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What are we reading?

Wren Wertin

Verbatim Booksellers1. 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.2. Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott: When she stumbles upon a small rubber blue shoe left behind in her deceased father’s car, Mattie Ryder and her brother struggle to uncover the truth about their dysfunctional upbringing, finding in the process the foundation for a new relationship with their mother and the potential for a new life.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. Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason: In 1886, piano tuner Edgar Drake leaves London for the jungles of Burma, where he has been asked to repair a grand piano belonging to a British army officer who uses the piano and music to help keep the peace among warring local Burmese princes.5. 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.6. March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman: Examines the irrationalities of governments through analysis of four crises of history – the fall of Troy, the Renaissance popes’ provocation of the Protestant Reformation, Britain’s loss of the American colonies, and America’s involvement in Vietnam.7. Laughter in the Valley of Madness by local author Eric Herm: In pursuit of the quintessence of youth, Garrett Meek has found a festive home and decadent lifestyle in the world famous ski resort of Vail, Colo.8. Lucky by Alice Sebold: The author describes the circumstances of her rape as an 18-year-old college freshman, the arrest and trial of her attacker, and her struggle to reclaim her shattered life9. Longitudes & Attitudes by Thomas Friedman: A re-packaging of Friedman’s New York Times columns from September 2001 through June 2002, with a lengthy postscript describing his travels and interviews throughout this period.10. Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan: Working in his garden one day, Michael Pollan hits pay dirt in the form of an idea: do plants, he wondered, use humans as much as we use them?The Bookworm of Edwards1. 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.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. One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus: A portrait of the American West follows May Dodd as she leaves the East Coast asylum to which she had been committed by her high-society family, heads West, and with the help of a government program, ends up marrying a chief of the Cheyenne nation.5. Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton: Eighteen years after the decomposed body of an unidentified young woman is discovered, two police detectives nearing retirement enlist Kinsey Millhone’s aid to help identify the long-ago murder victim, which unleashes a deadly investigation in the present.6. 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.7. Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy: A portrait of the elusive baseball pitcher considers him as both a champion athlete and a symbol for his beliefs, citing such career achievements as his perfect game in September 1965 and his refusal to pitch a World Series opening game that fell on a Jewish holy day.8. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks: Eighteen-year-old Anna Frith tells the story of her remote English village, Eyam, which was infected by the plague in 1666 and where, persuaded by their vicar, the townspeople decided to quarantine themselves.9. It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong: The world-champion cyclist recounts his diagnosis of cancer, the grueling treatments during which he was given a less than a 20 percent chance for survival, the birth of his son, and his back-to-back wins of both the 1999 and 2000 Tour de France.10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling: During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents’ deaths.


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