No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy

Thomas Dunne Books: 2017 

After Weihenmayer became the first and only blind man to reach the top of Mount Everest, he decided his next adventure would be to traverse the treacherous Grand Canyon by kayak. He and Levy, a Washington State University instructor, chronicle the turbulent whitewater journey, and the insights gained by Weihenmayer and other trailblazers he has met.


Unusual Punishment: Inside the Walla Walla Prison, 1970–1985

Christopher Murray

WSU Press: 2016

Murray was an employee of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services in 1976 when he first visited the prison at Walla Walla, and was stunned by the excesses and freedoms enjoyed by prisoners. He details the explosive story of failed reform at the Washington state penitentiary as well as the complex, challenging, and painful path back from chaos.


All for the Greed of Gold: Will Woodin’s Klondike Adventure

Will Woodin (Author), Catherine Holder Spude (Editor)

WSU Press: 2016

Enhanced with family photographs and skillfully edited, Will Woodin’s diaries, a short story, and his candid 1910 memoir describe the travails of taking an uncommon route to the Yukon, the workings of the gold fields, and the camaraderie and cooperation among the men seeking riches.


Kierkegaard in the Pulpit: Sermons Inspired by His Writings

Ronald F. Marshall ’71

Cave Moon Press: 2016

Marshall, a philosophy major, serves as pastor of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, where he has been since 1979. This is his second book on Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the application of his writings to Christianity.


Down to Get Up

Chance McKinney ’96  2016

Fans of fun country music with a healthy dose of rock guitar will enjoy the latest foray from McKinney.