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Find out what The Bookloft owner, Mary Swanson has read lately, plus new releases and new books of local interest.

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For 38 years The Bookloft has been home to good books for all of the readers in Wallowa County. Current owner Mary Swanson has had the store since 1988. Small and selective, the store reflects the unique flavor of our beautiful location.  Wallowa County is located in the extreme northeast corner of Oregon. We are surrounded by the Wallowa Mountains and Hells Canyon, the gorge of the Snake River. [read more]

Mary's 10 Favorite books read in 2015

In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin - A big, beautiful, slow read set in New York City just after World War II, this novel is part period piece and part love story. 15.95

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo – Di Camillo just won the Newberry prize for this charming account of the adventures of a traumatized squirrel with superpowers and a precocious young girl trying to save her parents’ marriage. 17.99

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – a novel about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make a decision that has implications for the rest of their lives. 16.00

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – a fun read about the crossroads between old and new ways to solve a riddle that can only be revealed through books. And the book glows in the dark! 15.00

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams – an eloquent exploration of the ways that the lessons of women’s lives can be expressed, sometimes even without words. 15.00
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen – an injured detective is given a new department and a caseload of old dead cases. To the surprise of his superiors, he actually gets to work solving them. A somewhat intense plot line and some quirky characters provide a good balance between tension and humor. 16.00

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer – an inspiring book about thoughts and emotions and how to become free of their limiting effects on inner peace. 16.95

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller – A soulful young man struggling in a post-pandemic world must make choices between self-preservation and connection with other survivors. 15.00

Little Century by Anna Keesey – reminiscent of Molly Gloss’s Jump-Off Creek, this novel tells the story of a young woman who moves from Chicago to homestead in the desert country of eastern Oregon at the turn of the 20th century. 16.00

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig – Told in the voice of a twelve year old boy, this is an engaging tale of a father and son who have a most unusual relationship. 16.00


Mary's 10 Favorite books read in 2012

RESTORATION by Olaf Olafsson
A novel set in Italy during World War II that shows the impact of the war on a small village in and its inhabitants.  It explores themes of love and loss through the experiences of a woman art restorer and a particular painting whose true history is a mystery.  14.99

THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown
Three sisters have returned to their parents' home due to individual crises.  What they are forced to face is the fact that our families are chosen by fate and not choice.  Yet we are bound to these people for life.  15.00

A good mystery set in Florence, Italy.  Ties between a missing young American art student and an elderly man who has taken his own life ae discovered by a disgraced ex-policeman.  14.95

ELEGY FOR EDDIE by Jacqueline Winspear
It seems like the latest Maisie Dobbs novel is always on my favorite list!  These post WAorld WAr II novels are well-plotted and have great characters.  15.99

STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett
Her latest is about a pharmaceutical worker who has disappeared in the jungle of South America.  The co-worker who is sent to see what happened, becomes deeply involved with the native people to surprising resluts.  15.99

THE ORCHARDIST by Amanda Coplin
This wonderful new voice in Pacific Northwest literature tells the tale of a man who lives a solitary life among his trees until two young girls enter his life. 26.99

THE DOVE IN THE STONE by Alice O. Howell
This thought-provoking book contains so many interesting elements: rambles on the Celtic isle of Iona,  explorations of the feminine aspect of wisdom, ancient symbolism and other ideas about finding the sacred in the commonplace.  12.00

Yes, this was pre-travel reading before my big trip this year.  Whether you are a Francophile or not, this was a fascinating look at small village life in central France.  13.99

SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
A beautiful retelling of the legend of Achilles, told by his beloved companion Patroclus.  It shows another side to the warrior Achilles.  The author's blending of the myths of gods and men makes the characters of this well know story seem fresh and so very human.  14.99

FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver
In her brilliant way, Kingsolver takes a look at global climate change and the divisiveness that plagues our country through an interesting fictional tale.  28.99

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