What are we reading?
These lists reflect the top 10 bestsellers at local independent bookstores, Verbatim Booksellers in Lionshead and The Bookworm of Edwards.
The Bookworm of Edwards
1. “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress,” by Sijie Dai: Set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the novel tells the story of two hapless city boys sent to a remote mountain village for reeducation. Struggling to stave off despair, the boys find salvation in two discoveries: the charming daughter of the local tailor and a trove of forbidden Western classics in Chinese translation.
2. “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.
3. “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.
4. “Vail: Triumph of a Dream,” by Pete Seibert: A colorful chronicle of Vail’s colorful history.
5. “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.
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. “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. “Inventors of Vail,” by Dick Hauserman: Chronicles the first decade of Vail’s history as a ski resort.
9. “Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle: Shows how a combination of Buddhist principles, meditation theory and relaxation techniques can connect a person to the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the many forms of life that are subject to birth and death.
10. “Dr Atkins’ New Diet Revolution,” by Robert Atkins: The diet and complementary medicine guru has updated his proven program for a new century, offering new information based on scientifically supported controlled carbohydrate principles.
Verbatim Booksellers of Lionshead
1. “Crossroads of Twilight,” by Robert Jordan: In the 10th book in the Wheel of Time series, the world and the characters stand at a crossroads. The world approaches twilight while the power of the Shadow grows stronger.
2. “Vail: Triumph of a Dream” by Pete Seibert: A colorful chronicle of Vail’s colorful history.
3. “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” by Susan Vreeland: A story that traces a Vermeer painting through its owners.
4. “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.
5. “Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle: Shows how a combination of Buddhist principles, meditation theory and relaxation techniques can connect a person to the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the many forms of life that are subject to birth and death.
6. “Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” by Dave Eggers: A memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his 8-year-old brother. The book manages to be simultaneously hilarious and inventive as well as a heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.
7. “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.
8. “Colorado Colore” by Junior League of Denver: A compilation of recipes by the Junior League of Denver.
9. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” by Robert Pirsig: This lyrical, thought-provoking international bestseller chronicles a man’s quest for truth – and for himself.
10. “Piano Shop on the Left Bank,” by Thad Carhart: Walking his children to school each day, expatriate Thad Carhart passes a demure storefront in his Paris neighborhood that displays the tools of the piano technician’s trade. This book is at once a beguiling portrait of a Paris not found on any map and an account of the awakening of a lost childhood passion.
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