Oregon State University Press

For fifty years, Oregon State University Press has been publishing exceptional books about the Pacific Northwest—its people and landscapes, its flora and fauna, its history and cultural heritage. The Press has played a vital role in the region’s literary life, providing readers with a better understanding of what it means to be an Oregonian. Today, Oregon State University Press publishes distinguished books in several academic areas from environmental history and natural resource management to indigenous studies.

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Beginner’s Luck

Dispatches from the Klamath Mountains

Oregon State University Press

A clueless big-city guy ends up at a hippie commune in the Klamath Mountains in the late 1960s – a place where people help each other out, even if they don’t always agree.

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All Coyote’s Children

Oregon State University Press

This novel explores the complexities of cultural inheritance in a small rural community at the far edge of Oregon, where whites and Native Americans coexist.

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Kaiaulu

Gathering Tides

Oregon State University Press

These stories of Hawaiian fishing families on the rural north east shore of island of Kauaʻi are from a place many visit but few really see.

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Penguins in the Desert

Oregon State University Press

Most people wouldn’t think to look for penguins in a hot desert, but every year along a windswept edge of coastal Patagonia, hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins gather to rear their young at Punta Tombo, Argentina, the largest penguin colony in the world outside of Antarctica.

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Homing Instincts

Oregon State University Press

This collection of personal essays based on pivotal moments in the author’s life in New York City and Oregon explores the ways we define “home.”

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Grass Roots

A History of Cannabis in the American West

Oregon State University Press

Legal or not, marijuana cultivation has long had an impact on the environment and economy of the American West.

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Legends of the Northern Paiute

As told by Wilson Wewa

Edited by James Gardner; As told by Wilson Wewa
Oregon State University Press

This collection includes twenty-one legends of the Northern Paiutes as told by Wilson Wewa, historian and spiritual leader of the Northern Paiutes on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon.

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Wild and Scenic Rivers

An American Legacy

Oregon State University Press

On the 100th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, this is a celebration of America’s premier system of protected rivers nationwide, with 160 stunning photos and text that tells the colorful history of this vital program.

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My Life, by Louis Kenoyer

Reminiscences of a Grand Ronde Reservation Childhood

Oregon State University Press

A rare, first-person narrative by the last-known speaker of the Tualatin Northern Kalapuya, discussing life on an Oregon reservation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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New Strategies for Wicked Problems

Science and Solutions in the 21st Century

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Accidental Gravity

Residents, Travelers, and the Landscape of Memory

Oregon State University Press

This collection of personal essays explores the author’s relationship to the natural world in urban, suburban, and wild places.

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The Long Shadows

A Global Environmental History of the Second World War

Oregon State University Press

The Long Shadows is the first book-length work to offer global perspectives on the environmental history of World War II. Based on long-term research, the selected articles represent the best available studies in different fields and countries. With contributions touching on Europe, America, Asia, and Africa, the book has a truly global approach.

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On the Ragged Edge of Medicine

Doctoring Among the Dispossessed

Oregon State University Press
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Through a Green Lens

Fifty Years of Writing for Nature

Oregon State University Press

A collection of essays from Robert Michael Pyle, spanning five decades of his writing career.

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Hidden World of the Pacific Northwest Dunes

Oregon State University Press

A guide to the plants, animals and ecology of the Pacific dunes, from California to Canada.

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Boundary Layer

Exploring the Genius Between Worlds

Oregon State University Press

An exhilarating mix of natural history, botanical exploration, and philosophical speculation.

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Holy Moli

Albatross and Other Ancestors

Oregon State University Press

A natural history of the albatross woven with the author’s moving homage to her ancestors.

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Ricky's Atlas

Mapping a Land on Fire

Oregon State University Press

Upper elementary kids will love this sequel to Ellie’s Log, in which Ricky documents his discoveries about the ecology of wildfires.

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Living Off the Pacific Ocean Floor

Stories of a Commercial Fisherman

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The Color of Night

Race, Railroaders, and Murder in the Wartime West

Oregon State University Press
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Wild in the Willamette

Exploring the Mid-Valley's Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas

Oregon State University Press
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Outsiders in a Promised Land

Religious Activists in Pacific Northwest History

Oregon State University Press

Outsiders in a Promised Land explores the role that religious activists have played in shaping the culture of the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Washington and Oregon, from the middle of the 19th century onward.

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Embracing a Western Identity

Jewish Oregonians, 1849–1950

Oregon State University Press

Embracing a Western Identity places Jewish history in the larger context of western narratives, challenging the traditional view that the “authentic” North American Jewish experience stems from New York.

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Numbers and Nerves

Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data

Oregon State University Press
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A School for the People

A Photographic History of Oregon State University

Oregon State University Press

A School for the People tells the story of OSU’s nearly 150 years as a land grant institution through more than 500 photographs, maps, documents, and extensive captions.

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Shaping the Public Good

Women Making History in the Pacific Northwest

Oregon State University Press

Shaping the Public Good restores a missing piece of Pacific Northwest history by demonstrating the part that women—“the famous, the forgotten, and all the women in between”—have always played in establishing their families and building communities.

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Marie Equi

Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions

Oregon State University Press

The inspiring true story of a singular woman who was not afraid to take risks, who refused to compromise her principles in the face of enormous opposition and adversity, and who paid a steep personal price for living by her convictions.

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At the Hearth of the Crossed Races

A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859

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Honey in the Horn

Oregon State University Press

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Oregon in the first decade of the twentieth century,
recounts the difficulties and rewards of settling a harsh and inhospitable land.

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Naked in the Woods

My Unexpected Years in a Hippie Commune

Oregon State University Press

An unsentimental retrospective look at life in an early 1970’s utopian commune, written with
candor, love, and all the benefits of hindsight.

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Money Trees

The Douglas Fir and American Forestry, 1900–1944

Oregon State University Press
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Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands

From Prehistory to the Present

Oregon State University Press
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For the Love of Rivers

A Scientist?s Journey

Oregon State University Press

A devoted stream ecologist provides an accessible overview of the science of rivers and streams.

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A Hunger for High Country

Oregon State University Press

A wilderness memoir set in the mountains surrounding Yellowstone National Park, a story of personal quest and a portrait of conservation of a changing place.

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Living With Thunder

Exploring the Geological Past, Present, and Future of Pacific Northwest Landscapes

Oregon State University Press

Living with Thunder explores the story of the Pacific Northwest’s rich geologic and ecologic history.

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Learning to Like Muktuk

Oregon State University Press

An unlikely explorer visits post WWII Territorial Alaska and fights to preserve Native foodways.

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Diary of a Citizen Scientist

Oregon State University Press

Diary of a Citizen Scientist looks at new ways of engaging in the world—Sharman Apt Russell explores the world of citizen science from her personal study of the Western red-bellied tiger beetle to the online crowdsourcing of Galaxy Zoo.

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Children and Other Wild Animals

Notes on badgers, otters, sons, hawks, daughters, dogs, bears, air, bobcats, fishers, mascots, Charles Darwin, newts, sturgeon, roasting squirrels, parrots, elk, foxes, tigers and various other zoolog

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Slow News

A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer

Oregon State University Press

A timely and provocative book that proposes a “Slow News” movement, presenting the author’s rules for a "balanced and nutritious daily news diet."

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