SPRING READING 2021
The Cannon Beach Book Company owners, Maureen Dooley-Sroufe (left) and Deb Mersereau (right), have graciously curated the following book list for Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings' guests. Designed to introduce Oregon history and subjects, as well as local and regional writers, we do hope you enjoy our selections currently in stock. Please support our local businesses
* Purchase a selection by calling the front desk, 503-436-1392.
* The credit card on file for your room will be charged.
* Your book will be delivered to your door. Deliveries to rooms are between 10 and 4pm, if you wish to purchase a book after 5pm, please call in your order and you may pick up the book at the front desk until 10pm.
Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire:
A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier
By Peter Stark (2015 Non-Fiction, Soft Bound) $16.99
Peter Stark's skillful depiction of this true adventure and wild survival challenge centered in Astoria is a terrific introduction to our northwest coast history. Be prepared for a gripping read!
Six years after Lewis and Clark began their journey to the Pacific Northwest, two of the Eastern establishment's leading figures, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson, turned their sights to found a colony akin to Jamestown on the West Coast and transforming the nation into a Pacific trading power.
Unfolding over the course of three years, from 1820 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship in the wilderness and at sea. Of the more than one hundred-forty members of the two advance parties that reached the West Coast—one crossing the Rockies, the other rounding Cape Horn—nearly half perished by violence. Others went mad. Within one year, the expedition successfully established Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River. Though the colony would be short-lived, it opened provincial American eyes to the potential of the Western coast and its founders and helped blaze the Oregon Trail."
Peter Stark currently resides in Seattle.Note: Unbelievably you can still visit Fort Astoria at 1498 Exchange St, Astoria
By Karl Marlantes (2019 Fiction, Soft Bound) $20.00
This marvelous family saga is about a Finnish immigrant family in the Pacific Northwest striving to grapple with a new culture in a raw land in southern Washington near the Columbia River. It spans two centuries, but, focuses on the first half of the 20th century, a time of logger barons, the messy early labor movement, World War 1 and the very real challenges that family, love, ambition and vision for a better life press upon the strong characters.
Rich in detail, beautifully written, this story is inspired by Karl Marlantes' own Finnish roots, and grounds readers in the area's history like no other book.
Marlantes grew up around Seaside, a logging area on the Oregon coast, and experienced commercial fishing with his grandfather. He currently lives in Seattle. He is a graduate of Yale and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
No Way to Die,
by Warren C. Easley (2019 Fiction, Soft Bound) $15.99
Oregon author Warren Eastley's mysteries main character is Cal Claxton, a LA attorney who now lives in an old farmhouse overlooking the Oregon wine country. He has established an Oregon law practice after breaking off his career as a high-powered LA prosecutor and just wants to go fishing with his daughter, Claire. Claxton and his daughter find themselves in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast, attempting to solve a suspicious death.
"There's so much more to like about this story than just its evocative Portland setting. Cal Claxton is a guy worth rooting for, and the gang who aid him in solving the complex and dangerous mystery are a fun bunch to follow." ----William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author, for Moving Targets.
Warren Eastley lives in Portland, Oregon.
The Sent Keeper
By Erica Bauermeister (2019 Fiction, Soft Bound) $16.99
Erica Bauermeister is a Northwest author whose book, The Scent Keeper, is a coming-of-age story. She presents a moving and evocative novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. Emmeline lives on a remote island with her father and when one day the unthinkable happens, she is forced to go out into the "real" world. Love, betrayal, ambition and revenge ensues. This is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.
"A fascinating, totally original, and captivating tale about how the love that separates us is also the love that keeps us together." ---- M. J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Fragrances
Erica Bauermeister lives in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state.
Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan,
A Novel of a Life in Art
By Deborah Reed (2020 Fiction, Soft Bound) $15.99
This story, about ninety-three-year-old Violet Swan, is set on the Oregon Coast where she has lived and painted for most of her life. She is an abstract painter whose work is famous for its peace and beauty, but, there are secrets of her past deeply hidden in her quiet life. An earthquake in the coastal town causes the series of events which will finally force her to open up and "paint" her own story, lighting the way for understanding in her family shortly before her death.
"Gorgeous, luminescent, and imbued with hope, meet Violet Swan, ninety-three years old, and with a heck of a story to tell. Be prepared to be spellbound." ----Rene Denfeld, best-selling author of the Child Finder.
Deborah Reed lives on the Oregon Coast and owns Cloud and Leaf bookstore, an independent bookstore in Manzanita. She is the author of six other books.