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Northwest History


Yakima, Washington CBA 7504

by Elizabeth Gibson. Narrated by Tim Clifford.

1 cassette.

The history of Yakima, from the Indian troubles of the 1850s, through the life and times of the early settlers, the arrival of the railroad, the development of the orchard industry, and the expansion of the city. 2002.


The Light on the Island: Tales of a Lighthouse Keeper's Family in the San Juan Islands CBA 7480

by Helene Glidden. Narrated by Alita Kiaer.

2 cassettes.

The author's parents raised thirteen children while her father served as the Patos Island lighthouse keeper from 1905 to 1913. She reminisces about the adventure and heartbreak experienced on a beautiful but remote island. 1951.


Cohassett Beach Chronicles: World War II in the Pacific Northwest CBA 7274

by Kathy Hogan. Narrated by June Barnes.

6 cassettes.

This collection of Hogan's columns from the Grays Harbor Post during World War II documents daily life on the home front and offers a social history of wartime America. 1995.


The Essential Lewis and Clark CBA 7132

edited by Landon Jones. Narrated by Tim Clifford.

3 cassettes. 8 hours. Available for download.

Selected and annotated highlights from the journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark provide a concise record of their legendary journey to the Pacific. 2000.

Search for the Northwest Passage CBA 7624

by Lucile McDonald. Narrated by John Nadeau.

2 cassettes.

True accounts of three-hundred years of exploration as many nations sought the mythical "Northwest Passage", a shortcut through North America from ocean to ocean. 1958.

Seattle and the Demons of Ambition CBA 7609

by Fred Moody. Narrated by John Nadeau.

6 cassettes.

With a mixture of distaste and envy, Moody chronicles the dizzying transformation of the Northwest's signature city from a sleepy backwater, known mostly for its spectacular scenery and laid-back lifestyle, to an epicenter of the high-tech revolution. 2003.


Calabash: A Guide to the History, Culture, and Art of African Americans in Seattle and King County, Washington CBA 7717

by Esther Hall Mumford. Narrated by Alita Kiaer.

3 cassettes.

This compendium of people, places, and events is organized by geographic location, and allows the reader to take a tour of sites of significance in the African American life of the region. 1993.


Building the Skagit CBA 7540

by Paul Pitzer. Narrated by Jacky Kennedy.

2 cassettes.

This book describes the construction of the Skagit Hydroelectric Project on the Skagit River of northwestern Washington State from 1918 to 1956. 1978.


Seattle’s Best Kept Secret: A History of the Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. CBA 7679

by Junius Rochester. Narrated by Kate Fleming.

2 cassettes.

Traces the organization from the early days of broom making and chair-caning to the thriving operation it is today. Details development of services and programs that open up opportunities for blind and deaf-blind people. 2004.

Truman of St. Helens: The Man and His Mountain CBA 7809

by Shirley Rosen. Narrated by Mary Schlosser.

2 cassettes.

The niece of Harry Truman writes about her uncle, the 83-year-old man who refused to leave his home in 1980 when Mt. St. Helens erupted. 1981.

Tacoma: Voices of the Past CBA 7228

edited by Wilma Snyder. Narrated by Floyd Hutton.

5 cassettes.

Over 75 memoirs about life in Tacoma under the headings of Home, Neighborhoods, Schools, First Jobs, Things to Remember, and Voices from the Past. 1999.


A Life Wild and Perilous: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific CBA 7637

by Robert Marshall Utley. Narrated by Carter Bentley.

7 cassettes.

A chronicle of the exploration of the American West focuses on a group of mountain men whose knowledge and experience expanded the national consciousness to continental dimensions. 1997.


Once Upon a Time in Seattle CBA 7415

by Emmett Watson. Narrated by John Nadeau.

2 cassettes.

Seattle Times columnist tells of his fifty years in journalism and of his meanderings with his miniature poodle, Tiger. Many anecdotes about the city of Seattle. 1992.




Poetry



Vagabond’s House CBA 7636

by Don Blanding. Narrated by Steve Hunziker.

1 cassette.

A popular collection of poems written in and about Hawaii. 1928.

Just Waking CBA 7641

by Christopher Howell. Narrated by Chris Galloway.

1 cassette.

More than 45 poems by Washington author feature meditative, short lyrics and quiet, dark, inner dialogue. Finalist for the Washington State Book Award. 2003.

Breaking Ground CBA 7834

by Paul Hunter. Narrated by Steve Hunziker.

1 cassette.

This work of 32 poems in free verse reaches back to 19th century rural practices and values, and by the end leaps ahead to the agribusiness and suburban sprawl of the 21st century. Washington State Book Award winner. 2004.


The Mercy: Poems CBA 7584

by Philip Levine. Narrated by George Oliver.

1 cassette.

Thirty-seven poems in free verse celebrate human dignity and the value of work on the journey from youth to old age, innocence to knowledge, defeat to triumph, and inevitably from life to death. 1999.


A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry CBA 7373

by Czeslaw Milosz. Narrated by Sneha Mathan.

3 cassettes. 7 hours. Available for download.

Nobel laureate poet Czeslaw Milosz selected 300 of the world's greatest poems written throughout the ages. 1996.


Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God CBA 7631

by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy. Narrated by Pete Mesling.

1 cassette.

Moved by the simple spirituality he found while visiting a Russian monastery, Rilke returned to Germany and wrote down these poems, which he considered spontaneously received prayers. 1996.

Close at Hand: Poetry of the American West: Northwest Chapters CBA 7686

by Mary Lou Sanelli. Narrated by Chris Galloway.

1 cassette.

Poems by a Port Townsend writer about friendships, journeys, and moving on in the American West. 1998.


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