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Tom Beans is the owner of Dudley's Bookshop Cafe

When I took over Dudley's in April 2015, I believed Bend was ready to once again support an independent bookstore—but it had to be the right bookstore. We have f cused on selling the best literary fiction available, and I'm proud to say Bend welcomed us back with open arms. Here's my list of favorite titles from 2015:

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

My personal pick for best book of 2015. It's the story of young Franklin Starlight, estranged from his alcoholic father and wondering about a mother he never knew. His father Eldon, who is dying of drink, wants his son to take him to the mountains to be buried as a native warrior of old. The ensuing journey sheds light on the family history that Franklin never knew and his father never wanted to share. Heartbreaking, tragic and ultimately redemptive, this is a book without a word of wasted prose, with every page carrying a deeper meaning.

Slade House by David Mitchell

My favorite modern author gifted us with a wicked little dose of pure reading candy. Soul-sucking vampires living behind a hidden door that only appears every nine years? Echoes that tie back to Mitchell's overarching mythos? Tropes of cosmic evil played for laughs? Count me in.

My Struggle: Book 4 by Karl Ove Knausgaard

I'm going to cheat. The fourth book of this six-part series was released earlier this year, but consider this a plea to jump in with Book 1 now if you haven't already. In drama-infused detail, Knausgaard reveals all of the little bits that make up a life and give it meaning. It is profoundly, utterly brilliant.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Somewhere between the unadulterated fun of his Snow Crash and the headiness of his Baroque Cycle lies Seveneves. You'll learn more about orbital mechanics than you thought possible and have great fun along the way. It also has my favorite first line from this year: "The moon blew up with no warning and with no apparent reason."

Hikertrash: Life On The Pacific Crest Trail by Erin Miller

Local author Miller hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with her husband in 2013. Forget the treacly back-story of Cheryl Strayed's Wild. No lost boots or bra dilemmas here either. Written as a day-by-day trail journal, Hikertrash tells the story of what life is really like on the trail: the good, the bad, 'bandage boogers' and all.

2015 Bestselling Books at Dudley's Bookshop Cafe

-The Martian by Andy Weir

-All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

-Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

-One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

-Astoria by Peter Stark

-The Elegance of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

-The Mindfulness Coloring Book by Emma Farrarons

-The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko

-Jackaby by William Ritter

-Short Nights of The Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
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