The Washington Apple: Orchards and the Development of Industrial Agriculture

Amanda L. Van Lanen ’04 MA, ’09 PhD History

University of Oklahoma Press: 2022

Apples aren’t native to Washington. So how did the state become the leading producer of America’s most popular fruit? Amanda L. Van Lanen, professor of history at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, traces the origins, evolution, and environmental consequences of Washington’s apple industry.


Tree Fruit Trade: An Agricultural Economist Reviews Fifty Years of Washington State’s Key Orchard Crops

Desmond O’Rourke

WSU Press: 2022

Drawing from half a century at both Washington State University and through private consulting, O’Rourke pays tribute to the past and offers cautionary advice for the future of the state’s apple industry.

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Jews in Contemporary Visual Entertainment: Raced, Sexed, and Erased

Carol Siegel

Indiana University Press: 2022

Carol Siegel, a professor of English, film, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at WSU Vancouver, explores the sexualization and racialization of American Jews in movies and television series from the 1970s onward, including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.


Nightmare on the Scottie: The Maiden Voyage of a Doomed King Crabber

Stephen D. Orsini 

Basalt Books: 2022

College buddies Steve and Jack kiss their girlfriends goodbye at Christmas 1969 for what they envision as a Caribbean adventure before classes start back up. What they encounter, instead, is a terrible passage fraught with delays, foul weather, fatigue, and failure. It’s one mishap after another for the crew slated to deliver the Scottie to Seattle from Mobile, Alabama. “That’s the trouble with a new boat,” says the captain. “You just don’t know what to trust.”

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Decolonising African Higher Education: Practitioner Perspectives from Across the Continent

Edited by Christopher B. Knaus ’97 MA Comm., Takako Mino, and Johannes Seroto

Routledge: 2022

In this scholarly work, professors and administrators challenge contemporary confines in higher education across Africa, examining strategies for applying Indigenous thought and methods to curricula, pedagogy, research, and other areas of academics.


Backwoods Railroads: Branchlines and Shortlines of Western Oregon, updated edition

D. C. Jesse Burkhardt

WSU Press: 2022

This volume has a fresh look and images as well as the full text of the first edition from 1994 and a new recap of the past nearly 30 years of rural railways in the Willamette Valley, Coast Range, Cascades, and Siskiyous.

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Speech Sounds Adventures: Miss R

Keri Jones ’98, ’00 MA Speech & Hearing Sci., Illustrated by Jessica Jones


Miss R takes a vacation from words in this choose-your-own-adventure-style book aimed at helping children ages 3 and older pronounce R sounds. Keri Jones is a speech language pathologist at Pullman Regional Hospital.


Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Freshwater Shark Attacks

James P. Johnson ’80 Busi.

Gray Dog Press: 2022

This slim, spoof-tacular paperback lampoons 37 landmarks in the Inland Northwest, offering absurd histories of monuments such as the Garbage Goat sculpture in Spokane’s Riverfront Park and places such as Vista House at Mount Spokane, Coeur d’Alene Resort, Tubbs Hill, and more.