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:



The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063017504
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2021

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I love the alternating stories between the two main characters. Yes, it's a little sad, but there are some wonderful little connections/nuggets in the book. A good read!

Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385546157
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Published: Doubleday - July 13th, 2021

I'm a Southern gal from South Carolina, and I SO appreciated her stories. This is the third book I've read by Helen, and it doesn't disappoint. I suggest listening to this on because she narrates it. Fabulous on audio!!

Taste: My Life Through Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

Pre-order this right now! What a fun book to read! He's passionate about good food, cleaning, building deep friendships, and more. A great gift for the food lover in your life! Thanks to customer Becky S. for mentioning Tucci's TV show! So good!

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357455
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 3rd, 2019

One of our customers mentioned this book to me, and I'm so glad they did! A fast read that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief. It should be required reading for everyone in my opinion. The last chapter is incredible, and I loved learning about search and rescue.

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778331858
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Published: Mira Books - June 22nd, 2021

I really enjoyed this book set in India. Don't be taken back by the list of characters in the front of the book or the glossary in the back .... you won't need it after a few chapters. The story was quite engaging, and now I need to go back and read "The Henna Artist!"

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250233615
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Published: Square Fish - July 21st, 2020

This is on the Oregon Battle of the Books list, and one of our favorite customers recommended it to me. Such a good story with a little sadness. While finishing up the last chapter, bawling in bed, my husband asked me to please finish the book in another room. My response to him: I'm on the last chapter *sniff sniff* This is such a good book, worth the crying! Just bear with me a few more pages!

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Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Cover Image
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!

Little and Often: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062976642
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Published: William Morrow - April 27th, 2021

I just finished an advance copy of this lovely memoir! The stories he tells about his childhood are engaging and pair well with his boatbuilding. My husband is a woodworker, and he loved that I was reading about table saws, epoxy, and hand planes! A good read, but keep tissues handy!

The Authenticity Project: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984878632
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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!

Peace Like a River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802139252
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
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
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
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ISBN: 9781984801692
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?

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art Cover Image
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)
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!

Falling: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982177881
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 6th, 2021

A fast-paced thriller with a good ending! Perfect summer read.