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Image of David GutersonDavid Guterson
David Guterson is a reader’s writer, welcoming his audience into a story from the first sentence. The rich landscapes of the Pacific Northwest are home to many of Guterson’s works of fiction, serving as emotional backdrops for deeply felt stories about the ways we deal with the most universal of questions.

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David Guterson
Current Home:
Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound
Date of Birth:
May 4, 1956
Place of Birth:
Seattle, Washington
M.A., University of Washington
Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers selection, 1995 Pen/Faulkner Award for Snow Falling on Cedars

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Book Cover Image. Title: Our Lady of the Forest, Author: David Guterson.

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Our Lady of the Forest
by David Guterson
"In his previous works of fiction," notes the New York Times, "Guterson sought the moral high ground, giving us characters tinged with nobility living in places carved out of beauty.... Now, in Our Lady of the Forest, he overcomes his virtue problem, writing with more humor than ever before. For the first time, he seems interested in the mess and mud of real life."

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Book Cover Image. Title: The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, Author: David Guterson.
* Snow Falling on Cedars (1995)
* The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind (1996)
* East of the Mountains (2000)
* Our Lady of the Forest (2003)

The Best Book to Read First

Book Cover Image. Title: Snow Falling on Cedars, Author: David Guterson.

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Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson
Snow Falling on Cedars is David Guterson’s first novel -- an impressive debut that took him 10 years to conceive, research and create. The story of a small town dealing with a murder and an emotional trial against the backdrop of post-WWII political tensions captured the hearts of readers and critics when it was released in 1995.

Fun Fact

Even though he was a public school teacher, Guterson wrote Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense defending the practice. His own children were homeschooled, giving Guterson a wealth of material for the book, along with theories from the country’s leading educators on why parents should have a wealth of choices when it comes to educating their children.

*  Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense

Guterson's Reading Recommendations

Book Cover Image. Title: Cascade Olympic Natural History, Author: Daniel Mathews.

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Cascade Olympic Natural History
by Daniel Mathews
We asked Guterson to tell us about some recommended reads. He told us, "I make use of a lot of reference books," and mentioned this informative nature guidebook as an excellent resource.

Book Cover Image. Title: Olympic Mountains Trail Guide: National Park and National Forest, Author: Robert L. Wood, Robert  Wood.

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Olympic Mountains Trail Guide: National Park and National Forest
by Robert L. Wood, Robert Wood
Read on to learn more about Guterson's summer reading recommendations, including:

*Northwest Trees  by Stephen Arno, Ramona P. Hammerly (Illustrator)
*Sagebrush Country: A Wildflower Sanctuary  by Ronald J. Taylor, Kathleen Ort (Editor)
*Roadside Geology of Washington  by David D. Alt
*Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast  by Eugene N. Kozloff
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