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Michelle's Picks

 

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ScarecrowMichelle has been selling Children's books for eight years now. Powered by coffee and poetry (not necessarily in that order, depending on the day), she enjoys spending time with photography, natural history museums, old maps and the stories of those who created them, animals in their natural environments, and tales of travels afar, far afar...

Did we mention poetry? In fact, Michelle (or C. M. Frost, as she is known professionally) has recently released a new chapbook of poems called Scarecrow.

Smiling fool believes
all streets are blissful like this—
air smells of laundry.

C. M. Frost from Scarecrow

 

Nonfiction

Uncle Mike's Guide to the Real Oregon CoastUncle Mike's Guide to the Real Oregon Coast by Michael Burgess with disturbing illustrations by Steve McLeod

Michael Burgess is the owner of Cannon Beach Books and author of "Uncle Mike's Therapy Page" in the local rag Upper Left Edge out of Cannon Beach. I've given this book to friends and relatives not living in Oregon too many times to count. It's a perfect gift. Informative and funny as hell, it tells the real story behind those adorable seals and picturesque gulls, and also about the beach before, during, and after tourist attacks. I doubt you could read a page in this book without chuckling in agreement.
 
Wildlife on the EdgeWildlife on the Edge by Sally L. Lackaff

Another perfect holiday gift for locals as well as out-of-towners you want to impress. Sally not only illustrates the Pacific Northwest flora and fauna, but uses her wit and humor to caption the lovely illustrations. One of my fave Oregon books this year. Every time I visit the coast I sit at Manzanita News and Coffee and read the cafe copy of this book

 

Fiction

A Cold Day in ParadiseA Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton

Edgar Award-winning murder mystery set in Paradise, Michigan. A convicted murderer locked away for years seems, by the "trademarks" found at the scenes of each murder, to have reappeared. A quick and satisfying read.
 
New York TrilogyThe New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

Amazing psychological twists will keep you guessing and leave you spellbound as you wind your way through these three stories. It's not a new release but worth discovering if you haven't already.
 
Birds of AmericaBirds of America by Lorrie Moore

Okay, so I'm late in discovering Ms. Moore's stories. But now that I have, I shall read them until I've read them all. This collection of her short stories is sure to please all but the most surly reader. These lives of ordinary folk in extraordinary circumstances, both tragic and hilarious, will stay in your mind for days.
 

 

Children's Books

Charles of the WildCharles of the Wild by John & Ann Hassett

This children's picture book, which I have sold to several of my coworkers, tells the story of a small dog who befriends a lonely man in the park. From then on, they meet daily for walks in the great outdoors. The whimsy of these illustrations will win you over at first glance. Good gift for ages 3-6, and of course all adults.
 
SkelligSkellig by David Almond

A British novelist making his debut in young adult fiction tells the story of a young boy adjusting to a recent move, his younger sister's illness, and making new friends. But the real story begins when he discovers someone or something sleeping in the back of the garage. Suspense and magic will hold your interest throughout. Not just for kids.
 

 

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