In this vibrant anthology about the region and its people, editor Bruce Barcott endeavors to define the literary soul of the Northwest. Spanning two hundred years, Northwest Passages brings together writing from such natives, notables, and newcomers as ChiefSeattle, Rudyard Kipling, Jack Kerouac and Sherman Alexie.
I lived in a small town on the Olympic Peninsula for a year--loved it. Whenever I need a reminder of the beauty and history and love of literature that exists there, I pick up this book and dip into any page. It all comes back. Wonderful book. Recommend it. (Zia Dina, Amazon.com)
I absolutely loved this collection. Barcott does a great job introducing each era of Northwest writing covered in this book, then gives an interesting background about each author as a prelude to their excerpted work. I now have an expansive list of books to read from authors I encountered in this anthology!
I appreciate that so many disparate authors and subjects were brought together so eloquently here. From Indian creation stories and early Indian/European encounters to life in Seattle in modern times, it's all here. I think the length is just about right also. Too many books labor their point, whereas this one ends just as you've had your fill of rugged individuals and the tough landscape they occupy. I definitely found myself wishing for another chapter from some of the excerpts (such as "The Second Missouri Compromise"), which is what any good work of art should do--leave 'em wanting more! (Twillpants, Amazon.com)