Recent books by alumni and faculty include a JRA advocate's memoir, a journey of the Long Tom River, a Joe Rush bio-thriller, and a study of school origins.
(Rheumatoid Arthritis Project, 2016)
by John P. Lynch, MBA ’71
From sufferer to survivor, Lynch chronicles his fight with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Lynch has dedicated his life to helping others with JRA and to finding a cure. ”Katfish” stands for “Kids and Teens’ Families Investing Support and Hope,” referring to those leading successful lives despite the pain of JRA. These tales inspire those with chronic illness—or anyone who has to overcome overwhelming obstacles in their life.
(Paw Print, 2017)
by David Turner, MA ’74
Turner, a faculty member in the College of Design, takes readers on a cultural and natural journey of the Long Tom River, highlighting its rare ecosystems and history as home to the Chelamela Kalapuya. Focusing on illustrative details, Turner includes old photos, historical maps of the Willamette Valley, and stories of the people who lived there for thousands of years.
by James Abel (pen name for Bob Reiss), MFA ’76
Vector is the latest Joe Rush bio-thriller, following the protagonist as he searches for his best friend, who has disappeared in an Amazon gold rush. Thousands of miles away, US cities across the Northeast fall victim to a mysterious epidemic. In a taut and tense race against time, Rush and his team must journey from one of the most remote spots on Earth to one of the busiest.
by Bonnie Jensen Cox, BS ’75
School Evolution is an in-depth study of school origins in Oregon’s Southern Coos and Northern Curry counties. The examination of archived data and recounting of alumni stories creates a chain from past to present, chronicling the development of more than two dozen small school districts into the Port Orford–Langlois School District.