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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Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound
Date of Birth:
May 4, 1956
Place of Birth:
M.A., University of Washington
Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers selection, 1995 Pen/Faulkner Award for Snow Falling on Cedars
|The Best Book to Read First|
|Snow Falling on Cedars|
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.
|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. |
|Guterson's Reading Recommendations|
|Cascade Olympic Natural History|
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.
|Olympic Mountains Trail Guide: National Park and National Forest|
Robert L. Wood, Robert Wood
Read on to learn more about Guterson's summer reading recommendations, including: