael Pyle. The newest addition to the Timber Press Field Guide series covers more than 200 butterfly species in the region, from the two-time recipient of the Washington State Book Award.

Death in Mount Rainier National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness on the Northwest’s Most Iconic Peak by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré. A collection that highlights some of the 400+ deaths that have occurred in the park.

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by Christian T. Miller and Ken Armstrong. A disturbing account of the failures of the criminal justice system that started with a Seattle-area woman’s account of a rape that was called into question by police. Based on a Pulitzer-Prize winning report.

John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy, edited by Frank Abe, Greg Robinson & Floyd Cheung. A biography of the first Japanese American to publish a book in the United States, who served in the U.S. Air Force after an internment in Idaho’s Minidoka War Relocation Center.

Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts by Amber Casali. This guide to 44 hikeable fire lookouts in the Cascades and the Olympics is the first of its kind!

Protest on Trial: The Seattle 7 Conspiracy by Kit Bakke. A look back at the Seattle Liberation Front, a radical group who formed to protest the Vietnam War, and the “Seattle 7” members who were arrested in 1970 for “conspiracy to incite a riot.”

Rockhounding Washington by Lars Johnson. The Rockhounding series has finally taken on Washington’s geologic wonders! Discover minerals, gems and fossils in the state, complete with GPS coordinates.

Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith. This companion to the MOHAI exhibit features photographs of Seattle’s African American community in the mid-20th century, from Seattle’s most notable black photographer.

Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle by Murray Morgan. The classic guide to Seattle’s history, first released in 1951, is redesigned and features a new introduction by Seattle Times columnist Mary Ann Gwinn.

Swimming Holes of Washington: Perfect Places to Play by Anna Katz. This guide to 70 natural swimming holes will provide fun for the whole family.

Walking Seattle: 35 Tours of the Jet City’s Parks, Landmarks, Neighborhoods, and Scenic Views by Clark Humphrey. The long-awaited second edition of the popular guide to Seattle’s neighborhoods is coming your way this summer.

~ Posted by Frank B.

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