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Stuck in a reading rut, Eagle County?

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EDWARDS – For some people, finding the time to read a dozen books a year is daunting. That makes the 100 books a year that each of the five publisher’s representatives visiting the Bookworm of Edwards this week average all the more astounding. Around 85 people, mostly women, gathered in the Bookworm Wednesday night for the store’s annual Wine & Words event. The event began two years ago as a way to bring book-loving community members together, said Besse Lynch, the Bookworm’s events and marketing coordinator.”We wanted to share the books we loved with them and find out about the books they loved,” Lynch said.While attendees noshed on appetizers and sipped wine, the representatives took turns presenting their top five book picks: novels, biographies and memoirs that stand out from the crowd. Here, in hopes this will help you decide what books you’d like to curl up with this winter, are some of the picks they’re most excited about.

The long-awaited biography from this iconic guitarist and founding member of the Rolling Stones was released this month. It’s climbing steadily on bestseller lists and the Bookworm has struggled to keep it on the shelf, likely because of the candor with which Richards writes about the madness that encapsulated life on the road with the Stones.”I think it’s a miracle this man is still alive,” said Randy Hickernell, publisher’s representative for Hachette Book Group USA. According to Hickernell, an audio book in which RIchards reads one chapter and Jonny Depp reads five chapters, is forthcoming.

This family drama examines a polygamist Morman man who has four wives and 28 children, but despite his large family, finds himself increasingly isolated. “This is my favorite novel in a decade,” said Meg Sherman, publisher’s representative for W.W. Norton & Company. “Don’t let that it’s about polygamy turn you off. It’s more about how to live in a freakishly large family.”



In this soaring book, Nicole Krauss weaves together four simultaneous narratives all set around a stolen desk. “The desk is a main character in this book and the desk haunts each person’s life that it passes through,” said Meg Sherman, publisher’s representative for W.W. Norton & Company. “It’s a story about dreams and loss and it’s a fantastic book.”

This memoir by Jay Varner looks at his blue collar family’s obsession with fire: his father, a fire chief, his grandfather, a convicted arsonist, and himself, a reporter who covers the local fire and accident beat. “This book reads like a mystery,” said Phoebe Gaston, a publisher’s representative for Book Traveler’s West. “Ultimately it’s the story of three generations of men and the fires going on in their lives.”



This novel, set in 20th century Vienna, chronicles the life and loves of Dr. Jakov Sammelsohn. He was expelled from his Hasidic family at age 12 for reading secular books and eventually became friends with Sigmund Freud. The book follows Sammelsohn into the early Esperanto movement and finally through World War 1 and into the Warsaw ghetto.”There’s lots going on in here. It’s a lovely read. It might seem daunting, but its worth the ride,” said Phoebe Gaston, a publisher’s representative for Book Traveler’s West.

Journalist and travel writer Douglas Rogers pens this memoir about his family and their game farm in war-torn Zimbabwe. The formerly successful resort is struggling and Rogers heads home to help out. Michele Sulka, publisher’s representative for Random House, calls this book “surprisingly funny.”

Award winning Colorado author Connie Willis (she lives in Greeley), is a superstar in the fantasy genre. This time-traveling story follows three researchers from the future who are stranded in the past during World War II. “Don’t be put off by that word fantasy,” said Michele Sulka, publisher’s representative for Random House. This book is the first in a two part series, the second of which will be released shortly, Sulka said.



The principal character in this charming international bestseller is a psychiatrist who takes a trip around the world and tries to discover what makes people happy. “The language is so simple and it’s a delightful read,” said Eric Boss, publisher’s representative for Penguin Group.

This book, set in an Irish village in the ’50s, is a haunting love story that goes straight to the heart of relationships. “I believe (Trevor) is the finest living writer of the English language,” said Eric Boss, publisher’s representative for Penguin Group. “He’s well known for his short stories, but his novel is exquisite.”

Imagine a bookstore where the owners only sell “good novels.” That’s exactly what French author Laurence Cosse does here. At first the bookstore is loved, but “then things turn south, and the bookseller’s dream turns into a nightmare,” said Eric Boss, publisher’s representative for Penguin Group. “One of the most intriguing things is the voice of the narrator is never really revealed and there’s always this undercurrent of uncertainty.”


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