Books to Read in Eugene, OR
Whether you live in Oregon now, have lived or visited here before, or plan to visit in the future, these books share the diverse stories from and about Oregon's people, places, events and ideas — all illustrating the irrepressible pioneering beauty of Lane County.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Chiseled by Danuta Pfeiffer
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Author Willam Sullivan
Author Ken Kesey
The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow
The Rediscovered Diary of Opal Whiteley by Benjamin Hoff
My Oregon by Bob Welch
On to Oregon by Honore Morrow
Walk a Mile in My Shoes by Tom Cunneff
The Casey Martin Story
More Authors & Books
Lane County is home to many more authors and poets that have found quiet places to reflect and write. Here are other regional and statewide authors and books to help round out a sense of place in this multi-deminsional and varied community.
Ursula Le Guin — A feminist science fiction writer known best for "Left Hand of Darkness" and her "Earthsea" series inspired by the Oregon Coast. Le Guin lived in Portland, Oregon and Eugene's UO Library houses the largest collection of her work nationwide.
L.J. Sellers — Eugene-based author Sellers writes crime fiction often set in Eugene - Springfield. With over twenty mystery thrillers, the pages can't be turned quick enough.
Gerald Duane "Boomer" Wright — A native Oregonian, Wright is a children's author and former educator who just so happened to spend many years managing the famous Sea Lion Caves on the Oregon Coast. "Caption Cox and The Cave of Many Voices" is historical fiction about the discovery of the sea lion caves — aptly written for the many children that marvel year round at the massive, barking sea lions.
Geri Larkin — A Zen Buddhist teacher and author, best known for "Stumbling Toward Enlightenment", Larkin choose the solace of Eugene's gentle landscape for her home. Read "Plant Seed, Pull Weed" for a spiritual exploration through gardening. Her masterful insights and lyrical prose transform reading into a walk through the garden of the soul. You'll be inspired to visit the nearest nursery and plant your own seeds.
Eline Kristina England — "Eating Close to Home" is not just a cookbook, it is a guide to connecting with Lane County's local foods. Organized by seasons and with detailed descriptions of regional crops and what to do with them, this is a perfect way to acquaint yourself with the culinary rhythms of eating local.
"Eugene Oregon Walks" — A simple, hand-printed book by Tyler Burgess, this is the guide to your neighborhood! A collection of 32 maps with step by step directions to notice Eugene's highlights. Like Frog's Joke Books, this a book that every longtime Eugenian has or should have.
Books To Go
Two local bookstores are offering curbside pick up for books. Call ahead to procure the book you'd like.
Smith Family Bookstore offers online orders and shipping for rare books that they have in stock. Or call them direct and they'll find you popular titles for pick up.
Tsunami Bookstore is selling gift certificates, and "quarantine kits" — selections of four to seven books grouped around age/genre. Call ahead and then do curbside pick up.
Additionally, the Eugene Public Library is providing book personalized recommendations for your reading preference. Fill out a short online questionnaire and they will email you a list of books you might enjoy. You can also browse their e-books inventory. Their staff is available by phone during set hours for library card assistance (Eugene residency requirements).
Another tip for book lovers: The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House hosts a monthly book club. The schedule is listed on their website. Currently book discussions are being held on zoom with interested participants.