Writings from Regional Authors

Sox Looks For Home

By Paul Graves

Illustrated by Julie Coyle

Softcover, full color
Large format, 11″ x 8.5″


If you’ve ever been owned by a cat, you know how independent cats can appear. This story is based on the true-life adventures of Sox, who thought he knew what was best for him!

After his people move to a new home, 1.7 miles away from the only home Sox had lived in, he decides he wants to return to his old house. So he does … three times! Each time, his people find him and bring him back to the new home.

Now it’s Sox’s turn to tell the story, in his own words, to a new friend, Pepper. As he relates his adventures to Pepper, it turns out that Sox may not be as independent as he thinks he is – and ultimately, his search for home helps him realize how much he needs his people!

An excellent book for parents to read to their little ones, as well as a good choice for young readers, “Sox Looks For Home” tells an entertaining and beautifully illustrated story with a positive message.

Price: $12.99

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BE NOT CONTENT: a subterranean journal

50th Anniversary Edition

By William J. Craddock • Foreword by Jay Shore
Fiction, 414 pages softcover

Be Not Content is a defining account of the San Francisco Psychedelic Revolution in the 1960s that critics have compared to other contemporaneous era-defining works by such literary luminaries as Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey and Hunter Thompson. Written by the late William J. Craddock and originally published by Doubleday in 1970, this 50th Anniversary Edition contains a new foreword by his literary executor and friend, Jay Shore, and an introduction by his sister, Diane Craddock, as well as a selection of photos, drawings and other writings by Craddock. It was published in association with Sandpoint’s Keokee Books through personal ties by Craddock and Shore.

Mostly autobiographical, Be Not Content begins with the 16-year-old Craddock riding his beloved Harley Davidson with the Hells Angels, the outlaw motorcycle club, and getting into brawls and being chased by the cops. It’s an unexpected anomaly for this bright, middle-class kid from Los Gatos, California. Craddock then takes us through his college days publishing an underground newspaper, attending poetry readings with Alan Ginsberg, tripping at one of the first acid tests, and taking for days on end the strongest, most pure doses LSD – all of it done in Craddock’s quest to understand the meaning of life.

Barely 21 when he finished writing it, Doubleday bought the book in 1968 but held up publication until 1970. The first edition sold out with collectors prizing the few copies available, and copies now selling for as much as $950 in the classic book trade. Be Not Content is a powerful literary coming-of-age narrative that millions of Americans can personally identify with, capturing an unforgettable time in the cultural and sociological history of America.

 

PRAISE FOR BE NOT CONTENT

“Superb in the tradition of Kerouac’s On The Road, with overtones of Ken Kesey and Hunter Thompson’s Hell’s Angels, but Craddock’s style is all his own.”
— Robert Kirsch, 1970 • Los Angeles Times

“The definitive book of the acid-freak movement. A psychedelic pilgrim’s progress of beauty, intelligence, sensitivity.”
— Joseph Haas, 1970 • Chicago Daily News

“An astounding book, so good it defies praise. The writing is superb. Craddock is a born writer with an iceberg of talent.”
— Shane Stevens, 1970 • Chicago Sun Times

“Willam J. Craddock’s masterpiece, legendary to those in the know, is as exhilarating now as ever.”
— Elizabeth McKenzie, 2020. Author of The Portable Veblen, long listed for the 2016 National Book Award

 

Price: $19.95

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The Old Apple Tree And Friends

By Jack Parnell
Illustrated by Bonnie Shields and Lon Parnell

Hardcover, full color
Large format, 11″ x 8.5″
120 pages

Ever since he was a young boy growing up on the ranch, author Jack Parnell has imagined the conversation he would have with the wise old apple tree in the meadow. And one day, as he leans up against the tree’s trunk for a rest, as if by magic the tree begins to talk!

Join in the journey as this talking tree shares her humor and her wisdom … and a message about the importance of farmers, the interconnectedness of the natural world, and how we are all a special part of God’s creation.

An excellent book to read to young children, and for older children to enjoy themselves, it is colorfully illustrated by award-winning artist Bonnie Shields, with illustrations also by Lon Parnell.

Author Jack Parnell served as the acting Secretary of Agriculture for President George Bush and is now operator with wife Michelle of the Parnell Ranch in northern Idaho. His first book for children, “My Name Is Ramsey: I’m a Clydesdale Stallion,” drew upon his experiences raising championship draft horses and his relationship with one special stallion, Ramsey.
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Price: $34.95

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Sandpoint’s Early History

A story of how pioneers carved this city out of a wilderness
By Gary L. Pietsch

Nonfiction, 165 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 softcover
ISBN: 978-1697677539

Aptly titled, “Sandpoint’s Early History” begins at the beginning, with the ice age floods of Glacial Lake Missoula, which had their genesis with the giant ice dam that formed at the mouth of the Clark Fork River at current-day Lake Pend Oreille more than 10,000 years ago.

The story quickly progresses to the history of the native peoples and the first white explorer and surveyor David Thompson in 1809. The bulk of the book is devoted to the varied stories of ensuing waves of settlement sparked by miners and ferryboat operators in the early 1800s, steamboat lines in the 1860s, the completion of the first railroad line through here in 1883, platting the original Sandpoint townsite, “stump farmers” and loggers of the early 1900s, up to the blossoming of community with the construction of the City Beach park in the 1950s.

It’s a wide sweep of Sandpoint’s history and – surprisingly – the first book to tell the town history. Author Gary Pietsch is well qualified to tell the story. Former editor and publisher of the Sandpoint News Bulletin, he subsequently was the proprietor of Selkirk Press and now retired. When he isn’t playing golf, he volunteers his time helping at the Bonner County Historical Museum.

Proceeds from the sale of “Sandpoint’s Early History” benefit the museum and historical society.

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Price: $19.95

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My Name is Ramsey: I’m a Clydesdale Stallion (Softcover)

Written by Jack Parnell; illustrated by Bonnie Shields

56 pages, 8.5″ x 8.5″ softcover, full color
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc.

ISBN 978-1-879628-81-6

This colorfully illustrated children’s book is the true story of a magnificent Clydesdale named Ramsey. It tells his journey, from a foal born in Scotland – where he won as a champion colt in the national horse show – to travels with his new owners to California and eventually to northern Idaho, where he lives today.

In relating the story of Ramsey, author Jack Parnell instills a lesson for young readers that each of us is very special, and the events of our lives – both those that good and those that may be scary – help shape our lives and character. In Ramsey’s story, he encourages us all to dream big dreams … and to chase them until we catch them.

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Price: $13.95

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My Name is Ramsey: I’m a Clydesdale Stallion (Hardcover)

Written by Jack Parnell; illustrated by Bonnie Shields

56 pages, 8.5″ x 8.5″ hardcover, full color
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc.

ISBN 978-1-879628-80-9

This colorfully illustrated children’s book is the true story of a magnificent Clydesdale named Ramsey. It tells his journey, from a foal born in Scotland – where he won as a champion colt in the national horse show – to travels with his new owners to California and eventually to northern Idaho, where he lives today.

In relating the story of Ramsey, author Jack Parnell instills a lesson for young readers that each of us is very special, and the events of our lives – both those that good and those that may be scary – help shape our lives and character. In Ramsey’s story, he encourages us all to dream big dreams … and to chase them until we catch them.

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Price: $24.95

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Amazin’ Jason

Written by Kathy Joyce-Garrison

Nonfiction, 67 pages, 8.5″ x .02″ x 8.5″, Softcover
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc

ISBN-10: 1089954905
ISBN-13: 978-1089954903

This is the true story of a Red Eared Slider turtle named Jason, told in Jason’s voice. From the day Jason was purchased as a one-inch baby by the author’s grandson, through a long — and at times amazing — life with the family in northern Idaho, the story is told with affection and a Christian message of unconditional love. It is colorfully illustrated with a collection of artwork by the children who knew and helped raise Jason.

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Price: $13.95

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Fish of a Lifetime

Memories and Reflections Spawned by a Life List of Fish
By Al Van Vooren

Nonfiction, 256 pages, 9″x 6″ softcover
ISBN-10: 1074585496
ISBN-13: 978-1074585495

Join author and angler Al Van Vooren as he highlights and reflects on 70 years of fishing with friends and family – and describes how he caught more than 140 different kinds of fish in those seven decades. Through vignettes, short stories and photos, the reader can come along to the creeks, muddy rivers and lakes of the Midwest to the trout streams, whitewater rivers and mountain lakes of the far West; from the blue waters of Hawaii and Costa Rica to the brackish waters of the Everglades; and from the Alaskan tundra to the Amazon jungle. Anglers will find familiar experiences they can relate to, as well as new experiences which may appeal to their sense of adventure. The collected stories are likely to elicit personal reflections and bring some laughs … and maybe even a tear, for anglers and non-anglers alike.

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Price: $13.95

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Finding the Light Within: My Journey of Healing After the Holocaust

By Mary Friedmann Berges
Autobiography; softcover – 162 pages, 6″ x 9″
ISBN 9781090532152

Mary Friedmann Berges, a resident of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, shares her story of loss and love in her new memoir, “Finding the Light Within: My Journey of Healing After the Holocaust.”

Mary’s story begins in Belgium, where she was born in 1935. She recalls an early childhood filled with love and laughter in a Jewish family that included her older brother, mother, and father. Then, during World War II in the 1940s, millions of people were sent to concentration camps and killed as part of the German policy to eradicate all European Jews. Thousands of Jewish children survived the carnage, however, because they were hidden by their parents with friends and relatives, or in Catholic orphanages. Mary was one of those children.

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Price: $13.95

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The SeaFood Bash

When Friends and Fish Don’t Smell After Three Days
By Helena Czepiec and Margie Stevens

Non-fiction, 165 pages, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2  softcover
ISBN: 978-1092644921

Recipies For Nourishing Relationships

Experience the SeaFood Bash, where lifelong friendships are built over food, wine, and play. The SeaFood Bash started in 1976 when we gathered to prepare a lobster dinner in Akron, Ohio. We barely knew each other then. Remarkable, however, we continued to gather under one roof each year for a long weekend. We cook only seafood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We play mindless games, taste wine, and talk. We share all the cooking, cleanup, costs and fun. Nothing stops us – not death, divorce, nor long-distance relocations. We have become a family of friends. We have been enjoying this tradition for over 40 years.

The SeaFood Bash Books is a memoir of our long-lasting friendship and food based on the SeaFood Bash tradition that we unwittingly created. It is funny, touching and irreverent.

  • Learn how to start your very own friendship tradition.
  • Discover the secrets of how to make it last.
  • Prepare our favorite SeaFood Bash recipes and learn the stories behind them.
  • Reminisce about your own experiences, while laughing and crying along at ours.
  • Eat, Drink, Play.  REPEAT.
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Price: $19.95

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Villages: Voting & Taxes

Written by Leif Youngberg

Non-fiction, 104 pages, 7″ x 0.2″ x 10″ softcover, photos
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-7126-2289-6

Over time, voting and taxes have evolved differently in villages all over the world.

In America, the expansion of voting rights has generally correlated with the level of enlightenment of the inhabitants of its villages. Taxes, of course, are a direct result of the voters and shape public policy (e.g. “rivers and lakes should have water clean enough to drink”).

“Villages Voting and Taxes” tells the story of how a hilarious politician – and after he was declared dead, his estate – achieved a higher quality of life for all breathing beings in an actual village by expanding voting rights and simplifying taxes. Although this is a fictional account, it is drawn from a series of true events.

Author Leif Youngberg is a 15-year resident of northern Idaho, where he co-founded and directed Seven Planet, a green merchandising group promoting mindful, socially aware commerce.

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Old Price: $30.00

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Whinny Nicker Neigh: Equine Interviews

Written and Illustrated by Shellby Young

Fiction, 46 pages, large format 14″x 11″ hardcover,
Full-color illustrations
Produced in association with Shellby Publishing.

This book takes you into the unique individual lives of our beloved equine.  Discover their grace, speed, intelligence and courage, and loyalty.

 

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Price: $20.00

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Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake

Edited by Kris Runberg Smith

Nonfiction, 224 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover, 144 black-and-white photos, index

ISBN 978-1-879628-31-1

This collection of oral histories recorded of numerous pioneers, Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake, provides a fascinating window into the past of Priest Lake, Idaho, before World War II through the words of those who actually experienced it.

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Price: $17.00

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North of the Narrows

Men and Women of the Upper Priest Lake Country, Idaho
Claude & Catherine Simpson

Nonfiction, 312 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″ softcover, 115 black-and-white photos and illustrations, index, first printed in 1981

ISBN 978-1-879628-04-5

An Idaho classic now in its sixth printing, North of the Narrows tells the personal stories of the men and women who first settled the Upper Priest Lake region of northern Idaho. This perennial favorite has been in print for more than 30 years  and celebrates those freedom-loving people who created their own way of life on Priest Lake during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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Price: $16.00

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one more LAST CAST: On the Addictive Nature of Fishing

By Dennis D. Dauble
Nonfiction, 178 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″
ISBN-13: 978-1537185309

What do tiny bars of complimentary soap, spam sandwiches and pillow hogs have to do with fishing? When does one more “last cast” beget another? How can some people confuse fishing with … sex? This collection of short stories answers those questions, and more. Dennis Dauble – biologist, fisherman and author previously of “The Barbless Hook” and “Fishes of the Columbia Basin” – returns with more wry and humorous tales gleaned from a lifetime of fishing experiences and insights.

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Price: $12.95

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Flying Over Rainbows

Dwayne Parsons
Nonfiction, 128 pages, 6″ x 9″ hardcover, photos

ISBN 1-879628-19-8

The memoir Flying Over Rainbows charts the lifetime of a remarkable Northwest personality: Buzz Fiorini, founder of an outdoor sports chain whose adventures in fishing, flying and fly fishing covered the continent and brought him friendships with such luminaries as John Wayne, Bing Crosby and others.

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Price: $24.95

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Out of the Night

Irene Bennett Dunn
Nonfiction, 128 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover

ISBN 1-879268-16-3

In Out of the Night, Irene Bennett Dunn relates the tragic night of August 17, 1959, when an historic earthquake and resulting landslide killed four members of her family, and how she rebuilt her life after that terrible trauma.

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Price: $10.95

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Lessons with Love: Tales of teaching and learning in a small-town high school

Marianne Love
Nonfiction, 288 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover

ISBN 978-1-879628-28-1

For anyone who’s ever gone to school — as student or teacher — Marianne Love’s warm and humorous stories from 33 years teaching at Sandpoint High School in rural northern Idaho, Lessons with Love, will kindle both memories and laughs.

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Price: $16.00

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Selkirks Spectacular

A journey on the International Selkirk Loop

By Jerry Pavia and Tim Cady with Ross Klatte

Nonfiction, 180 pages, 11″ x 8.5″ softcover, full color with more than 300 photographs

ISBN 978-1-879628-44-1

A photographic journey encircling the spectacular Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, eastern Washington and southeastern British Columbia, Selkirks Spectacular features amazing images by photographers Jerry Pavia and Tim Cady. More than 300 images along with chapters by Canadian Ross Klatte on the history, geology, communities, natural features, attractions, and the flora and fauna showcase this beautiful corner of the earth.

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Price: $24.00

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Archer MacClehan & The Hungry Now

Sandy Compton
Fiction, 181 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″ softcover
Published by Blue Mobius Books

ISBN 1-886591-06-7

Idaho-and-Montana author Sandy Compton puts his ample storytelling talents to play in his novel Archer MacClehan & The Hungry Now, a page-turning tale populated by a cast of colorful characters who find themselves at odds in the wilderness – and pulling together for their very survival.

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Price: $14.00

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Driving Past

Tours of Historical Sites in Bonner County, Idaho
By Nancy Renk

Nonfiction, 380 pages plus photos, 6″ x 9″ softcover
ISBN: 978-0-9850554-2-4

Hit the road and travel back into Bonner County’s rich and colorful past!

Explore Bonner Country’s history from the comfort of your car (or your armchair) with his handy, easy-to-follow guidebook. Packed with information, Driving Past helps you discover gems of local lore while enjoying spectacular vistas along each route. Each tour has been meticulously researched and includes maps, directions, distances, stories, and photos about the places, people, and events that shaped Bonner County. Whether you’re a long-time resident or just visiting the area for a day or two, Driving past will deepen your appreciation fo the region and its roots.

Proceeds from the sale of Driving Past benefit the museum and historical society.

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Price: $19.95

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The Mysterious Journey of Captain Hart and Other Tales

Written by Brooks Tessier

Fiction, 101 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, softcover
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc

ISBN-13: 978-1688098954

A collection of stories for sailors … and others. From the first tale, featuring the title character Captain Hart set amid the islands of the Caribbean and South Pacific, to the Rocky Mountains to adventures in the stock market, these stories comprise an eclectic collection of colorful characters, locales, and subjects.

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Price: $15.00

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GiGi’s Enchanted Forest

By Patti Clemons, Barbara Merritt and Marsha Ogilvie; illustrated by Bonnie Shields

Fiction, 32 pages, 8.5″ x 8.5″ softcover, full color illustrations
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc.

ISBN 978-1-492928-46-1

A delightful new children’s book inspired by the late Hazel Hall, GiGi’s Enchanted Forest follows a black bear family as it sets off through an enchanted forest to visit Gramma GiGi. The three mischievous cubs are in for a bigger adventure than they could have imagined.

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Price: $12.00

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Cowboy Boots and Other Stories

John Sater
Nonfiction, 128 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover

ISBN 1-879628-03-1

Northwest native and Bonners Ferry resident John Sater takes readers “back to the present” in rural America in this collection of 44 short essays telling stories from a generation whose mothers went from washboards to washers and whose fathers swore by, and sometimes at, Model A Fords. Cowboy Boots and Other Stories explores common experiences from cleaning chimneys and growing gardens, catching mice and raising pigs, to outsmarting ornery chickens.

Price: $8.95

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The Barbless Hook: Inner Sanctum of Angling Revealed

By Dennis D. Dauble
Nonfiction, 160 pages, 8.5″ x 5.5″

ISBN 978-1-879628-41-0

These stories, drawn from a lifetime of fishing experiences, explore a range of topics anglers often don’t discuss – trespassing, giving up a secret hole, losing fish at the net, competition between buddies and taking turns when on guided trips. While sometimes exposing what might be considered the “dark side of angling,” author Dennis Dauble manages to both entertain and inspire anglers in The Barbless Hook.

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Price: $11.95

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