Another contribution to regional and environmental writing, this fine anthology of essays focuses on the Pacific Northwest, as depicted in the University of Oregon's literary magazine, which Maynard and Holt also edit. Loggers and tree huggers, wildfires and constant rain, Native Americans and tourists from California, well-known authors and newcomers are all represented here. Although the essays vary in quality and style, the writing is generally strong. Kim Stafford gives a fine introduction to the collection with her essay "Two Stories Becoming One." In "The Last Log," Ellen Waterston tells of workers gathering around the last log to go through a lumber mill that is closing. Corrina Wycoff is a welfare mother looking for a better life in "Another Oregon Trail." Lauren Lessler finds a hundred ways to describe the famous precipitation in "I Love the Rain." The collection clearly does not include all the best essays on the subject-only those that have been featured in the quarterly-but it is eclectic, and the writing is for the most part strong. Recommended for academic and public libraries, especially those in the region.-Nancy P. Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.