The Book Shelf: Summer 2015

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By Phil Busse

100 Hikes: Eastern Oregon, Bill Sullivan

Not necessarily bedtime reading, but Bill Sullivan’s latest edition of his well-thumbed series of Oregon hikes is a great update of various hikes throughout the High Desert, the Wallowas and Steens. Sullivan’s guide books make various locations accessible, with insider information about trailheads and suggestions about the best time of year to travel. The hikes range from easily-accessible to remote, and are a well curated set of 100 adventures waiting to happen.

Bill Sullivan

Ghosthunting Oregon, Donna Stewart

Also not recommended for bedtime reading, but this book is a fun tour guide to some familiar spots around Oregon—and an engaging way to teach about history as ghost hunter, Donna Stewart, provides adequate information about various time periods, like explaining Portland’s 1905 Lewis & Clark Fair and some of the 1920s lore around St. Francis School. These are not overly scary, but serve as light-touch and slightly chilling stories, enough to give a few goosebumps but not bad dreams—and also a great way to engage Oregon’s history.

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