So You Want to Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo: This book targets people of all races who want to engage in more informed conversations about race and racism in the United States. The writing is straightforward, sometimes biting, and very insightful. The author grew up in the Pacific... 272 pages. ©2019. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook

Southern Oregon Timber

The Kenneth Ford Family Legacy

By R.J. Guyer: This history of Kenneth Ford's life and legacy extends beyond the timber industry to include an account of the Ford family's early philanthropic work and the formation of The Ford Family Foundation. The collection of stories and photos... 160 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Talking to Strangers

What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

By Malcolm Gladwell: The author presents a rich (and sometimes disturbing) collection of stories, coupled with research, to help readers understand how we interpret the actions of people we do not know. This book is an especially important read for those... 400 pages. ©2019. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook, Spanish

The Art of Gathering

How We Meet and Why It Matters

By Priya Parker: Author Priya Parker provides strategies for planning meaningful gatherings of all kinds. She offers insights into why some fill us up while others deplete us. Parker's common-sense tools transfer readily to a variety of settings. A... 320 pages. ©2020. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The First Oregonians

By Laura Berg: The First Oregonians is a uniquely Oregon text, an edited volume of 17 chapters involving 18 authors. It tells the unique stories of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes from their perspective. The first edition stemmed from a three-... 360 pages. ©2007. | Available formats: Book

The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michelle Alexander: This well-researched history of modern mass incarceration in the United States has become a classic in the racial justice literature. The author's background as a legal scholar contributes to the delivery of a profound and often disturbing... 336 pages. ©2012. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The Nurture Effect

How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World

By Anthony Biglan PhD: A fascinating look at how nurturing environments can increase people’s well-being in virtually every aspect of our society — from early childhood education to corporate practices. The author, a research psychologist in Oregon, is one of... 252 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

What Unites Us

Reflections on Patriotism

By Dan Rather: In a time of deep division and historic challenges to our democracy, Dan Rather offers a calming voice. He presents a collection of essays that help us look back on where we have been in order to see the potential for a path forward. The... 304 pages. ©2019. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook