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What are we reading

Wren Wertin

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



4. 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.

5. Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman: In 1986, the author embarked on a two-week trip alone to Mexico. The two weeks quickly extended to four months, and 15 years later Rita is living life happily with no permanent home, traveling the world as a modern-day nomad.



6. Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: This book taps Toltec wisdom by turning self-limiting social agreements into four liberating rules to live by: be impeccable with your word; don’t take anything personally; don’t make assumptions; always do your best.

7. One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus: Chronicles May Dodd’s journey west via a government program in which women are brought west as brides for the Cheyenne.

8. Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman: For more than 13 years, devoted father and husband Ethan Ford has been running from his past. But one day the police show up at his door, and his life as an irreproachable family man and heroic volunteer fireman begins to come apart.



9. Five Quarters of an Orange by Joanne Harris: When Framboise Simon returns to a small village, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous woman they hold responsible for a tragedy during the German occupation years ago.

10. John Fielder’s Best of Colorado by John Fielder: Colorado’s most famous photographer takes the reader to his favorite accessible photo spots, restaurants and towns.

Verbatim Booksellers in Lionshead

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Crimson Petal and White by Michael Faber: In 1870s London, Sugar, a 19-year-old whore is in a brothel but yearns for escape. Her ascent through the strata of Victorian society introduces a host of unforgettable characters.

5. Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman: Fifteen-year-old Gustine is a “dress lodger,” a young prostitute who rents a beautiful dress from her landlord to attract a higher class of clientele.

6. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver: Over the course of one humid summer amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia, three protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.

7. Rules for Aging by Roger Rosenblatt: A wry and witty guide for anyone who wants to learn from the blunders of the older generation .

8. Little Friend by Donna Tart: A dark novel of lost childhood, rich in moral paradox and human frailty.

9. You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers: Two young Americans, Will and Hand, attempt to travel around the world in a week and in the process give away $32,000. They find both goals harder than they’d imagined.

10. Life of Pi by Yann Marel: Pi Patel is the son of a zoo keeper. When Pi is 16, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.


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