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What are we reading?

Wren Wertin

The Bookworm of Edwards

1. 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.

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

4. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross: A fascinating and controversial historical figure, Pope Joan was a woman whose hunger for knowledge and independent nature led her to pass as a man and ultimately to attain the high seat in Rome.

5. 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.

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. 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. 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.

9. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi: Trudi Montag is a Zwerg – a dwarf – short, squat, undesirable, different. Through two world wars, she yearns to stretch and grow to be like everyone else. But as the town’s librarian and unofficial historian, conscience, and purveyor of gossip, she comes to learn that being different is a secret everyone shares

10. Colorado Collage Cookbook by Junior League of Denver: A compilation of recipes by the Junior League of Denver.

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. Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides: In the waning days of World War II, 513 American and British POWs languished in a hellish camp on the Philippine Islands. On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-picked troops from the elite U.S. Army Ranger Battalion marched 30 miles through enemy territory to save these men.

3. In the Deep Hearts Core by Michael Johnston: The author went to the Mississippi Delta as a member of the Teach For America program. Johnston reached out to inspire his racially-divided students with all the means at his disposal – from the language of the great poets, to the strategies of chess, to the vigor of athletics.

4. John Adams by David McCullough: This biography reads like an epic historical novel. It takes as its subject the extraordinary man who became the second president of the United States and whose adventurous life and spirited rivalry with Thomas Jefferson encompass both the American Revolution and the birth of the young republic.

5. After the Darkness by Elie Wiesel: A Holocaust survivor, Wiesel sums up the most important aspects of Hitler’s years in power and provides a fitting memorial to those who suffered and perished. He writes about the creation of the Third Reich, Western acquiescence, the gas chambers, and memory. He criticizes Churchill and Roosevelt for what they knew and ignored, and he praises little-known Jewish heroes.

6. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen: After moving to Florida, Roy spots the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: running away from the school bus, carrying no books and wearing no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails

7. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer: The definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by Outside journalist and author of the bestselling “Into the Wild.”

8. Joy of Cooking by Rombauer: The classic cookbook for everyday food, it includes off-the-cuff comments about everything from cocktails to dinner guests.

9. Sexual Positions for the Knee Patient by Joanne Arczynski: An illustrated guide for sexually active people recovering from knee surgery.

10. Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving: When Owen Meany and his best friend, both 11, are playing in a Little League baseball game Owen hits a foul ball that kills his friend’s mother. Permanently undersized, with a ruined voice, Owen doesn’t believe in accidents; he’s convinced he is God’s instrument. What happens to him after that 1953 foul ball is both extraordinary and terrifying.

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