Books

Register-Guard column on Register-Guard’s Bob Welch.

KKit2.coverThe Keyboard Kitten: Gets Oregonized
Comma, whose writing talents rescue a struggling children’s author in Book One of The  Keyboard Kitten series, explores Oregon in Book Two. She surfs in Newport, performs on stage in Ashland and rides a bucking bronco in the Pendleton Round-Up.

But amid these and other adventures, she meets a four-legged pest who keeps popping up to spoil her fun. Can the Keyboard Kitten keep her cool and finish the book she is writing?
Join a magical kitten as she discovers the wonder of Oregon — and the power of words.
                                                           

The Keyboard Kitten
Matt, who longs to be a children’s author, has only one real problem: he can’t write worth beans. To make matters worse, the Oregon man is being bothered by an uninvited guest each morning as he tries to finish his book.
But, suddenly, Matt realizes what he thought was a problem is actually his solution. The Keyboard Kitten blends the spirit of Dr. Seuss with the nuances of Oregon to offer a story of unlikely friendship and unexpected joy. And though this whimsical new children’s tale ends with a period, it all begins with a Comma.

Cascade Summer
Cascade Summer is the story of Bob Welch’s 2011 attempt, along with his brother-in-law, to hike the 452-mile length of Oregon’s mountainous spine.

To reconnect with his past. And to better understand 19th-century Cascade Range advocate John Waldo, the state’s answer to California naturalist John Muir. Despite great expectations, near trail’s end Welch finds himself facing an unlikely challenge. Laughs. Blisters. And new friends from literally around the world—his PCT adventure offered it all. But he never foresaw its bittersweet ending.

52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life
In the tradition of his other heart-and-humor books, Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts 52 bite-size life lessons from the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life — a year’s worth of weekly inspiration about how, in the words of Clarence Oddbody III, “each man’s life touches so many other lives.”

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Resolve: From the Jungles of WWII Bataan, the Epic Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept
On April 9, 1942, thousands of U.S. soldiers surrendered as the Philippine island of Luzon fell to the Japanese. A few hundred Americans placed their faith in their own hands and headed for the jungle. Among them was Clay Conner Jr., a 23-year-old Army Air Force communications officer — a Duke cheerleader — who had never even camped out before.

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American Nightingale (Atria Books, 2004), about the first nurse to die after the landings at Normandy in World War II, was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Easy Company Soldier (St. Martin Press, 2008) was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Amazon.com among World War II/Western Front books in 2009.

Pebble in the Water (2008). Welch’s four-year journey to discover WWII nurse Frances Slanger, and the lessons learned along the way.

My Oregon II (2009). A collection of 108 Register-Guard columns from 2004-2009.

My Oregon (2005). A collection of 109 Register-Guard columns from 1999-2004.

My Seasons (2007). Welch on sports, growing up in Corvallis and dreaming dreams.

A Father for All Seasons (Harvest House, 1998) The five seasons fathers and sons go through. Won the Gold Medallion Award for Family & Parenting.

The Things that Matter Most (2001). How relationships, not materialism, matter in the end.

Stories from the Game of Life (2000). Sports and life. Later released as “My Seasons.”

Where Roots Grow Deep (1999). Families, legacies and how our influence continues once we’re gone.

More to Life Than Having it All (1992). Money can’t buy you love — and other profundities on materialism.

Bellevue and the New Eastside (1989). The arrival of Bellevue, Washington, is a big-time city.