The Literary Duck’s Top 2013 Reads—With Some Local Flavor
One thing about independent bookstores, or really any local business, is you can walk in and feel a little local flavor. March into the book section of a big box store (that is, if they have a book section) and you’ll see the same old authors, selling the same old bestsellers—whether you’re in Eugene, Oregon or Lubbock, Texas. Not that there’s anything wrong with the John Grisham’s of the world, but here at the Literary Duck we try to represent at least some of the literary talent at the University of Oregon, in Eugene and all over the Northwest. Here’s a sampling of what sold well for this in 2013, along with a few of the year’s bestsellers. Enjoy!
This list also appeared in the December 12th edition of The Eugene Weekly’s Winter Reading edition. Read more here: http://eugeneweekly.com/20131212/lead-story/winter-reading-top-ten
Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging
By: Lauren Kessler
University of Oregon faculty author, Lauren Kessler, sets off on a personal odyssey, exploring and discovering what it means to get old in our youth obsessed society.
The moving story of an elderly woman’s friendship with a young and troubled teenage girl.
By: Amanda Coplin
A critically lauded debut novel of historical fiction set in the old west, from University of Oregon alumni author, Amanda Coplin.
The latest in the popular Bernard Martin crime series, from University of Oregon faculty author, Barbara Corrado Pope
Historical fiction about an almost-love affair, beginning in Italy in 1962 and rekindled 50 years later in Hollywood.
University of Oregon faculty author, Tom Titus, returns to Oregon, reacquainting himself to home through a year of hunting and gathering food.
A guide to multiple-day, self-supported bicycle tours of Oregon, for all levels of cyclists.
The story of a young mother and her failing farm in Tennessee.
Observations on travel from bestselling humorist David Sedaris.
University of Oregon faculty author, Jennifer Freyd, explores why we ignore betrayal, giving insight into why we turn a blind-eye to what and who hurt us most.