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The Best Books About And Set In The Pacific Northwest

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“What are the best books about or set in the Pacific Northwest?” We looked at 177 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 57 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Pacific Northwest” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 57 Pacific Northwest Books



57 .) All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families by Rene Denfeld

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“James Daniel Nelson first hit the streets as a teenager in 1992. He joined a clutch of runaways and misfits who camped out together in a squat under a Portland bridge. Within a few months the group—they called themselves a “”family””—was arrested for a string of violent murders.
While Nelson sat in prison, the society he had helped form grew into a national phenomenon. Street families spread to every city from New York to San Francisco, and to many small towns in between, bringing violence with them. In 2003, almost eleven years after his original murder, Nelson, now called “”Thantos””, got out of prison, returned to Portland, created a new street family, and killed once more. Twelve family members were arrested along with him.”

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56 .) Cascadia’s Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America by Jerry Thompson

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“There’s a crack in the earth’s crust that runs roughly 31 miles offshore, approximately 683 miles from northern California up through Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia. The Cascadia Subduction Zone has generated massive earthquakes over and over again throughout geologic time—at least 36 major events in the last 10,000 years. This fault generates a monster earthquake about every 500 years. And the monster is due to return at any time. It could happen 200 years from now, or it could be tonight.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is virtually identical to the offshore fault that wrecked Sumatra in 2004. It will generate the same earthquake we saw in Sumatra, at magnitude 9 or higher, sending crippling shockwaves across a far wider area than any California quake. Slamming into Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver, it will send tidal waves to the shores of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, damaging the economies of the Pacific Rim countries and their trading partners for years to come.”

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55 .) City of Ash by Megan Chance

Lists It Appears On:

  • DBRL
  • Liberty Bay Books

“Chicago socialite and art patron Geneva Langley has brought scandal to her family for the last time. Her latest and boldest act of immodesty is too much for her father to bear, and he banishes her to Seattle, along with her scheming, ambitious husband, Nathan. Seattle is a far cry from Chicago—the streets are muddy, the society backward, and Ginny feels stifled and alone.

Despite her considerable talent, Beatrice Wilkes is an actress whose dream of being a leading lady is fading rapidly. She can’t believe her luck when a new production gives her a chance at stardom, but Geneva Langley seizes the opportunity for her own and unwittingly crushes Bea’s last dream.”

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54 .) Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and fuels inoperable—and plunged the world into a dark age humanity was unprepared to face…

Michael Pound was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane’s engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

Juniper McKenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Now, taking refuge in her family’s cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis.”

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53 .) East of the Mountains by David Guterson

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

When he discovers that he has terminal cancer, retired heart surgeon Ben Givens refuses to simply sit back and wait. Instead he takes his two beloved dogs and goes on a last hunt, determined to end his life on his own terms. But as the people he meets and the memories over which he lingers remind him of the mystery of life’s endurance, his trek into the American West becomes much more than a final journey.

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52 .) Fire at Eden’s Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story by Brent Walth

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

An impetuous, flamboyant, imposing, and outrageous showman, Oregon Governor Tom McCall fascinated America as a refreshingly candid and forthright politician.

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51 .) Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Don Carpenter’s Hard Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by abuse and solitary confinement. In the meantime Billy has joined the middle class—married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But neither Jack nor Billy can escape their troubled pasts, and they will meet again in San Quentin before their strange double drama comes to a violent and revelatory end.

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50 .) Hidden History of Portland, Oregon by J. D. Chandler

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

In this engaging narrative, author JD Chandler crafts a people’s history of Portland, Oregon, sharing the lesser-known stories of individuals who stood against the tide and fought for liberty and representation: C.E.S. Wood, who documented the conflict between Native Americans and the United States Army; Beatrice Morrow Cannady, founding member of the Portland NAACP and first African American woman to practice law in Oregon; women’s rights advocate Dr. Marie Equi, who performed abortions and was an open lesbian; and student athlete Jack Yoshihara, who, in the wake of Pearl Harbor, was barred from participating in the 1942 Rose Bowl. From scandal and oppression to injustice and the brink of revolution, join Chandler as he gives voice to the Rose City’s quiet radicals and outspoken activists.

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49 .) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Lists It Appears On:

  • DBRL
  • Goodreads

“In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.”

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48 .) Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Library Thing

A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town “chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.” Ruth and Lucille’s struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

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47 .) If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads

“In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.”

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46 .) Last Go Round: A Real Western by Ken Kesey

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“It was around a sagebrush campfire in eastern Oregon that Kesey first heard the tale from his father – about the legendary “”last go round”” that took place at the original Pendleton Round Up in 1911.
Hundreds of riders were competing for the first World Championship Broncbusting title, but it was one special trio of buckeroos that provided the drama: a popular black cowboy, George Fletcher; a Nez Perce Indian cowboy, Jackson Sundown; and a fresh-faced kid from Tennessee name of Johnathan E. Lee Spain. Who would walk away with the prize money and the silver-studded saddle? When the dust cleared, everyone knew they’d witnessed something extraordinary.

Kesey has journeyed back into Oregon history to reclaim this long-remembered moment, beefed up the bare bones of fact, and whipped them into a full-blown rip-snorting Tale of the True West. Sixteen pages of rare Round Up photographs provide graphic testimony of the time. The tiny town of Pendleton is swollen to bursting that memorable weekend and bristling with colorful characters like Buffalo Bill Cody, wrestler Frank “”The Cruel Crusher”” Gotch, cowgirl Prairie Rose Henderson, and a formidable medicine man named Parson Montanic. From the teepees along the river to the teeming saloons on Main Street, Round Up fever blazes like a prairie fire. This story of love, sweat, and horseflesh is a unique Western, wild and wooly and full of fleas. Let ‘er buck!”

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45 .) Night Dogs by Kent Anderson

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“Former police officer Kent Anderson, author of the memorable Vietnam War novel Sympathy for the Devil, returns with a powerful new novel about a Vietnam-vet cop who still carries the war inside himself. Searing and brutally honest, Night Dogs plunges us into the free-fire zones of our cities, where the legendary thin blue line is breaking down.

The North Precinct of Portland, Oregon, is home to two kinds of cops: sergeants and lieutenants who’ve screwed up somewhere else, and patrolmen who thrive on the action on the Avenue. Officer Hanson is the second kind, a veteran who has traded his Bronze Star for a badge. War is what Hanson knows, and in this battle for Portland’s meanest streets, he’s fighting not so much for the law as for his own code of justice.

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44 .) No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly — they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.

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43 .) No-No Boy by John Okada

Lists It Appears On:

  • DBRL
  • Lance Weller

No-No Boy has the honor of being the very first Japanese American novel,” writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her new foreword to John Okada’s classic of Asian American literature. First published in 1956, No-No Boy was virtually ignored by a public eager to put World War II and the Japanese internment behind them. It was not until the mid-1970s that a new generation of Japanese American writers and scholars recognized the novel’s importance and popularized it as one of literature’s most powerful testaments to the Asian American experience.

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42 .) Of Walking in Rain by Matt Love

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Framed by a Ken Kesey rain quote (Love’s favorite) and a photograph of dedicatee, the iconic past Oregon governor Tom McCall, stepping out of a car and under an umbrella in the rain, this is a book that belongs on the shelves of all Oregonians or would-be Oregonians.

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41 .) Permeable Borders by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Over the past 30 years, Hoffman has received more than 30 nominations for a wide variety of awards…This collection of 16 fantastical stories, drawn from the latter half of her career to date and including one story not previously collected, highlights the talent that makes her a perennial nominee…Hoffman’s skills shine at short lengths, and this collection of perfect, gemlike stories would complement any library

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40 .) Ricochet River by Robin Cody

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Set in a fictional Oregon town in the late 1960s, Cody’s superlative coming-of-age novel is the story of Wade, Lorna and Jesse–teenagers preparing to break out of their small-town lives. Wade is the local sports hero. Jesse is his friend, a mythical athlete and the Indian kid who applies his own rules to sports and life. And Lorna is Wade’s sweetheart who knows there’s no hope in Calamus for a bright, independent girl. The river rushes past the town, linking the three friends with their pasts, their plans and the world beyond. This new edition from the author addresses issues of graphic language and sex that thwarted the book’s use in high schools.

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39 .) Sky Time in Gray’s River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place by Robert Michael Pyle

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Much the way Donald Hall’s Seasons at Eagle Pond captured New England, Sky Time in Gray’s River captures the essence of the rural Northwest. Although Rober Michael Pyle is a lepidopterist, and southwestern Washington is notable for its lack of butterflies, something about the village of Gray’s River spoke to him on a visit thirty years ago. Ever since then he has lived in the village, which was one of the first to be established near the mouth of the Columbia River and which still feels only tenuously connected to the twenty-first century. Sky Time brings Gray’s River to life by compressing those thirty years into twelve chapters, following the lives of its people, birds, butterflies – and cats- month by month through the seasons.

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38 .) Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

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  • DBRL
  • Goodreads

“From Jamie Ford, author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.”

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37 .) Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Lists It Appears On:

  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“Ten teens. Three days. One killer.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?”

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36 .) The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Liberty Bay Books

One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O’Malley, a speed-reading, Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac out looking for tidal specimens in Puget Sound, discovers a giant squid stranded on the beach. As the first person to see a giant squid alive, he finds himself hailed as a prophet. But Miles is really just a kid on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his bickering parents will divorce, and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him. As the sea continues to offer up discoveries from its mysterious depths, Miles struggles to deal with the difficulties that attend the equally mysterious process of growing up.

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35 .) The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“George Orr is a man who discovers he has the peculiar ability to dream things into being — for better or for worse. In desperation, he consults a psychotherapist who promises to help him — but who, it soon becomes clear, has his own plans for George and his dreams.

The Lathe of Heaven is a dark vision and a warning — a fable of power uncontrolled and uncontrollable. It is a truly prescient and startling view of humanity, and the consequences of playing God.”

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34 .) The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

The Motel Life explores the frustrations and failed dreams of two Nevada brothers—on the run after a hit-and-run accident—who, forgotten by society, and short on luck and hope, desperately cling to the edge of modern life.

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33 .) The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley by Opal Whiteley and Benjamin Hoff

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“Long before environmental consciousness became popular, a young nature writer named Opal Whitely captured America’s heart. Opal’s childhood diary, published in 1902, became an immediate bestseller, one of the most talked-about books of its time. Wistful, funny, and wise, it was described by an admirer as “”the revelation of the …life of a feminine Peter Pan of the Oregon wilderness—so innocent, so intimate, so haunting, that I should not know where in all literature to look for a counterpart.””
But the diary soon fell into disgrace. Condemning it as an adult-written hoax, skeptics stirred a scandal that drove the book into obscurity and shattered the frail spirit of its author.”

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32 .) The Weather of the Pacific Northwest by Cliff Mass

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Liberty Bay Books

The Pacific Northwest experiences the most varied and fascinating weather in the United States, including world-record winter snows, the strongest non-tropical storms in the nation, and shifts from desert to rain forest in a matter of miles. Local weather features dominate the meteorological landscape, from the Puget Sound convergence zone and wind surges along the Washington Coast, to gap winds through the Columbia Gorge and the “Banana Belt” of southern Oregon. This book is the first comprehensive and authoritative guide to Northwest weather that is directed to the general reader; helpful to boaters, hikers, and skiers; and valuable to expert meteorologists.

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31 .) This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff does a masterful job of re-creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence. His various schemes – running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars – lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.

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30 .) Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

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  • Goodreads
  • Rain or Shine

Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

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29 .) Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Richard Brautigan was a literary idol of the 1960s and 1970s whose comic genius and iconoclastic vision of American life caught the imagination of young people everywhere. He came of age during the Haight-Ashbury period and has been called “the last of the Beats.” His early books became required reading for the hip generation, and on its publication Trout Fishing in America became an international bestseller. An indescribable romp, the novel is best summed up in one word: mayonnaise.

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28 .) vN: The First Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.

Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that she alone can kill humans without failsafing…”

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27 .) Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca? by G. M. Ford

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

A soft-hearted sleuth with a rebellious streak left over from the ’60s, Leo Waterman seems to get entangled in, every oddball situation from Seattle to Puget Sound. So when he’s hired to locate Caroline Nobel, an errant mob heiress with an environmentalist’s heart, Leo goes with the flow — leaving behind the familiar sights of Pioneer Square to follow the landscape-loving activist into the rain-soaked Washington woods. But Caroline’s conscientious cohorts are dragging her deeper into the murky waters of environmental sabotage. And her hotheaded enthusiasm can’t be cooled, even after two people are brutally murdered. Caroline’s onto something extremely toxic. And unless Waterman can clear the air, her deadly dedication could poison him as well.

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26 .) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads

“At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

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25 .) Wildmen, Wobblies and Whistle Punks: Stewart Holbrook’s Lowbrow Northwest by Stewart Holbrook

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Here are the best of Holbrook’s colorful and irreverent accounts of the region’s history, from forgotten scandals and murders to stories of forest fires and floods and tales of loggers and life in the logging camps.

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24 .) Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

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  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“We’re the D’Artigo sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we’re savvy—and sexy—operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she’s stressed. Menolly’s a vampire who’s still trying to get the hang of being undead. And me? I’m Camille—a wicked-good witch. Except my magic’s as unpredictable as the weather, as my enemies are about to find out the hard way…
At the Wayfarer Inn, a portal to Otherworld and the local hangout for humans and beasties alike, a fellow operative, Jocko, has been murdered. Every clue points to Shadow Wing, the soul-munching, badass leader of the Subterranean Realms. He’s made it clear that he aims to raze humankind to the ground, turning both Earth and Otherworld into his private playground. Our assignment: Keep Shadow Wing and his minions from creeping into Earth via the Wayfarer. The demons figure they’re in like Flynn. After all, with only my bumbling sisters and me standing in the way, how can they miss? But we’ve got a secret for them: Faulty wiring or not, nobody kicks ass like the D’Artigo girls…”

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23 .) Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

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  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

What if the Second Coming didn’t quite come off as advertised? What if “the Corpse” on display in that funky roadside zoo is really who they say it is—what does that portend for the future f western civilization? And what if a young clairvoyant named Amanda reestablishes the flea circus as popular entertainment and fertility worship as the principal religious form of our high-tech age? Another Roadside Attraction answers those questions and a lot more. It tell us, for example, what the sixties were truly all about, not by reporting on the psychedelic decade but by recreating it, from the inside out. In the process, this stunningly original seriocomic thriller is fully capable of simultaneously eating a literary hot dog and eroding the borders of the mind.

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22 .) Black Hole by Charles Burns

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  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.

As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.”

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21 .) Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith

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  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Isabel is a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, things cast off or left behind by others. Glaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska. Glaciers unfolds internally, the action shaped by Isabel’s sense of history, memory, and place, recalling the work of writers such as Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, and Virginia Woolf. For Isabel, the fleeting moments of one day can reveal an entire life. While she contemplates loss and the intricate fissures it creates in our lives, she accumulates the stories―the remnants―of those around her and she begins to tell her own story.

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20 .) Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

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  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind—addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie’s a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she’s right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth—he can’t stay away.

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19 .) Mink River by Brian Doyle

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  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“Like Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle’s stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people.
In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There’s a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there’s an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it’s thinking. . .”

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18 .) My Abandonment by Peter Rock

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  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Thirteen-year-old Caroline has been raised and homeschooled by her father in a rigid code of behavior that allows them to survive, homeless, on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. There they inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, use a makeshift septic system, and tend a garden. Once a week, they go to the city to buy groceries, attend church, and otherwise merge with the civilized world. Yet, despite their every precaution, one small mistake allows the authorities to discover them. Their forced relocation is only a brief respite in their flight from a world that can t understand them. Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of young Caroline, My Abandonment is a mesmerizing, completely original story of survival, hope, and triumphant transformation.

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17 .) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

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  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

In this classic novel, Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, backed by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.

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16 .) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Rain or Shine

“Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.”

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15 .) The Jump-off Creek by Molly Gloss

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  • DBRL
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Fiction – a story about homesteading alone in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890’s

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14 .) The Living by Annie Dillard

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  • DBRL
  • Goodreads
  • Lance Weller

In a town near Washington’s Puget Sound, fishermen, loggers, surveyors, miners, farmers, shopkeepers, and others struggle to survive as the town is born, grows, and enjoys a financial boom.

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13 .) The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

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  • DBRL
  • Goodreads
  • Rain or Shine

“At once intimate and epic, The Orchardist is historical fiction at its best, in the grand literary tradition of William Faulkner, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, and Toni Morrison.

In her stunningly original and haunting debut novel, Amanda Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness and violence as she spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West, and the dramatic consequences of his actions. “

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12 .) The River Why by David James Duncan

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  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Flyfishing genius Gus Orviston, seeking refuge from his stuffy, world-famous father and ripsnorting cowgirl mother, embarks on a reluctant quest for meaning that leads him to an astonishing task

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11 .) Trask by Don Berry

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  • DBRL
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Set in 1848 on the wild edge of the continent, in the rainforests and rugged headlands of the Oregon coast, Trask follows a mountain man’s quest for new opportunities and new land to settle. Elbridge Trask is a restless man, a gambler with God, nature, and life itself. Yearning for change, he sets out with Wakila, a young Clatsop Indian, and Charley Kehwa, a tamanawis man or spiritual leader of the tribe, on an extraordinary journey of discovery.

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10 .) Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Liberty Bay Books
  • Rain or Shine

“Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.”

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9 .) Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

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  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s
  • Tor

“In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.”

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8 .) Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon by Chuck Palahniuk

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“In the closest thing he may ever write to an autobiography, Chuck Palahniuk provides answers to all these questions and more as he takes you through the streets, sewers, and local haunts of Portland, Oregon. According to Katherine Dunn, author of the cult classic Geek Love, Portland is the home of America’s “fugitives and refugees.” Get to know these folks, the “most cracked of the crackpots,” as Palahniuk calls them, and come along with him on an adventure through the parts of Portland you might not otherwise believe actually exist. No other travel guide will give you this kind of access to “a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe should’ve kept their mouths shut.”

Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories. Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland. Visit swingers’ sex clubs, gay and straight. See Frances Gabe’s famous 1940s Self-Cleaning House. Look into strange local customs like the I-Tit-a-Rod Race and the Santa Rampage. Learn how to talk like a local in a quick vocabulary lesson. Get to know, I mean really get to know, the animals at the Portland zoo. “

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7 .) Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

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  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

“Here is the unforgettable story of the Binewskis, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes). Their offspring include Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious—and dangerous—asset.

As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.”

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6 .) The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest by Timothy Egan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Adventure Smith
  • Goodreads
  • Liberty Bay Books
  • Library Thing

Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries, redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver. Here is a blend of history, anthropology and politics.

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5 .) The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

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  • Goodreads
  • Library Thing
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

In this darkly comic short story collection, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realizxsm to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spoke Indian Reservation. These 22 interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. There is Victor, who as a nine-year-old crawled between his uncoscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might help him sleep. Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who tells his stories long after people stop listening, and Jimmy Many Horses, dying of cancer, who writes letters on stationary that reads “From the Death Bed of James Many Horses III,” even though he actually writes them on his kitchen table. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women,a dn most poetically, between modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

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4 .) West of Here by Jonathan Evison

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best of the Northwest
  • DBRL
  • Goodreads
  • Lance Weller

“At the foot of the Elwha River, the muddy outpost of Port Bonita is about to boom, fueled by a ragtag band of dizzyingly disparate men and women unified only in their visions of a more prosperous future. A failed accountant by the name of Ethan Thornburgh has just arrived in Port Bonita to reclaim the woman he loves and start a family. Ethan’s obsession with a brighter future impels the damming of the mighty Elwha to harness its power and put Port Bonita on the map.

More than a century later, his great-great grandson, a middle manager at a failing fish- packing plant, is destined to oversee the undoing of that vision, as the great Thornburgh dam is marked for demolition, having blocked the very lifeline that could have sustained the town. West of Here is a grand and playful odyssey, a multilayered saga of destiny and greed, adventure and passion, that chronicles the life of one small town, turning America’s history into myth, and myth into a nation’s shared experience.”

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3 .) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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  • Best of the Northwest
  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

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2 .) Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • DBRL
  • Goodreads
  • Lance Weller
  • Library Thing
  • Rain or Shine

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man’s guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries–memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo’s wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense– one that leaves us shaken and changed.

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1 .) Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

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  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Lance Weller
  • Library Thing
  • List Challenges
  • Powell’s

A bitter strike is raging in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to his father; and Viv, who fell in love with Hank’s exuberant machismo but now finds it wearing thin. And then there is Leland, Henry’s bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance – and finds himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined. Out of the Stamper family’s rivalries and betrayals, Ken Kesey crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.

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The 100+ Additional Best Books About And Set In The Pacific Northwest



 

#BooksAuthorsLists
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
58100 Hikes in the Inland NorthwestRich Landers
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
59
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest
Liberty Bay Books
60A Hiker’s PhilosophyAlex Maier
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
61A River Runs Through It {story}Norman Maclean
Library Thing
62A Tale for the Time BeingRuth OzekiGoodreads
63A Thousand AcresJane Smiley
Library Thing
64An Engagement in Seattle
Liberty Bay Books
65Angle of ReposeWallace Stegner
Library Thing
66Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and SurvivalPeter StarkGoodreads
67Beautiful Ruins
Rain or Shine
68
Best Bike Rides Seattle: Great Recreational Rides in the Metro Area
Liberty Bay Books
69Birds of ParadiseDiana Abu-Jaber
Best of the Northwest
70Bone RiverMegan ChanceDBRL
71Bones Beneath Our FeetMichael ScheinDBRL
72Border SongsJim LynchGoodreads
73Boys in the Boat
Rain or Shine
74Breaking DawnStephenie MeyerGoodreads
75Broken for YouStephanie KallosBook Riot
76Cairo: A Graphic NovelG. Willow Wilson
Best of the Northwest
77CandylandElizabeth Engstrom
Best of the Northwest
78CeremonyLeslie Marmon Silko
Library Thing
79ColumbiaPamela JekelDBRL
80
Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia
Liberty Bay Books
81
Davy’s Dream: A Young Boy’s Adventure with Wild Orca Whales
Liberty Bay Books
82
Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula, 3rd Edition: More Than 70 Trails You Can Hike in a Day
Liberty Bay Books
83Day Hiking Eastern WashingtonRich Landers
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
84Day Hiking North CascadesCraig Romano
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
85Day Hiking Olympic PeninsulaCraig Romano
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
86
Discovering Main Street: Travel Adventures in Small Towns of the Northwest
Liberty Bay Books
87Dream EaterK. Bird LincolnTor
88EclipseStephenie MeyerGoodreads
89English CreekIvan Doig
Library Thing
90
Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho
Liberty Bay Books
91
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
Liberty Bay Books
92Fifty Shades of GreyE.L. JamesGoodreads
93Finn Fancy NecromancyRandy HendersonTor
94Firefly LaneKristin HannahBook Riot
95Fools CrowJames Welch
Library Thing
96Gemini
Liberty Bay Books
97Good Night Seattle
Liberty Bay Books
98
Greg Atkinson’s in Season: Culinary Adventures of a Pacific Northwest Chef
Liberty Bay Books
99Grizzly Bears and Razor ClamsChris Townsend
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
100Heart EarthIvan Doig
Library Thing
101
Historical Atlas of Washington & Oregon
Liberty Bay Books
102Honey in the HornH. L. DavisDBRL
103Into the Wild,Jon Krakauer
Lance Weller
104Karen MemoryElizabeth BearTor
105Larry Gets Lost in Seattle
Liberty Bay Books
106
Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West by Timothy Egan
Library Thing
107
Lonely Planet Seattle [With Pull-Out Map]
Liberty Bay Books
108
Lonely Planet Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest [With Map]
Liberty Bay Books
109Love MedicineLouise Erdrich
Library Thing
110Luminaries of the HumbleElizabeth Woody
Best of the Northwest
111Madison HousePeter DonahueDBRL
112Magic HourKristin HannahGoodreads
113Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard HugoRichard Hugo
Library Thing
114Moon Handbook San Juan Islands
Adventure Smith
115
Motorcycle Touring in the Pacific Northwest: The Region’s Best Rides
Liberty Bay Books
116
Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest
Adventure Smith
117New MoonStephenie MeyerGoodreads
118Not for Tourists Guide to Seattle
Liberty Bay Books
119Our Lady Of The ForestDavid GutersonGoodreads
120Pacific Northwest Trail Data Book 2018Tim Youngbluth
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
121Pacific Northwest Trail Digest 2018Tim Youngbluth
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
122Pacific Northwest Trail Guide, 2001Ron Strickland
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
123Pacific Northwest Trail Town Guide 2018Melanie Simmerman
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
124Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips
Liberty Bay Books
125PathfinderRon Strickland
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
126
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska
Liberty Bay Books
127
Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle’s Plum Bistro
Liberty Bay Books
128Reamde,Neal Stephenson
Lance Weller
129Reservation BluesSherman Alexie
Library Thing
130River SongCraig Lesley
Library Thing
131San Juan Islands Map
Adventure Smith
132Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward CurtisTimothy EganGoodreads
133Singleton,Jack Cady
Lance Weller
134Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of SeattleMurray Morgan
Library Thing
135Ten Little IndiansSherman Alexie
Library Thing
136The Book of JoanLidia Yuknavitch
Best of the Northwest
137The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsDaniel James BrownGoodreads
138The Brothers KDavid James DuncanGoodreads
139The Child FinderRene DenfeldGoodreads
140The Chronology of WaterLidia YuknavitchBook Riot
141
The Creaky Knees Guide: Washington: The 100 Best Easy Hikes
Liberty Bay Books
142The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific NorthwestM. Wylie BlanchetGoodreads
143The Egg and IBetty MacDonaldBook Riot
144The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and GreedJohn VaillantGoodreads
145The Heartsong of Charging ElkJames Welch
Library Thing
146
The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Rain or Shine
147The Hour of LeadBruce HolbertDBRL
148The Indian LawyerJames Welch
Library Thing
149The Island Within
Adventure Smith
150
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices Into Fearless Home Cooks
Liberty Bay Books
151The Last Town on EarthThomas MullenDBRL
152
The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest
Liberty Bay Books
153
The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby
Liberty Bay Books
154The Northwest Coastal Explorer
Adventure Smith
155The Shipping News: A NovelE. Annie Proulx
Library Thing
156
The Spirit of Poulsbo Amid The Change….. Some Things Remain
Liberty Bay Books
157The Toughest Indian in the WorldSherman Alexie
Library Thing
158The UndesirablesDave Boling
Best of the Northwest
159The Violets of MarchSarah JioGoodreads
160They Came to A RiverAllis McKayDBRL
161This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western MindIvan Doig
Library Thing
162To the PacificBill GulickDBRL
163Tree SoldierJ. L. OakleyDBRL
164Truth Like the SunJim LynchGoodreads
165TwilightStephenie MeyerGoodreads
166Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America’s Wild FrontierStephen E. AmbroseGoodreads
167UpstreamLangdon Cook
Best of the Northwest
168Urban ShamanC. E. MurphyTor
169
Weird Washington: Your Travel Guide to Washington’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Liberty Bay Books
170Wheedle and the Noodle
Liberty Bay Books
171Where I’m Calling From: Selected StoriesRaymond Carver
Library Thing
172Wild LifeMolly GlossDBRL
173WildernessLance WellerDBRL
174WildwoodColin MeloyGoodreads
175Winter in the BloodJames Welch
Library Thing
176WinterkillCraig Lesley
Library Thing
177You Don’t Have to Say You Love MeSherman AlexieGoodreads


13 Best Pacific Northwest Book Sources/Lists



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Adventure Smith 6 Must-Reads for Discovering the Pacific Northwest
Best of the Northwest 9 of the Best Books by Pacific Northwest Authors for a Rainy Day
Book Riot Reading Coast to Coast :: Pacific Northwest
DBRL Historical Fiction Set in the Pacific Northwest
Goodreads Popular Pacific Northwest Books
Lance Weller Top 8 Pacific NW Novels
Liberty Bay Books PNW Books
Library Thing Book awards: Seattle Getaways: 12 Essential Northwest Books
List Challenges Books Set in the Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest Trail Association Guidebooks and References
Powell’s Required Reading: 40 Books Set in the Pacific Northwest
Rain or Shine Our Favorite Books Set in the Pacific Northwest
Tor Five Books Set in the Pacific Northwest