I love how reading takes you places you’ve never been. But I also love reading something that I connect to. One way to connect is by reading a book set in your area, or even a book written by a local author. My students feel the same way. Here are ten books that make me proud to be an Oregonian–and that I love to hand to students.
1. The River Why by David James Duncan
One of my forever favorite books, this is a coming of age story. The beginning is hilarious, and then Duncan guides you into deeper and deeper reflection on faith, family, and the environment. The River Why focuses a lot on fishing, but I love the book despite my complete lack of interest in that activity. Set in the 1970s, most of the action takes place in the rainy Coastal Range, with a cameo…
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