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By the staff at Covered Treasures

 

 

Books Taking to the Silver Screen

By the staff at Covered Treasures

 

Several popular books of recent years will be made into major motion pictures in 2017.  Read the book….. See the movie!

 The Glass Castle

By Jeannette Walls, (Scribner Book Company) $17

 Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family. This is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. The Glass Castle is a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

The Circle

By Dave Eggers (Vintage Books) $16

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

 The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah, (St. Martin’s Press) $27.99

With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the  panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experiences, by ideals, passion, and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.

The Goldfinch: A Novel

By Donna Tartt (Back Bay Books) $20

This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue and tormented with longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love—and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

 Looking for Alaska

By John Green (Penguin Books) $9.99

 Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home.  In boarding school he becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is a razor-sharp, sexy and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, Miles discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

The Devil in the White City

By Erik Larson (Random House) $16.95

The story of two men’s obsessions with the Chicago World’s Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others.

Rules of Civility

By Amor Towles (Penguin Books) $17

This novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own cool nerve. Elegant and captivating, Rules of Civility turns an eye on how spur-of-the-moment decisions can define life for decades to come.

 


 

A New Year, a New You?

By the staff at Covered Treasures

 

Want to make 2017 the best year ever? Here are some great reads to get you started, from exploring our world to living well.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton (Workman Publishing) $35

 Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. It revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden, and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, and maps for every region of the world, it is a book you can open anywhere.

Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids

By Asha Dornfest (Workman Publishing ) $12.95

Here’s an indispensable collection of 134 simple, unexpected solutions to kid-related problems. Drawn from a community of real-life MacGyvers—fellow parents who share their flashes of problem-solving genius—these inspired hacks cover all phases of life with kids, including pregnancy, sleep, eating, bath time, travel, and more.

 Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

By Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. (Random House) $16

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring success—but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising our children’s intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to improve in school, as well as reach our own goals, personal and professional.

 Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear

By Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead Books) $16

 Sharing her unique perspective on creativity, the author offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear.  Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the talents that are hidden within each of us.

Play Anything:  The Pleasure of Limits, The Uses of Boredom, & and The Secret of Games

By Ian Bogost (Hachette Books) $26.99

Life is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we’d ever call fun. But what if we’ve gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety: by transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities.

Younger Next Year for Women and Younger Next Year for Men

By Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. (Workman Publishing) $12.95

 Bestselling references for over 15 years, each edition addresses the specific aging issues of men and women.  Menopause, cardiac disease, osteoporosis, prostate issues, sexuality, and many other topics are covered.  These books are bibles of information on aging. “A must-read for anyone interested in being active and living well when they are seventy, eighty, and ninety-plus.”

Food Anatomy:  The Curious Parts & Pieces of Our Edible World

By Julia Rothman (Storey Publishing) $16.95

 Get your daily allowance of recommended facts and fun with Rothman’s third installment of her best-selling Anatomy series. Delve into the culinary world with this delightful visual tour of cookery and international cuisine. Histories and curiosities of food around the world are illustrated and explained with Rothman’s uniquely charming style.

Thank You for Being Late:  An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

By Thomas Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) $28

Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. His thesis: to understand the 21st century you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces—Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)—are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community.

We at Covered Treasures wish each of you a healthy, and interesting, 2017.  Until next month, happy reading.

 


 

 

A book is a gift that you open again and again

By the staff at Covered Treasures

 

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”– Charles Dickens

 

Bunny Slopes

By Claudia Rueda (Chronicle Books) $15.99

 In this interactive picture book, the reader must help Bunny stay on course as he skies down the slopes. Bringing grins and guffaws with each turn of the page, readers will find Claudia Rueda’s innovative book as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope and as satisfying as a cozy cup of hot cocoa.

The Christmas Story

By Robert Sabuda (Candlewick Press) $35.00

The wonder- and awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master paper pop-up engineer Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined pop-up paper sculptures. Each scene is accompanied by a paragraph that’s carefully integrated into the background, making the text a natural partner to the exquisite art. The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared year after year with the whole family.

 The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine Books) $39.99

J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books are being lavishly illustrated into full-color editions with ribbon bookmarks. Illustrations are done by award-winning artist Jim Kay, with another book in the series added each year; Books 1 and 2 are currently available. As Rowling says, “Seeing Jim Kay’s illustrations moved me profoundly. I love his interpretation of Harry Potter’s world, and I feel honored and grateful that he has lent his talent to it.”

Walk this World at Christmastime

By Debbie Powell (Big Picture Press) $17.99

It’s a book. It’s an advent calendar. Take a colorful, lyrical journey around the world at Christmas. Lift the numbered flaps to discover how different cultures and countries celebrate Christmas in this dazzling, festive quest. Designed in a fun format to be read again and again.

The Way Things Work, Revised and Updated

By David Macaulay (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $35.00

 This newly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3-D printers. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained with the help of a charming woolly mammoth. An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay explains them all.

Upstream: Selected Essays

By Mary Oliver (Penguin Press) $26

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she believes has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully and intelligently, to observe with passion. Oliver positions not just herself upstream, but us as well, as she encourages us to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.

Born to Run

By Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster) $32.50

Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Over the past 7 years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to the writing of the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor and originality found in his songs. Like many of his songs, his autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

Map Stories: The Art of Discovery

By Francisca Matteoli (Ilex Press) $29.99

Through this magnificent collection of historical maps, travel writer Francisca Matteoli takes us on a geographical adventure, telling the stories of twenty places and voyages that inspired her and the creation of these fascinating charts.

Some of the best memories are made relaxing with a mug of hot chocolate and reading with a child. We wish all of you the happiest of holidays, the Merriest Christmas, and a peaceful and healthy new year.

Until next month, happy reading.

 


 

New and Exciting Titles from Our Regional Trade Show

By the staff at Covered Treasures

Every year we look forward to the fall and winter new releases at the Mountains and Plains Booksellers trade show. We meet authors, talk with both publishers and authors about their new releases, and we select those that might be of interest to our customers. We’re excited to share some of our discoveries with you.

First, the three winners of the Reading the West Book Awards:

 Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest

By Lesley Poling-Kempes (The University of Arizona Press) $24.95

The true story of a group of remarkable women whose lives were transformed by the people and landscape of the American southwest in the first decades of the twentieth century. They share their adventures with the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Lummis, Chief Tawakwaptiwa of the Hopi, and Hostiin Klah of the Navajo. It’s the story of the personal challenges experienced by women and men during the emergence of the Modern Age.

A Series of Small Maneuvers

By Eliot Treichel (Ooligan Press at Portland State University) $14.95

For 15-year-old Emma Wilson, everything is changing. Uncomfortable at home and in school, Emma’s growing up, and feels isolated from her friends and family. Things go from bad to worse when Emma inadvertently causes an accident that kills her father on a spring break canoe trip meant to bring them closer together. Suddenly, Emma’s efforts to reconcile must happen without him, and she must confront her guilt and her grief to begin moving forward

 Black River

By S.M. Hulse (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $14.95

Wes Carver returns to his hometown—Black River, Montana—with two things: his wife’s ashes and a letter from the parole board. The convict who once held him hostage during a prison riot is up for release. For years, Wes earned his living as a corrections officer and found his joy playing the fiddle. But the riot shook Wes’s faith and robbed him of his music; now he must decide if his attacker should walk free. S.M. Hulse shows us the heart and darkness of an American town, and one man’s struggle to find forgiveness in the wake of evil.

My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers, and Fanatical Drinkers as A Beer Master in Training

By Lucy Burningham (Roost Books) $16.95

As a journalist spurred by curiosity and thirst, Lucy Burningham made it her career to write about craft beer, visiting as many taprooms, breweries, and festivals as possible. She decided to make it her goal to become a certified beer expert. As Lucy studies and sips her way to becoming a Certified Cicerone, she meets an eclectic cast of characters, including brewers, hop farmers, beer sommeliers, pub owners, and fanatical beer drinkers. Her journey into the world of beer is by turns educational, social, and personal—just as enjoying a good beer should be.

Rich People Behaving Badly

By Dick Kreck (Fulcrum Publishing) $16.95

 Take a trip back in time to revel in the scandal, murders, infidelities, financial misdeeds, and just plain bad behavior from Colorado’s past. Former Denver Post reporter Dick Kreck looks back at Colorado’s history and shows that the foibles of people—rich or poor—remain the same. Included are socialites such as Louise Sneed Hill, who created and ruled over Denver’s “Sacred 36” Circle of society; Jane Tomberlin, who met and fell in love with a “prince” in an elevator at the Brown Palace Hotel; Irene Nolan, who cavorted late into the night with her family priest; and prominent Denver clubman Courtland Dines, who was wounded during a frolic with two silent-screen stars in his Hollywood apartment.

 I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids

By Kyle Schwartz (Da Capo Lifelong Books) $19.99

Kyle’s book tells the story of the I Wish My Teacher Knew movement, with dozens of students’ handwritten emotional and insightful responses throughout. Kyle shares real stories from students, teachers, and family members that shed light on how we can all help students tackle challenges and grow as individuals. She shares strategies that can work in classrooms across America, presenting a practical guide to adapt the I Wish My Teacher Knew exercise to suit any classroom’s needs or educator’s teaching style.

Stop by and browse through our new selections. Choose some to enjoy yourself during these cool fall nights, or find some special gifts for the readers on your list.

Until next month, happy reading.

 


 

Calling All Teens and Pre-Teens!

By the staff at Covered Treasures

This fall’s book offerings for 10- to 20-year-olds include some real-life adventures, as well as those that feed the imagination. Following are some titles that may make you laugh, cry, smile, or escape to another world.

 Summerlost

By Ally Condie (Dutton Children’s Books.) $17.99

  Cedar and her family are spending the summer in her mother’s hometown, trying to recover after a tragic car accident left them in broken pieces.  Everything about Cedar’s summer changes when she lands a job at the renowned Summerlost theater festival and enjoys a growing friendship with Leo, as they piece together clues about the tragic life of one of Iron Creek’s most famous residents.  This story explores the strength of family and the transformative power of friendship in the face of tragedy.

Lucy

By Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press) $19.99

In exquisitely rendered black-and-white paintings, the tale of Lucy, a small homeless dog; Eleanor, the girl who loves her; and Eleanor’s father, a would-be vaudevillian with stage fright, unfolds in four acts.  Cecil’s cinematic styling and gentle humor combine to make a reading—and viewing—experience sure to become a classic.

 Moo: A Novel

By Sharon Creech (Harper Collins) $16.99

When Reena and her brother Luke move to rural Maine, they are completely caught off guard by the natural world. Soon they are enlisted by their parents to help an elderly neighbor with her farm chores.  They are at first wary of grouchy Mrs. Falala and her equally grouchy cow, Zora,  but soon, Luke is teaching Mrs. Falala to draw, and Reena is preparing Zora for the state fair.  With a mix of joy and sadness, this tale is perfect for readers of all ages.

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

By Megan Shepherd (Delacorte Books for Young Readers) $16.99

Little Emmaline sees winged horses in the mirrors at Briar Hill, a children’s hospital in rural England during World War II. Whether the horses are real or just her imagination, the hope and solace they provide are very real.  This is a moving and magical story, transporting readers to another time and place.

Greenglass House

By Kate Milford (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99

  Greenglass House, is always quiet during the winter season, and Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing.  But on the first icy night, the guest bell rings, again and again.  Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests with strange stories connected to the rambling old house.  Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about the house—and themselves.  Lovers of the Harry Potter books will find this fantasy appealing.

 The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

By E. Lockhart (Hyperion) $9.99

Frankie is not the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer, especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Frankie is the kind of girl who might pull a few pranks to show that she’s smarter than any of them. This is the story of how a Bunny Rabbit brought down the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds.

I’ll Give You the Sun

By Jandy Nelson (Penguin) $10.99

At first, artists Jude and her twin brother, are inseparable. Years later, they are barely speaking.  Something has happened to change the twins in different, yet equally devastating ways…but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.  If she and Noah can find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.  This is a story of first love, family loss, and betrayal, told from different points in time and by separate voices.

Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life

By James Patterson (Little Brown and Company) $8

It’s Rafe Khatchadorian’s first day at Hills Village Middle School, and it’s shaping up to be the worst year ever. He has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix, but luckily he’s got an ace plan for the best year ever–if he can pull it off.

It’s time to turn off the TV and the video games and curl up with a good book. You may be surprised at the adventures that await.

Until next month, happy reading.

 


 

September is National Literacy Month!

By the staff at Covered Treasures

 

September is a month for reading: most children are back in school, and it is National Literacy Month, with September 8th marking National Literacy Day.  September 17th is Curiosity Day, celebrating the 75th birthday of that inquisitive monkey, Curious George.  With 133 titles available in 26 languages, and 75 million books currently in print, Curious George has never been out of print, and tales of his mishaps continue to grow in popularity.  Here are a few other great books for our younger readers.

Curious Young Minds Series: Why Are Animals Different Colors?

What Causes Weather and Seasons?

By Alejandro Algarra/Rocio Bonilla (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.) $7.99

 Children are full of questions, and this series addresses many of them. How do animals use color to camouflage themselves? Why do some have such bright colors? Why are there seasons? Kate and her brother Jack are very curious. Join them in their adventures to discover the answers to lots of fascinating questions. Each book comes with a parent guide.

A Peek-Through Story: Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker

By Jessica Ahlberg (Candlewick Press) $15.99

Ages 2-5 will enjoy this interactive “peek-through” story. Lucy tries to tell a story to her dog, but he has other ideas. With each “peek-through” scene, Lucy and Mr. Barker bring along Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs, Jack, and Sleeping Beauty. See what happens on this fairy-tale adventure!

 Gorilla Loves Vanilla

By Chae Strathie and Nicola O’Byrne (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.) $11.99

Jam is the best at serving up sundaes to all the animals who come in his shop. He delivers special tasty treats for each animal: blue cheese ice cream for the mouse, fish finger ice cream for the cat, wormy ice cream for the chicken. But everyone changes their minds when Gorilla orders the tastiest treat of all! This silly book will have kids laughing and thinking up their own flavors.

 

Hoot and Peep

By Lita Judge (Dial Books for Young Readers) $17.99

Hoot the owl is very wise. He’s excited to teach his younger sister, Peep, all of his big brother knowledge. But as whimsical Peep explores the breathtaking Parisian cityscape, she comes up with a song of her own—one that breaks all of her brother’s “owly” rules. Hoot doesn’t understand why Peep won’t follow his advice, until he pauses to listen and realizes that you’re never too old to learn something new. This gorgeous read-aloud celebrates the wonder found in little things—and in the hearts of dreamers; young and old.

Parachute

By Danny Parker and Matt Ottley (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers) $16

In this encouraging and heartfelt story about facing your fears, Toby, who is afraid of heights, always has his parachute with him. But one day, his cat Henry gets stuck in a tree. It’s up to Toby to rescue Henry, but that leaves him stuck without his parachute in the treehouse. He must conquer his fears. The illustrations are great at showing height from a child’s perspective. Toby gradually takes more chances and needs his parachute less and less.

My New Friend is So Fun! An Elephant and Piggie Book

By Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children) $9.99

In this story from Willems’ award-winning series, Gerald Elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends. This multi-book early reader series addresses many childhood fears and issues with gentle humor.

Giraffes Ruin Everything

By Heidi Schulz and Chris Robertson (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) $16.99

Friends come in all shapes and sizes. In case you were wondering, here’s an incomplete list of things giraffes ruin: birthday parties, going to the movies, playing at the park, hide-and-seek, everything else. Yes, that’s right… giraffes ruin everything. But what happens when our narrator gets into a tricky situation? Perhaps he’ll find giraffes aren’t so bad after all.

The ability to read at grade level by the end of third grade is the most reliable predictor of success in completing high school; make it a point to sit down and read with a young person.

Until next month, happy reading.

  


 

August is the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday!

By the staff at Covered Treasures

 

The National Parks Service turns 100 on August 25th. Here are some great books to help you celebrate with adventures at any of the 59 National Parks.

Backpacker; The National Parks Coast to Coast; 100 Best Hikes

By Ted Alvarez (Falcon Guides) $26

 Choose an adventure from any of the 44 national parks profiled throughout this gorgeous book. With jaw-dropping photos, detailed hike descriptions and maps, ranger profiles, and more, this book is an intimate look at the best our national parks have to offer.

 National Parks of America: Experience America’s 59 National Parks

(Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd.) $29.99

 From Acadia to Zion, this beautiful introduction to all 59 parks is packed with panoramic photography, original illustrations, practical information, and inspiring tips on what to do and see in each. You’ll have all the tools to plan many exciting trips. Contains illustrations of wildlife to watch for in each park, activities for every season, suggested itineraries, the best places to stay, and more.

 Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

By Erik Stensland (Skyline Press) $9.95

 Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is home to 60 peaks over 12,000 feet, nearly 150 lakes, a diverse and abundant wildlife population and 450 miles of streams and rivers, including the headwaters of the mighty Colorado River. Photographer Erik Stensland takes you on a journey to some of its most familiar places, as well as some of its most remote. Through the seasons, Erik captures the many moods of the park, emphasizing the beauty of its most dynamic and fleeting moments.

Roosevelt the Explorer; Teddy Roosevelt’s Amazing Adventures as a Naturalist, Conservationist, and Explorer

By H. Paul Jeffers (Taylor Trade Publishing) $18.94

 No American president has been more enthusiastic in appreciating the wilderness and in conserving our nation’s natural treasures than Theodore Roosevelt. In the book Jeffers describes T.R.’s efforts, against fierce opposition, to establish an unprecedented system of national parks and to ensure the safety of America’s vast federal forests and wetlands.

See America; A Celebrtion of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites

Illustrated by the Artists of Creative*Action*Network (Chronicle Books) $19.95

To coincide with the anniversary of the National Parks Service, the Creative Action Network has partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association to revive and reimagine the legacy of WPA travel posters. Artists from all over the world have participated in the creation of this new collection of See America posters for a modern era. Featuring artwork for 75 national parks and monuments across all 50 states, this engaging keepsake volume celebrates the full range of our nation’s landmarks and treasured wilderness.

National Geographic Kids: National Parks Guide USA Centennial Edition: The Most Amazing Sights, Scenes, & Cool Activities from Coast to Coast  (National Geographic Society) $14.99

 From Acadia to Zion you’ll discover the wonder and amazement of our country’s majestic national parks in this fun, informative, and adventure-filled guide. Fully revised and updated, it has all you need to make your visit to these treasured parks an unforgettable experience. Features include vibrant photographs and maps, lively text and fun facts, checklists of “must-do” activities, cool excursions and best views, animals you might see, park ranger tips, and more.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Peril on Longs Peak

By Mike Graf (Falcon Guides) $12.95

 Join the Parkers, an intrepid family of four, as they head to Colorado to visit the stunning, high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. The family plans to hike up Longs Peak, but afternoon thundershowers and hailstorms pelt them during their training hikes. Will injuries, exhaustion, and dangerous weather take their toll? Each book in the exciting Adventures with the Parkers series for kids ages 8-13 explores a popular national park and is packed with adventure as well as engaging and educational facts about nature, outdoor safety, and much more.

Living in Colorado, you don’t have to go far to celebrate our national parks. We’re home to Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks, and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. All four feature activities and programs year-round, and many are organizing special events to recognize the centennial.

Until next month, happy reading.

 


 

July 2016

 Travel Season is in High Gear!

 

We’re in the middle of summer and family travel time. Paperback books travel well, and here are a few that will entertain you and the kids.

 

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

By Jill LePore (Vintage Books), $16.95

 A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism. Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also had a secret history.

 Dead Wake

By Erik Larson (Broadway Books), $17.00

 A master of narrative nonfiction brings us the compelling and riveting story of the sinking of the Lusitania, a story many of us think we know but don’t. Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history. Did the Lusitania cause the U.S. to enter WWI or was there more to the story?

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

By Bill Bryson (Broadway Books), $15.99

 The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparkling lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably a good place to go, and Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way—and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least for a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

 The Friends We Keep

By Susan Mallery (Mira Books), $15.99

 In this insightful and compelling story from book club favorite Susan Mallery, three close friends test the boundaries of how much a woman can give before she has nothing left. Mallery draws you into the lives of Gabby, Hayley, and Nicole and the various crossroads of their lives. As their bonds of friendship deepen against the beautiful backdrop of Mischief Bay, they will rely on good food, good wine and especially each other to navigate life’s toughest changes.

 

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

By Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor Books), $15.00

 Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets Samuel, a young troublemaker who is himself in some trouble. Ultimately, Mma Ramotswe will need to draw upon her kindness, generosity, and good sense, and will serve to remind everyone that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.

 

Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries

By Elizabeth Macleod (Annick Press), $14.95

 Thanks to forensics, we now know that King Tut died of malaria. We also know that stomach cancer, and not arsenic as suspected, killed Napoleon. Seven intriguing stories about historical royal figures whose demise was suspicious, and hard scientific facts about crime-solving techniques make each event seem like an episode of CSI rather than a history lesson. Kids will be fascinated to find out how scientists use autopsy results, DNA testing, bone fragments, and even insects to determine the cause of death. This book will be hard to put down for kids who love mysteries.

 DK Eyewitness Books: Space Exploration

(DK Publishing), $9.99

 Space Exploration takes young readers on a journey through the solar system and highlights advancements in space technology. Discover how satellites help us forecast the weather, how the Large Space Simulator is used to test spacecraft, and how the landing craft probes and explores planets. Learn how a special sleeping bag helps astronauts sleep in weightless conditions, how astronauts repair an orbiting spacecraft from the outside, and how an astronaut’s body is affected upon reentering the Earth’s atmosphere in this updated edition of a best-selling title from the Eyewitness series.

 

Cars, Trains and Planes Creativity Book and The Monster Creativity Book

By Anna Bowles and Penny Worms (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.), $12.99 ea

Whether it’s big diggers, zooming trains, and high flying planes, or wacky aliens, wild monsters, and mythical beasts, these activity books will keep kids occupied. Featuring games, puzzles, stencils and stickers, no additional supplies are needed, and will help stave off the dreaded “are we there yet?” questions.

 


 

 

June is Busting Out All Over with Good Books!

By the staff at Covered Treasures

 

As you pack for a trip to the mountains, a family visit, or a faraway beach, don’t forget to include a paperback book. In fact, you may want to keep one handy to read in the security line at the airport these days.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

By Fredrik Backman (Washington Square Press), $16

 Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy.  She is also Elsa’s best and only friend.  At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories about places where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.  When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins.  Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of misfits, monsters and old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

 The Wright Brothers

By David McCullough (Simon & Schuster) $17

 On a winter day in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers– one unquestionably a genius, and the other with mechanical ingenuity few have ever seen– changed history. Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination. With only a public high school education and very little money, they forged ahead, knowing that every time they took off, they risked being killed. This fast-paced, enjoyable tale by noted historian David McCullough shows how two Ohio boys taught the world to fly in what could be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

By Rinker Buck (Simon & Schuster) $16.99

Traveling from Missouri to Oregon over the course of 4 months, Buck is accompanied by 3 cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother Nick, and a dog named Olive Oyl. They dodge thunderstorms, chase runaway mules, cross the Rockies, and make desperate 50-mile forced marches for water.  A majestic, uniquely American journey of a lifetime, this is a tale of brotherhood, persistence and history, a tear-jerker at times, while also being a laugh-out-loud delight.

My Sunshine Away

By M.O. Walsh (Penguin Putnam) $16

In an idyllic stretch of suburban Baton Rouge, 15-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—is attacked near her home, and it becomes apparent there’s also a dark side of this neighborhood of glorious crepe myrtle blossoms and passionate football fandom. The suspects are numerous, and through the eyes of one of them many years later, we see how a life can be irreversibly transformed by heartbreak, by guilt, and by love.

 The Last Bookaneer

By Matthew Pearl (Penguin Putnam) $16

 In 1890, Bookaneers, or literary pirates, thrived, and Pen Davenport was the most infamous one in Europe. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws allowed books to be easily published abroad without an author’s permission.  Yet a new international treaty was about to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt.  The astonishing story of the literary thieves’ final heist on the island of Samoa, involves a dying Robert Louis Stevenson laboring over one last novel.   Stevenson’s assistant Fergins, bookaneer Davenport, and his longtime adversary, Belia, soon find themselves embroiled in a conflict larger, perhaps, than literature itself.

 The Good Girl

By Mary Kubica (Mira Books) $14.95

 When Mia Dennett’s on-again, off-again boyfriend doesn’t show up for their meeting at a bar, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. Following Colin Thatcher home turns out to be the worst mistake of her life.  When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them.  But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause the family’s world to shatter in this suspenseful thriller.

 The titles listed are only a sampling of the many captivating new fiction and non-fiction paperbacks just waiting to delight readers. Why not add one to your summertime relaxation and enjoyment?

Until next month, happy reading.

 


 

May 2016

 

Gift Books for Moms, Grads, and Other Special People

 

 

May is the time when we remember special people in our lives–and an appropriate book is the perfect companion to a thoughtful card. One of the following titles may be just right for someone on your list.

 

Gift from the Sea   

By Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Pantheon Books) $16.00 & $9.95

In this graceful, lucid and lyrical classic, Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life.  A ground-breaking work when it was originally published in 1955, this book continues to be discovered by new generations of readers.  It is available in both hard cover and paperback.

 She Taught Me to Eat Artichokes: The Discovery of the Heart of Friendship

By Mary Kay Shanley (Sta-Kris, Inc.) $13.95

 Sometimes we must wait patiently for the treasures of life. Just as a shared artichoke slowly reveals its heart, time and effort turn acquaintaceships into friendships. You make time—and take time– to peel the layers off one by one, all the while working toward a goal you didn’t know was there.  This tender story, combined with rich illustrations, portrays those day to day events that, slowly and patiently, transform two neighbors into friends.

The Same Sweet Girls’ Guide to Life

By Cassandra King (Maiden Lane Press) $15

 Originally delivered as a commencement address, this volume offers inspiration and practical advice that will sustain new graduates through life’s ups and downs and that will only grow in meaning throughout the years. This small book for thoughtful people of all ages can—and should—be read again and again, as King presents readers with the sort of hard-earned wisdom that will enlighten both young and old.

The Prophet

By Kahlil Gibran (Alfred A. Knopf), $15

One of the beloved classics of our time, Gibran considered this book his greatest achievement. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies. Musical and vibrant with feeling, this book reminds one of the majestic rhythms of Ecclesiastes, covering everything from love and marriage to buying and selling, crime and punishment.

 It’s The Little Things

By Amy Collins (Adams Media Corporation) $9.95

 If you feel overworked and underappreciated—or know someone who is—this book offers the perfect rewards for surviving today’s stressed-out world. You may find yourself saner and happier enjoying such simple pleasures as: Taking one item off your weekly to-do list, or, Using your good china and crystal often. This is the ideal gift for that overwhelmed friend, sister, or mother. It’s like having a day spa in book form.

The Importance of Living

By Lin Yutang (Harper) $16.99

Intended as an antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world, Yutang’s prescription is the classic distillation of ancient Chinese wisdom: revere inaction as much as action, involve humor to maintain a healthy attitude, and never forget that there will always be plenty of fools around who are willing to be busy, to make themselves useful, and to exercise power while you bask in the simple joy of existence. Now, more than six decades later, with our lives accelerated to unbelievable levels, this wise and timeless book is more pertinent than ever before.

 1,000 Places to See before You Die

By Patricia Schultz (Workman Publishing) $19.95

 Covering the U.S.A. and Canada, 1,000 spectacular, compelling, offbeat, utterly unforgettable places are presented, including pristine beaches, world-class museums, mountain resorts, salmon-rich rivers, scenic byways, and the country’s best taco. Over 150 places of special interest to families are included with the nuts and bolts of how and when to visit.

 If you need a gift for someone special, or would like a new addition to your bedside table, take a look at some of these inspirational books.

Until next month, happy reading.


THE MAGIC OF POETRY

April 2016

 

”Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” Rita Dove

April is National Poetry month, so why not take a fresh look at some of this powerful language, whether in the simple verse of a children’s book, or in a more subtle, but beautiful, adult volume?

 What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings

By Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99

 In this inspiring book, a Newbery Honor-winning poet calls up ancient forms of the spoken word and translates them into the twenty-first century. Included are chants to summon happiness, invocations to ask for forgiveness, and charms to face a hostile crowd.  Perceptively illustrated, this book of hope and wisdom offers strength for all kinds of moments.

The Trouble with Poetry

By Billy Collins (Penguin Random House) $15

Collins shows that good poetry doesn’t have to be obscure or incomprehensible—which is perhaps the real trouble with most “serious” poetry.  This dazzling collection explores boyhood, jazz, love, the passage of time, and, of course, writing.  Funny and empathetic, we recognize our own lives through Collins’ poetry.

 Journey On: Beauty and Grit along the Way

By Anna Blake Godbout (Mountain Tapestry Press), $12.95

The journeys described in this touching volume are landmarks from the life of a daughter, granddaughter, wife, mother, teacher and writer. As Godbout (aka local resident Nancy Jurka) travels from winter to autumn, she takes us through the beautiful, the sad, and the soulful places in our own hearts.

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall

By Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $22

 Now in his eighties, Hall, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007, has taken stock of his body of work and presented us with a handpicked, concise selection, showcasing engaging work, rich with humor and simplicity. For the first-time reader or an old friend, these are, above all others, the poems to read, reread, and remember.

Daniel Finds a Poem                                                                                                                        By Micha Archer (Penguin Random House) $16.99

Rich, multilayered collage illustrations offer early readers an introduction to poetry through the warmhearted relationships between a young boy and the friendly animals in his local park. The liveliness of the language discloses early poetic mechanics, such as alliteration (sun-warmed sand) and onomatopoeia (crisp leaves crunch) and makes it a favorite for teachers and families alike.

Echo Echo: Reverse Poems about Greek Myths

By Marylin Singer (Penguin Random House) $16.99

This is a unique book of reversible poems based on Greek myths. Read one way, each poem tells the story of a familiar myth; but when read in reverse, the poems reveal a new point of view.  Readers will uncover the dual points of view in well-known legends, such as Pandora’s Box and King Midas and his golden touch.  The great art also mirrors the spirit of the poems.

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

By Julie Fogliano (Henry Holt & Co) $16.99

 Using a diary-like approach, this book takes a different look at poetry for the seasons. Beginning and ending with the spring equinox, it offers poems for different days throughout the year.  A blue bird’s song starts off, “poking a tiny hole through the edge of winter and landing carefully, balancing gently on the tip of spring.”  Double-page gouache and pencil crayon illustrations range from effectively simple to tantalizingly detailed.

A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young

By Michael Rosen (Candlewick Press $19.99)

 This joyful new collection of poems bounces right off the page and into your heart, making it the perfect read aloud for both boisterous celebration and cozy cuddling up. These exuberant poems, paired with vibrant illustrations, will delight little ones over and over again.

 “In the end, the poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see—and when what we see is life.”—Robert Penn Warren

Maybe it’s time to pick up the poetry books we put aside after high school and college—and see life through a magical lens.

April 21, 2016 is “National Poem in Your Pocket Day.”

Until next month, happy reading.

 


March, 2016

Small Press Month

 

Small presses are usually considered those publishing fewer than 10 titles per year, with annual sales below $50,000. Many of them specialize in genre fiction or poetry, limited edition books or magazines, while others focus on non-fiction markets.  Following are some of the gems that come from these publishers—intriguing volumes that may never have had a chance with the large companies.

Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region

By John Wesley Anderson (Old Colorado City Historical Society) $39.99

 Ute Tribal Elders say that at the beginning of time the Creator placed the Ute in the Shining Mountains. They knew Pikes Peak by the name Tava, the Sun Mountain.  This is a story about the Ute, the People of Sun Mountain and their sacred prayer trees, many of which can be found in the Tri-Lakes area.

 Rocky Mountain Getting Started Garden Guide

By John Cretti (Cool Spring Press) $24.99

Whether you are a beginning gardener, a newcomer to the area, or an old hand who is looking for some new ideas, this guide covers over 180 of the top plants recommended for the Rocky Mountains, including every type of plant from flowers and groundcovers to trees and shrubs. Cretti also gives design tips, advice on planting, growing and care, and includes a large color photographs of each plant.

Cooking for the Birds

By Adele Porter (AdventureKeen Publications) $9.95

Why not invite “everybirdy” to your yard with a banquet of nutritious, home-cooked foods? This colorfully illustrated little book features 26 simple recipes, perfect to tackle alone or with the whole family.  These fun-to-make treats will attract 74 backyard birds, including orioles, hummingbirds and more.

Make: Making Simple Robots

By Kathy Ceceri (MakerMedia), $24.99

 Written in language that non-engineers can understand, this book helps beginners move beyond basic craft skills and materials to the latest products and tools being used by artists and inventors. Find out how to animate folded paper origami, design a versatile robot wheel-leg for 3D printing, or program a rag doll to blink its cyborg eye.  Each project includes step-by-step directions as well as clear diagrams and photographs.  These are robots for anyone, made from anything.

The Common Thread Of Overcoming Adversity & Living Your Dreams By Jerry Gladstone (Morgan James) $16.95

This book gives you instant access to insights, wisdom and proven strategies from Academy Award winners, Super Bowl and World Series champions, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends, Olympians, UFC world class fighters, and even billionaires.   Not based on theory, these stories prove there is indeed a Common Thread of how celebrities, such as Sylvester Stallone, Muhammad Ali, Ringo Starr, and Bill O’Reilly, reached the pinnacle of success.

Nothing Here but Stones

By Nancy Oswald (Filter Press, LLC) $8.95

 Based on the Russian Jewish colony that settled in Cotopaxi, Colorado, in 1882, this story features Emma, a middle child, outsider, dreamer, and risk taker. Her adventures based on the struggles of an actual colony of pioneers should capture the attention of “10 and up” readers.

 Howl: Of Woman and Wolf

By Susan Imhoff Bird (Torrey House Press) $15.95

 Drawn to wolves’ inherent resilience, Bird sets out to understand the ecology and politics that drive wolf management and to get to know the people who love or hate the wolf. She traveled the Northern Rockies interviewing ranchers and hunters, wolf watchers and biologists and uncovered reactions, ranging from admiration and reverence to vitriol and anxiety.  While also dealing with her own self-doubt and loss, Bird discovers that wolves, wild places, and a willingness to listen may lead, finally, to healing.

Bus Ride

By Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press) $15.95

 Clara is excited to be taking the bus to her grandmother’s house today. It’s the first time she’s going on her own, and little does she know that there will be a whole cast of interesting animal characters keeping her company.  The ride just might be more of an adventure than she imagined!

Why not celebrate Small Press Month by picking up a unique book that may never make the bestseller list but could be the most interesting and/or thought-provoking book you’ve ever read?

Until next month, happy reading.

 


February 2016

 

The Love Affair of Children and Books

 

One of the greatest gifts you can give to the children in your life is to teach them to love books. Research shows that to succeed in school and in life, children need to read on grade level by the third grade, so start early with read-aloud books.  Children who associate books and reading with the soothing voice and warm lap of a caring adult are likely to continue enjoying books as they learn to read.

Penguin and Pinecone: a friendship story

By Salina Yoon (Walker and Company), $15.89

 When curious little Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, their friendship grows into something extraordinary. But when Grandpa tells Penguin it’s too cold for Pinecone to live with them, Penguin has a tough decision to make.

 Sparky!

By Jenny Offill & Chris Appelhan

(Schwartz & Wade Books) $16.99

Sparky, the sloth, seemed like the perfect pet, because he didn’t need to be walked, or bathed, or fed. But teaching him tricks was another story when all he wanted to do was sleep.

Use Your Imagination (But be careful what you wish for!)

By Nicola O’Byrne (Harper Collins) $17.99

One day when Rabbit was bored, Wolf offered to help him create a story using his imagination. But when the story turned into Wolf chasing Rabbit through the trees, it was time for Rabbit to think quickly.  He discovered that using your imagination is a wonderful thing, and you never know where it might lead you.

 The Nonsense Show

By Eric Carle (Philomel Books), $18.99

 Nonsense lies at the heart of many beloved nursery rhymes. Children readily accept odd statements like “the cow jumped over the moon.”  In this book, nonsense and surrealism combine to spark creativity and imagination.  What’s true?  What’s impossible?  What’s absolutely absurd?

Nancy Clancy: Secret of the Silver Key

 By Jane O’Connor; Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (Harper) $4.99

In this fourth book of the Nancy Clancy series, Nancy and her best friend are off to solve another mystery—but this time it involves going back in time! When the girls set of to unlock the secret of the silver key found in an old desk, they learn there are some things that remain timeless forever.

Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!

By Jeff Brown (Harper) $4.99

Stanley was an ordinary boy until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. All of a sudden, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite! But flatness has its serious side, too, and Stanley ends up being the only one who can try to stop thieves from stealing paintings from the museum.  Will he succeed?

 DK Adventures: Antarctic Expedition

By Katy Lennon (Penguin Random House) $5.99

Discover what it takes to be a scientist on an expedition to Antarctica to drill ice cores for research. Experience the harsh conditions of this polar landscape, learn how to survive, and find out about the intrepid explorers from the past who set out to reach the South Pole.

Counting Lions

By Katie Cotton; illustrated by Stephen Walton (Candlewick Press) $22.00

Exquisite charcoal drawings introduce ten threatened species—lions, gorillas, giraffes, tigers, elephants, wolves, penguins, turtles, macaws, and zebras in astonishing detail. Poetic text notes each creature’s particular qualities and behavior, while providing a quiet counting exercise.  Further notes about the animals and suggestions for additional reading put the finishing touches on a volume that will be cherished by the entire family for years to come.

Magic Tree House #49: Stallion by Starlight

By Mary Pope Osborne (Random House) $4.99

Jack and Annie must find four secrets of greatness for Merlin the magician. To start, they travel back in time to meet Alexander the Great. But young Alexander is bossy, vain, and not great at all!  How can they learn from him?  It’s going to take a wild black stallion, magic from Merlin, and a lot of bravery to succeed.  Are Jack and Annie clever and bold enough to complete their mission?

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”Emilie Buchwald

Until next month, happy reading.

 


 

January 2016 

New Ideas for a New Year

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience—Izaak Walton

If 2016 is the year you’d like to improve your health, physically or mentally, there are some books to help you along the way–and some of them are just plain fun.

Eating on the Wild Side

 By Jo Robinson (Little, Brown and Company) $16

 For four hundred generations, we’ve unwittingly been selecting plants that are high in starch and sugar and low in many essential nutrients. Robinson shows how to regain vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants by choosing modern varieties that approach the nutritional content of wild plants but also please the modern palate.  She tells how to select these new varieties and includes recipes, as well as tips on food handling, and gardening.  Based on years of scientific research, this book will forever change the way we think about food.

 The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

By Marie Kondo (Ten Speed Press) $16.99

 Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Maybe the KonMari Method is the answer for you.  With its revolutionary category-by-category system, it leads to lasting results.  With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy”—and which don’t—this book will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

 Healing Ways: An Integrative Health Sourcebook

By Matilde Parente, M.D.,F.C.A.P. (Barron’s) $14.99

 Massage or pills? Acupuncture or surgery?  Prescription drugs or nutritional therapy?  It doesn’t have to be an either/or scenario.  Learn how to use conventional medical therapies in combination with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for the best of both worlds.  Discover how to be a better health consumer; how to decide which CAM methods are right for you and how to talk to your doctor about them.  Take charge of your life—and your health—with this new approach to wellness.

 You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

By Jen Sincero (Running Press) $16

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice and easy exercises to help you identify beliefs and behaviors that stop you from creating a life you totally love. By the end of the book, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, and how to change what you don’t love.

 Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person

By Shonda Rhimes (Simon & Schuster) $24.99

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, Rhimes, an introvert at heart, had lots of good reasons to say no when invitations arrived. When Shonda began her “Year of Yes” project, there were terrifying public “Yeses”—giving the commencement address at Dartmouth, and appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  There were excruciating private “Yeses”— start taking her health seriously, and force herself to have difficult conversations about relationships and situations.  Profound, impassioned and laugh-out-loud funny,  this book reveals how saying YES changed—and saved—Rhimes’s  life, and inspires readers to change their own lives with one little word:  Yes.

 The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life

By Janice Kaplan (Dutton) $26.95

 On New Year’s Eve, Kaplan makes a promise to be grateful and look on the right side of whatever happens, realizing that how she feels over the next twelve months will have less to do with the events that occur than with her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, she brings readers on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have.

 Until next month, happy reading.

Make use of time if thou lovest eternity; yesterday cannot be recalled; tomorrow cannot be assured; only today is thine.—Francis Quarles

 


 

Between the Covers at Covered Treasures Bookstore

 Banner Books for Curious Kids

By the staff at Covered Treasures

Even reluctant readers will be entranced by some of these new fiction and nonfiction books, ranging from moose to machines and from pirates to Star Wars.

 Star Wars:  Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

By A. Bray, K. Dougherty, C. Horton & M. Kogge (Dorling Kindersley) $19.99

 Excitement for the new Star Wars movie is building, and everything Star Wars is popular.  These fast facts and strange revelations are attractively arranged on colorful pages combining photographs from the movie with clever drawings.  Crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating “Did you know?” Q&As, this book is sure to satisfy and get the avid fan ready for the awakening of The Force!

 How Machines Work:  Zoo Break!”

By David Macaulay (Dorling Kindersley) $19.99

Award-winning artist David Macaulay introduces readers to the concept of simple machines through his new creations, Sloth and Sengi, in this clever book.  Follow their mad antics as they try to escape from the zoo with the help of machines. Their efforts are brought to life through pop-ups, pull-outs, and lift-the-flaps, allowing readers to explore in greater depth how and why machines work.  Models and illustrations demonstrate the technology of six simple machines: levers, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges, and wheels.  Illustrations highlight the use of simple machines in everyday objects, such as scissors and clocks, mixers and whisks, bikes and brakes, while the story contains clear and simple text to engage the reader.

The Ghastly McNastys Series:  The Lost Treasure of Little Snoring and Raiders of the Lost Shark

By Lyn Gardner & Ros Asquith (Kids Can Press) $8.95 each

 The Ghastly McNastys are the ghastliest, nastiest pirates ever to sail the seven seas.  The only thing they love more than making people walk the plank into shark-infested waters is Treasure.  And they love treasure as much as they hate children.  But Tat and Hetty, two clever local kids, have a trick or twenty up their sleeves, and they’re ready for a swashbuckling fight.

The Marvels

By Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press) $32.99

 This collector’s volume is a magnificent telling of two stand-alone stories—the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose—together create a beguiling narrative puzzle.  The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1776 with a boy named Billy Marvel, who finds work in a London theatre after a shipwreck.  Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London.  Based loosely on the lives of two real people, The Marvels is an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives connect, and is a loving tribute to the power of story.

  Up The Creek (Life in the Wild series)

By Nicholas Oldland (Kids Can Press) $16.95

 There once was a bear, a moose, and a beaver that were the best of friends, though they often disagreed.  When they decide to go canoeing, it’s one disagreement after another until they veer into raging rapids and find themselves up the creek.  With a charming cast of characters, Oldland’s light-hearted, contemporary fable highlights the importance of working together and keeping friendships afloat.

There are two more books in the series: Making the Moose out of Life and The Big Bear Hug, $7.59 each.

 The Tea Party in the Woods

By Akiko Miyukoshi (Kids Can Press) $16.95

On a snowy winter’s day, Kikko sets out to bring a pie to Grandma.  When she happens upon a strange house in the woods, the most surprising guests invite her inside for a tea party.  Kikko can hardly believe her eyes, and she wonders what all the animals think of her.  The author’s beautiful illustrations—mostly black and white with just the right splashes of color—add to this delightful story

After all the gifts are open and the excitement and noise have died down, sit down in a quiet corner with a child and read a book; those are the moments you’ll remember.

We wish all of you the happiest of holidays, the Merriest Christmas, and a peaceful and healthy new year.

Until next month, happy reading.

 


Between the Covers at Covered Treasures Bookstore

 Book Buzz from the Trade Show

By the staff at Covered Treasures

Excitement was in the air as Mountains and Plains Booksellers descended upon Denver in October for our annual trade show. This is where authors and publishers showcase their new and noteworthy publications, and we select those that might be of interest to our customers.  We’re eager to share a sampling of our discoveries with you.

Furiously Happy:  A Funny Book about Horrible Things

By Jenny Lawson (Flatiron Books) $26.99

 A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety sounds like a terrible idea, but as Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness, this becomes a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are—the beautiful and the flawed—and finding joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. As Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.

 The National Parks:  An Illustrated History

By Kim Heacox (National Geographic) $50

 This stunning book is a lavish celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  The very best of National Geographic’s iconic photographs, combined with an illuminating history, presents a panorama of diverse properties from the multihued layers of the Grand Canyon to the verdigris flame of the Statue of Liberty.  Former Denali National Park ranger Kim Heacox traces the evolution of the Park Service’s mission from protecting “scenery” to advocating for cultural and natural preservation and conservation, weaving in dozens of fascinating stories and personalities.

 Bats of the Republic

By Zachary Thomas Dodson (Doubleday Books) $27.95

This is a book that instantly transfixes, even before you start reading.  The author is a book designer who co-founded Featherproof Books out of Chicago, and his debut novel is a glorious demonstration of what old-fashioned paper can still do in the hands of a creative genius.  Bats of the Republic cumulatively is a book about the way books are made and the way stories work. Novels, Dodson suggests, are contraptions, jury rigged together with parts of other novels, archived letters, remembered conversations, maps, scraps of info, imagined journeys, and creatures real and strange. Dodson has quite brilliantly exposed the gears and cogs whirring in the novelist’s imagination.

 The Art of Memoir

By Mary Karr (Harper Collins) $24.99

Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club, offers a master class in the essential elements of great memoir—delivered with her signature humor, insight, and candor.  Synthesizing her experiences as a writer, reader, and renowned professor, Karr provides a unique window into the mechanics and art of memoir that is both irreverent and entertaining.  “In some ways,” she says, “writing a memoir is knocking yourself out with your own fist, if it’s done right.”

 Quick and Easy Italian Recipes

By The Silver Spoon Kitchen (Phaidon) $29.95

The 10th anniversary edition of this trusted and bestselling Italian cookbook presents over 100 simple, fast, and delicious recipes to help the busy cook embrace the flavors and spirit of Italian cuisine at home with minimal fuss.  With full color photographs and recipes that cooks of all levels can master, the book includes Italian classics such as spaghetti alle vongole, risotto Milanese, fritto misto, and tiramisu.

 The Ultimate Alphabet; Complete Edition

By Mike Wilks (Pomegranate) $50

Artist Mike Wilks set out in the 1980s to depict as many words as possible in twenty-six images corresponding to the alphabet. His four-year painting odyssey resulted in a suite of magnificent compilations, all minutely detailed, masterfully rendered, and slightly surreal. Each picture contains hundreds of items all starting with the same letter.  The images were first published in a book in 1986 in the best-selling The Ultimate Alphabet, and later in The Annotated Ultimate Alphabet, in which keys to the images were included. Now, The Ultimate Alphabet: Complete Edition brings these two volumes together in one deluxe slipcase edition; one volume presents the paintings with introductory text by the artist; the other offers the keyed drawings and alphabetical lists of words… all 7,825 of them!

Stop by and browse through some of our new selections.  Choose some to enjoy yourself during these cool fall nights, or find some special gifts for the readers on your list.

Until next month, happy reading.

 


Between the Covers at Covered Treasures Bookstore

Books You’ll Want to Talk About

By the staff at Covered Treasures

If you’re in a book club, these titles may be intriguing to you. These selections are book club favorites for their many facets and issues ripe for discussion.

The Plover

By Brian Doyle (Picador US) $16

 Declan O’Donnell has sailed deep into the vast, wild ocean, having finally had “enough” of other people and their problems. He will go it alone. He will be beholden to and beloved of no one. But fate soon presents him with a string of odd, entertaining and dangerous passengers, who become companions of every sort and stripe. The Plover is the story of their adventures and misadventures in the immense blue country one of them calls “Pacifica.” Hounded by a mysterious enemy, Declan’s lonely boat is eventually crammed with humor, argument, tension, and a resident herring gull. This is a sea novel, a maritime adventure, the story of a cold man melting, a compendium of small miracles, an elegy to Edmund Burke—and a heartfelt celebration of life’s surprising paths, planned and unplanned.

All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, Inc.) $27

 Marie-Laure is a young blind girl living in France during World War II, and Werner is a German orphan who serves as a Nazi radio specialist. On a special assignment to track the resistance, Werner passes through Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the way, against all odds, people try to be good to one another, in this deeply moving and beautifully written novel.

 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

By Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) $14.95

 A.J. Fikry’s life is not what he expected it to be. He lives alone and his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history. But when a mysterious, unexpected arrival appears at the bookstore, it gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. This novel references fine literature, with an excerpt from one of Fikry’s favorite works at the beginning of each chapter. His love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity, comes through in this endearing story of redemption and transformation.

Our Souls at Night

By Kent Haruf (Alfred A. Knopf) $24

Kent Haruf’s latest—and last—novel is a spare, yet eloquent, bittersweet, yet inspiring, story that reveals quiet, often heartbreaking truths about regret and growing old; and it is the way this short book ends that has many Haruf fans debating whether or not this was his preferred ending. In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, Louis and Addie, both widowed, familiar to each other, yet not close enough to be considered friends—meet each evening at her house. Their brave adventures—their pleasures and their difficulties—are hugely involving and truly resonant, making this the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.

Last Train to Paris

By Michele Zackheim (Europa Editions) $16

 This historical novel set in the 1930s, centers on Rose Manon, a small-town girl who spent her youth dreaming of a more exciting life. When she learns of an opening for a staff reporter in New York City, she heads east to pursue her dreams. Rose’s ambitions take her to Paris and Berlin where she leads a charmed life until the Third Reich gains momentum and influence.   Rose finds herself caught in an inescapable web of terror, and decades later, she must come to terms with the consequences of a heart-wrenching decision that changes the course of her life.

The Children Act

By Ian McEwan (Anchor Books) $15

 Fiona Maye is a leading English High Court judge who presides over cases in the family division and is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. At the same time she is dealing with regrets and a crisis in her personal life, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful 17-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

Some books, like these, beg to be discussed… enjoy the reading, as well as the ensuing conversation!

Until next month, happy reading.


 

Between the Covers at Covered Treasures Bookstore

Read Aloud for Success

By the staff at Covered Treasures

“Reading to children even before they can understand words, teaches them to associate books with love and affection.” (Apples to teacher.com) Reading aloud to children from birth to school age is a win-win situation. These children are more likely to succeed in school and in life, and there’s nothing quite like the bond a caring adult forms while sharing a book with a child. From old favorites to some inviting new offerings, there are many “read aloud” books to choose from.

Green Eggs and Ham

By Dr. Seuss (Random House) $8.99

As Sam I Am tries to convince a grouchy character that green eggs and ham are a real delicacy, children will delight in the repetition and the exciting places– from a box to a car to train and a tree and a boat. “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book, and read to a child.” (Dr. Seuss)

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

By Laura Numeroff; Illustrated by Felicia Bond (Harper Collins) $16.99

The consequences of giving a cookie to an energetic mouse can run a boy ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book. The mouse will ask for a glass of milk to go with the cookie, and then he’ll ask for a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim………..and on and on it goes.

  Are You Ready to Play Outside?

By Mo Willems (Hyperion) $8.99

When Piggie and Gerald the Elephant get ready to play outside, rain threatens to spoil their fun. But the friends soon discover that running and jumping and skipping and splashing in the rain can be delightful. (This is one of a series of Elephant and Piggie books, all of which use humor and friendship to address the many moral issues of growing up.)

 Again!

By Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster) $17.99

 It was nearly Cedric’s bedtime. He’d had his cookie and milk, brushed his teeth, had a bath and was ready for his mom to read his favorite book. It was about a dragon so much like him that he wanted the book read again…and again…and again. Delightful illustrations make this a fun read-aloud for adults and children alike.

 The Little Engine That Could

By Watty Piper; art by Loren Long (Penguin) $17.99

 “I think I can. I think I can,” said the Little Blue Engine, and she hitched herself to the little train.” In one of the most popular picture books of all time, the happy little train breaks down, and the clown and the elephant are in despair—until the littlest engine of all decides to give them a hand. Over the years, the book’s title and refrain of “I think I can” have become a permanent part of the American vernacular.

 Dig Dig Digging

By Margaret Mayo; illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

 Trucks and tractors, fire engines and helicopters—they all like to work hard. But after a long, happy day of beep-beeping and vroom-vrooming, even the busiest engines need to rest. This bright, bouncy, noise-filled book brings together the vehicles that children adore and will have the child “reading” the last line of each page with you… “they can work all day!”

Otis and the Scarecrow

By Loren Long (Penguin) $17.99

 On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, the farmer has introduced someone new—a scarecrow to shoo away the pesky crows. But when Otis and the animals greet the scarecrow with friendly smiles, the scarecrow’s frown never leaves his face. Day after day, alone, he stares out into the cornfield. But then one cold, rainy day, Otis can’t seem to take his eyes off the lonely scarecrow. This is a deeply resonant book about subtle acts of kindness, compassion, friendship, and standing up for others.

Until next month, happy reading.

Did you know? – Children read to 3-4 times a week at home show a marked difference in skills compared to those who are not read to: 26% recognize letters vs. 14% of those not read to; 60% count to 20 or higher vs. 44%; 54% write their own names vs. 40%, and 77% read or pretend to read vs. 57% (National Education Association)


August Reading for Toddlers to Teens

By the staff at Covered Treasures

As summer winds down and children get bored, good books are a wonderful way to brighten the days and gear up for school. There are many eye-catching picture books for toddlers as well as entertaining selections for middle readers and teens.

Ice Cream Summer

By Peter Sis (Scholastic) $17.99

 Did you know that the first ice cream appeared 2,000 years ago in China? In this delightfully illustrated book, Joe writes to his Grandpa about his summer, using ice cream to show how he studied reading, history, math, and much more. Sis uses documented facts to spin a colorful story for young readers. All in all, it was a delicious summer.

 Dinosaur Farm

By Fran Preston-Gannon (Sterling Publishing) $14.95

 What is it like working on a dinosaur farm? You must get up early, feed the animals, keep everything clean, and water the plants. When the sun sets, you can go home after a busy day. Just make sure you didn’t forget anything. Colorful illustrations of friendly dinosaurs show exactly what happens if the farmer forgets something.

 Ginny Louise and The School Showdown

By Tammi Sauer (Disney-Hyperion) $16.99

The Truman Elementary Troublemakers are a bad bunch, especially Cap’n Catastrophe, Destructo Dude, and Make-My-Day May. This scowly, growly trio rules the school until Ginny Louise, the new hedgehog in town, shows up. When Make-My-Day May challenges the ever-cheerful Ginny Louise to a showdown, does Ginny Louise have what it takes to turn this wild situation around? These animal characters will come alive for young readers.

Monkey and the Elephant

By Carole Lexa Schaefer (Random House) $3.99

Monkey and Elephant are very good friends. They live in the jungle, which is sometimes very hot. When the two friends set out in search of shade, Monkey complains that Elephant is walking too bumpity, too ziggy and zaggy, and Elephant complains that Monkey is too bossy and too sassy. Will these very good friends find shade before they become very bad friends?

 Ranger in Time

By Kate Messner (Scholastic) $5.99

Ranger, a golden retriever trained as a search-and-rescue dog, travels to the Colosseum in ancient Rome where there are gladiator fights and wild animal hunts. Ranger saves Marcus from a runaway lion, and befriends Quintus, a new gladiator who must prove himself in the arena. Can Ranger help Marcus and Quintus escape the brutal world of the Coliseum?

 Horses of the Dawn Series

By Kathryn Lasky (Scholastic) $6.99

 A horse is born in the middle of the ocean on a galleon sailed by men seeking gold in the New World. When the men decide that the weight of the horses is slowing their ship, they throw the weakest and the oldest into the water. The horses believe they are doomed, but over the salt air, Estrella picks up the scent of a wild land of sweet grass. Can one young horse lead a herd across thousands of miles, through jungle and desert, facing down predators? This is the story of the rise of the horses of the dawn.

 The Rapscott’s Girls

By Elise Primavera (Penguin Putnam) $16.99

 Ms. Rapscott, the headmistress of a school for daughters of the busiest parents in the world, is delighted when five special boxes, containing her new students, land on her porch. Bea, Mildred, Fay, and Annabelle don’t know anything parents usually teach their children, but poor Dahlia has the worst fate of all. Her parents are so busy they forgot to close her box, and she’s fallen out. Ms. Rapscott has a lot to teach her girls and has many adventures planned for them. But first, they must find Dahlia, which turns out to be the greatest adventure of all.

 Sweet

By Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan Publishing) $17.99

Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled Cruise to Lose is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. Laybourne takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.

Until next month, happy reading.

Did you know? – Studies show that children who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are 6 times more likely to drop out of high school. (U.S. Department of Education)

 


 

July 2015

Satisfying Summer Reads

 by the Staff of Covered Treasures Bookstore

It’s summertime, and the reading is easy. Why not take a look at some packable paperbacks for the airplane, the beach, or the backyard hammock?

Delicious

By Ruth Reichl (Random House) $16

 Billie Breslin travels across the country from California to New York to take a job at Delicious, the city’s most iconic food magazine. When an unexpected turn of events leads Billie to the discovery of a hidden room in the magazine’s library, she finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history and inspire her to come to terms with her fears and her ability to open her heart to love.

 A Man Called Ove

By Fredik Backman (Simon & Schuster) $16

 At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. People think him bitter, and he thinks himself surrounded by idiots.   Ove’s well-ordered, solitary world gets a shake-up with the appearance of new neighbors, a chatty young couple and their two boisterous daughters. What follows is a heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unlikely friendships, and a community’s unexpected reassessment of the one person they thought they had all figured out. Backman’s story is an uplifting exploration of the unreliability of first impressions, and a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it is shared with other people.

 The Glass Kitchen

By Linda Francis Lee (St. Martin’s Griffin) $15.99

 Portia Cuthcart always intended to run The Glass Kitchen restaurant she inherited from her grandmother, but a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, force her to leave Texas to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan. Soon, she finds herself back in a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from. Portia discovers that a kitchen—like an island—can be a refuge, if only she has the courage to give in to the pull of love and the power of forgiveness and accept the complications of what it means to be family.

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

By Sam Kean (Little Brown & Co.) $17

 After patients suffered strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, and horrendous accidents, scientists were amazed at the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed. Parents suddenly didn’t recognize their children. Some people couldn’t speak but could still sing. With lucidity and razor-sharp wit, Kean unearths the stories behind such neurological curiosities as phantom limbs, viruses that eat patients’ memories and blind people who see with their tongues. He illuminates the brain’s secret passageways as he tells tales of ordinary people whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.

Close Your Eyes and Hold Hands

By Chris Bohjalian (Random House) $15.95

 Emily Shepard is on the run. The nuclear plant where her father worked has suffered a cataclysmic meltdown and all fingers point to him. Now orphaned, homeless, and certain that she’s a pariah, Emily hides out on the frigid streets of Burlington, Vermont, creating a new identity inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. When she meets Cameron, a nine-year- old with a string of foster families behind him, she protects him with a fierceness she didn’t know she possessed. But when an emergency threatens the fledgling home she’s created, Emily realizes that she can’t hide forever.

All Fall Down

By Jennifer Weiner (Simon & Schuster) $16

 Allison Weiss’s husband has been sleeping in the guest bedroom. Her five-year-old daughter is having meltdowns. Her father’s early Alzheimer’s has him thinking that Allison is still in college, while her once-distant mother cannot stop calling for help. Her big suburban house sits unfurnished, and the stress from her dream job is unbearable. When she happens upon a magazine article about addiction, she wonders if her use of prescription drugs is becoming an issue. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, Weiner turns one woman’s slide into addiction and her struggle to find her way back up into an unforgettable tale of empowerment and redemption.

 


 

June 2015

Welcome to the Wonders of Nature

 

By the staff at Covered Treasures

When the May showers end, June is a good time to get out and enjoy Colorful Colorado at its freshest and finest. The following books are a sample of the many ways to browse through the beautiful bounty surrounding us.

Colorado Wildflowers

By Todd Caudle (Skyline Press) $19.99 H/C, $14.95 P/B

 Available in hardcover and softcover editions, this beautiful new book features 120 pages and over 130 photos of Colorado’s bountiful wildflower displays. From the prairies in the east to the canyons in the west, and throughout the many mountains in-between, the book celebrates the unparalleled beauty and diversity of the state’s spring and summer blooms. (Release date: June 18)

 Best Hikes near Colorado Springs

By Stewart Green (Globe-Pequot Press) $19.95

 It’s not necessary to travel far from home for a great hike. This information-packed guide covers everything from an easy nature walk to a multiday backpacking trip. For each hike, the guide includes the location, length, hiking time, and level of difficulty, and tells if dogs are allowed. Other features include: Trail finder chart that categorizes each hike (e.g., for particular attractions such as waterfalls and if it’s suitable for families with kids); Full-color photos; Information on the area’s history, geology, flora, and fauna; and Full-color maps of each trail.

 Pikes Peak above the Clouds

By Todd Caudle (Skyline Press) $9.95

 This photographic portfolio highlights “America’s Mountain” in all its splendor. Caudle’s breathtaking views of the Peak from different angles in various seasons make this a perfect coffee table or gift book. (Note: available June 18.)

How to Raise a Wild Child

By Scott D. Sampson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $25

 Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores. Yet, the average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured outdoor play, a dramatic transformation within the past generation. Using the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature—enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a deep sense of place along the way.

 H is For Hawk

By Helen Macdonald (Grove Press) $26

Training a goshawk, one of the most vicious predators, was Macdonald’s way of coping with the loss of her father, who died suddenly on a London street. Although she was an experienced falconer, this endeavor tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life. Heart-wrenching and humorous, this blend of nature writing and memoir is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast.

 Such a Little Mouse

By Alice Schertle (Scholastic) $16.99

 In the middle of a meadow, under a clump of dandelions, lives a curious and adventurous mouse—such a little mouse. Every morning in spring, summer, fall, and winter, one, two, three! He pops out of his hole, and off he goes exploring the many surprises in the wide world. Delightful color illustrations lead the young reader through the year with the little mouse.

If You Plant a Seed

By Kadir Nelson (Harper Collins) $18.99

 If you plant a carrot seed, a carrot will grow. If you plant a cabbage seed, cabbage will grow. But what happens if you plant a seed of kindness, or selfishness? This gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity is beautifully illustrated with paintings of a rabbit, a mouse, and their neighbors.

The Stokes Essential Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America

By Donald & Lillian Stokes (Little, Brown, and Company) $15

 Covering more than 250 species with 580 stunning color photographs, America’s foremost authorities on birds and nature have compiled a “must-have” companion for any bird watcher. Separated into water birds and land birds, color tabs help distinguish between sub-categories within these groups. Also included are key identification clues for each species, descriptions of songs and calls, up-to-date range maps, information on nesting and feeding, and advice on selecting bird feeders and binoculars.