Whatcom Magazine

Recent books of interest to Whatcom readers

In “Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities,” Seattle writer Judy Bentley offers an overview of the history of Bellingham, accompanied by maps and details for history walks in Bellingham.
In “Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities,” Seattle writer Judy Bentley offers an overview of the history of Bellingham, accompanied by maps and details for history walks in Bellingham. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald


“Conversations with Classic Film Stars; Interviews from Hollywood’s Golden Era” by James Bawden and Ron Miller. Miller, a retired TV editor and Blaine resident, joins fellow columnist Bawden for the collection of 34 interviews with film celebrities from decades past. Miller’s interviews include Jackie Coogan, Kirk Douglas, Bob Hope, Maureen O’Hara and Luise Rainer.

“Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities” by Judy Bentley. The Seattle writer offers an overview of the history of Bellingham and nine other cities in the state, accompanied by maps and details for history walks in each city.

“Getting Out Alive: The Autumn Veatch Story” by Tara Ellis. Veatch, a Whatcom County teenager, relates her experience surviving a plane crash in the Cascades that killed her step-grandparents.

“Pure Soapmaking” by Anne-Marie Faiola of Bellingham. The owner of Bramble Berry, a company that sells soapmaking supplies, explains how to make natural soaps at home.

“Grief Diaries” by Lynda Cheldelin Fell of Ferndale. The series of anthologies offers true stories about the intimate side of life. Theme topics include loss by suicide, loss of a child, loss of health, loss of a sibling, loss of a parent, loss of a spouse, loss of an infant and loss of a loved one.

“Rising Above the Pain” by Julie Hanft. The Birch Bay writer recounts her battle with the disease lupus.

“Over Bellingham” by Nick Kelly and Ray Deck III. Two Bellingham residents present a coffee table book of aerial photos of the city.

“Changing Tides and Times” by Steve Kink. The Bellingham-raised author recounts his experiences with commercial fishing, politics, teaching and public education advocacy.

“Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State” by Floyd McKay of Bellingham. The retired reporter and journalism professor details politics in Oregon from the 1960s through the 1980s, including such political leaders as Tom McCall, Bob Straub, Wayne Morse and Mark Hatfield.

“Tough As They Come” by Travis Mills, written with Marcus Brotherton of Bellingham. The story describes how Mills dealt with painful rehabilitation after losing all of his limbs from a bomb blast while on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.

“Healthy Knees Cycling” by Robin Robertson. The co-owner of Bellingham Tennis Club and Fairhaven Fitness tells how to reduce knee pain and keep your knees healthy.

“Cocoon of Cancer: An Invitation to Love Deeply” by Abbe Rolnick. The Bellingham businesswoman and her husband share insights from his experience with cancer.

“Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Women Walking Through Fire,” compiled by Leslie Wharton of Bellingham. Women recount their experiences with wildfires.


“Woof” by Dylan Thomas Good of Ferndale. In the psychological thriller set in Bellingham, a financially strapped man is offered money by his ex-boyfriend to work on a film based on their failed relationship.

“With Animal” by Carol Guess and Kelly Magee. A reviewer says the short story collection by the Western Washington University professors “take their readers into a world where human parents give birth to animal babies. Yet the underlying concern of ‘With Animal’ is wholly human. ...”

“Noble Evergreens; Environmental Activism” by Aubrey M. Horton of Bellingham. An environmental activist tries to stay a step ahead of the FBI while he attempts to stop offshore oil drilling in Alaska.

“The Jossing Affair” by Janet Oakley of Bellingham. A British-trained intelligence agent sent to Norway to oversee weapons and agents falls in love with a German widow with secrets of her own.

“Witch Way Home” by Robert Wright of Bellingham. In the first volume of the author’s “Witch Way” series, Ceri awakens in a world filled with creatures of fantasy and myth. She needs to find friends quickly because her enemies have already made their opening moves.


“Mapping Water” by Timothy Pilgrim. The retired journalism teacher shares 33 new poems that, he says, explores “terrains linked to this essential element of life.”

“Once Removed” by Nancy Pagh. The English teacher at Western Washington University’s new collection offers poems about the kinship between poets who are “related, but of different generations.”