1) Qh awala li: “water running down place” by Annette White-Parks
Comprehensive, readable and certainly the most interesting and thorough history of our coast. A thoughtful souvenir—for you or for a special friend.
2) Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast by Thomas E. Cochrane *
detailed yet approachable overview of how and why the Sonoma-Mendocino region’s coastline, with all its fascinating oddities, appears as it does today.
3) A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro B
In his highly acclaimed debut novel, Ishiguro tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, retreating into memories of post-war Japan after the suicide of her daughter.
4) Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year by Jeanne Jackson & Craig Tooley *
Far and away the Frog’s all-time bestselling book. Colorful flora and fauna arranged by season, with fun facts for all ages. A must-have gift for anyone who loves our coast.
5) Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
One sister trades self-respect for a wealthy husband. The other finds, in the pages of a book, a kindred spirit who changes her life.
6) The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Uncertainty and fear grip the nation, with rumors of cyber-terror, espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. When the President himself becomes a suspect and then vanishes, the game is afoot. This new Patterson collaboration is a page-turning thriller!
7) Snow by Orhan Pamuk B
The expatriate poet Ka returns to his native Turkey to investigate a rash of suicides among young women forbidden to wear their headscarves. While there, he reconnects with a beautiful divorcee he knew in college and gets pulled into religious and political intrigue.
8) Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig
The central volume in Doig’s Montana trilogy, this is a sweeping saga of the American experience at the turn of the century in the Rocky Mountains
9) Guide Dog for the Coastally Curious by Steve Oliff *
This beautifully hand-illustrated booklet introduces you to two quirky escorts who take you on an educational adventure of the amazing Mendocino Coast.
10) Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
When a travel writer is given the assignment of a lifetime – a week-long luxury cruise – she has no idea that she’ll be a witness to a mysterious crime. A tense locked-room mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie
11) A Californian’s Guide to the Birds Among Us by Charles Hood
A great, minimal guide for both amateur and dedicated bird watchers.
12) Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tidepools by Marni Fylling
A beautifully illustrated and compact reference guide for the tidepool enthusiast.
13) Beartown by Fredrik Backman B
Bestselling author Backman returns with the tale of a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that may bring them all back together.
14) Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Years after the end of World War II, Nathaniel Williams reflects upon his experiences as a teen when his parents left him and his sister with a mysterious neighbor just after the war. Uncovering all he didn’t know or understand at the time through facts, recollection and imagination, Ondaatje gives us another haunting masterpiece.
15) Less by Andrew Sean Greer
A failed novelist about to turn 50 decides to accept every literary event invitation he’s been putting off to avoid the wedding of his former longtime boyfriend. A hilarious and heartfelt journey of love, loss and the legacy you leave behind you.
16) California Field Atlas by Obi Kaufmann
Artist and adventurer Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate the ecologies, topographies and histories of the Golden State in this beautifully illustrated book.
17) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Accessible retold tales weaving together ancient Norse mythology with a 21st century sensibility by one of fantasy’s best modern writers.
18) Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
After oil was discovered under their native land, Osage began to be killed off during the 1920’s and anyone trying to investigate the crime was killed as well. The fledgling FBI took up the case, and with an undercover team that included a former Texas Ranger and a Native American agent they uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
19) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
When New Yorker Rachel Chu goes to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick, to vacation and meet his family, she finds he may have left out a few details. His family home isn’t a house, it’s more like a palace. His family isn’t just wealthy, they’re crazy rich…and Nick happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. Opulent, zany and with over the top family drama and extravagant settings, it’s a perfect beach read!
20) Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers
From the creators of The Night Gardener, this is a stunning dream-like picture book for younger readers about a young boy who sets sail to find the place his grandfather told him about – where the ocean meets the sky. This is a staff favorite and is a lovely book for readers of all ages!
B = Book club selection
* = Local author