Standing above the Crowd
by James “Dukes” Donaldson ’79
Aviva Publishing, New York, 2011

Donaldson mines his experiences as a former Cougar basketball and NBA star, entrepreneur, mentor, and community leader not just to tell his own story, but to motivate readers in achieving success and confidence in their own endeavors. A profile of Donaldson appeared in the Winter 2003 issue of this magazine, and a web-only story in 2006.


Eliminate the Chaos at Work
by Laura Leist ’91
John Wiley and Sons , Hoboken, NJ, 2011

Noted organizational consultant Laura Leist offers proven techniques to tame out-of- control office spaces, information overload, and frantic work schedules. She gives 25 realistic and practical methods to increase productivity and improve the bottom line for businesses. Leist’s work in saving time and improving efficiency was featured in the Summer 2003 issue of Washington State Magazine.


Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way
by Kathleen McChesney ’71 and William Gavin
Potomac Books, Dulles, Virginia, 2011

McChesney and Gavin, former assistant directors in the FBI, deliver advice to leaders in any organization through stories and anecdotes from their time in the bureau. McChesney spent 24 years in the FBI, rising to the third highest position in the agency. She also served as an officer in King County, has held executive positions in the Disney Corporation and U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, and is currently CEO of a management consulting firm.


The Itty Bitty Guide to Trees: A Children’s Identification Guide to Trees of the Inland Northwest
by Jaclyn Gotch ’07 MED, Lisa Bird, and Amy Ross-Davis
Inkwater Press, 2011

Although the authors call it a children’s guide, anyone can benefit from this well-designed and entertaining aid to identifying Northwest trees.


The Alpine Tales
by Paul J. Willis ’80 MA, ’85 PhD
WordFarm, Seattle, 2010

Combining four fantasy novels into this volume, Willis, the poet laureate of Santa Barbara, California, constructs an alternate and troubled world just beyond the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. He wrote the first book in this series, No Clock in the Forest, while working on his dissertation at WSU.