SARA

 

Sara is a staff member at a Bend bookstore in Central Oregon

 

Sara Rishforth was raised in South Carolina, worked her way west, and landed in Central Oregon. Sara writes books, plays ukulele and guitar, bakes goodies for friends, and enjoys salty snacks. A few of her favorite authors are Meg Cabot, Anita Shreve, and Jamie Ford. You may recognize her name from the publication of her recent book, Bend Food: Stories of Local Farms and Kitchens! She currently leads the Rediscovered Reads Book Club.

Here are some of her current favorite books:

 

 

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When We Were Young & Brave: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062995261
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 6th, 2020

My number one read for historical fiction! The chapters alternate between a student and a teacher at a school in China. I gave it to my mother and sister-in-law for Christmas presents last year. They loved it!


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Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525564171
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 2020

Wow. Every high school kiddo should read this book. In fact, everyone should read this book, and then do something from the list in the back to get involved! An incredible book!


Peace Like a River Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802139252
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 7th, 2002

I know this is an older book, but it's so good! A customer recommended this book, and I'm so glad! Phenomenal writing and story. If you liked "Ordinary Grace" or "This Tender Land," you would like this book!


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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250076229
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Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017

Everyone should read this book! It's not just a book for older people. Young people need to prep and be ready for a unexpected situation. How do you want to live your life? What matters the most as you age? This book invites readers to consider all kinds of possibilities. I bought this book for my parents and both of my brothers ... looking forward to the conversations after they read it.


The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217288
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Published: Tor Books - March 17th, 2020

This is the first fantasy novel I've EVER read. It's entertaining with many laugh out loud parts. I adore Chauncey. On page 306, there are several memorable lines I'll always love. Please buy it, and then let's chat about it!!


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Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984801692
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Published: Random House - July 23rd, 2019

A perfect read for fishers, non-fishers, or natural history buffs! Set partly on the Deschutes River near the Warm Springs Reservation. As a fisher, I really enjoyed this book from the opening sentence. Makes me want to fish all summer long and soak in the surrounding nature.


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Good Morning, Midnight: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988192
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 4th, 2017

Hats off to Karen Brodsky for recommending this sci-fi book to me! Two different stories at the same time - one man and a little girl in the Arctic and then a group of astronauts. No radio communication between the astronauts and Earth. No exact resolution at the end of the book ... perfect discussion. If you read this book, please come talk to me. What do you think about the ending?


Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449823
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Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2020

I love Lindy West! She's honest, funny, and straightforward. She reviews many movies in this book, some are my favorites despite their HUGE plot holes. Definitely listen to this book as she narrates it. You'll laugh out loud!


Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735213616
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2020

Nerd out on this book about breathing and drive your partner crazy with the facts. Oh, that's just me! I thought this book was super interesting! It's one of those books you read a paragraph and then tell the person next to you what you just read.


Nat Enough (Nat Enough #1) Cover Image
By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338538199
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Published: Graphix - April 7th, 2020

What a perfect graphic novel for girls navigating life in middle school! Your best friend suddenly ignores you and hangs out with someone else. Ouch. That hurts. The illustrations are fun and include the dog and cat in the family!


No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250265616
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 17th, 2020

I listened to the audiobook, and Michael J. Fox narrates it. Short stories about his personal training, golfing with friends, his family, and more. What a tenacious and inspirational guy!


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The Book of Longings: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143111399
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 23rd, 2021

When this book came out, a customer told me it grabs you at page 2. She wasn't kidding! Such an adventure with a brave woman married to Jesus. If you liked "Cutting for Stone," you'll like this book!


The Authenticity Project: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984878632
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2020

I just finished listening to this on audio, and I really enjoyed it. A lighter book with folks passing on kind acts and helping each other out! Each character is flawed, so I felt like you could relate to them. A little unexpected twist near the end!