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Ridenbaugh’s top sellers of 2014

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2014 was another busy book year at Ridenbaugh Press, maybe our busiest so far as the number of our available books reaches upward to 30 - and a significant number added this year. (We'll have another major release to announce next week.)

Our books this year ranged from our standby of regional references to personal memoirs and books ranging farther afield, to such subjects as Vietnam and motherhood. Here's a look at some of our top sellers over the year.


1 - One Flaming Hour, by Mike Blackbird. This is a compelling personal memoir about the author's brother, Jerry, a Vietnam war vet who fell into depression before finding usefulness and meaning in public service in his home community in Idaho's Silver Valley. Jerry Blackbird died young in a helicopter crash after having served just one session in the state Senate, but he made a powerful impression on the people who knew him, and wound up walking in his footsteps. Chris Carlson, whose Medimont Reflections was last year's RP best seller, described One Flaming Hour as ". . . a vivid picture of his brother Jerry’s time as a Medivac pilot in Vietnam and contrasts it with the reality of the political system . . . through the lens of a blue-collar, working man made good."

2 - Through the Waters, an oral history edited by Randy Stapilus and the Idaho State Bar. One of the big Idaho news stories of 2014 was the completion of the massive Snake River Basin Adjudication. This book, an oral history featuring the recollections of about three dozen major participants in the SRBA, was released at the August conclusion of the adjudication.

3 - Without Compromise, by Kelly Kast. 2014 marked the 75th anniversary of the Idaho State Police, and Kelly Kast did its history proud with this thoroughly researched story of the force, from its early days barely able to move around the state, to the achievements and controversies of modern times. It’s lively and informative. Our third best seller last year, it has continued selling all through 2014.

4 - Diamondfield: Finding the Real Jack Davis, by Max Black. Our second-best seller of 2013 continued strong this year, and for good reason: It is one of the most remarkable Idaho history books of recent years. Black not only researched what has been written before about the infamous Diamondfield Jack murder case, he found new troves of files and written records never touched by previous historians, and even found the (previously uncertain) spot where the event occurred, and a gun and buried bullet missing for more than a century. It’s a great read as history and as detective story.

5 - Drafted!, by David Frazier. Known in Idaho as a leading photojournalist and as editor of the cantankerous blog Boise Guardian, Frazier here tells his personal story of going to Vietnam in the Army in the sixties, and then decades later returning and seeing it with fresh eyes. And with his camera at the ready, of course. Released in December.

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Broncos win at Fiesta Bowl (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Background on woman shot by toddle son at Hayden (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal)
Top news stories in education for 2014 (Moscow News)
Seed firm with Nampa facility sold (Nampa Press Tribune)
Top stories in area for 2014 (TF Times News)

Gateway Mall at Springfield plans big makeover (Eugene Register Guard)
Looking back, looking ahead (KF Herald & News)
Klamath deputy DA resigns facing charges (KF Herald & News)
Departing anti-drug Medford councilman on hemp, pot (Medford Tribune)
Reviewing pipeline impact on wildlife (Medford Tribune)
Top 2014 stories in Umatilla area (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Federal Judge Haggerty retires (Portland Oregonian)
State faces air quality warning (Salem Statesman Journal)

Retirement of long-time ferry captain (Bremerton Sun)
Central Bremerton school kitchen plan on ice (Bremerton Sun)
Granite Falls may get motocross racetrack (Everett Herald)
Air quality bun bans go into effect (Everett Herald)
Profiling Idaho woman shot by 2-year old son (Olympian)
Elwha River overflows banks, hits campground (Port Angeles News)
NW business looking at China's e-commerce (Seattle Times)
Top news stories of 2014 (Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark College considers hiting police (Vancouver Columbian)