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:



The East Indian: A Novel By Brinda Charry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668004524
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Published: Scribner - May 2nd, 2023

Preorder your copy today! An interesting historical novel about the first East Indian to come to the United States. 

Sand (The Sand Chronicles) 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!

They're Going to Love You: A Novel By Meg Howrey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385548779
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - November 15th, 2022

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.

Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide By Rupert Holmes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451648218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 21st, 2023

So fun! Tight writing, huge twist at the end, and an engaging story! Loved it on audiobook from

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!

Code Gray: Death, Life, and Uncertainty in the ER By Farzon A. Nahvi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982160296
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 21st, 2023

I love reading books about hospitals and the amazing staff who work in them! This did not disappoint! I learned so much about the ER, procedures, and how thoughtfulness plays into it all.

Feed These People: Slam-Dunk Recipes for Your Crew By Jen Hatmaker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358539148
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harvest - October 18th, 2022

The first cookbook in a long time that I want to buy and use weekly! The Tom Kha soup, Blueberry Baked French Toast, and other recipes really were slam-dunks and turned out well!

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

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

Lords of the Fly: Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World Record Tarpon By Monte Burke Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643138558
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pegasus Books - November 9th, 2021

I love to fish, but I'm not great at catching. So, I read about other people catching fish and their obsession. This book has led me to watching countless tarpon fishing videos on Help me!

Small World: A Novel By Jonathan Evison Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593184127
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - January 11th, 2022

I picked up this book because I saw it was partially set in Oregon, and I loved the title. It certainly didn't take long to get invested in the each character and their outcome. So many delights and sorrows for some of the characters. I certainly had my favorites, and I worried so intensely for Malik, Laila, and so many others. Beautiful writing captured the essence of the scenery and character! Imagine my surprise and love for the final chapter ... and my heartbreak!

InvestiGators By John Patrick Green Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250219954
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - February 25th, 2020

I love this graphic novel series! Funny puns and little jokes within the drawings! This is a series you can read over and over!

Sheet Pan Sweets: Simple, Streamlined Dessert Recipes By Molly Gilbert Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454946663
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Published: Union Square & Co. - October 4th, 2022

I love Molly Gilbert's other book "One Pan & Done," so this was the book for me to preorder as soon as I saw it coming out! She doesn't disappoint!

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Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn 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!

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Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon By Tucker Malarkey 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.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art By James Nestor 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.

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America By Beth Macy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316551304
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Published: Back Bay Books - August 6th, 2019

Well, now I know what dopesick is and why you want to avoid having it. Such a terrible and terrifying account of drugs and the effects of them in communities and families. A good book!

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy By Michael Lewis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357455
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End By Atul Gawande 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.