From exploring the history of the Pacific Crest Trail and the early American West to going behind the scenes at an Oregon Ducks football game, recent books from our alumni continue to capture our attention.
(Rizzoli International, 2016)
By Barney Scout Mann, JD ’78, and Mark Larabee
With a foreword by Wild author Cheryl Strayed, Mann and Larabee’s book spins out the saga of the Pacific Crest Trail, interspersing the story with rarely seen archival photos, maps, and stunning contemporary photography. Readers experience the trail as if their feet were striding the path, making their own 2,650-mile journey from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.
(Light Messages Publishing, 2016)
By Dave Edlund, PhD ’87
The third in the Peter Savage series of political thrillers, Deadly Savage takes place in Belarus, where Savage uncovers a deadly plot based on a global vulnerability engineered decades ago by former Soviet rulers. The US Review of Books called it “fast-paced and lively, reminiscent of a Tom Clancy thriller, with locations and action taking place all over the place.”
(University of Oklahoma Press, 2016)
Edited by Alex Hunt, PhD ’01, and Kristin Loyd
In 1879, two Englishmen, writer Samuel Nugent Townshend and photographer John George Hyde, set out on a tour through Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Chicago, across the Missouri to the “new state of Kansas.” The book offers an enlightening—and often entertaining—perspective on an early moment in the growth of capitalism and industry in the American West.
(QSL Print Communications, 2016)
By Robert Young and Jack Liu, BA ’74, MFA ’82
This book, with photos by longtime UO photographer Jack Liu, offers readers an insider’s look at an Oregon Ducks football game, from the locker room to the press box, from the sidelines to the sky suites, from the kitchens to the command center. While aimed at readers eight to 12 years old, the book can be enjoyed by curious fans of all ages.
(CreateSpace, 2016) By Collins Hemingway, MA ’79
This is volume two of a well-researched trilogy exploring an alternate history of Jane Austen in which she secretly marries for love during the “lost years” of her twenties. Jane Austen’s Regency World wrote, “Wry, observant, laconic—much like Jane Austen herself, without ever dipping into pastiche or mimicry.” Learn more at the author’s website, austenmarriage.com.
(St. Martin’s Press, 2016)
By Mitchell and Geoff Schwartz, BS ’07
Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz, the NFL’s most improbable pair of offensive linemen, write about the things that have made them the people that they are: their close-knit and supportive family, their Jewish faith and traditions, their love of the game and drive for excellence, and, last but not least, the food they love to eat, whether at home or on the road. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report says, “The book is humorous, smart . . . and unlike a lot of football books, it actually gives you a good look inside NFL life.”
(Lost Horse Press, 2016)
By Serena Crawford, MFA ’98
In Serena Crawford’s collection of short stories, travelers find and lose themselves in unexpected places. Crawford, who has received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and an Oregon Literary Fellowship, creates characters who teeter on the edge of sanity as they reconcile who they were with who they have become, confronting their truest selves in the most unfamiliar places. Emotional integrity runs deep in these dark and compelling stories that chronicle what it is to feel alien at home amid the heartbreak of everyday life.
(Amazon Digital Services, 2016)
By Richard Tore Schanche, BFA ’78
Longtime artist Richard Schanche’s first novel tells of a priest who finds himself in between a ruthless gang and the police after a young man who was shot outside his church tells him something that will change his life.