Recent books by alumni and faculty include a biography of an American music icon, a study of marriage and race, a workbook for mid-life career change, and a war novel. 

school evolution
School Evolution: A Study of Southern Coos and Northern Curry School Origins

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 how more than two dozen small school districts transcended into one, that of Port Orford-Langlois School District 2CJ.

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Là où l’eau salée se mêle à l’eau douce / Where Saltwater Mixes With Freshwater

(Red Moon Press, 2017)
By Kent Neal, B '02

Kent Neal's full-length collection of haiku features the natural landscapes of his native Oregon and his adopted France, in two languages.The descriptive poems reminiscing about the stunning beaches of Oregon and equally beautiful places in France, the book is sure to whisk you back into nostalgia. 

The Story Behind the Treble Clef
The Story Behind the Treble Clef

By Bonnie Jensen Cox, BS '75

The Story Behind the Treble Clef is the history of Denmark, Oregon's origins, and the biography of Charlie Ray Jensen. The narrative describes the circumstances that compelled Danish immigrant, John "John" P. F. Jensen, to homestead on Willow Creek, Curry County in 1887, and the dual roles that music and agriculture played in the life of his son, Charlie.

Matt Centrowitz
Like Father, Like Son

(Createspace Independent Publishing, 2017) 
By Matt Centrowitz, BS ’86

Readers are given a firsthand account of the relationship between a father and son who strongly connected over running–Matt making it on two Olympic teams, and his son Matthew who won Olympic gold for the men’s 1500 in 2016. The stories of Matt’s coaching and parenting, along with his frustrations and successes are all expressed in his first book.

Vietnam Warrior Voices

(Mark Henry Massé, 2017)
By Mark Henry Massé, MS ’94

Massé explores the role of post-traumatic growth in the creative lives of Vietnam War veteran-authors Philip Caputo, John Del Vecchio, Robert Olen Butler, and Tim O’Brien. The extended profiles reveal how the past shaped the writing of their enduring stories. These nonfiction narratives represent a range of experiences, literary styles, and attitudes toward the war, which still resonates today with historical, political, social, and psychological implications.

Marriage Vows

(Russell Sage Foundation, 2017)
By Jessica Vasquez-Tokos 

As interracial marriages become more common, Marriage Vows and Racial Choices illustrates how race, gender, and class can influence marital choices and personal lives. Drawing from in-depth interviews with nearly 50 couples, UO associate professor of sociology Jessica Vasquez-Tokos explores the decisions of Latinos who marry either within or outside of their racial and ethnic groups, and examines their marital choices and how these unions influence their identities as Americans

MidLife Career Assessment

(Page Publishing, 2016)
By Marshall W. Northington, MA ’69, PhD ’72 

Due to layoffs, buyouts, and consolidation, quite a few people over the age of 55 are not looking forward to retirement but are seeking new employment. Considering a new career path can be complicated and confusing, but Marshall Northington brings tough questions into a simple, straightforward format with this workbook that focuses on making a choice, providing fresh perspectives to those in the midst of a difficult decision.

Brave Deeds

(Grove Press, Black Cat, 2017)
By David Abrams, BA ’87

Although this story is fictional, David Abrams’ experiences after a 20-year journalism career in the US Army makes this war tale impeccably realistic. The book follows six AWOL soldiers traveling to their leader’s funeral through war-torn Baghdad. The struggles of each character vary from marriage issues back home to an affinity for violence, giving a detailed take on modern military experiences.


Lou Harrison

(Indiana University Press, 2017)
By Bill Alves and Brett Campbell, MS ’96 

This year marks the 100th birthday of Portland-born, pioneering composer Lou Harrison, and the release of his biography by composer Bill Alves and former Oregon Quarterly assistant editor Brett Campbell. The book chronicles Harrison’s genius-infused life, from hanging with the Beats in San Francisco through the maturation of his musical style, combining tonal elements of modern and Asian music. The New Yorker called the biography “superb.” 

What can tunes and the tasty treats tell us about making good experiences better?

Thousands of Velella velella, jellyfish relatives, washed ashore on Oregon beaches in April, and now are littering beaches in New Zealand.

Alumnus Edgardo Simone is a successful composer and orchestrator of Hollywood blockbusters, including the Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises