Oregon City Library 2023 Mid-year Staff Picks

Here's what your Oregon City library staffers have enjoyed reading this first half of 2023.

Updated September 6, 2023
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Active hope : how to face the mess we're in without going crazy
Macy, Joanna
The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we...
Beartown : a novel
Backman, Fredrik
"You'll love this engrossing novel." --People From the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Anxious People, Fredrik Backman captivates readers with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream--and the price required to make it come...
The body : a guide for occupants
Bryson, Bill
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST * LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD "Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design." --The Washington...
The code breaker : Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race
Isaacson, Walter
A Best Book of 2021 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time, and The Washington Post The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a "compelling" (The Washington Post) account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna...
Convenience store woman
Murata, Sayaka
The English-language debut of one of Japan's most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in...
The covenant of water : a novel
Verghese, Abraham
OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * SUBJECT OF A SIX-PART SUPER SOUL PODCAST SERIES HOSTED BY OPRAH WINFREY From the New York Times-bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in...
Crazy like us : the globalization of the American psyche
Watters, Ethan.
It is well known that American culture is a dominant force at home and abroad; our exportation of everything from movies to junk food is a well-documented phenomenon. But is it possible America's most troubling impact on the globalizing world has yet to be accounted for? In Crazy Like Us, Ethan...
Demon Copperhead : a novel
Kingsolver, Barbara
WINNER OF THE 2023 PULITZER PRIZE * WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION A New York Times "Ten Best Books of 2022" * An Oprah's Book Club Selection * An Instant New York Times Bestseller * An Instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller * A #1 Washington Post Bestseller...
Digger Unearthed: The Complete Tenth Anniversary Collection
Vernon, Ursula
The story of a wombat on an incredible journey of discovery Kurt Busiek calls "utterly charming with a delightful (and refreshingly practical) hero." Digger Unearthed is the story of a shrewd, sensible wombat engineer named Digger-of-unnecessarily-convoluted...
Herbert, Frank.
* DUNE: PART TWO * THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE COMING NOVEMBER 3rd, 2023Directed by Denis Villeneuve, screenplay by Denis Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts, based on the novel Dune by Frank Herbert * Starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin,...
End of the Oregon Trail
The factory
Oyamada, Hiroko
The English-language debut of one of Japan's most exciting new writers, The Factory follows three workers at a sprawling industrial factory. Each worker focuses intently on the specific task they've been assigned: one shreds paper, one proofreads documents, and another studies the moss growing...
Fighting in a world on fire : the next generation's guide to protecting the climate and saving our future
Malm, Andreas
An argument for bold action to halt climate destruction, adapted for young people from Andreas Malm's best-selling book Young people are inheriting a world of climate catastrophe. Young people are also one of the strongest forces leading movements for climate justice, and to halt...
The forever witness : how DNA and genealogy solved a cold case double murder
Humes, Edward
"Thought-provoking true-crime thriller...the book raises urgent questions of balancing public and private good that we'll likely be dealing with as long as the title implies."-Wall Street Journal A relentless detective and a civilian genealogist solve a haunting cold case...
Roach, Mary
What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? Three hundred years ago, animals that broke the law would be assigned legal representation and put on trial. These days, as New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the...
A gentleman in Moscow
Towles, Amor
The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a Showtime/Paramount series starring Ewan McGregor as Count Alexander Rostov From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and Rules of Civility, a beautifully...
The girl who fell beneath the sea
Oh, Axie
A New York Times Bestseller! Axie Oh's The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is an enthralling feminist retelling of the classic Korean folktale "The Tale of Shim Cheong," perfect for fans of Wintersong, Uprooted, and Miyazaki's Spirited...
The guide : a novel
Heller, Peter
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * The best-selling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado, where he uncovers a plot of shocking menace amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests.
Hamnet : a novel of the plague
O'Farrell, Maggie
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER * NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The bestselling author of The Marriage Portrait delivers a luminous portrait of a marriage, a family ravaged by grief, and a boy whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time. *...
Happiness : a novel
Steel, Danielle
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From Danielle Steel comes an uplifting novel about an author who--to her surprise--inherits a grand estate near London. Sabrina Brooks is a wildly successful bestselling author of gripping thrillers. Unlike her fictional characters, Sabrina...
Happy place
Henry, Emily
INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! "The beach-read master hooks us again."--People Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by BuzzFeed ∙ Paste Magazine ∙ Elle ∙ Southern Living ∙ SheReads ∙ Culturess ∙...
Heartstopper. Volume 1
Oseman, Alice
Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. A sweet and charming coming-of-age story that explores friendship, love, and coming out. This edition features beautiful two-color artwork. Now streaming on Netflix! Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next...
Hell followed with us
White, Andrew Joseph
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A furious, queer debut novel about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors. "A long, sustained scream to the various strains of anti-transgender legislation multiplying around the world...
High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out
Ripley, Amanda
When we are baffled by the insanity of the "other side"--in our politics, at work, or at home--it's because we aren't seeing how the conflict itself has taken over. That's what "high conflict" does. It's the invisible hand of our time. And it's different from the useful friction...
In a sunburned country
Bryson, Bill.
Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion up, down, and over the Appalachian Trail (well, most of it) resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. Now he has traveled across the world and all the way Down...
The Inugami curse
Yokomizo, Seishi
A fiendish classic murder mystery, from one of Japan's greatest crime writers.
The island of sea women : a novel
See, Lisa
A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come...
Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI
Grann, David
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Wager and The Lost City of Z, "one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today."--New...
Moshfegh, Ottessa
An Instant New York Times Bestseller! "Lapvona flips all the conventions of familial and parental relations, putting hatred where love should be or a negotiation where grief should be . . . Through a mix of witchery, deception, murder, abuse, grand delusion, ludicrous...
Leave it to Psmith
Wodehouse, P. G.
At Blandings Castle, things go quickly awry in Leave It to Psmith, beloved humorist P. G. Wodehouse's lighthearted and classic take on the English aristocracy that's a perfect read for fans of British humor.
Lessons in chemistry
Garmus, Bonnie
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * GMA BOOK CLUB PICK * Meet Elizabeth Zott: "a gifted research chemist, absurdly self-assured and immune to social convention" (The Washington Post) in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a ...
The light pirate
Brooks-Dalton, Lily
Set in the near future, this hopeful story of survival and resilience follows Wanda--a luminous child born out of a devastating hurricane--as she navigates a rapidly changing world: A "symphony of beauty and heartbreak" (Associated Press). A Good Morning America...
The maid : a novel
Prose, Nita
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK * "A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center" (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.   FINALIST FOR...
Eliot, George
From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers-featuring cover art by type superstar Jessica Hische It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and gift-worthy hardcover editions, each with a...
Eugenides, Jeffrey.
Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides--the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body...
My Happy Marriage 01 (Manga)
Tsukioka, Tsukiho
A "Cinderella"-inspired slow-burn historical romance with a paranormal twist set in Taisho-era Japan! A browbeaten and mistreated daughter is cast out of her home and sent to audition as a bridal candidate for the heir to one of the most powerful families in the land...
The myth of normal : trauma, illness, and healing in a toxic culture
Mate?, Gabor
The instant New York Times bestseller By the acclaimed author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a pathway to health and healing. ...
Night film : a novel
Pessl, Marisha.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR * Cosmopolitan * Kirkus Reviews * BookPage A page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson, Night Film tells the haunting story of a...
No-no boy
Okada, John
"No-No Boy has the honor of being among the first of what has become an entire literary canon of Asian American literature," writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her new foreword. First published in 1957, No-No Boy was virtually ignored by a public eager to put World War II and the...
Nothing but the rain
Salman, Naomi
A sleepy little town discovers its memories have become part of the water cycle in Naomi Salman's debut novella, Nothing but the Rain. The rain in Aloisville is never-ending, and no one can remember when it started. There's not much they can remember. With every drop...
The only woman
Humes, Immy
As seen in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Telegraph A compelling gallery of women who made their way into a man's world, shown through group portraits each featuring a lone woman An original approach to gender equality, this striking...
Ordinary men : Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland
Browning, Christopher R.
The particular sadness of lemon cake : a novel
Bender, Aimee.
On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the slice. To her horror, she finds that her cheerful mother tastes of despair. Soon, she's nbsp;privy to...
The perfect marriage
Rose, Jeneva
One million sold: "A tantalizing premise . . . twists at every turn . . . [A] masterful debut about betrayal and justice" by a New York Times-bestselling author (Samantha M. Bailey, #1 national bestselling author of Watch Out for Her<...
A psalm for the wild-built
Chambers, Becky
Winner of the Hugo Award! In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, bestselling Becky Chambers's delightful new Monk and Robot series, gives us hope for the future. It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools;...
Du Maurier, Daphne
ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 BEST MYSTERY AND THRILLER BOOKS OF ALL TIME * The only hardcover edition of Daphne du Maurier's beloved, internationally best-selling gothic mystery. Rebecca has twice been adapted for film and was named a PBS Great American Read Top 100...
Reckless girls
Hawkins, Rachel
Instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Pick From Rachel Hawkins, the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs, comes a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an...
Red azalea
Min, Anchee
Anchee Min's remarkable story reveals both the brutality of oppression and the incredible resilience of the human spirit. A journey of passion and danger, luck and betrayal, told in spare, elegant prose that Newsweek calls as delicate and evocative as a traditional Chinese brush painting. From the...
Rogues : true stories of grifters, killers, rebels and crooks
Keefe, Patrick Radden
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the award-winning author of Empire of Pain and Say Nothing--and one of the most decorated journalists of our time--twelve enthralling true stories of skulduggery and intrigue "An excellent collection of Keefe's detective...
Rough sleepers
Kidder, Tracy
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The powerful story of an inspiring doctor who made a difference, by helping to create a program to care for Boston's homeless community--by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Mountains Beyond Mountains "I...
Saga. Volume ten
Vaughan, Brian K.
Book Riot
The silent patient
Michaelides, Alex
**THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** "An unforgettable--and Hollywood-bound--new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy." --Entertainment Weekly The Silent Patient is a...
Something wilder
Lauren, Christina
The "reigning romance queens" (PopSugar) and New York Times bestselling authors of The Soulmate Equation and The Unhoneymooners present a charming and laugh-out-loud funny novel filled with adventure, treasure, and, of course, love. Growing up...
State of terror : a novel
Clinton, Hillary Rodham
AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER​ Named one of the most anticipated novels of the season by People, Associated Press, Time, Los Angeles Times, Parade, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly,...
A tale for the time being
Ozeki, Ruth L.
A New York Times BestsellerIn Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's...
That bird has my wings : the autobiography of an innocent man on death row
Masters, Jarvis Jay
Finding freedom behind the walls of San Quentin.
This way for the gas, ladies and gentlemen
Borowski, Tadeusz
Tadeusz Borowski's concentration camp stories were based on his own experiences surviving Auschwitz and Dachau. In spare, brutal prose he describes a world where where the will to survive overrides compassion and prisoners eat, work and sleep a few yards from where others are murdered; where the...
The three little guinea pigs
Perl, Erica S.
A laugh-out-loud retelling of The Three Little Pigs, The Three Little Guinea Pigs is perfect for fans of fairytales and guinea pigs alike. This clever story by prolific children's book author Erica S. Perl and dynamic illustrator Amy Young makes a perfect read-aloud and includes...
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Zevin, Gabrielle
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * Sam and Sadie--two college friends, often in love, but never lovers--become creative partners in a dazzling and intricately imagined world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality. It...
Transcendent kingdom
Gyasi, Yaa
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! * Finalist for the WOMEN'S PRIZE Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama...
Tuesdays with Morrie : an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson
Albom, Mitch
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A special 25th anniversary edition of the beloved book that has changed millions of lives with the story of an unforgettable friendship, the timeless wisdom of older generations, and healing lessons on loss and grief--featuring a new afterword by the author<...
Us against you
Backman, Fredrik
A #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorAfter all that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they now learn that their beloved hockey team will soon be disbanded. Former Beartown players now playing for a rival team take obvious satisfaction in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension, a...
The wife upstairs
Hawkins, Rachel
Instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller "Compulsively readable...a gothic thriller laced with arsenic." --EW One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021: CNN * Newsweek * Vulture * PopSugar...
The winners : a novel
Backman, Fredrik
A breathtaking new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anxious People and A Man Called Ove, The Winners returns to the close-knit, resilient community of Beartown for a story about first loves, second chances, and last goodbyes. Over...
A year in Provence
Mayle, Peter.
They had been there often as tourists. They had cherished the dream of someday living all year under the Provencal sun. And suddenly it happened. Here is the month-by-month account of the charms and frustrations that Peter Mayle and his wife -- and their two large dogs -- experience...
Yellow bird : oil, murder, and a woman's search for justice in Indian country
Murdoch, Sierra Crane
PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST * The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it--an urgent work of literary journalism. "I don't know a more complicated, original protagonist in...

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