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:
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!"
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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?
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.
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!