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December Feature

With the holiday shopping season upon us, we'd like to suggest a few of our recent books that we think are especially gift-worthy. Be sure to check our website and blog for even more gift ideas for the book lovers in your life!

Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest
By Ian McAllister

Great Bear Wild combines photographs of the astonishing biodiversity of the Great Bear Rainforest with essays that illustrate the varied threats that climate change, oil pipelines, and resource extraction pose to the region. In the book's foreword, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., situates McAllister's work within broader questions surrounding wildlife conservation and energy consumption.

"Through breathtaking photographs and moving prose, McAllister's Great Bear Wild presents a compelling case for the urgent need to protect, in perpetuity, one of the most magnificent ecosystems on the planet - the increasingly threatened Great Bear Rainforest."
- Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace

Mary Randlett Portraits
By Frances McCue
Photographs by Mary Randlett

The first collection of Mary Randlett's photographs of people, Mary Randlett Portraits presents visual artists, writers, and arts advocates from 1949 to 2014. Her portraits are known for their effortless intimacy, illuminating her subjects as few ever saw them - something noted by many of those whom she photographed. The portraits are accompanied by biographical sketches written by Frances McCue. Her short essays blend life stories and reflections on the photographs with Randlett's own reminiscences.

"A pleasure to engage with on several levels - as a document of regional history, as a work of art, and as a reflection on the artistic process." - Barbara McMichael, The Bellingham Herald

How to Read the American West: A Field Guide
By William Wyckoff

From deserts to ghost towns, from national forests to California bungalows, many of the features of the western American landscape are well known to residents and travelers alike. But in How to Read the American West, William Wyckoff introduces readers anew to these familiar landscapes. A geographer and an accomplished photographer, Wyckoff offers a fresh perspective on the natural and human history of the American West and encourages readers to discover that history has shaped the places where people live, work, and visit.

"A field guide unlike any other, with a focus on patterns, variations and the distribution of landscape features . . . it draws attention to eco-tones, watersheds, settlement patterns and corridors of connection . . . ultimately, it considers our grip on the land and the land's grip on us." - Michael Engelhard, High Country News

New Books In

Naomi B. Pascal, 1926-2014
UW Press staff and authors were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Naomi Brenner Pascal, our longtime editor-in-chief, on December 5. A celebration of her life and work is planned for February 20.

Check out our new Spring 2015 catalog!

The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea by Lissa Wadewitz has been selected as the recipient of American Historical Association's 2014 Albert Corey Prize. The prize will be presented at the AHA's 2015 Annual Meeting in New York on Friday, January 2.

The University of Washington Press announces a new Northwest Writers Fund, established to support regional nonfiction. To contribute to the fund or for more information, please contact Beth Fuget (206-616-0818,

New to Seattle? These books provide a great introduction to your new city.

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