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What are we reading?

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This list reflects the top 10 bestellers at one local independent bookstore, The Bookworm of Edwards. Verbatim Booksellers, a second bookstore, is currently in transition, moving from Lionshead to the Vail Village

and will supply its top 10 list again soon.

The Bookworm of Edwards

1. “Time Traveler’s Wife,” by Audrey Niffenegger: The love story of Henry and Claire whose lives are punctuated by Henry’s disappearance to different points in time – sometimes even back to visit Claire as a young woman. When Henry meets Claire, he is 28, and she is 20. He’s a hip, handsome librarian; she is an art student with Botticelli hair. Henry has never met Claire before; Claire has known Henry since she was 6…

2. “Piano Tuner,” by Daniel Mason: In 1866, British piano Edgar Drake receives a strange request from the British War Office: he must leave his wife and his quiet life in London to travel to the jungles of Burma, where a rare Erard grand piano is in need of repair. The piano belongs to an army surgeon-major whose unorthodox peace-keeping methods – poetry, music, and learning shared with local warring princes – have brought a tentative quiet to the southern Shan States but have elicited questions from his superiors about his loyalty.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

3. “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” by Mitch Albom: From the author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” comes a novel that explores the unexpected connections of readers’ lives and the idea that heaven is more than a place – it’s an answer.

4. “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.

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

6. “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.

7. “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.

8. “Three Junes,” by Julia Glass: Glass’s first novel traces the lives of a Scottish family across three summers, as they experience the joys and frustrations, sadness and possibilities offered by romantic and familial love.

9. “Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood,” by Alexandra Fuller: Bobo (Fuller’s childhood nickname) grew up on a farm in Africa. Her father was always away fighting for the whites in the Rhodesian civil war. Her mother, in turn, was forced to take care of the farm in her husband’s absence. She taught her daughters, by example, to be resilient and self-sufficient, and she instilled in Bobo a love of reading and of storytelling that proved to be her salvation.

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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