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What are we reading?

Wren Wertin

Verbatim Booksellers in Lionshead

1. “Powder Burn,” by Daniel Glick: This suspenseful whodunnit exposes the fascinating underside of Vail’s ski-town culture when arson massively damaged the resort in 1998. The investigation in the ultra-rich town reveals a strange, complicated community where everyone is a logical suspect.

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

4. “Hours,” by Michael Cunningham: This book draws on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair.

5. “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.

6. “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” by Susan Vreeland: Chronicles the history of a Vermeer painting and the lives with which it intersects, from the artist’s inspiration to its admiration by two art scholars 300 years later, demonstrating the enduring power of art in the face of natural disaster, political upheaval and personal turmoil.

7. “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.

8. “Miracle Life of Edgar Mint,” by Brady Udall: At the beginning of this high-spirited novel of the American West, a boy on an Apache Indian reservation in Arizona has his head run over by a mail truck. Nevertheless, the book is anything but tragic – or, at least, not purely tragic.

9. “Crow Lake,” by Mary Lawson: In the rural farm country of northern Ontario, the lives of two families – the farming Pye family, and zoologist Kate Morrison and her three brothers – are brought together and torn apart by misunderstanding, resentment, family love and tragedy.

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.

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. “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. “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. “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. She and Rosaleen take off for a town called Tiburon, South Carolina, a name she found on the back of a picture amid the few possessions left by her mother.

5. “Ida: Her Labor of Love,” by Carol McManus: Men rushed to Colorado in the late 1800s looking for gold and riches. However, we seldom read about the families they brought with them. Here is the compelling story of one pioneer woman’s tribulations and joys as she struggled to keep her family alive and healthy.

6. “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.

7. “Passion of Artemisia,” by Susan Vreeland: Presenting 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, the author celebrates of the power of art.

8. “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.

9. “Four Agreements,” by Don Miguel Ruiz: Reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob people of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements – be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, always do your best – offer a code of conduct that can rapidly transform life.

10. “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.


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