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What are we reading?

Wren Wertin

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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. 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.



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

4. Power of One by Bryce Courtenay: An irresistible boy tells the story of his survival and coming of age against the background of South Africa during and just after World War II.



5. Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers: The memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother.

6. 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.

7. Abraham by Bruce Feiler: One figure stands out as the shared ancestor of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims: Abraham. Feiler sets out on a personal quest to better understand our common patriarch, traveling in war zones, climbing through caves and ancient shrines, and sitting down with the world’s leading religious minds. In the process, he uncovers little-known details of the man who defines faith for half the world.



8. Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy: No immortal in the history of baseball retired so young, so well, or so completely as lefty Sandy Koufax.

9. 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.

10. 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.

The Bookworm of Edwards Bestseller List

Week of Nov 25, 2002

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. Bush at War by Bob Woodward: Based on hundreds of interviews with officials in the White House and throughout the administration, Woodward’s account provides the first in-depth, behind-the-scenes story of President George W. Bush and his advisors as they respond to the worst acts of terrorism in American history.

4. 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.

5. Display of Pride by Susan Milhoan: A self-published collection of photographs of flags around Eagle County as chronicled by a local photographer.

6. Harlem: A Poem by Walter Dean Myers: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and James Baldwin have sung their songs about Harlem. Now Newbery Honor author Walter Dean Myers joins their chorus in calling to life the deep, rich and hope-filled history of this community.

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

8. Endurance by Alfred Lansing: Ernest Shackleton defined heroism in 1915 when his ship, the Endurance, was trapped in ice and then destroyed on its way to Antarctica. This tense week-by-week, month-by-month reconstruction charts the journey undertaken by his crew of 27 men through 850 miles of the southern Atlantic’s heaviest seas.

9. 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.

10. Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas: The humorous, sad, magical, account of Dylan Thomas’ own childhood and of a Christmas day in a small Welsh town.


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