Winter Reading Top Ten

UO Duck Store Literary Duck Top Ten

Here are the books that are hot, many by local and faculty authors, at the UO’s Literary Duck bookstore.

1. ** Counterclockwise: My year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, And Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging By Lauren Kessler. Rodale Press, $24.99.

UO faculty author Lauren Kessler sets off on a personal odyssey, exploring and discovering what it means to get old in our youth-obsessed society.

2. Orphan Train: A Novel By Christina Baker Kline. William Morrow, $14.99.

The moving story of an elderly woman’s friendship with a young and troubled teenage girl.

3. ** The Orchardist: A Novel By Amanda Coplin. Harper Perennial, $15.99.

A critically lauded debut novel of historical fiction set in the Old West from UO alumni author Amanda Coplin.

4. ** The Missing Italian Girl: A Mystery in Paris By Barbara Pope. Pegasus, $25.95.

The latest in the popular Bernard Martin crime series from UO faculty author Barbara Pope.

5. Beautiful Ruins: A Novel By Jess Walter. Harper Perennial, $15.99.

Historical fiction about an almost-love affair, beginning in Italy in 1962 and rekindled 50 years later in Hollywood.

6. ** Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace By Tom A. Titus. Red Moons Press, $12.

UO faculty author Tom A. Titus returns to Oregon, reacquainting himself to home through a year of hunting and gathering food .

7. ** Cycling Sojourner By Ellee Thalheimer. Microcosm Press, $17.95.

A guide to multi-day, self-supported bicycle tours of Oregon, for all levels of cyclists.

8. Flight Behavior: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver. Harper Perennial, $16.99.

The story of a young mother and her failing farm in Tennessee.

9. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls By David Sedaris. Little, Brown and Co., $27.

Observations on travel from bestselling humorist David Sedaris.

10. ** Blind to Betrayal: Why We Fool Ourselves We Aren’t Being Fooled By Jennifer Freyd. Johny Wiley & Sons, $17.95.

UO 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.

Eugene Public Library’s Top Book Picks

Eugene Public Library is filled with joyful readers year-round. You can check out these recent faves of patrons and staff alike from your local library branch.


The Goldfinch Donna Tartt (novel, see review this issue)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman (novel)

The Tenth of December George Saunders (short stories)


Boxers & Saints Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)

Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell (novel)

The Fault in Our Stars John Green (novel)


Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard Loree Griffin Burns (nonfiction)

One Gorilla: A Counting Book Anthony Browne (picture book)

The Return to the Willows Jacqueline Kelly (novel)

Also big with local readers: free digital eBooks (choose from 19,000-plus titles) and 125 popular magazines (from The Advocate to Yoga Journal). Download them to enjoy on your tablet, eReader or smartphone, free of charge, at the Eugene Public Library website: