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Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera2021
This Is My America by Kim Johnson2021
The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir by EJ Koh2021
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia2021
rough house: a memoir by Tina Ontiveros2021
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas2021
The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story by Aaron Bobrow-Strain2020
Exhalation by Ted Chiang2020
Is, Is Not: Poems by Tess Gallagher2020
My Heart by Corinna Luyken2020
Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis2020
The Cassandra by Sharma Shields2020
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan2019
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson2019
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough2019
A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller2019
Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow2019
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten by Laura Veirs2019
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie2018
American War by Omar El Akkad2018
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken2018
Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O'Leary2018
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich2018
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White2018
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie2017
Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick2017
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey2017
On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor2017
Barkskins by Annie Proulx2017
Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith2017
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West2017
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough2016
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt2016
Children and Other Wild Animals: Notes on badgers, otters, sons, hawks, daughters, dogs, bears, air, bobcats, fishers, mascots, Charles Darwin, newts, ... tigers and various other zoological matters by Brian Doyle2016
The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History by Thor Hanson2016
Call Me Home: A Novel by Megan Kruse2016
Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson2016
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr2015
A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories by Renee Erickson2015
If Not For This by Pete Fromm2015
Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss2015
Jackaby by William Ritter2015
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton2015
The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook2014
Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin2014
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki2014
The Great War : July 1, 1916 : the first of the Battle of the Somme - an illustrated panorama by Joe Sacco2014
We Live in Water: stories by Jess Walter2014
Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems (Poets, Penguin) by Robert Wrigley2014
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie2013
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison2013
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey2013
On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths by Lucia Perillo2013
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed2013
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson2013
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt2012
West of Here by Jonathan Evison2012
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson2012
Shards: A Novel by Ismet Prcic2012
Habibi by Craig Thompson2012
The Chronology of Water: A Memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch2012
Memory Wall: Stories by Anthony Doerr2011
River House: A Memoir by Sarahlee Lawrence2011
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes2011
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall2011
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan2010
The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest by Jack Nisbet2010
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest2010
The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha2010
All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant2010
Guernica by Dave Boling2009
American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon by Steven Rinella2009
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein2009
Wild Beauty: Photography of the Columbia River Gorge, 1860-1960 by Terry Toedtemeier2009
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie2008
Returning to Earth by Jim Harrison2008
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson2008
Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's by Lauren Kessler2008
The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle2008
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff2008
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig2007
God Laughs & Plays; Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right by David James Duncan2007
Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence2007
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson2007
The Zero by Jess Walter2007
The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber2006
Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water by Kurt Cyrus2006
Rogue River Journal: A Winter Alone by John Daniel2006
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch2006
Approximately Paradise by Floyd Skloot2006
How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets by Garth Stein2006
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti2005
Ella the Elegant Elephant by Carmela D'Amico2005
Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos2005
Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner2005
The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin2005
Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes Ph.D.2005
Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone by Gary Ferguson2004
As Cool As I Am: A Novel by Pete Fromm2004
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America by Linda Hunt2004
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson2004
Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff2004
Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford2004
The Resurrectionists by Michael Collins2003
Dumb Luck by Sam Hamill2003
A Perfect Snow by Nora Martin2003
The Necessary Grace to Fall by Gina Ochsner2003
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk2003
Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford by Kim Robert Stafford2003
Where Do I Sleep?: A Pacific Northwest Lullaby by Jennifer Blomgren2002
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher2002
Himalayan Dhaba by Craig Joseph Danner2002
Standing Up to the Rock by T. Louise Freeman-Toole2002
True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff2002
Winter Range by Claire Davis2001
How All This Started: A Novel by Pete Fromm2001
The Heartsong of Charging Elk by James Welch2001
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson2000
Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith2000
Dreamers: On the Trail of the Nez Perce by Martin Stadius2000
A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond by Jim Whittaker2000
Mr White's Confession by Robert Clark1999
Homestead by Rosina Lippi1999
One Round River: The Curse of Gold and the Fight for the Big Blackfoot by Richard Manning1999
Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones1999
Unified Field Theory: Stories by Frank Soos1999
Spirits of the Ordinary: A Tale of Casas Grandes by Kathleen Alcal1998
A Lot of Otters by Barbara Helen Berger1998
Dry Rain by Pete Fromm1998
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer1998
Little Miss Strange: A Novel by Joanna Rose1998
In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country by Kim Barnes1997
Into the Great Wide Open by Kevin Canty1997
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer1997
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk1997
Bad Land: An American Romance by Jonathan Raban1997
Voyage of a Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River by Robin Cody1996
The Sky Fisherman by Craig Lesley1996
I Sing the Body Electronic: A Year with Microsoft on the Multimedia Frontier by Fred Moody1996
Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water by Kathleen Dean Moore1996
A Little Too Much Is Enough by Kathleen Tyau1996
The Gifts of the Body by Rebecca Brown1995
Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People by Natalie Fobes1995
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson1995
Field Notes: The Grace Note of the Canyon Wren by Barry Lopez1995
Columbia River basketry : gift of the ancestors, gift of the earth by Mary Dodds Schlick1995
Heart Earth by Ivan Doig1994
Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness by Pete Fromm1994
The Pugilist at Rest: Stories by Thom Jones1994
Railroad Signatures Across the Pacific Northwest by Carlos A. Schwantes1994
The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes: Notes from Nepal by Barbara J. Scot1994
Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival by Velma Wallis1994
The Final Forest: The Battle for the Last Great Trees of the Pacific Northwest by William Dietrich1993
The Brothers K by David James Duncan1993
Graced Land by Laura Kalpakian1993
Talking to High Monks in the Snow: An Asian American Odyssey by Lydia Minatoya1993
Santiago and the Drinking Party by Clay Morgan1993
Still Loved by the Sun: A Rape Survivor's Journal by Migael Scherer1993
Fruit Fields in My Blood: Okie Migrants in the West by Toby F. Sonneman1993
All but the Waltz: A Memoir of Five Generations in the Life of a Montana Family by Mary Clearman Blew1992
The Natural History of Puget Sound Country by Arthur R. Kruckeberg1992
Rima in the Weeds: A Novel by Deirdre McNamer1992
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer1992
Runaway: A Collection of Stories (Short Fiction Series) by Mary Clearman Blew1991
The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest by Timothy Egan1991
Floating in My Mother's Palm by Ursula Hegi1991
Middle Passage by Charles Johnson1991
The Practice of the Wild by Gary Snyder1991
The Indian Lawyer by James Welch1991
The Magic Fan by Keith Baker1990
Fragile Majesty: The Battle for North America's Last Great Forest by Keith Ervin1990
The Jump-Off Creek by Molly Gloss1990
Dark Continent and Other Stories by Laura Kalpakian1990
The Island Within by Richard Nelson1990
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum1989
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson1989
Secrets of the Old Growth Forest by David Kelly1989
The Corner of Rife and Pacific by Thomas Savage1989
Margaret of the Imperfections: Stories by Lynda Sexson1989
Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig1988
Rock Springs: Stories by Richard Ford1988
Owning It All: Essays by William Kittredge1988
At the Field's End: Interviews With Twenty Pacific Northwest Writers by Nicholas O'Connell1988
The Goddess Letters by Carol Orlock1988
An Oregon Message by William Edgar Stafford1988
Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez1987
Wintergreen: Listening to the Land's Heart by Robert Michael Pyle1987
Having Everything Right: Essays of Place by Kim Robert Stafford1987
Fools Crow by James Welch1987
Jacob Lawrence: American Painter by Ellen Harkins Wheat1987
You Know What Is Right by Jim Heynen1986
The Major, the Poacher, and the Wonderful One-Trout River by Dayton O. Hyde1986
Amy's Eyes by Richard Kennedy1986
Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin1986
Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature {original edition} by David Quammen1986
Seattle: An Asahel Curtis Portfolio by Archie Satterfield1986
English Creek by Ivan Doig1985
The Reservation Blackfeet, 1882-1945: A Photographic History of Cultural Survival by William E. Farr1985
Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo by Richard Hugo1985
We Are Not in This Together: Stories by William Kittredge1985
Winterkill by Craig Lesley1985
Leaving the Land by Douglas Unger1985
Cathedral: Stories by Raymond Carver1984
The River Why by David James Duncan1984
Beyond The Far Side by Gary Larson1984
Never Sniff A Gift Fish by Patrick F. McManus1984
Half Interest in a Silver Dollar: The Saga of Charles E. Conrad by James E. Murphy1984
Son by Jack Olsen1984
Mountain in the Clouds: A Search for the Wild Salmon by Bruce Brown1983
The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig1983
A Book of Songs by Merritt Linn1983
Women of the West by Cathy Luchetti1983
Nobody's Angel by Thomas McGuane1983
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel1981
Winter Brothers : A Season at the Edge of America by Ivan Doig1981
Garden of the Brave in War: Recollections of Iran by Terence O'Donnell1981
Contract with the World by Jane Rule1981
Cooking With Honey by Hazel Dunaway Berto1973
There's a seal in my sleeping bag by Lyn Hancock1973
Seattle by Nard Jones1973
Snake River Country by Bill Gulick1972
Weaving is Fun by Jean Verseput Wilson1972
Phone calls from the dead by Beth Bentley1971
Mill Town; A Social History of Everett, Washington, from Its Earliest Beginnings on the Shores of Puget Sound to the Tra by Norman H. Clark1971
Art in the Life of the Northwest Coast Indians by Erna Gunther1968
Kavik the Wolf Dog by Walt Morey1968
A city for St. Francis by Evelyn Wells1968
Cedarhaven by Patricia Campbell1965
Death of the Kapowsin Tavern by Richard Hugo1965
I will try by Legson Kayira1965
Kirsti by Helen Markley Miller1965

Shortlist 59

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree2024
Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell About Fear by Erica Berry2024
Sun House by David James Duncan2024
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea: A Novel by Debra Magpie Earling2024
“You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People by Aubrey Gordon2024
Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World by Naomi Klein2024
Enter the Body by Joy McCullough2024
Making More: How Life Begins by Katherine Roy2024
Crip Up the Kitchen: Tools, Tips, and Recipes for the Disabled Cook by Jules Sherred2024
Weird Rules to Follow by Kim Spencer2024
Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City by Jane Wong2024
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell2019
Vanishing Twins: A Marriage by Leah Dieterich2019
So Lucky by Nicola Griffith2019
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy2019
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo2019
Terrarium: New and Selected Stories by Valerie Trueblood2019
Little Blue Chair by Cary Fagan2018
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel2018
The Selected Short Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin: The Found and the Lost; The Unreal and the Real by Ursula K. Le Guin2018
All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson2018
The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies) by Barbara Johns2018
Speed of Life by J. M. Kelly2018
Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls by Paul Bannick2017
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan2017
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox2017
The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood2017
A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam by Corinna Nicolaou2017
Temperance Creek: A Memoir by Pamela Royes2017
Violation: Collected Essays by Sallie Tisdale2017
Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America by Bruce Barcott2016
If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie2016
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison2016
The Carry Home by Gary Ferguson2016
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah2016
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson2016
Loitering: New and Collected Essays by Charles D'Ambrosio2015
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn2015
Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction2015
My Fluorescent God by Joe Guppy2015
A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun2015
The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe2015
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn2015
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer2015
The Free by Willy Vlautin2015
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake2014
Wolves in the Land of Salmon by David Moskowitz2014
Written in Stone by Rosanne Parry2014
Incarnadine: Poems by Mary Szybist2014
Search Party: Stories of Rescue by Valerie Trueblood2014
Sunland: A Novel (WEST WORD FICTION) by Don Waters2014
The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World by Gabriel Campanario2013
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin2013
Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber2012
Ed King by David Guterson2012
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings2012
Reamde by Neal Stephenson2012
Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi2012
Adventure in Borneo: The True story of One Man's Quest to Find the Bornean Peacock Pheasant by Jolan Durrah2009


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