We all have rainy days when we need a good book to read. Here’s just a selection of our favorite books written by Northwest authors – with handy links below to grab a copy for your Kindle or iPad!
Scorper by Rob Magnuson Smith
As American John Cull wanders the lanes of the small Sussex village of Ditchling, curtains twitch as locals peer at the latest stranger tracing his English roots. But Ditchling is a dangerous and surprising place full of peculiar habits and lingering ghosts a’la Edgar Allan Poe. The author teaches creative writing at the University of Exeter and grew up in Oregon.
West of Here by Jonathan Evison
A small town in the wild west is the backdrop for a scene satisfying of more big city corporate adventures. A wonderful story filled with a depth of plot and character.
Chasing Eleanor by Kerry Chaput
Award-winning Pacific Northwest author, Kerry Chaput is back with a touching story set in America’s Great Depression. A story of survival, unlikely traveling companions, adventures, and a plan to find the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. The story will entertain and inspire all ages.
The Undesirables by Dave Boling
A heart-warming and page-turning tale of one girl’s struggle against her oppressors and coping with coming of age.
True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
A favorite with book clubs, enjoy a humorous tale of a young man who doesn’t feel like he fits into the world he was born in.
Cairo: A Graphic Novel by G. Willow Wilson
Last but certainly not least, pour yourself a large cuppa for this complex and curious tale of a seemingly unrelated set of characters exploring the adventures found on the back streets of Egypt’s bustling city.
Luminaries of the Humble by Elizabeth Woody
We love a good poem – enjoy this delightful collection featuring Native culture interpretations by one of the best poets in the northwest.
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
Much hyped – and worth every mention, with its interesting merger of history, science fiction, and fantasy; a reimagined Joan of Arc tries to save the world.
Upstream by Langdon Cook
An iconic fish – salmon – turned into a wonderful tale of the history and destiny of the fish (and how it might inform our own futures).
Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber
A top book pick by the Washington Post, NPR, Chicago Tribune, and the Oregonian, explore the story of a middle-school age and her experiences with “mean girls.”
The Tree Farm by Seth Sjostrom
Camas, Washington author Seth Sjostrom’s 2020 holiday novel finds joy in what matters most: rekindling fading Christmas traditions for the story’s characters and their town.
A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
In this “riveting, atmospheric thriller that messes with your mind in the best way” (Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author), three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune investigate the disappearances of two outsiders. The author lives in Central Oregon.
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