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:



Hester: A Novel By Laurie Lico Albanese Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250278555
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 4th, 2022

A slow burning romance with a whirlwind last quarter of the book! 

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World By Benjamin Alire Sáenz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534496194
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2021

This is one of those books you savor the writing and don't rush through. Seeing Aristotle and Dante grow and change is quite lovely!

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?

Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting: A Novel By Clare Pooley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984878649
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - June 7th, 2022

I listened to the audiobook of this and loved the narrator. Iona really is quite lovable and fun. You would want to sit next to her on the train every day!

Lords of the Fly: Madness, Obsession, and the Hunt for the World Record Tarpon By Monte Burke Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643138558
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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
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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!

The Christie Affair: A Novel By Nina de Gramont Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250274618
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 1st, 2022

This book comes out in 2022, and I can't wait for everyone to read it! A mystery within a mystery with so many twists that made me audibly gasp! Told from the perspective of the mistress and includes her backstory ... wow! Be sure to add this to your list!

Taste: My Life Through Food By Stanley Tucci 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!

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!

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy By Michael Lewis 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.

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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!

Life Is What You Bake It: Recipes, Stories, and Inspiration to Bake Your Way to the Top: A Baking Book By Vallery Lomas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593137680
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 7th, 2021

The recipe for Granny's Million Dollar Cake is so good! Makes a very moist and flavorful cake. Perfect for sharing with friends and family!

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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.

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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
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ISBN: 9780735213616
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!

Sheet Pan Sweets: Simple, Streamlined Dessert Recipes By Molly Gilbert Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454946663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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!