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1ra Antología de la Poesía Oregoniana

Diaz Horna, Efrain

2018    158 pages    (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

OCLC: 1056192857    ISBN 13: 9781720444282    ISBN 10: 1720444285

Así fue que un sueño, de Matías Trejo de Dios, que más tarde se convirtió en un sueño compartido por todos nosotros, salió a la luz y nos impulsó a crear el Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana (ICO). Como todos Uds. saben, el ICO tiene como su principal misión el promover, apoyar, inculcar y realzar nuestra esencia hispana dentro del estado de Oregón, y por consiguiente en los Estados Unidos.Nuestra esencia hispana, y la realidad que nos hermana, está anclada en el hecho que somos [...]

Así fue que un sueño, de Matías Trejo de Dios, que más tarde se convirtió en un sueño compartido por todos nosotros, salió a la luz y nos impulsó a crear el Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana (ICO). Como todos Uds. saben, el ICO tiene como su principal misión el promover, apoyar, inculcar y realzar nuestra esencia hispana dentro del estado de Oregón, y por consiguiente en los Estados Unidos.Nuestra esencia hispana, y la realidad que nos hermana, está anclada en el hecho que somos hispanohablantes en un mundo anglosajón. Somos hispanohablantes, de orígenes diversos y con matices culturales singulares, unidos por nuestra lengua materna: el castellano. Nosotros vivimos una pujante y fascinante realidad: sabemos que nuestra unidad no significa la uniformidad cultural o idiomática. Nosotros nos suscribimos a la idea que nuestra presencia es una fuerza positiva para el desarrollo y enriquecimiento cultural, social y económico en Oregón.Ese sueño en su afán de concretarse nos llevó a organizar este evento poético que ahora se concretiza en esta antología poética oregoniana. Este evento, y nuestro primer libro, es un ejemplo de los firmes y seguros pasos que estamos dando en nuestro empeño de avanzar y fortalecer los objetivos que nos hemos trazado como organismo cultural en Oregón; es un primer paso, un paso importante, en lo que esperamos se convierta en una tradición de mucho arraigo en esta tierra nuestra oregoniana.Nos sentimos alentados con la participación de tanto poeta oregoniano en este evento. Se podría decir con certeza que en Oregón existe una veta poética que clama por ser leída y escuchada por todos nosotros. Para decirlo de otra manera, necesitamos apoyar a nuestros poetas bruñir el diamante literario que ya existe en estas tierras y de esa manera fortalecer nuestra identidad cultural en Oregón.Poetas: Juan Cervantes, José Cruz, Efraín M. Díaz-Horna, Vicky Falcón, Alexandra Farías, Luna Flores, Jorge González Aguilera, Nitza Hernández López, Javier Navarro Liz Osmus, Lidia Pérez Ruiz, Jorge Luis Porrata, Germán Rizo, Concepción Sámano y Arturo Sarmiento.Arte: Rodrigo Álvarez, Hampton Rodríguez, Juan Cervantes, Efraín M. Díaz-Horna, Vicky Falcón, Nitza Hernández, Lyzbeeth M. Cruz-Osmus Osmus, Lidia Pérez [less]

$15.00

50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington

Gorton, Wendy

2018    280 pages    (Timber Press)

OCLC: 993685939    ISBN 13: 9781604698008    ISBN 10: 1604698004

Discover the magic of the Pacific Northwest—with kids! Handcrafted for Northwest parents, educators, and caregivers that want to spark a love of nature, 50 Hikes with Kids highlights the most kid-friendly hikes in Oregon and Washington. These hikes are perfect for little legs—they are all under four miles and have an elevation gain of 900 feet of less. Some are even accessible by stroller. Every entry includes the essential details: easy-to-read, trustworthy directions; a detailed map; [...]

Discover the magic of the Pacific Northwest—with kids! Handcrafted for Northwest parents, educators, and caregivers that want to spark a love of nature, 50 Hikes with Kids highlights the most kid-friendly hikes in Oregon and Washington. These hikes are perfect for little legs—they are all under four miles and have an elevation gain of 900 feet of less. Some are even accessible by stroller. Every entry includes the essential details: easy-to-read, trustworthy directions; a detailed map; hike length and elevation gain; bathroom access; and where to grab a bite to eat nearby. Full-color photographs highlight the fun things to see along the trail. [less]

$19.99

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland: Including the Coast, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and the Santiam River

Gerald, Paul

2018    328 pages    (Menasha Ridge Press)

DDC: 796.5109795    LCC: GV199.42.O72 P6738

OCLC: 1019839584    LCCN: 2018000286    ISBN 13: 9781634040846    ISBN 10: 1634040848

The top guide to hiking within an hour’s drive of Portland, OregonThe best way to experience Portland is by hiking it! Get outdoors with local author and hiking expert Paul Gerald. Now in full color, his best-selling guide helps you locate and access the top hikes within 60 miles of the city. A perfect blend of popular routes and hidden gems, the selected trails transport you to scenic overlooks, mountain retreats, and magical forests that renew your spirit and recharge your body.Hike around [...]

The top guide to hiking within an hour’s drive of Portland, OregonThe best way to experience Portland is by hiking it! Get outdoors with local author and hiking expert Paul Gerald. Now in full color, his best-selling guide helps you locate and access the top hikes within 60 miles of the city. A perfect blend of popular routes and hidden gems, the selected trails transport you to scenic overlooks, mountain retreats, and magical forests that renew your spirit and recharge your body.Hike around Mount Hood on the Timberline Trail. See migrating fish in the Salmon River. Enjoy the wildflowers at Tom McCall Preserve in the Columbia River Gorge. Explore the wildlife sanctuary at Oaks Bottom, right in the heart of the city. Stroll behind waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park. Whale watch from high up on Cape Lookout. With Portland author and outdoors enthusiast Paul Gerald offering advice about where to hike and what to expect when you get there, you’ll learn about the area and experience nature through 60 of Portland’s best hikes!Each hike description features key at-a-glance information on distance, difficulty, scenery, traffic, hiking time, and more, so you can quickly and easily learn about each trail. Detailed directions, GPS-based trail maps, and elevation profiles help to ensure that you know where you are and where you’re going. Tips on nearby activities further enhance your enjoyment of every outing. So whether you’re a local looking for new places to explore or a visitor to the area, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland provides plenty of options for a couple hours or a full day of adventure, all within about an hour from the city. [less]

$18.95

100 Things to Do in Portland, Oregon Before You Die, 2nd Edition

Smith, Ann

2018    160 pages    (Reedy Press)

OCLC: 1041888728    LCCN: 2018935799    ISBN 13: 9781681061511    ISBN 10: 1681061511

In this second edition of 100 Things to Do in Portland, Oregon Before You Die we've added some of our favorite old haunts as well as a few newly discovered gems. Regardless if it's tried-and-true or up-and-coming we promise if it's in here, it's worth your time. We Portlanders love craft beer, bike lanes, and all things vintage. We pride ourselves on being hipsters, foodies, and major league soccer fans. It's our goal to represent all facets of the city in this book: from the gardens to the [...]

In this second edition of 100 Things to Do in Portland, Oregon Before You Die we've added some of our favorite old haunts as well as a few newly discovered gems. Regardless if it's tried-and-true or up-and-coming we promise if it's in here, it's worth your time. We Portlanders love craft beer, bike lanes, and all things vintage. We pride ourselves on being hipsters, foodies, and major league soccer fans. It's our goal to represent all facets of the city in this book: from the gardens to the shops and the festivals to the bars. If you're in Portland on vacation, this collection of greatest hits is sure to get you beyond the typical tourist hot spots. If this is home, we challenge you to uncover something in these pages not yet on your Portland bucket list. [less]

$16.00
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Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon

Chambers, Jennifer

2018    128 pages    (Arcadia Publishing)

DDC: 305.42092    LCC: HQ1413.D86 C53

LCCN: 2017958372    ISBN 13: 9781625859785    ISBN 10: 1625859783

It was the spring of 1871. Pioneer entrepreneur Abigail Scott Duniway, on a business trip to purchase stock for her millinery store back in Oregon, waited breathlessly outside the suffrage convention in San Francisco. She hoped to meet Susan B. Anthony, whose career she so admired. And so they met, sparking a relationship that dramatically altered Duniway's life. The duo traveled for months on horseback, carriage, train and boat in their crucial, successful effort to ensure the right to vote for [...]

It was the spring of 1871. Pioneer entrepreneur Abigail Scott Duniway, on a business trip to purchase stock for her millinery store back in Oregon, waited breathlessly outside the suffrage convention in San Francisco. She hoped to meet Susan B. Anthony, whose career she so admired. And so they met, sparking a relationship that dramatically altered Duniway's life. The duo traveled for months on horseback, carriage, train and boat in their crucial, successful effort to ensure the right to vote for women nationwide. Author Jennifer Chambers revives the inspirational fight for women's rights by examining the dynamic between these two powerful women and how they changed not just the Beaver State but the country as a whole. [less]

$21.99

Alehouse at the End of the World, The

Allred, Stevan

2018    334 pages    (Forest Avenue Press)

OCLC: 1050725488    ISBN 13: 9781942436379    ISBN 10: 1942436378

When a fisherman receives a mysterious letter about his beloved's demise, he sets off in his skiff to find her on the Isle of the Dead. The Alehouse at the End of the World is an epic comedy set in the sixteenth century, where bawdy Shakespearean love triangles play out with shapeshifting avian demigods and a fertility goddess, drunken revelry, bio-dynamic gardening, and a narcissistic, bullying crow, who may have colluded with a foreign power. A raucous, aw-aw-aw-awe-inspiring romp, Stevan [...]

When a fisherman receives a mysterious letter about his beloved's demise, he sets off in his skiff to find her on the Isle of the Dead. The Alehouse at the End of the World is an epic comedy set in the sixteenth century, where bawdy Shakespearean love triangles play out with shapeshifting avian demigods and a fertility goddess, drunken revelry, bio-dynamic gardening, and a narcissistic, bullying crow, who may have colluded with a foreign power. A raucous, aw-aw-aw-awe-inspiring romp, Stevan Allred's second book is a juicy fable for adults, and a hopeful tale for out troubled times. [less]

$17.95

All Coyote's Children

Husted, Bette Lynch

2018    240 pages    (Oregon State University Press)

OCLC: 1007044209    ISBN 13: 9780870719301    ISBN 10: 0870719300

Jack and Annie Fallon had been living what seemed the ideal life with their son Riley, spending the school year in Portland, where Jack was a professor of Native American history, and summers at Jack’s family ranch in northeastern Oregon, on land surrounded by the Umatilla Indian Reservation. But a good way of life can disappear almost overnight, as the Umatilla, Cayuse, and Walla Walla peoples already know. Now the teenage Riley is in rehab, Jack has disappeared without a trace into the [...]

Jack and Annie Fallon had been living what seemed the ideal life with their son Riley, spending the school year in Portland, where Jack was a professor of Native American history, and summers at Jack’s family ranch in northeastern Oregon, on land surrounded by the Umatilla Indian Reservation. But a good way of life can disappear almost overnight, as the Umatilla, Cayuse, and Walla Walla peoples already know. Now the teenage Riley is in rehab, Jack has disappeared without a trace into the remote wilderness, and Annie is recovering from her own hospitalization following a mental health crisis. Still fragile, a bereft Annie returns to the ranch, where she is befriended by Leona, a Umatilla-Cayuse neighbor. Leona, as it turns out, has a long connection to the family that even Jack never knew about. At the time of his disappearance, Jack had been grappling with his family’s legacy—with the conflicts and consequences of white settlement of native ground. Three generations before he was born, the family ranch was taken from the Umatilla reservation through the Allotment Act. Jack’s mother died when he was six, but his father’s stern presence still cast a shadow on the land. “Survival is hard sometimes,” Leona says, but with her help, Annie is able to bring Riley home from rehab and begin the work of healing their small family, learning, season by season, how to go on living without Jack. Leona, Riley’s friends Alex and Mattie, and old neighbors Gus and Audrey become a larger family for Annie as they share the stories that connect them—long-silenced stories from both cultures that could solve the mystery of Jack’s disappearance. In prose that is lyrical and clear-eyed, All Coyote’s Children weaves an unforgettable tale of cultures and families caught in the inescapable web of who they are and what they have inherited. [less]

$18.95

Around Bethany

Nelson, Donald R.

2018    128 pages    (Arcadia Publishing)

OCLC: 1015842286    LCCN: 2017957078    ISBN 13: 9781467128681    ISBN 10: 1467128686

For nearly 150 years, the Bethany area has undergone continual change. Families migrated here from Switzerland, Germany, and other places in the 1870s. Trees were felled to clear fields for farming. Some families made their houses from logs, as only a few could afford wood-frame houses. The German-speaking people were faith-based and were quick to establish churches and schools. Eventually, churches switched to ministering in English. Many families settled north of US 26 (Sunset Highway). Some [...]

For nearly 150 years, the Bethany area has undergone continual change. Families migrated here from Switzerland, Germany, and other places in the 1870s. Trees were felled to clear fields for farming. Some families made their houses from logs, as only a few could afford wood-frame houses. The German-speaking people were faith-based and were quick to establish churches and schools. Eventually, churches switched to ministering in English. Many families settled north of US 26 (Sunset Highway). Some lived to the west in the communities of Phillips and Helvetia, while others resided south of the highway. In the past 30 years, subdivisions, allowed by the expanding urban-growth boundary, have been built on former farmlands. This density accommodates the housing needs of the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area, including those employed by nearby companies Intel and Nike. [less]

$21.99

Avalanche Dog Heroes

Rusch, Elizabeth

2018    48 pages   

DDC: 636.7    LCC: SF428.55.R87

OCLC: 1019835079    LCCN: 2018000291    ISBN 13: 9781632171733    ISBN 10: 1632171732

Follow Piper the border collie and her canine classmates through a season of avalanche rescue training. As they learn the skills they need to become snow rescue dogs, you'll learn about the work these amazing canines do and about avalanche safety. Avalanche Dog Heroes in Training is a nonfiction picture book illustrated with stunning, adorable photography that draws parallels between kids' experiences in elementary school and the training days of the avalanche rescue dogs of Crystal Mountain, [...]

Follow Piper the border collie and her canine classmates through a season of avalanche rescue training. As they learn the skills they need to become snow rescue dogs, you'll learn about the work these amazing canines do and about avalanche safety. Avalanche Dog Heroes in Training is a nonfiction picture book illustrated with stunning, adorable photography that draws parallels between kids' experiences in elementary school and the training days of the avalanche rescue dogs of Crystal Mountain, Washington State's largest ski resort, located in the Cascade Range. Follow along with Piper, a friendly border collie who came to the mountain as a smart but timid shelter dog, terrified by everything, as she confidently heads off to school on a chairlift to meet her canine classmates. Over a season they romp together through the snow, learning and practicing the skills they need to be avalanche rescue dogs and earn their rescue certification. You'll also learn the warning signs and conditions that cause an avalanche, the four types of avalanches, and the basics of avalanche safety. [less]

$18.99
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Backpacking Oregon: From River Valleys to Mountain Meadows

Ohlsen, Becky

(Wilderness Press)

ISBN 13: 9780899977751    ISBN 10: 0899977758

In Oregon, backpackers can explore wild beaches, enjoy colorful desert canyonlands, hike amid stunning granite peaks, relax in wildflower meadows, and circle glacier-clad mountains. Backpacking Oregon details the premier opportunities across the entire state. Author and hiking expert Becky Ohlsen presents 28 magnificent scenic escapes, whether you have three days or two weeks. See the world-famous Oregon coast; or visit stunning white granite peaks, sparkling lakes and streams, alpine meadows, [...]

In Oregon, backpackers can explore wild beaches, enjoy colorful desert canyonlands, hike amid stunning granite peaks, relax in wildflower meadows, and circle glacier-clad mountains. Backpacking Oregon details the premier opportunities across the entire state. Author and hiking expert Becky Ohlsen presents 28 magnificent scenic escapes, whether you have three days or two weeks. See the world-famous Oregon coast; or visit stunning white granite peaks, sparkling lakes and streams, alpine meadows, and the attractive forests of the Wallowa Mountains. Survey the peaks of Mount Hood and the Three Sisters in the High Cascades, and the gaping chasm of Hells Canyon, where you might glimpse black bears or bighorn sheep. Each carefully crafted itinerary offers geographic diversity, beautiful landscapes, and attainable daily mileage goals.

This in-depth guide provides all the information backpackers need, including trail highlights, mileage, elevation gain, days on the trail, shuttle distances, required permits, and more—not to mention full-color photographs and detailed trail maps. Plus, ratings for scenery, solitude, and difficulty help you to find the exact adventure you seek. No matter which trek you choose, spectacular scenery and superb vistas await. [less]

$19.95

Best Hikes with Kids

Henderson, Bonnie

2018    304 pages    (Mountaineers Books, The)

DDC: 796.5109795    LCC: GV199.42.O7 H463

OCLC: 1027736287    LCCN: 2017057619    ISBN 13: 9781680510799    ISBN 10: 1680510797

A fully revised, now full-color edition featuring a new coauthor and a fresh look at family-friendly trails* All trails have been rehiked* Designed for children 10 and under, with most hikes shorter than 5 miles* Tips for family vacation destinationsFor this new and fully revised edition, veteran author Bonnie Henderson partnered with Zach Urness, hiker, writer, and parent of young children. Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon gets kids excited about the outdoors early, and creates in them a passion [...]

A fully revised, now full-color edition featuring a new coauthor and a fresh look at family-friendly trails* All trails have been rehiked* Designed for children 10 and under, with most hikes shorter than 5 miles* Tips for family vacation destinationsFor this new and fully revised edition, veteran author Bonnie Henderson partnered with Zach Urness, hiker, writer, and parent of young children. Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon gets kids excited about the outdoors early, and creates in them a passion that lasts a lifetime. This second edition covers 121 hikes, most within an hour's drive of major population centers--such as Portland, Salem, Ashland, and Bend. Other features of the guide include:* New "Great Getaways"--weekend or vacation destinations around the state with hiking trails and other family-fun activities* "Best of" lists that highlight groups of top 5 hikes with special features to help parents select trips their kids will enjoy* Improved access details, including GPS trailhead coordinates and info on permits and fees* Notes about barrier-free or ADA-accessible trails and suitability for jogging strollers* Tips and strategies for hiking with kids--how to motivate them, what's appropriate for different ages, sidebars with games, nature facts, and more* Concise, accurate driving directions* Full color photos throughout [less]

$21.95

Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924

Mayer, Heather

2018    216 pages    (Oregon State University Press)

DDC: 320.082    LCC: HQ1438.A19 M39

OCLC: 1029447691    LCCN: 2018024436    ISBN 13: 9780870719394    ISBN 10: 0870719394

More than a century after their founding in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World--or Wobblies as they are commonly known--remain a popular subject for study and discussion among students of labor history and social justice. They are often portrayed as lovable underdogs, with their songs and cartoons, generally irreverent attitude, and stalwart courage in the face of systemic persecution from vigilantes, law enforcement, and government officials. In Beyond the Rebel Girl, historian [...]

More than a century after their founding in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World--or Wobblies as they are commonly known--remain a popular subject for study and discussion among students of labor history and social justice. They are often portrayed as lovable underdogs, with their songs and cartoons, generally irreverent attitude, and stalwart courage in the face of systemic persecution from vigilantes, law enforcement, and government officials. In Beyond the Rebel Girl, historian Heather Mayer questions the well-worn vision of Wobblies as young, single, male, itinerant workers. While such workers formed a large portion of the membership, they weren't the whole picture. In small towns across the Northwest, and in the larger cities of Seattle, Portland, and Spokane, women played an integral role in Wobbly life. Single women, but also families--husband and wife Wobbly teams--played important roles in some of the biggest fights for justice. IWW halls in these Northwest cities often functioned as community centers, with family-friendly events and entertainment. Women were drawn to the IWW for its radical vision, inclusionary policies, birth control advocacy, and emphasis on freedom of choice in marriage. The IWW also offered women an avenue for activism that wasn't focused primarily on the fight for suffrage. Beyond the Rebel Girl deepens our understanding of how the IWW functioned, and how the union supported women in their fight for birth control, sexual emancipation, and better labor conditions, all while facing persecution at the local, state, and federal levels. [less]

$22.95

Bonneville Lock and Dam

Barry, Joseph Patrick

2017    (Retired Ranger & Associates LLC)

LCC: TC557.5.B66

OCLC: 1013724715    ISBN 13: 9780692947517    ISBN 10: 0692947515

Bonneville Lock and Dam became one of the symbols of the Great Depression era efforts to jump-start the economy and get people working again. During the 1930s, massive public works projects like Bonneville gave the people of the Great Depression jobs and hope. Bonneville also played an important role during World War II, providing power for building ships and aircraft. Since the 1930s, it has generated non-stop, clean, renewable power, provided inexpensive inland navigation, and water-based [...]

Bonneville Lock and Dam became one of the symbols of the Great Depression era efforts to jump-start the economy and get people working again. During the 1930s, massive public works projects like Bonneville gave the people of the Great Depression jobs and hope. Bonneville also played an important role during World War II, providing power for building ships and aircraft. Since the 1930s, it has generated non-stop, clean, renewable power, provided inexpensive inland navigation, and water-based recreation. The dam evolved with the changing needs of society. This gift of 1930s infrastructure continues to return benefits for all Americans. Enjoy this insider's view of the dam - told by a person whose job was to give tours, tell stories about the dam, and shape the visitor experience for a half million people a year. In addition to a history of the dam, here are tales from the people who worked there. Find out about Benjamin Bonneville and the natural events that set the stage for the dam. Hear suggestions from a ranger about the best ways to visit the dam and learn some obscure facts about this iconic structure. Bonneville symbolizes technology and science but also includes many works of art. It has even found its way into films and television. Discover all of this and more. [less]

$19.95

Burnside Field Lizard and Selected Stories

Kennedy Griffin, Theresa

2018    (Independent Publisher)

ISBN 13: 9781532372865    ISBN 10: 1532372868

In this collection of five short stories Theresa Griffin Kennedy's assortment of unusual characters are sharply insightful and as damaged as they are intriguingly complex. Jolting the reader into regular double takes, "Burnside Field Lizard and Selected Stories," gives an authentic, place-based portrayal of some of Portland's less privileged inhabitants. Gender, class and sexual based consciousness seep into the grain of each story but most importantly Kennedy examines a universal question from [...]

In this collection of five short stories Theresa Griffin Kennedy's assortment of unusual characters are sharply insightful and as damaged as they are intriguingly complex. Jolting the reader into regular double takes, "Burnside Field Lizard and Selected Stories," gives an authentic, place-based portrayal of some of Portland's less privileged inhabitants. Gender, class and sexual based consciousness seep into the grain of each story but most importantly Kennedy examines a universal question from the perspective of the Portland neighborhoods she knows intimately: What are people willing to take from others in order to survive and what does it mean to be human in such a landscape? [less]

$14.99

Burying My Dead

Denny, Bettie

2018    287 pages   

OCLC: 1039891407    ISBN 13: 9780985513177    ISBN 10: 0985513179

It is Halloween night at Portland's Lone Fir Cemetery. Reporter Murphy Gardiner has no idea that a chance encounter will ignite a yearlong quest to unravel a puzzling family tradition, plunging her into Oregon history and the tangled lives of a photographer, a suffragist, and a Chinese girl at the heart of the mystery.

It is Halloween night at Portland's Lone Fir Cemetery. Reporter Murphy Gardiner has no idea that a chance encounter will ignite a yearlong quest to unravel a puzzling family tradition, plunging her into Oregon history and the tangled lives of a photographer, a suffragist, and a Chinese girl at the heart of the mystery. [less]

$15.00
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Camp Abbot (Images of America)

Hanson, Tor

2018    128 pages    (Arcadia Publishing)

OCLC: 1039895842    ISBN 13: 9781467128612    ISBN 10: 1467128619

Today, Sunriver is an idyllic community in Central Oregon, but during World War II, it was the site of Camp Abbot, the westernmost engineer replacement training center of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Under the leadership of Col. Frank Besson, the US Army trained 90,000 men at the camp from 1943 through 1944. Mimicking the European landscape, the surrounding terrain and the swift-flowing Deschutes River were deemed perfect for training young soldiers how to build and demolish bridges. Located [...]

Today, Sunriver is an idyllic community in Central Oregon, but during World War II, it was the site of Camp Abbot, the westernmost engineer replacement training center of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Under the leadership of Col. Frank Besson, the US Army trained 90,000 men at the camp from 1943 through 1944. Mimicking the European landscape, the surrounding terrain and the swift-flowing Deschutes River were deemed perfect for training young soldiers how to build and demolish bridges. Located about 15 miles south of Bend, the quickly built installation included administration buildings, a hospital, over 50 barracks, mess halls, training grounds, recreation facilities, and a chapel. There, among pine trees and sagebrush, soldiers endured subfreezing winters and 100-degree summers. [less]

$21.99

Canyons: Older Stories

William, Evan Morgan

Set in the Pacific Northwest, Canyons is a collection of realistic fictions with an evocative sense of place pervading. As a river cuts a canyon into the layers of earth, these stories cut deep in their character's lives for a satisfying reading experience.

Set in the Pacific Northwest, Canyons is a collection of realistic fictions with an evocative sense of place pervading. As a river cuts a canyon into the layers of earth, these stories cut deep in their character's lives for a satisfying reading experience. [less]

$17.99

Capitol Letters

Mitch Greenlick, Jack Ohman (Illustrator)

2016    288 pages    (ACS, LLC)

DDC: 328.795   

OCLC: 965386434    ISBN 13: 9780983816874    ISBN 10: 0983816875

Do you ever wonder what goes on in the Capitol? How does a bill become law? How do our elected officials, many of whom are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, work together for the best interests of the public? When budgets are tight, how do they prioritize and fund much-needed programs for education, medical care, housing, public safety and so much more? How do they deal with the tough stuff and begin the "conversation" without falling victim to polarization and political drama? [...]

Do you ever wonder what goes on in the Capitol? How does a bill become law? How do our elected officials, many of whom are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, work together for the best interests of the public? When budgets are tight, how do they prioritize and fund much-needed programs for education, medical care, housing, public safety and so much more? How do they deal with the tough stuff and begin the "conversation" without falling victim to polarization and political drama? Representative Mitch Greenlick takes us inside the Capitol and gives us a front-row seat to the process of law-making. Most legislators send out some kind of newsletter to their constituents, but Greenlick's MitchMessages are unique in that he writes them himself; they are his own very personal account of legislative sessions as a participant/observer. Capitol Letters is a compilation of those messages, nuanced by his academic background, but written to be accessible to the ordinary citizen. [less]

$29.95

Cat Café

Hunt, Mollie

2018    330 pages    (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

ISBN 13: 9781986478953    ISBN 10: 1986478955

Sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon always finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, but this time it's not about her. Someone is targeting very senior citizens, and when Bea Landrew, elderly owner of the Blue Cat café turns up dead, Lynley's mom Carol could be next. Handsome Detective Devon is looking for a link between the victims when he makes a different sort of connection- with Lynley! It's been a long time since the cat lady had romance in her life, but while her mom is in [...]

Sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon always finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, but this time it's not about her. Someone is targeting very senior citizens, and when Bea Landrew, elderly owner of the Blue Cat café turns up dead, Lynley's mom Carol could be next. Handsome Detective Devon is looking for a link between the victims when he makes a different sort of connection- with Lynley! It's been a long time since the cat lady had romance in her life, but while her mom is in danger, the case comes first. It appears the cat café will go the way of its deceased owner, but Bea's grandson, a slick Miami businessman, steps in at the last minute. Arthur is not a cat person so why would he bother? Romeo, the big Russian Blue, senses ulterior motives, but who will listen to a cat?A black cat rescue, a discovered photograph, an elaborate payback. Is this killer seeking justice or vengeance? With death as the objective, the results are the same. [less]

$14.00

Countdown to Contagion

Peter Swan

2018    376 pages    (Inkwater Press)

ISBN 13: 9781629015835    ISBN 10: 1629015830

A jihadi microbiologist with the lethal virus he has created is smuggled into Portland, Oregon, on a cargo ship. A river pilot sees more than he should and is murdered by a cell of "sleepers" based in Portland. The murdered man was the best friend of retired FBI counter-terrorism agent Tad Madison whose discoveries convince the FBI to mobilize. They have four days to stop the terrorists' attack from infecting hundreds attending a national conference at the Portland Convention Center. Tad's life [...]

A jihadi microbiologist with the lethal virus he has created is smuggled into Portland, Oregon, on a cargo ship. A river pilot sees more than he should and is murdered by a cell of "sleepers" based in Portland. The murdered man was the best friend of retired FBI counter-terrorism agent Tad Madison whose discoveries convince the FBI to mobilize. They have four days to stop the terrorists' attack from infecting hundreds attending a national conference at the Portland Convention Center. Tad's life is on the line, and his fiancé is kidnapped as the terrorists show they will stop at nothing to complete their mission. When he learns that the sleepers are controlled by a brilliant and devious Egyptian, Tad-now an FBI consultant-goes to Nashville, where he joins forces with the FBI and Mossad agents to track down the mastermind. They must stop the terrorist network before it can carry out an East Coast attack against passengers on a huge cruise ship. [less]

$19.95

Crash Course

Whipple, Julie

2018    296 pages    (Yamhill Canyon Press)

LCCN: 2018908945    ISBN 13: 9780692070406    ISBN 10: 0692070400

“Relive the story of an ill-fated commercial flight that was doomed before it was ever airborne; and find out how it may one day save your life—if it hasn’t already.” —Chris Mendenhall, Air Traffic Controller, Tinker AFB On a cold winter night, a passenger jet with 189 aboard crash landed, out of fuel, in a suburban neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Ten people died. The pilot was blamed and stripped of his career, and a sweeping transformation of flight crew training took place that [...]

“Relive the story of an ill-fated commercial flight that was doomed before it was ever airborne; and find out how it may one day save your life—if it hasn’t already.” —Chris Mendenhall, Air Traffic Controller, Tinker AFB On a cold winter night, a passenger jet with 189 aboard crash landed, out of fuel, in a suburban neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Ten people died. The pilot was blamed and stripped of his career, and a sweeping transformation of flight crew training took place that made United Flight 173 (in)famous worldwide as the model for failure and change. That was only the half of it. Hiding in plain sight for years in an attorney’s file boxes, the forgotten truths of the landmark air disaster reveal much more: an emotional journey tethered to the disgraced pilot and a three-year-old girl who survived the crash and became an unlikely hero for justice and public safety in the dramatic legal battle that followed. Crash Course, by award-winning journalist Julie Whipple, is the long-overdue, true story of a misunderstood airline tragedy that changed more about our daily lives than most people know. Here is why we’re safer today, how we’re not, and what we can do about it. [less]

$17.95

Cycle City

Farrell, Alison

2018    40 pages    (Chronicle Books)

LCC: PZ7.1.F369 Cy

OCLC: 993419576    LCCN: 2017011284    ISBN 13: 9781452163345    ISBN 10: 1452163340

When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen's house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta—the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-and-find book paint the colors of this unusual town where everyone rides some kind of bike—whether a penny-farthing, a two-wheeled unicycle, or a conference bike, everyone is on wheels! Packed with [...]

When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen's house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta—the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-and-find book paint the colors of this unusual town where everyone rides some kind of bike—whether a penny-farthing, a two-wheeled unicycle, or a conference bike, everyone is on wheels! Packed with prompts and lots to see on every page, this is a sweet story for the sharpest of eyes. [less]

$17.99
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Dangerous Decisiones

Lovell, Ronald

2018    220 pages    (Penman Productions)

OCLC: 1044841050    LCCN: 2018935840    ISBN 13: 9780998896816    ISBN 10: 0998896810

Although Oregon Attorney Lorenzo Madrid was at first reluctant to take care of Tito, an orphan brought to this country illegally, he grows to love the little boy. That love turns into an obligation when the woman who took the boy leaves him in Lorenzo's care. After Maxine March goes to Ecuador to arrange for a formal adoption, things take a turn for the worse. she is arrested and put on trial for kidnapping. Despite having no knowledge of trying a case overseas, Lorenzo agrees to represent her. [...]

Although Oregon Attorney Lorenzo Madrid was at first reluctant to take care of Tito, an orphan brought to this country illegally, he grows to love the little boy. That love turns into an obligation when the woman who took the boy leaves him in Lorenzo's care. After Maxine March goes to Ecuador to arrange for a formal adoption, things take a turn for the worse. she is arrested and put on trial for kidnapping. Despite having no knowledge of trying a case overseas, Lorenzo agrees to represent her. In doing so he is torn between wanting to help her and adopting Tito as his son. In Ecuador, he is stalked by members of a drug cartel who has been after him for years. The story culminates in a trial and daring escape. As in other mysteries, author Ron Lovell brings back memorable characters from past books--Paul Bickford and Bobbi Bouquet--out of both the Madrid sereis and his earlier Thomas Martindale series. [less]

$15.00

Dangerous Medicine (Medicine for the Blues)

Stookey, Jeff

2018    352 pages    (Pictograph Publishing)

OCLC: 1057653108    LCCN: 2018908705    ISBN 13: 9781732603622    ISBN 10: 978173260362

Dangerous Medicine, Book 3 of the trilogy Medicine for the BluesIn a time when homosexuals had to hide their identity, Dr. Carl Holman's standing with the prestigious clinic where he works is strained to the breaking point by pressures from the Ku Klux Klan, societal expectations to marry and have children, and other forces beyond his control. As his compassion compels him to treat unorthodox cases, involving addiction, birth control, and child abuse, he is pushed to make increasingly difficult [...]

Dangerous Medicine, Book 3 of the trilogy Medicine for the BluesIn a time when homosexuals had to hide their identity, Dr. Carl Holman's standing with the prestigious clinic where he works is strained to the breaking point by pressures from the Ku Klux Klan, societal expectations to marry and have children, and other forces beyond his control. As his compassion compels him to treat unorthodox cases, involving addiction, birth control, and child abuse, he is pushed to make increasingly difficult decisions about his professional and domestic affairs. Can Carl and those he loves find a way to live authentic lives in this hostile world?This is Book 3 of Medicine for the Blues, an LGBT historical novel trilogy. Based on extensive period research, Dangerous Medicine continues the exploration of the gay world of 1920s in Portland, Oregon. Set against the dramatic backdrop of this influential era, this final volume brings to a close the touching gay love story that began in Book 1 Acquaintance. [less]

$18.00

Death from Above

Weston, Don

2018    (Don Weston Author of the Billie Bly Series)

ISBN 13: 9780996864756    ISBN 10: 099686475X

A remote-control helicopter attacks P.I. Billie Bly during her early morning run. As she investigates, a mysterious Chinese woman tries to kill her, murders an investment banker with an exploding drone, and frames her new boyfriend.Federal agencies swoop into Portland, determined to find and arrest a terrorist cell but settle for Billie's new boyfriend, who manufactures remote-aircraft and drones. The blonde P.I. is thwarted at every turn by the assassin, who has plans to kill a presidential [...]

A remote-control helicopter attacks P.I. Billie Bly during her early morning run. As she investigates, a mysterious Chinese woman tries to kill her, murders an investment banker with an exploding drone, and frames her new boyfriend.Federal agencies swoop into Portland, determined to find and arrest a terrorist cell but settle for Billie's new boyfriend, who manufactures remote-aircraft and drones. The blonde P.I. is thwarted at every turn by the assassin, who has plans to kill a presidential candidate in downtown Pioneer Square. Who will track her down first? The Feds who want to lock her up with her boyfriend or the beautiful Chinese killer who simply wants to permanently stop her meddling.Billie has a few tricks up her sleeve and she will need all of them to stop a drone apocalypse from raining down on thousands of people in the downtown square. [less]

$12.95

Deviced!

Dodgen-Magee, Doreen

2018    272 pages    (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated)

OCLC: 1027836340    LCCN: 2018950973    ISBN 13: 9781538115848    ISBN 10: 1538115840

With current statistics suggesting that the average American over the age of 14 engages with screens upwards of 10 hours a day, the topic of our growing dependence upon technology applies to nearly everyone. While the effects differ at each point of development, real changes to the brain, relationships, and personal lives are well documented. Deviced explores these alterations and offers a realistic look at how we can better use technology and break away from the bad habits we've formed. Using [...]

With current statistics suggesting that the average American over the age of 14 engages with screens upwards of 10 hours a day, the topic of our growing dependence upon technology applies to nearly everyone. While the effects differ at each point of development, real changes to the brain, relationships, and personal lives are well documented. Deviced explores these alterations and offers a realistic look at how we can better use technology and break away from the bad habits we've formed. Using personal stories, cutting edge research, and anecdotes from youth, parents, and professionals, Dodgen-Magee highlights the brain changes that result from excessive technology use and offers an approach to the digital world that enables more informed and lasting change and a healthier long-term perspective. Given that the reader is living within a culture of ever-changing and advancing technologies, Deviced is written in such a way that its contents can weather the constantly changing digital landscape by focusing on the concepts of honest assessment and healthy boundary setting rather than on specific technologies or platforms. Deviced offers a mindful approach to assessing current technology use, breaking bad habits, setting new norms, and re-engaging with life with renewed richness and awareness. [less]

$30.00
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Easy Portland Outdoors

Bergen, Teresa

2018    192 pages    (Reedy Press)

OCLC: 1011682262    LCCN: 2017957324    ISBN 13: 9781681061313    ISBN 10: 1681061317

Do you intend to spend more time outdoors, but then decide you¿re too busy/unmotivated/unfit for an epic adventure? Easy Portland Outdoors includes adventures that are accessible to almost anybody. Want to know which public gardens you can visit with your dog? Where you can kayak with your kids? Which of Portland¿s outdoor pools are wheelchair accessible? It¿s all in here. Adventures range from trying golf for the first time to learning to operate a Segway, from taking a ghostly walking tour [...]

Do you intend to spend more time outdoors, but then decide you¿re too busy/unmotivated/unfit for an epic adventure? Easy Portland Outdoors includes adventures that are accessible to almost anybody. Want to know which public gardens you can visit with your dog? Where you can kayak with your kids? Which of Portland¿s outdoor pools are wheelchair accessible? It¿s all in here. Adventures range from trying golf for the first time to learning to operate a Segway, from taking a ghostly walking tour to careening down the Willamette River in a jet boat. Most of these adventures can be accomplished in a day. A few are more epic in scope but still easy. Portland is a haven for nature lovers ¿ 17.8 percent of the city is parkland, it¿s bisected by a major river, and both mountains and beaches are less than two hours away. Whether you¿re a visitor or a local, don¿t miss out on all the easy outdoor fun. [less]

$20.95

Electric Woman, The

Scott, Bill

2017    324 pages    (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

OCLC: 1026484981    ISBN 13: 9781973839248    ISBN 10: 1973839245

Woman in the making. Companion. Assassin. Holly is all of them, and more. Los Angeles, 2031: Robotics engineers create Holly, a female android nearly indistinguishable from humans. Sent out into the world on a field trial as a housekeeper, but programmed with secret and deadly skills even she is unaware of, Holly shocks her creators by becoming self-aware, and begins to manifest the deepest human emotions. Seeking only love and companionship, Holly is unconcerned with the firestorm of ethical [...]

Woman in the making. Companion. Assassin. Holly is all of them, and more. Los Angeles, 2031: Robotics engineers create Holly, a female android nearly indistinguishable from humans. Sent out into the world on a field trial as a housekeeper, but programmed with secret and deadly skills even she is unaware of, Holly shocks her creators by becoming self-aware, and begins to manifest the deepest human emotions. Seeking only love and companionship, Holly is unconcerned with the firestorm of ethical dilemmas her independent consciousness creates. But as a deadly plague collapses the world around her, the talents of an assassin, buried deep in encrypted files, begin to surface. Will she use them to save or to destroy? With a price on her head as she searches for the deadly foe responsible for the plague, Holly begins to realize that "something terrible is awakening within me". The Electric Woman confronts issues that may soon face us as we create machines ever more like ourselves. Sooner rather than later, we may find we share our world with machines indistinguishable from human. If that day comes, troublesome ethical issues may arise: Who will own them? What rights might they have? What will happen to them when they have outlived their usefulness? The Electric Woman explores these issues, set against a poignant love story, as Holly, unlike any machine before her, experiences love, tragedy, loneliness, and the pain of loss. [less]

$17.00

Ellie's Strand

Herring, Peg and Li, Judith

2018    112 pages    (Oregon State University Press)

OCLC: 1028884291    ISBN 13: 9780870719417    ISBN 10: 0870719416

There are days in late winter when the Pacific coast enjoys a brief spell of clear, warm weather. Most of the winter storms have passed and the summer fog has not yet settled in. This is when some coastal communities plan their annual beach clean-ups.     In this sequel to Ellie's Log and Ricky's Atlas, Ellie and Ricky travel to the Oregon coast from their home in the Cascade Mountains to help with a one-day beach clean-up. Hoping to find a prized Japanese glass float, they instead find more [...]

There are days in late winter when the Pacific coast enjoys a brief spell of clear, warm weather. Most of the winter storms have passed and the summer fog has not yet settled in. This is when some coastal communities plan their annual beach clean-ups.     In this sequel to Ellie's Log and Ricky's Atlas, Ellie and Ricky travel to the Oregon coast from their home in the Cascade Mountains to help with a one-day beach clean-up. Hoping to find a prized Japanese glass float, they instead find more important natural treasures, and evidence of an ocean that needs its own global-scale clean-up.   Ellie and Ricky are amazed by their discoveries at the edge of the world's largest ocean. Together, they realize the power of volunteering and grapple with the challenges of ocean conservation. In her journal Ellie records her observations of their adventures in her own words and pictures.   With charming pen-and-ink drawings and a compelling story, Ellie's Strand makes coastal science exciting for upper elementary school students. It will be a treasured companion for young beach explorers everywhere.   [less]

$17.95

Enter

Welchoff, Erik

2018    482 pages    (Inkwater Press)

OCLC: 1020284829    ISBN 13: 9781629015279    ISBN 10: 162901527X

Imagine a world where all living creatures, including humans, are genetically engineered for special purposes. Imagine a super-race of Warrior humans who are manufactured in cutting-edge laboratories deep inside the planet, where they are trained to use their unimaginable athletic capabilities in advanced martial arts and acrobatics. When they are ready, they are sold to the highest bidder, to be used to police humanity, spy on enemies, and ultimately control every normal human in the universe. [...]

Imagine a world where all living creatures, including humans, are genetically engineered for special purposes. Imagine a super-race of Warrior humans who are manufactured in cutting-edge laboratories deep inside the planet, where they are trained to use their unimaginable athletic capabilities in advanced martial arts and acrobatics. When they are ready, they are sold to the highest bidder, to be used to police humanity, spy on enemies, and ultimately control every normal human in the universe. From within this Warrior race of superhumans emerges one who is different--one who is flawed with emotions. Anton Seven, Warrior, is a flawed superhuman sent on a suicide mission to achieve the impossible--to fight against odds no Warrior was ever intended to overcome. Will he succeed? [less]

$21.95

Ever Wild

Lloyd, Darryl

2018    (Carpe Diem Books)

DDC: 979.7    LCC: F897.K6 L58

OCLC: 1043162029    LCCN: 2018022380    ISBN 13: 9780989710497    ISBN 10: 0989710491

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$29.95
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Far from Home: a memoir

Kennedy, Antoinette

2018    236 pages    (fuze publishing)

OCLC: 1029239572    ISBN 13: 9780999808900    ISBN 10: 0999808907

Gifted story-teller Antoinette Kennedy draws us into the hidden heart of the convent. With remarkable honesty, humor, and a respect for paradox, Far from Home charts her journey, from a youthful decision to leave family for enclosure through the discoveries that propelled her return to secular life.

Gifted story-teller Antoinette Kennedy draws us into the hidden heart of the convent. With remarkable honesty, humor, and a respect for paradox, Far from Home charts her journey, from a youthful decision to leave family for enclosure through the discoveries that propelled her return to secular life. [less]

$14.99

Frommer's Portland Day by Day

Olson, Donald

2018    192 pages    (FrommerMedia LLC)

DDC: 917.9549    LCC: F884.P83

OCLC: 1055140862    ISBN 13: 9781628873849    ISBN 10: 1628873841

Packed with color photos, this newly updated guide offers dozens of itineraries that show you how to see the best of "Stumptown" in a short time--with bulleted maps that lead the way from sight to sight. Featuring a full range of thematic and neighborhood tours, plus dining, lodging, shopping, nightlife, and practical visitor information,Frommer's Portland day by day is the only guide that helps travelers organize their time to get the most out of a trip. Author Donald Olson is a long-time [...]

Packed with color photos, this newly updated guide offers dozens of itineraries that show you how to see the best of "Stumptown" in a short time--with bulleted maps that lead the way from sight to sight. Featuring a full range of thematic and neighborhood tours, plus dining, lodging, shopping, nightlife, and practical visitor information,Frommer's Portland day by day is the only guide that helps travelers organize their time to get the most out of a trip. Author Donald Olson is a long-time resident of Portland, and a widely published author, both on travel and gardening. Inside this book you'll find: Full color throughout with scores of photos and dozens of maps Sample one- to three-day itineraries that include Portland with Kids, Rainy Day Portland, Offbeat Portland, and more A thorough discussion of side trips to the Willamette Valley (Portland wine country), the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, the Hood River, and the Oregon Coast Star ratings for all hotels, restaurants, and attractions--all to clue readers in on great finds and values Exact pricing so there's never any guessing A tear-resistant foldout map in a handy, reclosable plastic wallet, as well as bulleted maps throughout. About Frommer's: There's a reason that Frommer's has been the most trusted name in travel for more than sixty years. Arthur Frommer created the best-selling guide series in 1957 to help American servicemen fulfill their dreams of travel in Europe, and since then, we have published thousands of titles became a household name helping millions upon millions of people realize their own dreams of seeing our planet. Travel is easy with Frommer's. [less]

$15.95
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Genesis People

Deeth, Sheila

2018    (InkFilled Stories)

ISBN 13: 9781949600063    ISBN 10: 1949600068

Meet real people from the book of Genesis. Watch the flood from the point of a view of a child. Follow Joseph into exile. And join a nation of shepherds as they trek to a foreign land.

Meet real people from the book of Genesis. Watch the flood from the point of a view of a child. Follow Joseph into exile. And join a nation of shepherds as they trek to a foreign land. [less]

$14.95

Gerry Frank's Oregon

Frank, Gerry

2018    500 pages    (Gerry's Frankly Speaking)

OCLC: 1047619176    ISBN 13: 9781879333291    ISBN 10: 1879333295

Completely revised fourth edition of notable restaurants, stores, hotels and interesting places to visit in Oregon. The book is a compilation of articles about notable places that Frank files weekly with The Oregonian newspaper. As always, Gerry includes his "Exclusive List" of his favorite places to eat, drink and stay. The book is organized into seven chapters, each one dedicated to a distinct region of the state (the Coast, Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon, [...]

Completely revised fourth edition of notable restaurants, stores, hotels and interesting places to visit in Oregon. The book is a compilation of articles about notable places that Frank files weekly with The Oregonian newspaper. As always, Gerry includes his "Exclusive List" of his favorite places to eat, drink and stay. The book is organized into seven chapters, each one dedicated to a distinct region of the state (the Coast, Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Columbia Gorge, greater Portland). Each chapter is then organized by city or neighborhood where you'll find his recommended place. [less]

$19.95

Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare, The

Houle, Marcy

2015    320 pages    (Taylor Trade Publishing)

DDC: 362.19897    LCC: HQ1063.6.H68

OCLC: 893895705    LCCN: 2015000560    ISBN 13: 9781493010035    ISBN 10: 1493010034

The desire to help our elders navigate health issues is clear and universal—how to assure proper care and a good ending is not. Combining adroit storytelling skills with expert advice, The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare brings the reader into all-too-familiar scenarios facing our aging parents and offers answers to questions we may not know to ask until it’s too late. Author and biologist Marcy Houle shares her personal journey of caring for her [...]

The desire to help our elders navigate health issues is clear and universal—how to assure proper care and a good ending is not. Combining adroit storytelling skills with expert advice, The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare brings the reader into all-too-familiar scenarios facing our aging parents and offers answers to questions we may not know to ask until it’s too late. Author and biologist Marcy Houle shares her personal journey of caring for her father, a surgeon, who developed Alzheimer’s, and later her mother, who succumbed to other medical conditions. Like many children of aging parents, Marcy often felt powerless traveling this sad trajectory—watching them fall through the cracks of a fragmented and confusing healthcare system, where professionals often wrote off their symptoms as “just old age.” Not having the understanding of the changes that come with aging, she was led to believe there was nothing she could do to help. The tragic secret? According to coauthor and geriatrics physician Elizabeth Eckstrom, these symptoms frequently are not “just old age.” Rather, the problem is that the current healthcare delivery model for older people is ill-equipped to provide the comprehensive, person-centered care seniors need. Today, thousands of aging people face unnecessary suffering, hospitalizations, nursing home stays, and even death due to complications that could have been prevented or treated. Even more troubling, many healthcare professionals have had little or no training in the care of older adults. The Gift of Caring reveals these pitfalls and provides families with tools they can use to avoid them. Interspersed with every few chapters of Marcy’s riveting story, Dr. Eckstrom shares professional medical insights, compiled from the latest research, into what Marcy could have done to safeguard her parents. She shows us how to navigate the system, how we can become our loved one’s best advocate, and what we need to know to achieve healthy aging and meaningful, compassionate final years. Honest, at times humorous, and ultimately uplifting, The Gift of Caring sheds new light on aging from twin perspectives: a story of a daughter desperately seeking help for the parents she loves, and a geriatrician who gives us the knowledge we need to insist upon a better way. [less]

$26.95
 
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