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Did you know that the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections houses not just rare books and archival materials, but also collects all sorts of books related to Seattle, Washington, and the Pacific Northwest? Ranging from nonfiction to thrillers to romance, you can be sure to find a book for every taste in our collections. This LibGuide serves as a small snippet of some of the acclaimed works set in the Pacific Northwest. Know any books that should be added to this guide? Send us suggestions on our Facebook page!
The Boys in the Boat by
Call Number: GV791 .B844 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-04
This book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. It traces the story of the team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by
Call Number: TR140.C82 E43 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-09
Edward Curtis was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: He would try to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes.
Everybody Loves Our Town by
Call Number: ML3534.3 .Y37 2011b
Publication Date: 2012-03-13
A tribute to the Pacific Northwest's grunge genre draws on the observations of individuals at the forefront of the movement from Soundgarden and the Melvins to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, citing such influences as the rise of Seattle's Sub Pop record label and the death of Kurt Cobain.
Starvation Heights by
Call Number: HV6533.W2 O48 1997
Publication Date: 1997-04-01
Tells the story of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard, who ran a sanatorium in Seattle where a British heiress died of starvation in 1911.
The Good Rain by
Call Number: F851 .E28 1990
Publication Date: 1990-05-12
Retraces the 1853 journey of Theodore Winthrop through Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, offering a narrative of a land caught between conservations and development and its people.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by
Call Number: PS3619.E495 W54 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-14
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she is a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she is a disgrace; to design mavens, she is a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears...
A comedy mocking the Seattle way of life, this book is being adapted into a movie, slated for release October 2018.
Snow Falling on Cedars by
Call Number: PS3557.U846 S65 1994
Publication Date: 1994-09-12
Kabuo Miyomoto is a Japanese-American fisherman accused of murdering Carl Heine. The prosecution charges the murder was committed as revenge for the Heine family taking Miyomoto's land at the outbreak of World War II and the novel traces the different reaction of the two communities.
The Sea Runners by
Call Number: PS3554.O415 S4 1982
Publication Date: 1982-08-01
Based on an actual incident in 1853, four indentured servants escape their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Battling unrelenting high seas and fierce weather from New Archangel, Alaska, to Astoria, Oregon, the men struggle to avoid hostile Tlingit Indians, to fend off starvation and exhaustion, and to endure their own doubt and distrust.
The Orchardist by
Call Number: PS3603.O647 O73 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-21
At the turn of the 20th century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a gentle solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots. Then two feral, pregnant girls and armed gunmen set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by
Call Number: PS3606.O737 H68 2009
Publication Date: 2009-01-27
Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.
By Native American Authors
Fools Crow by
Call Number: PS3573.E44 F66 1986
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch's stunningly evocative portrait of his people's bygone way of life.
The Jailing of Cecelia Capture by
Call Number: PS3558.A3566 J3 1985
Publication Date: 1985-02-01
Cecelia Eagle Capture, a promising 30-year-old law student at UC Berkeley, is being held in jail for drunk driving and welfare fraud. As she awaits her fate, Capture reflects on the tumultuous events in her life.