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Reading: Marcy Houle: A Generous Nature

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes back Portland author Marcy Houle. She will be joined by Bill Hutchison, one of the "heroes" in A Generous Nature.

A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon offers profiles of twenty-one conservationists and activists who have made enduring contributions to the preservation of Oregon’s wild and natural places and its high quality of life. These stories speak to their courage, foresight, and actions—at times against great odds—to save places, enact legislation, and motivate others to cherish and protect the places that make Oregon unique. These stories do more than educate. They will inspire readers and demonstrate that individually we can make a difference. They underscore that the natural wonders of our state should be guarded and not taken for granted. In these times of unsettled political polarization and divisiveness, A Generous Nature is a crucial reminder of our individual and collective responsibility to stand for and defend the places, ideals, and laws that make Oregon a progressive model for the rest of the nation.

"These tales educate and inspire, and remind Oregonians of the dedication that created the special state of mind that is Oregon."

--Tad McCall, son of Governor Tom McCall

A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870719790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oregon State University Press - November 15th, 2019

One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park, 3rd edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870715884
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oregon State University Press - October 1st, 2010

Reading: Rachel Carter & Sarah Coomber

Event date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes Northwest authors Rachel Carter & Sarah Coomber.

How do you live when all you can feel is pain?

The best word to describe Rachel Carter’s life was “fearless.” She rode a motorcycle in high school, she worked in a cannery in Alaska at 20, and then backpacked solo through Europe. When she finally “settled down,” she married Josh and pursued a career in sales.

She lived a picture-perfect life—then Multiple Sclerosis caught up with her. After two years of rapid decline, Rachel found herself lying on the floor, writhing in agony, hoping to die.

In Enduring the Cure, Rachel Carter shares how she overcame her struggle with the debilitating disease. It’s a story of pain, decline, an experimental treatment, and healing.

But most of all, it’s a story of inspiration, determination, and hope for anyone who has suffered a debilitating disease or diagnosis.

In her memoir The Same Moon, recently wed--and quickly divorced--twenty-four-year-old Sarah Coomber escapes the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. Her plan is to use the year to reflect, heal and figure out what to do with her wrecked life while enjoying the culture of the country where she had previously spent a life-changing summer that included a romance with a young baseball player.

The reality?

Sarah finds herself the lone English speaker in an isolated rural area, where she is drawn into serving tea to her male coworkers, performing with a koto (zither) group, advocating for her female students and colleagues, and embarking on a controversial romance with a local salaryman.

This isn't the Japan Sarah was seeking, but it just might be the Japan she needs.

Enduring the Cure: My MS Journey to the Brink of Death and Back Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949021547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Illumify Media Global - October 1st, 2019

The Same Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946920621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchpoint Press - March 18th, 2019