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!

Here are some of her current favorite books:



Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World By Henry Grabar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984881137
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Published: Penguin Press - May 9th, 2023

Parking is complicated. Who knew? A fascinating book full of statistics and stories in the parking world. If you read this book, let's chat about it!

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Terrace Story: A Novel By Hilary Leichter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063265813
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Published: Ecco - August 29th, 2023

Such a quirky little book with beautiful writing ... sentences you'll want to underline! 

Sand (The Sand Chronicles #1) By Hugh Howey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328767547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 11th, 2017

I loved this Sci-Fi book, the first in a series! Action-packed with twists and not too much worldbuilding ... perfect combo for me!

Random Acts of Medicine: The Hidden Forces That Sway Doctors, Impact Patients, and Shape Our Health By Anupam B. Jena, Christopher Worsham Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385548816
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - July 11th, 2023

As you all know, I love books about doctors and the medical community! This brings up so many interesting situations like how your life expectancy is impacted if you're president of the U.S. or a country or why many kiddos born in the summer are later diagnosed with the flu. Perfect for fans of Malcolm Gladwell!

They're Going to Love You: A Novel By Meg Howrey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593468005
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - September 5th, 2023

It's hard for me to express why I loved this book. There's not too much action in the book, so I think I just loved the writing. It's thoughtful, and I liked the flawed characters.

LeBron By Jeff Benedict Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982110895
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 11th, 2023

Customer Shannon B. suggested I read this book. While I'm a fan of NFL, I don't know too much about basketball. Fascinating! Lebron is thoughtful, smart, generous to his friends, and a big picture thinker. A really good book!

The Last Lifeboat By Hazel Gaynor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593440315
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - June 13th, 2023

After a short break from historical fiction, this was the perfect book for re-entry! I love the alternating chapters and learned so much. Hazel Gaynor is one of my favorite authors, so be sure to check out her other books!

Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect By Will Guidara Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593418574
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Published: Optimism Press - October 25th, 2022

Such a wonderful business book! I love the restaurant business, so I enjoyed this book, but there's so much that works for all businesses. Hiring, empowerment, and more! I work part-time at Metolius Tea, and Amy (owner) loved this book too! They incorporated dreamweaving into their business!

The Teachers: A Year Inside America's Most Vulnerable, Important Profession By Alexandra Robbins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101986752
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - March 14th, 2023

THANK YOU to all of the teachers! You put up with so much (admin, helicopter parents) and so much more!  This was such a great read that follows three teachers through the course of one year.

Upgrade: A Novel By Blake Crouch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593157534
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 12th, 2022

Another winner from Blake Crouch! Gene-editing, suspense, post-apocalyptic ... what more can you ask for?