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What are we reading?

Wren Wertin

The Bookworm of Edwards

1. “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.

2. “Passion of Artemisia” by Susan Vreeland: Vreeland’s novel “The Girl in Hyacinth Blue” traced a Vermeer painting through its owners, and her follow-up is also a celebration of the power of art. She presents a fictionalized version of the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, known for her contributions to Renaissance art and for the rape she suffered at the hands of her father’s painting partner.

3. “Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold: The spirit of 14-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family’s grief in their efforts to find the killer.

4. “Colorado Colore” by Junior League of Denver: A compilation of recipes by the Junior League of Denver.

5. “Vail: Triumph of a Dream” by Pete Seibert: A colorful chronicle of Vail’s colorful history.

6. “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett: When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.

7. “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo: In this droll, unsentimental, and occasionally hilarious novel, Richard Russo tells the story of a big-hearted man who becomes the unlikely hero of a small town with a glorious past but a dubious future.

8. “Downhill Slide” by Hal Clifford: A former Skiing Magazine editor takes on three publicly owned ski companies and explains why they’re bad for skiing and the environment.

9. “Return of the King,” by J.R.R. Tolkien: The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure The Lord of the Rings.

10. “Finding Fish: A Memoir,” by Antwone Fisher: Fisher’s New York Times bestselling autobiography is the basis for the upcoming film “Antwone Fisher” from Fox Searchlight Pictures, directed by and starring Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington. Ordered to see a psychiatrist as a young sailor to help him control his anger, Fisher is inspired to seek out the family that abandoned him as a child.

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1. “Colorado Colore” by Junior League of Denver: A compilation of recipes by the Junior League of Denver.

2.”Peace Like a River” by Leif Enger: Eleven-year-old asthmatic Reuben Land chronicles the Land family’s odyssey in search of Reuben’s older brother, Davy, who has escaped from jail before he can stand trial for the killing of two marauders who came to their Minnesota farm to harm the family.

3. “Downhill Slide” by Hal Clifford: A former Skiing Magazine editor takes on three publicly owned ski companies and explains why they’re bad for skiing and the environment.

4. “Inventors of Vail,” by Dick Hauserman: Chronicles the first decade of Vail’s history as a ski resort.

5. “Vail: Triumph of a Dream” by Pete Seibert: A colorful chronicle of Vail’s colorful history.

6. “Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold: The spirit of 14-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family’s grief in their efforts to find the killer.

7. “Sexual Positions for the Knee Patient,” by J. Arczynski: Both funny and helpful, it is what it claims to be.

8. “Finding Fish: A Memoir,” by Antwone Fisher: Fisher’s New York Times bestselling autobiography is the basis for the upcoming film “Antwone Fisher” from Fox Searchlight Pictures, directed by and starring Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington. Ordered to see a psychiatrist as a young sailor to help him control his anger, Fisher is inspired to seek out the family that abandoned him as a child.

9. “Prey,” by Michael Crichton: Deep in the Nevada desert, the Xymos Corporation has built a state-of-the-art fabrication plant. Inside, eight people are trapped, because outside, waiting for them, looking for them, is a predatory swarm of micro-particles that they themselves created. The swarm is getting bigger and more powerful by the hour.

10. “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.




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