We had to ask... and you responded. Check out the pages our coworkers are turning this summer. Lots of great reading here for anyone's reading list -- except, maybe, "2020 NEC Rules" (poor Ralph!) — Thanks very much to everyone who contributed, and to Annette Lovitt for the idea.
Christine Pratt, Public Affairs
Drummers and Dreamers by Click Relander. This book is no longer in print. I found a used copy online a few months ago -- former property of the U.S. Army! The book is a glimpse into the Wanapums' "Dreamer" religion, founded by Wanapum holy man Smowhala, who inspired Indians of many tribes/bands to stay on their ancestral homelands and resist an aggressive government effort to relocate them to impoverished reservations. Relander intermingles Indian legend and 19th-20th century history in a style that seems both factual and mystical. Great old photographs, too.
Summer reading list: "The Orchardist" by Amanda Coplin; a novel set in the early Wenatchee Valley. "Undaunted Courage," by Stephen E. Ambrose; the definitive read about the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Joseph Key, Mechanical Engineering Intern, Mechanical Engineering and Asset Management
I just read Ignition! by John D. Clark It's an informal history of experimenting with liquid rocket propellants at the dawn of the Space Age. Even if you aren't a huge rocket buff, I still recommend reading it. The writing style is not too technical at all, it's only 175-pages, and it reads like an interesting chronology with dry humor and lots of interesting anecdotes.
Summer reading list: Rocket Propulsion Elements by George P. Sutton. It's an aerospace engineering textbook so this one might be a little boring for most folks!
Rebecca Simpson, Manager of Civil & Dam Safety Engineering, Power Production Engineering
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho This book follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, he asks a Gypsy fortune teller in the nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. I'm interested because this is more than a story about a boy; it's about finding your purpose in life and to go seek it out and to not lose hope or will along the way. Obstacles are opportunities for lessons to be learned so that your path will continue to lead you to your Personal Legend.
Summer reading list: Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, II, and III
Susy Anderson, Eng Services Supv, PD Engineering
The Housekeeper Natalie Barelli A suspenseful mystery about a woman that has grown up believing one thing and it takes a deranged killer to make her realize her perception was not based in reality.
Summer reading list: Nora Roberts (anything from Nora Roberts)
Matt Roduner Materials Specialist Moses Lake Warehouse
Sycamore Row by John Grisham its kind of a sequel to Time To Kill lots of twists and turns based out of Mississippi deep south culture
Summer reading list: The Summons
Mike Facey, Senior Manager Accounting
Atomic Habits by James Clear A fresh take on the science of habits and how to create new routines. Seemed like a timely pick since we find our routines upended by COVID-19 making this an opportune time to reset and create new (hopefully better) habits.
Summer reading list: Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, Talking to Strangers by Malcom Gladwell
Dee Stark, Eng Tech, PD Engineering
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk It was an easy read, Young Adult novel "fiction" The theme if Wolf Hollow is to stick with your beliefs even when no one is with you. This is the theme because Anne believes that Toby didn't kidnap Betty for the conflict. She always followed the path she thought was right, even though she was the only one who believed that. Conflict: man vs society-causes people in Wolf Hollow to misjudge Toby, Stereotypical, External conflict. man vs self-causes Annabelle to question herself on how to deal with a situation (take care of it herself, or have her parents do it), Internal conflict. Build up suspense, build up tension in the conflict.
Summer reading list: Nothing at this time. If I start reading LOL, house work suffers.
Dave Churchman, Chief Customer Officer
I'm actually reading 3 books right now and included one I just finished... Stephen King - If It Bleeds - I've read every non-fiction printed book he's written and read them as soon as they're released. This is a collection of short stories. Some books are better than others but his writing is always excellent. Hillbilly Elegy - I really love this book and found it really interesting. Was much better than I expected. Also, after reading it I learned a whole new Hillbilly language from Bob Brill and Rich Wallen. A buggy is a shopping cart???? Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell - I really like his writing and got it cheap used online. It is my least favorite so far but still insightful. Undaunted Courage (Stephen Ambrose) - I loved this book on the Lewis and Clark expedition and it was very informative.
Summer reading list: Dean Koontz book, a book on Thomas Jefferson, and a book on the civil war and slavery that my daughter brought home from college.
Rudy Perez, Standards Engineer, PD Engineering
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell. The book chronicles George Orwell's time fighting with the revolutionary army during the Spanish civil War.
Summer reading list: Vacuum Tube Amplifier Designs
The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning by Scott Galloway
Summer reading list: The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway
Zach Ruby, Dam Safety Engineer, Power Production
One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder by Brian Doyle. The book is a collection of mini-essays and poems about finding beauty, joy, and love in the messiness—and sometimes darkness—of life.
Summer reading list: Paul: A Biography by N. T. Wright, Why We Get Sick by Benjamin Bikman, In Praise of Walking by Shane O'Mara, The Story of Earth by Robert Hazen
Matthew Truscott, Operations Technical Advisor, Dispatch
Summer reading list: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 by Heather Ann Thompson. This true story is about a prison riot that occurred in New York almost 50 years ago. It was a complex situation that was handled poorly and the aftermath still was not completely resolved 40 years later. This book won a Pulitzer Prize.
The Fifth Season Trilogy, N. K. Jemisin; A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson; A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
Sam Lamb, IT Manager, IT
The Physics of God by Joseph Selbie This one popped up on my Audible and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. As an avid science buff , i loved how this book explains complex concepts in a very simple way. It also puts together science and religion in a coherent and interesting way. This is one of the best books i've read about the relationship between quantum physics and religion.
Summer reading list: The Heron with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
Chuck Allen, Public Affairs Supervisor, Public Affairs
"Say Nothing: A true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland," Written by Patrick Radden Keefe. It's about how the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland would "disappear" people who were seen as traitors to their cause during the Northern Ireland civil war (The Troubles) from 1969 to 1998. My grandfather was born in Northern Ireland and his family, including two of his sisters and a brother fled Northern Ireland during The Troubles. I also have additional family that were affected by the conflicts between Republicans and Loyalists, including a great, great uncle who was killed by an IRA assassin in the 1920s. The book gives you a very interesting insight into the motivation of both sides of the conflict and helps you understand better those who continue to be involved in politics in Northern Ireland today.
Summer reading list: "Mudhoney: The Sound and the Fury From Seattle" by Keith Cameron. It's about the grunge rock band Mudhoney and includes a lot of great insights into the creation of The Seattle Sound of the early 1990s.
Rod Noteboom, Manager of Transmission Services, Wholesale Marketing & Supply
A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan - Timothy Egan usually writes about historical US events, in this book he makes and documents a personal pilgrimage
Summer reading list: Over the Edge of the World (History on Magellan voyage), Embracing Defeat (History of postwar Japan), Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys (Author Richard Twiss is a Native American theologian)
Ralph T. Gonzalez, Customer Engineer and PD Engineering
2020 NEC Rules
Summer reading list: Travel magazines
Shannon Lowry, Lands & Rec Manager
I just finished Adrift by Steven Callahan on the recommendation of Jeff Grizzel. I've always enjoyed adventure non-fiction and thoroughly enjoyed this true story of Steven Callahan's survival at sea after his 21-foot sloop capsized as he sailed solo between the coast of England and the island of Antigua. Callahan spent 76 days at sea in a 6-foot life raft. I was fascinated by Callahan's engineering and navigational skills, as well as his mental toughness. Great read!
Summer reading list: One of Ours by Willa Cather, The River by Peter Heller, Dubliners by James Joyce
Angela Neller, Curator, Wanapum Heritage Center
I am reading Facing the Spears of Change: The Life and Legacy of John Papa I'i which looks at the personal and political changes and challenges during his lifetime (1800-1870) in Hawaii. As a Native Hawaiian I am interested in the history of my ancestors and this work is especially important in the utilization of Hawaiian language newspapers to tell that history.
Summer reading list: Drummers and Dreamers by Click Relander, Storytellers at the Columbia River by Nancy Danielson Mendenhall, Repatriation Reader: Who Owns American Indian Remains? edited by Devon A. Mihesuah
Melissa Leonard, Executive Assistant
I am always reading! I purposely finished all my reading before starting work so I wouldn't have any unfinished books to distract me. One of my most recent finished is Lets Roll! by Lisa Beamer. It is a personal look into the life of one of the heroes from 9/11 and his wife's account of what happened. It reminded me that even ordinary people can have a huge impact in the world happening around them.
Summer reading list: I am not sure just yet. I usually like to keep my reading light with rom-com style books that are uplifting and not too heavy.
Sylvia Hubbard, UIP Benefits Administrator, HR
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. It's a non-fiction book about a therapist, her therapist, and her clients. That sounds depressing, but it is not. In the book, Lori, the therapist, shares the stories of four patients that she meets with compassion, love, and humor while simultaneously dealing with her own "melt down". It's funny, it's sad, it's human and full of love.
Summer reading list: A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight
Lori Davis-Dam Safety Administrative Assistant
I am not reading, I have been involved in a Live Virtual UPW with Tony Robbins , It was his first time ever having a event on line. There were 23,000 people on a Virtual Zoom event. UPW means Unleash the Power Within. It was amazing and life changing. He has many books to read, and that is my next thing to do.
Summer reading list: Awaken the Giant by Tony Robbins