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 favorite books:



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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345505347
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 6th, 2009

This is a beautifully-written book about a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl who fall in love during World War II. Set in Seattle, it's such a poignant and satisfying story. A wonderful book to listen to on!

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Fortune's Rocks: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316353571
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Back Bay Books - November 3rd, 2015

The first paragraph in this book describing desire hooked me right away. This is the book I recommend when people ask for a good read. Love between a teen girl and a married man. So complicated....sometimes you must follow your heart.

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The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805089394
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - March 31st, 2009

One of my many part-time jobs is working for a traveling chef. I've worked for Annie Johnston for almost six years now, and I love being in the kitchen. I studied culinary arts at a community college, along with other numerous concentrations. This book allowed me to see what life is like at the Culinary Institute of America...tough! It's a great read for home cooks and professionals. 

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465094127
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Published: Basic Books - November 8th, 2016

What an interesting read! Learn why we eat the way we do. After reading this book, now I know how my nephews became such picky eaters and why I eat just about anything. This is a great book for parents and grandparents!

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One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals from the Oven to Your Table: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101906453
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Published: Clarkson Potter - February 7th, 2017

I cook at least five nights a week! So, I go through many cookbooks from the library hunting for good recipes. My rule is if I mark at least three recipes in a book and two of them turn out well, I buy the book. This cookbook has all winners! From the weeknight jambalaya to the tikka masala...everything is easy and flavorful. Buy this today for you and a friend!

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
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.

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This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

This book left me feeling optimistic about good, kind people left in the world! I loved this book, and Krueger is a gifted storyteller. The story follows a group of children who run away from an orphanage. They get in a canoe and make their way from Minnesota to St. Louis. And, they run into all kinds of people - some nice and some not so nice. 

This is a perfect gift for the reader in your family!

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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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ISBN: 9781525809781
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Published: Graydon House - December 30th, 2019

A thrilling ride! Halfway through the book you wonder what in the world is going on. Then, the end just blows your mind!!

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Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon Cover Image
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
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
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!