Kate's Picks

I read fiction, narrative nonfiction, investigative journalism, classic fiction, short stories, science, history, and mysteries: about 35 books a year.  I will read a memoir if it is written by Abraham Verghese or if it is highly recommended by Sally. I have little patience for contrived drivel. Even my fiction has to have a  grounding in reality, either in the characters, plot, or sense of place.

I love my work at Broadway Books.  It is absolutely wonderful to learn about the current “best reads” from Roberta, Sally, my co-workers, and our customers.  Of course I love sharing my new discoveries and my old favorites.  

Right now I am reading Davis Country: H.L. Davis’s Northwest, an anthology of the work of H.L. Davis, the only Oregonian to receive the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  Davis’ writing is simply beautiful and it makes me ache to know that I only have a few more pages to read.  My current favorite novel is The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell.  This book has it all, history, intrigue, love, and gorgeous language.  Highest on the list for nonfiction is Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.   Again, a “has it all” experience only in a well-researched nonfiction gem.

 

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061792267
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 19th, 2013

Alexander Hamilton Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143034759
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2005

Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 2014

The Narrow Road to the Deep North Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

Sometimes a Great Notion Cover Image
By Ken Kesey, Charles Bowden (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039860
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Published: Penguin Books - September 2006

Independent People Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679767923
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 1997

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374533403
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 24th, 2012

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385494786
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Published: Anchor Books - October 18th, 1999

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780684826974
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 1997

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062511218
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Published: HarperOne - May 18th, 2010

The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson I Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780679729457
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Published: Vintage - February 17th, 1990

Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson II Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780679733713
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - March 6th, 1991

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson III Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780394720951
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Published: Vintage - April 25th, 2003

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780375713255
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Published: Vintage Books - May 7th, 2013

Davis Country: H. L. Davis's Northwest Cover Image
By Brian Booth (Editor), Glen A. Love (Editor)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780870715778
Availability: Special Order
Published: Oregon State University Press - October 2009

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812976366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade - March 8th, 2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400052189
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

         

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