by Feathers: A Year of Birdwatching in the West by Frances Wood
Frances Wood, a novelist, teacher and naturalist, lets us peer into
the world of birds with her new novel, Brushed by Feathers. She
gives us an intimate look at ravens, godwits and willets. And we
learn more than we ever wanted to know about these creaturesí path
to migration, habits and culture. Enthusiasts and experts alike
will marvel at the winged-world Wood opens up with her well-tracked
observation of birds. Wood will discuss her book October 21, 4:30pm
at the Book Barn in downtown Bend. The event is free and open to
the public. Information: 389-4589.
Falls by Joyce Carol Oates
Set in the city of Niagara Falls during the 1950s, The Falls tells
the turbulent story of Ariah Littrell who is widowed on her wedding
night when her husband, a minister and masked homosexual, plunges
into the falls. Convinced that she is cursed, Ariah finds happiness
and love both impossible states of existence. Her bad luck falters
when she meets Dirk Burnaby, an attractive and good-hearted man.
The only rift between them is Ariahís paranoia that something will
go wrong and her increasingly bizarre behavior. What follows is
a melodramatic account of family drama.