Book List:22 titles
  • If you love to read, or write, or both, you’ll appreciate Brain Doyle—passionate observer of and commentator on all things written. In this ultimate collection of his thoughts on writers and writing and readers and reading, he covered everything...


  • The young Robert Louis Stevenson, living in a boarding house in San Francisco while waiting for his beloved's divorce from her feckless husband, dreamed of writing a soaring novel about his landlady's adventurous and globe-trotting husband but he nev...


  • A collection of headlong tales by Oregon author Brian Doyle―exploring such riveting and peculiar topics as chess in the Levant, tailors who specialize in holes, how to report stigmata to your attending physician, the intense hilarity of basketball,...


  • On the last day of summer, some years ago, a young college graduate moves to Chicago and rents a small apartment on the north side of the city, by the vast and muscular lake. This is the story of the five seasons he lives there, during which he meets...


  • Dave is fourteen years old, eager and headlong. He is about to start high school, which is scary and alluring. Martin is a pine marten, a small, muscled hunter of the deep woods. He is about to leave home for the first time, which is scary and thrill...


  • Declan O Donnell has sailed out of Oregon and deep into the vast, wild ocean, having had just finally enough of other people and their problems. He will go it alone, he will be his own country, he will be beholden to and beloved of no one. No man is ...


  • What if a man who lost his foot in a war decides, many years later, to find it? "It was a good foot, and we parted so hurriedly I never had a chance to really think about it as a foot, so off I went..." So begins this lean little novel a quest, a wan...


  • Welcome to the peculiar and headlong world of Brian DoyleÆs fiction, where the odd is happening all the time, reported upon by characters of every sort and stripe. Swirling voices and skeins of story, laughter and rage, ferocious attention to detail...


  • Like Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle's stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people. In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there ar...






  • Spring has arrived, and Martin O’Boy has finally found a true home with Grampa Rip and a job at the Pure Spring soft drink company, though he lied about his age to get it. However, not everything is perfect. Martin feels bad about lying to kindly M...


  • In Brian Doyle's first book, teenager Megan dreads making a road trip all the way across the country with her parents and younger brother Ryan. Her father's tendency to joke doesn't help. She'd rather stay home and be president of the Down with Boys ...


  • Ryan's dad is having a midlife crisis. He went away for the summer to try to work through his problems, leaving his family behind. Ryan's mother decides to send Ryan to Peggy's Cove, the most beautiful cove in the world, for the summer to stay with h...


  • Old Mickey is one hundred and twelve years old. He can't remember what he ate for lunch today, but he can remember every detail of what happened one hundred years ago, when he and his mother ran away from his violent father to take refuge in the hill...


  • In Up to Low Young Tommy and Baby Bridget, the girl with the trillium shaped eyes, discover that loving and healing and dying are not always what they seem. And they make that discovery with the help of a wonderful cast of characters including Crazy ...


  • It's 1945, almost Christmas, and Tommy - a.k.a. The Shadow - is on a mission to find out who beat up his best friend Sammy's father. Aunt Dottie says whoever beat up Mr. Rosenberg doesn't like Jewish people. Tommy lives in a rough, multiethnic neighb...


  • Martin O’Boy’s life is not easy. His beloved Granny just died, his pregnant mother and father fight all the time, and his twin, Phil, is completely incapacitated. Martin is the one his mother counts on. But life in Ottawa’s Lowertown is not all...


  • With a Dickensian cast of characters and an improbable soap opera-style ending, this novel for young readers is delightfully droll, even as it deals with the difficult theme of social classes and pits the rich against the poor. It is set in post-Worl...


  • In this brilliant and poetic novel, BRIAN DOYLE brings us back to the Gatineau River near Ottawa, the world of UP TO LOW and UNCLE RONALD.Mary Ann Alice McCrank was named for the pretty church bell in the steeple of St. Martin's Church in Martindale....



  • Hubbo O'Driscoll, the earnest young hero from Easy Avenue, is back. He's living at Mushrat Creek in the Gatineau Hills and has found a new job as curator for the local covered bridge. Things seem to be looking up for Hubbo - until he learns that the ...