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Top 10 Reads

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1. “Vail Hiker,” by Mary Ellen Gilliland: An in depth guide to the trails of Eagle County, from easy to difficult.

2. “Da Vinci Code,” by Dan Brown: When a curator of the Louvre turns up murdered, his body surrounded by enigmatic ciphers written in invisible ink, code-breaker Robert Langdon and a French cryptologist are called in to unravel the clues to the killing. They discover the riddles are linked to the works of da Vinci and to a clandestine sect within the Catholic Church.



3. “Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” by Laura Hillenbrand: The story of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, owner, and jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend.

4.-“Life of Pi,” by Yann Martel: Pi Patel is the son of a zoo keeper. When Pi is 16, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.



5. “Angels and Demons,” by Dan Brown: After the murder of a world-renowned physicist, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon learns an ancient secret society called the Illuminati, which stands for science and has opposed the Catholic church since the 1500s, is responsible. When Langdon realizes the Illuminati may attempt to defeat the church by destroying Vatican City, he and scientist Vittoria Vetra are the world’s only hope. This is the prequel to The Da Vinci Code.

6. “Falling Angels,” by Tracy Chevalier: Told through a variety of shifting perspectives the book follows the fortunes of two families in the emerging years of the 20th century.

7. “Secret Life of Bees,” by Sue Monk Kidd: Lily Owens has shaped her life around one devastating, blurred, memory – the afternoon her mother was killed. Since then, her only real companion on the peach farm of her harsh, unyielding father has been a fierce-hearted black woman, Rosaleen. When Rosaleen insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily knows it is time to spring them both free.



8. “Virgin Blue,” by Tracy Chevalier: Never before published in the United States, this first novel is released by the critically acclaimed author of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Falling Angels.” Readers meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin – two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy.

9. “Trading Up,” by Candace Bushnell: With a feisty comic voice and a penchant for social satire, the author of “Sex and the City” brings readers a sharply observant, keenly funny, wildly entertaining latter-day comedy of manners centered on a modern-day heroine Janey Wilcox, a lingerie model whose reach often exceeds her grasp.

10.-“Under the Banner of Heaven,” by Jon Krakauer: Krakauer shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders. At the core of his book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims.-

The Bookworm of Edwards

1. “Da Vinci Code,” by Dan Brown: When a curator of the Louvre turns up murdered, his body surrounded by enigmatic ciphers written in invisible ink, code-breaker Robert Langdon and a French cryptologist are called in to unravel the clues to the killing. They discover the riddles are linked to the works of da Vinci and to a clandestine sect within the Catholic Church.

2. “Secret Life of Bees,” by Sue Monk Kidd: Lily Owens has shaped her life around one devastating, blurred, memory – the afternoon her mother was killed. Since then, her only real companion on the peach farm of her harsh, unyielding father has been a fierce-hearted black woman, Rosaleen. When Rosaleen insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily knows it is time to spring them both free.

3. “Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” by Laura Hillenbrand: The story of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, owner, and jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend.

4. “The Other Boleyn Girl,” by Philippa Gregory: The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress and then Anne as his wife.

5. “A Thousand Days in Venice,” by Marlena Blasi: When Marlena de Blasi traveled to Italy, she expected to fall in love with the country, not to be swept away by a Venetian man. The book is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy.

6. “Life of Pi,” by Yann Martel: Pi Patel is the son of a zoo keeper. When Pi is 16, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

7. “Vail Hiker,” by Mary Ellen Gilliland: An in depth guide to the trails of Eagle County, from easy to difficult.

8. “Virgin Blue,” by Tracy Chevalier: Never before published in the United States, this first novel is released by the critically acclaimed author of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Falling Angels.” Readers meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin – two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy.

9. “Who’s Your Caddy: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and the Reprobates of Golf,” by Rick Reilly: Sportswriter Reilly figured that he could learn a lot about the players and their game by caddying, even though he had no idea of how. Amazingly, some of the world’s best golfers let Reilly carry their bags at PGA Tour events. Reilly combines a wicked wit with an expert’s eye in an entertaining look at golf.

10. “South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss,” by Arthur Agatston: Dr. Agatston says he has developed an all-science, heart-healthy program that offers immediate results, helping dieters shed 10, 20, 30 pounds while radically changing their blood chemistry, reversing diabetes, and lowering high cholesterol.


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