New from History Press: Western Washington Reflections

March 24, 2013

Books, New Titles, Washington

From urban gardens to backcountry, the Evergreen State holds a special allure. This spring, the History Press is pleased to announce the publication of Western Washington Reflections: Stories from the Puget Sound to Vancouver edited by Colleen Lutz Clemens and Rebecca Helm Beardsall. This compelling new collection of essays provides a unique perspective on the heritage and identity of Western Washington’s cities, towns, and farmland.

“Over 5 million people live in Western Washington… Some of them live in along the Puget Sound, where they can watch the fins of orcas breaking the deep blue waters. Others live tucked in along the foothills of the Cascades. All fall asleep to the sound of raindrops falling on the roofs during the winter and spring.”

Western Washington Reflections: Stories from the Puget Sound to Vancouver edited by Colleen Lutz Clemens and Rebecca Helm Beardsall

Beyond Mount Rainier and the Space Needle is the Western Washington the locals know. The majestic Cascades, the vital farming suburbs and the communities of transplants from around the country are all part of the evolving life of Washington. From the bustling streets of the downtown of today to the slower pace of the Northwest Washington Fair, this collection offers a nostalgic journey through the cityscapes and suburbs. Sixteen well-established and emerging creative nonfiction writers share their stories of spelunking in the Ape Caves in Mount Saint Helens, walking the trails of Bellingham and surviving the Depression in Tacoma. This collection of vignettes follows the I-5 corridor to reveal the unforgettable histories, colorful traditions and pioneering spirit of Western Washington.

Western Washington Reflections: Stories from the Puget Sound to Vancouver edited by Colleen Lutz Clemens and Rebecca Helm Beardsall will be available from the History Press and Washington bookshops spring 2013.

Table of Contents:

“The Smith Road Chronicles” Sarah Eden Wallace

“The Rock” Cindy Sherwin

“Growing Green: A Sustainable Courtship Between Bellingham and Me” Patricia L. Herlevi

“Walking Bellingham” Rebecca Helm Beardsall

“A Tag Team of Memories: Remember that Time in Seattle?” Marjorie Maddox and Gary R. Hafer

“On West Kinnear: The Life and Death of a Seattle House” Lauren D. McKinney

“Siren Song” Colleen Lutz Clemens

“Learning by Wandering” Sue Kreke Rumbaugh

“Glenco Gang” Stefeny Anderson

“Baby Luke’s Daah of the Natural World” Kase Johnstun

“Who We Really Are” Julie Hall

“Bumper Sticker Philosophy” Matthew Taron

“Washington’s Nuclear Disaster” Stephen Weiser

“How to Grow a Vigilante Garden” Laura M. Gibson

“Mountains Beyond Mountains” Jonathan Metz

Also from editors Colleen Lutz Clemens and Rebecca Helm Beardsall:

Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill

“Beyond the iconic landmarks of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell is the Philadelphia the locals know. The gritty waterfront district, the vital farming suburbs and the immigrant communities of Germantown and Kensington are all part of the hometown face of Philly. From the bustling streets of the downtown of today and yesteryear to the bingo halls of Allentown and the Middletown Grange Fair, this collection takes the reader on a nostalgic journey through the cityscapes and suburbs…”

Western Pennsylvania Reflections: Stories from the Alleghenies to Lake Erie

“From the busy streets of Pittsburgh, to the sandy beaches of Lake Erie, to the rolling hills of the Alleghenies, the landscape of Western Pennsylvania shapes its residents in unforgettable ways. With this locally colored collection of vignettes, readers will be recalled to summers on Presque Isle, Thanksgiving in Paradise and the thrill of a Steelers touchdown…”

For more information, visit www.pawritingproject.com.

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