Light in the Trees

Gail Folkins ’85

Texas Tech University Press: 2016 

Folkins draws on her experiences growing up in rural western Washington to weave a coming of age tale for both the narrator and the place. The memoir, touching on everything from serial killers and Northwest volcanoes to Sasquatch myths and runaway livestock, glides through past and present while exploring cultural and environmental topics illustrating the changing American West.


The Expanding Universe: A Primer on Relativistic Cosmology

William D. Heacox ’72 MA

Cambridge University Press: 2015

Cosmology, the science of the universe, has seen a renaissance in recent decades. This textbook by Heacox, an emeritus professor of astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, discusses new understanding of the physical principles underlying the theories and the observable consequences of models of universal expansion.


Send Me a Postcard

Kristalyn Simler ’97 


Gloriana Lopez, a teenage Latina in the Yakima area, faces problems at school and with friends, as grape growers and wine makers line up against hop farmers and beer brewers, in this first young adult novel by Simler.


Three Summers: The Greatest Game

DN Maynard ’92 MS 

Tate Publishing: 2016

Cousins Nathan and Dennis strengthen their relationship over three summers, spread over a couple of decades. Hitchhiking and conversing, the two wander through Washington, Oregon, and California as they learn more about each other and their world.


Patched & Repaired

Marcia Harvey ’95 MFA 

Dodo Press: 2016

Painter and sculptor Harvey pulls together imagery from Manet’s paintings to beaded caps into a chapbook of her poetry that explores love and disillusionment.


Tape Breakers

Jim Akers ’81 


Akers mixes stories, research, and personal experience in his inspirational book, written to equip people with the tools they need to finish their goals with impact. The author draws on examples such as legendary WSU basketball coach George Raveling, now Nike’s director of international basketball, to inspire readers in their endeavors.


The Educational Significance of Human and Non-Human Animal Interactions

Edited by Suzanne Rice and A.G. Rud 

Palgrave Macmillan: 2016

The essays investigate the ethics of animal and human interactions, while refuting anthropocentrism, in this volume from different disciplinary educational perspectives edited by WSU Education Professor Rud and his colleague Rice from the University of Kansas. Rud’s own contribution calls on the philosophies of Albert Schweitzer and John Dewey to consider a “rewilded” education with reverence for life.