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NW books | History of Pacific agriculture, the Columbia River

Books of Seattle-area interest: “Harvest Heritage” by Richard D. Scheuerman and Alexander C. McGregor; “The Columbia River” by JoAnn Roe; “Alphabet Trucks” by Samantha R. Vamus; and “The Lonely Lake Monster” by Suzanne Selfors.

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“Harvest Heritage: Agricultural Origins and Heirloom Crops of the Pacific Northwest” by Richard D. Scheuerman and Alexander C. McGregor (Washington State University Press, $32.95). An in-depth history of the struggles and advances that shaped the Pacific Northwest’s agrarian economy. This volume includes sections focused on fur-trade farming, global trading, the Green Revolution and other topics. McGregor lives in Colfax and Scheuerman lives in Seattle.

“The Columbia River: A Historical Travel Guide” by JoAnn Roe (University of Nebraska Press, Caxton Press, $16.95). Explore the 1,243-mile-long Columbia River as it runs through Washington and Oregon. This book examines the river, which served as a backdrop throughout time, from the beginning of Hudson’s Bay Company to the construction of the Bonneville Dam. Roe is a writer based in Bellingham.

“Alphabet Trucks” by Samantha R. Vamos , illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke (Charlesbridge, $14.95). Different types of trucks haul, lift and carry the letters of the alphabet, from the expected “D is for dump truck” to more unusual machines, such as the “knuckle-boom truck.” Though the sentences are simple, the rhymes are never forced. Vamos lives in Bellevue.

“The Lonely Lake Monster” by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Dan Santat (Little, Brown, $16). For ages 9-11: In the second book of The Imaginary Veterinary series, Pearl and Ben are official apprentices to Dr. Woo, who tends to creatures such as a sasquatch and leprechaun. Their new job becomes complicated when Ben is held hostage by a lake monster. Selfors lives on Bainbridge Island.

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