Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Have you ever seen an old, outdated book on the library shelf year after year and wondered why it sat there looking shabby for so long? Perhaps it's waiting for you! Next time you see it, don't walk on by. Instead, stop, pick it up and give it a try.
The book, North Cascadians by JoAnn Roe, sat forlornly on our shelves and I walked past it every day year after year. Recently, I decided to review the local history books Sno-Isle had to offer so I took it home. Wow! There before my eyes was the entire history related to the building of the North Cascades highway. Also included was the construction of Gorge, Diablo and Ross dams. It was fascinating and I could not put the book down once I started reading.
Perhaps we should declare July "give an old book a chance month" and each of us can check out a shabby old book that hides a wealth of rich local history. If you are still stuck on the newer looking covers, try the series, It Happened in Washington by James A. Crutchfield for an enjoyable historical read.