Luckiest Girl Alive

Woman Running

I spent this morning on a lake in the first rainstorm I’ve seen in months. It was supposed to be a group nature tour, but I was the only one who showed up. The others, far wiser than I, took one look at the forecast and the charcoal sky and went back to sleep. Not even motorboats ventured out on this stormy morning. And so, the guide and I found ourselves the only people on a wild mountain lake. We battled the wind and rain and waves to propel our little boats through the water. At one point, I stopped paddling and raised my face to the sky. The rain was a blessing after months of drought and wildfire. The guide interrupted my moment of gratitude and prayer to yell, “If you stop paddling forward, you’ll be blown back!” continue reading >>

Goodbye, Book Friends

Couple toasting with champagne

It’s time for goodbye.

My feelings about this last Literary Duck blog and how we find ourselves at this particular crossroad puts me in mind of Raymond Chandler’s, The Long Goodbye. “To say goodbye,” he wrote, “is to die a little.”

We have—you and I, and the other bloggers—been meeting here in this blog-space for five years, chatting about books, and storytelling, and liars, and bastards, and family, and some things literary in nature, and a lot of things to do with fiction and what it means to be a reader in this fast, busy world. We’ve had a good ride, but now we’re turning our horses’ heads toward the sunset. Exit stage left. continue reading >>

A Fond Farewell to Favorites

Couple Sitting

All good things must come to an end. The Literary Duck Blog has been wondrous fun and the best of things to us (and hopefully to you, our dear readers), and it is now coming to an end. The final installment of the Literary Duck Blog will appear on Monday, August 31st.

But don’t fear! The blog will still be here for you to visit any time you want. Even though there won’t be fresh posts, feel free to chuckle over old confessionals from our writers, use our staff favorites to guide you, and look to our theme posts to give you ideas on your literary rambles.

For this, our penultimate blog, we have compiled bonus staff recommendations to see you through the autumn. Thank you all for your love of books and for coming with us on our literary journey. And please come by any of the brick and mortar Duck Stores if you are in need of in person book recommendations! continue reading >>

Novels for Kids (and the Kid at Heart)


Midgrade novels are curious things. We don’t often think of children’s books as Serious Literature. But the books that have had some of the greatest impact on the world of literature (and our lives) are children’s novels: Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, The Giver to name a few.

These novels have captivated children and grown-ups alike. They have seized our imaginations, echoed our fears, inspired our bravery, and changed our lives. Whether you are looking for a novel for a kid in your life or you want to leave the sometimes unmagical world of grown-ups behind, here are imaginative midgrade novels for every kid or kid at heart. continue reading >>

Water, Water Everywhere

Two young women soaking in hot spring, sea in background

We are in the midst of a long, hot, smoky summer. We haven’t seen a drop of rain in recent memory, and the forecast looks equally free from any hint of precipitation. Is it any wonder we are craving water? And not just to drink. We want to dive into to cold, clear water. Swim in it, bathe in it, float on top of it with a good book…maybe a book with water in the title, like one of these refreshing reads. So go ahead, dive right into a book and imagine yourself bobbing next to an iceberg.

Burying Water By: K. A. Tucker

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the onlyBurying Water clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets [...]
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Bookish Books for Bookish People


The only things better than books are books about books, books that remind us that they more than stories—they are the stories of our lives. We can chart our lives by the books we have read, and how we responded to them. No one ever reads the same book twice. We bring our new experiences to our interpretations of old favorites. Books remind us of who we once were and teach us more about who we are now.

The following books have authors and characters who understand the importance of books in our lives. Sometimes we live a mystery, sometimes a suspense, and sometimes a romance. Books are us and we are books, so go ahead and make the most of your life’s story by seizing a book! continue reading >>

Hot August Nights


Summer has the shortest nights of the year, but they can feel like the longest. Triple digit heat makes the nights interminable and sleep elusive. Instead of tossing and turning, try reading books with some heat of their own. Use those hot August nights as an opportunity to peruse some steamy stories. continue reading >>

August Staff Favorites!


Summer is winding down. If you haven’t done any savoring of long, hot days, you’d best get to savoring them before they change to short, cool ones. And how better to truly enjoy long, hot days than to read some scintillating novels?

Andy has exquisite taste in literature. She has hand-selected the following books just for your enjoyment. So add a little literature into the last days of summer and pick up one of these luscious reads. continue reading >>

Beach Reads

Attractive young couple walking on the beach with a seplane floating in the background

Oregon has a lot of options when it comes to beaches. You can head to the coast, you can head to the river, you can head to Crater Lake. You can read by an honest to goodness volcano! You can hop on a plane to your own tropical island. Or you can slap a blanket down next to a kiddie pool in your backyard and call it a beach.

As many options as you have for where to read, you have just as many when it comes to what to read. And nothing says summer like a juicy beach read. Summer is quickly slipping away, so if you haven’t plunged into the salacious exploits of the beautiful and vaguely immoral, here are beachy books to savor the sunshine with: continue reading >>

Preserving a Taste of Summer

Food Truck

Harvest time is getting close! By now you probably have more zucchini and green beans than you know what to do with; tomatoes won’t be too far behind. Fresh vegetables taste like summer sunshine, and you’ll be wanting that taste of summer in the long, cold, dreary winter months that are coming whether we like it or not. It’s time to start thinking about preserving your food.

Luckily, there are plenty of people ready to help you out right here in Lane County. The OSU Extension Service is offering Master Food Preservers Workshops on a variety of delicious topics: continue reading >>