Friday, July 1, 2011

Local interest books

Are you interested in books on local interest topics, such as music from Seattle or ethnic relations in World War II era Bellevue? The library has several e-books of local interest, so why don't you try one today?

Converting the West : a biography of Narcissa Whitman

A biography of Narcissa Whitman, who along with her husband was a pioneer missionary to the Cayuse Indians in Oregon Territory.

Strawberry days : how internment destroyed a Japanese American community

The story of a Japanese immigrant community that farmed strawberries in Bellevue just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, telling of the community's break-up due to internment.

Weaving together the story of the Seattle music scene through a series of interviews with the people who were there, Grunge is Dead starts its history in the early 1960s, tracing the chain events that spawned some of the major rock acts of the 1990s, including Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden.

David Louter traces the history of Washington State's national parks, considering what it means to view parks from the road and through a windshield.

This book contains vignettes of reservation life in Washington State and recounts some of the legal cases that illustrate the challenges faced by individual Indians and tribes. As the senior attorney arguing U.S. v. Washington, the author witnessed the 1974 Boldt decision that affirmed the Pacific Northwest tribes' treaty fishing rights, with ramifications for tribal rights nationwide. He describes both his work as an attorney and the life in Indian country.

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