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What are we reading?

Wren Wertin

The Bookworm of Edwards

1. Prey by Michael Crichton: Deep in the Nevada desert, the Xymos Corporation has built a state-of-the-art fabrication plant. Inside, eight people are trapped, because outside, waiting for them, looking for them, is a predatory swarm of micro-particles that they themselves created. The swarm is getting bigger and more powerful by the hour.

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. Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: Shows how a combination of Buddhist principles, meditation theory, and relaxation techniques can connect a person to the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.

4. Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: Extracts the essence from his teachings. Using simple techniques, Tolle shows readers how to live in the present moment and find the truest path to happiness.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling: A teenager pitching headfirst into the world of near adulthood, Harry returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year. All of the familiar characters are back along with several new ones.

9. 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.

10. Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten: Easy ideas and recipes that make everyone feel like family from the renowned caterer and entertainer.

Verbatim Booksellers in Lionshead

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Inventors of Vail by Dick Hauserman: Chronicles the first decade of Vail’s history as a ski resort.

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

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. 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.

7. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff: Well before yoga became fashionable via Sting and Madonna, the beloved elephant king Babar and all the residents of Celesteville were finding peace and tranquility through yoga. Through easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations, Babar presents 15 positions and stretches as well as helpful breathing exercises. It also provides useful advice on what to do with your trunk while in position, a dilemma that human yoga books often ignore.

8. To America by Stephen Ambrose: Looks back upon what has made our nation great but also the underbelly of the American myth. Taking swings at today’s political correctness, as well as his own early biases, Ambrose grapples with the country’s historic sins of racism, its neglect and ill treatment of Native Americans, and some of its tragic errors, such as the war in Vietnam. Ambrose ultimately explains his love affair with this great and strange country.

9. Vail Triumph of a Dream by Pete Seibert: A colorful chronicle of Vail’s colorful history.

10. Prey by Michael Crichton: Deep in the Nevada desert, the Xymos Corporation has built a state-of-the-art fabrication plant. Inside, eight people are trapped, because outside, waiting for them, looking for them, is a predatory swarm of micro-particles that they themselves created. The swarm is getting bigger and more powerful by the hour.


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