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“Reading . . . a vacation for the mind.”
Dave Barry

“BETWEEN THE COVERS”
Covered Treasures Bookstore-Babes Recommended

MYSTERIES
“Chilling” mysteries to enjoy during the last hot days of summer.

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
Paul Sweeney

 

Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold
By Nancy Atherton (Viking) $26
Years ago local author Nancy Atherton awoke with the first lines for Aunt Dimity’s Death, her first book. It was voted “One of the Century’s 100 Favorite Mysteries” by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She has just released the 24th book in the series, Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold. What starts as a Christmas party turns into a mystery involving a secret room, a hidden compartment, and a heart of gold. With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help Lori and friends set out to unravel the mystery behind the heart of gold, and along the way discover new friendships.

Ambush
By Barbara Nickless (Thomas & Mercer), $15.95
Local author Barbara Nickless brings the third in her gripping Sydney Rose Parnell series. Railway cop and former Marine Sydney Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde, work to chase down a ruthless killer, Alpha, before he finds Malik, an 11-year-old Iraqi boy with secrets to guard. But when their path collides, Sydney realizes just how far-reaching and sinister Alpha’s past is.

Big Sky
By Kate Atkinson (Little Brown and Company) $28
Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador. Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network, and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect.

The Sentence is Death
By Anthony Horowitz (Harper) $27.99
Death, deception, and a detective with a lot to hide stalk the pages of Anthony Horowitz’s second book in his bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne. A successful celebrity-divorce lawyer is found dead in his home with baffling evidence. As Hawthorne takes on the case, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realizes that these secrets must be exposed—even at the risk of death.

The Outsider
By Stephen King (Gallery Books) $18.99
An 11-year-old boy’s body is discovered in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens, Terry Maitland. As the investigation expands and horrifying details begin to emerge, King’s story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can. Soon to be an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn.

Before She Was Found
By Heather Gudenkauf (Park Row Books) $16.99
For 12-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover. But when they decide to sneak out to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, their innocent games will have dangerous consequences. Cora is discovered on the tracks, clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. This is a timely thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child.

The Long Call
By Ann Cleeves (Minotaur Books) $26.99
Bestselling author Ann Cleeves’ first book in her new Twin Rivers Series introduces readers to Detective Matthew Venn. Taking place in North Devon, a body is found on a beach nearby where Venn grew up and now lives. The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly hidden secrets are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind. (To be released in September.) 

ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Summer and Fall are great times to get outside and enjoy nature.  Find a spot outside that inspires you and open up the adventure of a great book. 

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
John Muir

 

Best Tent Camping Colorado; 5th Edition
By Kim Lipker and Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press), $15.95
This resource guide provides detailed maps of 50 campgrounds in five distinct Colorado regions; key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities; selections based on location, diverse topography and size, overall appeal, and reliable management; driving directions and GPS coordinates; and ratings for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet, safety and security, and cleanliness. Everything you need to plan your camping trip.

Colorado Flyfishing: Where to Eat, Sleep, Fish
By Mark D. Williams and W. Chad McPhail (Trails Books) $20
Flyfishing in Colorado is huge. As one would expect, there are no shortage of flyfishing guides. But whereas other guides focus on particular waters, Colorado Flyfishing is organized by region, centering on locations out of which fly fishers can home base. It includes: fishing places near home base; fishing places for the adventurer; blue ribbon fisheries not far from home base; favorite places to eat; favorite places to stay; fly shops, guides, and tackle stores.

437 Edible Wild Plants of the Rocky Mountain West: Berries, Roots, Nuts, Greens, Flowers, and Seeds
By Caleb Warnock (Familius) $27.99
From self-sufficiency expert Caleb Warnock comes the ultimate guidebook to living off the land. Packed with more than 1,450 photographs of 437 edible wild berries, roots, nuts, greens, and flowers, this essential field guide will provide you with information on plant identification, flavor, seasonality, history, eating and preparation instructions, and more! At the back of the book you’ll find useful lists, including plants high in protein and easily available, poisons, and questions and answers. It’s the most exhaustive reference book of its kind.

The Colorado Mountain Companion: A potpourri of useful miscellany from the highest parts of the highest state
By M. John Fayhee (West Winds Press) $23.99
This is a treasure trove of useful (and just plain fun) information about Colorado’s mountain country. We’re not just talking about population figures, elevation stats, or lists of Fourteeners and rivers, although these are included. You will learn far more, including mountain lexicons (so that you’ll know what a gutter bunny, potato chip, and prune really mean); Colorado as a movie set; Colorado songs, skiing, fishing, avalanches, geology, historic districts, hiking and biking, snakes, Superfund sites, strange festivals, weather miserability index and much more.

Outdoor Medicine: Management of Wilderness Medical Emergencies (Adventure Skills Guide)
By Patrick Brighton, M.D. (Adventure Publications) $9.95
This handy, portable, easy-to-understand guide helps you to follow the correct course of action whether it’s illness, injury, or life-or-death conditions. Patrick Brighton is a board-certified trauma surgeon and a mountaineer, climber, kayaker, and member of a mountain rescue team. This tabbed booklet is organized by type of injury, so you can quickly reference the information you need to evaluate and treat the condition. This is just one book in a series of new Adventure Skills Guides, including Outdoor Survival, Essential Knots, and Insects & Bugs North America.

Tales from the Trails
By T. Duren Jones (WordFire Press), $14.99
Includes 26 outdoor stories from trails and climbs around the American West. Jones gets out into the wilderness as often as possible. He’s hiked hundreds of trails, completed the nearly 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, and has summited all 54 of Colorado’s fourteeners.

Dear Bob and Sue: Season 2
By Matt and Karen Smith (Matt Smith) $15.99
In their second book of the series, follow Matt and Karen as they work their way around the western United States discovering some of our most beautiful public lands, hidden gems, and revisiting a few of their favorite national parks. Through a series of emails written to their friends, Bob and Sue, the couple brings the reader along on their adventures, sharing their experiences as they hike the lesser known parks and national monuments.

MARY OLIVER AND POETRY

“I decided very early that I wanted to write. But I didn’t think of it as a career. I didn’t even think of it as a profession. It was the most exciting thing, the most powerful thing, the most wonderful thing to do with my life.”
Mary Oliver 
(Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver died January 17, 2019, at the age of 83. Penguin Press will publish an authorized biography, but as yet there is no title or release date.)

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
By Mary Oliver (Penguin Press) $30
Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. This is a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last 50 years. These 200 plus poems, arranged by Oliver herself, feature her work from her very first book of poetry published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection published in 2015.

A Thousand Mornings: Poems
By Mary Oliver (Penguin Press) $17
In this collection of poems Oliver shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals, and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog, Percy, she was ever patient in her observations and open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments. A chronicler of physical landscape, she opens our eyes to the nature within, to its wild and its quiet. With clarity, humor, and kindness these poems explore the mysteries of our daily experience.

Love Poems (for Married People)
By John Kenney (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) $15

Based on his popular New Yorker piece, Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney presents a hilarious collection of love poems for married people. This collection captures the reality of life once the spark of a relationship has settled. With brand new pieces that cover all areas of married life. Based on his popular New Yorker piece, Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney presents a hilarious collection of love poems for married people. This collection captures the reality of life once the spark of a relationship has settled. With brand new pieces that cover all areas of married life.

The Zen of Mountains and Climbing: Wit, Wisdom, and Inspiration
Edited By Katharine Wroth (Skipstone) $12.95

The Zen series explores the peace, tranquility, and sense of adventure that many people discover while scrambling up mountains. This book includes inspirational poems and quotes from a variety of well-known and lesser-known people and includes flipbook art of climbing.

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps
By WritersCorps (Harper Teen) $8.99
This collection of poems is by teens who have taken part in writing programs run by a national nonprofit organization called WritersCorps. It includes writing prompts where readers may write their own thoughts and poems, a foreword by acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni, an essay from Kevin Powell, and writing tips from WritersCorps instructors.

The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems
Selected By Paul B. Janeczko (Candlewick Press) $17.99
This beautifully illustrated collection of poetry for children features several different authors. Poets from Kwame Alexander to Pat Mora to Allan Wolf share the way to play hard, to love nature, and to be grateful. This beautifully illustrated collection of poetry for children features several different authors. Poets from Kwame Alexander to Pat Mora to Allan Wolf share the way to play hard, to love nature, and to be grateful.

A Light in the Attic: Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems
By Shel Silverstein (Harper Collins) $19.99

This classic delights with remarkable characters and hilariously profound poems in a collection readers will return to again and again. Here in the attic you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, and a Mountain snores.

BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, MEMOIRS
Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs are like conversations with the finest men and women of both the past and present.

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
Mortimer J. Adler

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”
René Descartes

My Own Words
By Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams (Simon & Schuster) $18
In this collection Justice Ginsburg discusses gender equality, the workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, and the value of looking beyond U.S. shores when interpreting the U.S. Constitution. This book’s sampling is selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers, Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, who introduce each chapter and provide biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
By Liza Mundy (Hachette) $16.99
This award-winning bestseller documents the contributions of more than ten thousand American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and enabled their subsequent careers. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through research and interviews with surviving code girls, Liza Mundy brings to life this vital story of courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard
By Laura Bates (Sourcebooks) $15.99
A female professor, a super maximum-security prisoner, and how Shakespeare saved them both: a testament to the transforming power of literature. Just as Larry Newton, one of the most notorious inmates at Indiana Federal Prison, was trying to break out of jail, Laura Bates was trying to break in. Now, a decade later, her Shakespeare in Shackles program has been lauded by academics and prison communities alike. But it’s not just the prisoners who are transformed.

A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir
By Kurt Eichenwald (Ballantine Books) $28
The compelling story of an acclaimed journalist and bestselling author’s ongoing struggle with epilepsy—his tortuous decision to keep his condition a secret to avoid discrimination, and his ensuing decades-long battle to not only survive, but to thrive. Ultimately, this is an inspirational story, one that chronicles how Eichenwald transformed trauma into a guide for reaching the future he desired.

Alone on the Wall (Expanded)
By Alex Honnold with David Roberts (W. W. Norton & Company) $16.95
This expanded edition includes two new chapters on Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of the iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. In 2017 Honnold became the first person to free solo El Capitan—to scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear. Alone on the Wall recounts his most astonishing achievements of his extraordinary life and career, brimming with lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks, and maintaining focus even in the face of extreme danger.

Way Out There: Adventures of a Wilderness Trekker
By J. Robert Harris (Mountaineers Books) $18.95

Harris, a distinguished member of The Explorers Club shares seven decades of surprising adventures. His travels have taken him from the Arctic to the Andes, through mountain ranges across North America and Europe, into Tasmania, and across Australia’s outback. By turns funny, suspenseful, and uplifting, his stories reveal how he has been immeasurably enriched by the beauty, the wildness, even the unpredictability, of a life “way out there.” The foreword is by the late Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots during World War II.

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
By Heather Harpham (Picador USA) $18
A Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, this moving memoir follows a family after the birth of a daughter whose health and life are on the line. Happiness radiates in many directions—new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately, it’s a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.

THE MAGIC OF BOOKS

“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” J.K. Rowling “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
J.K. Rowling

“The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.”
Harper Lee

Genius Lego Inventions with Bricks You Already Have: 40+ New Robots, Vehicles, Contraptions, Gadgets, Games, and Other Fun STEM Creations
By Sarah Dees (Page Street Publishing) $19.99

Use science and engineering to transform your bin of Lego bricks into amazing movable toys, machines, and gadgets. Bestselling author Sarah Dees is back with an all-new collection of projects featuring ingenious designs and simple scientific principles that real engineers use every day. There are step-by-step instructions and photographs.

Red Stocking Society
By Ace Passmore (Changing Lives Press) $16.95

This fast-paced Christmas adventure revives the big-hearted legacy of St. Nicholas. Preteen Bub Olney is disillusioned over Santa and upset his parents can’t afford a coveted bike under the tree. Determined to own it, Bub lands a job at mysterious RSS, Inc. where eccentric workers bustle about on a secret mission called the S-Game. Bub is charged to perform three good deeds before the bike is sold at auction. While playing the S-Game through harrowing twists and turns, can Bub overcome his self-centered nature to reignite his family’s Santa spirit? And if so, might he finally learn the identity of S1, the real Santa? Entertaining and inspiring for ages 9-90, this book also serves as a Santa Manual for grown-ups who face grueling questions from doubters. You’ll believe again!

Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
By Dylan Thomas and Rosemary Mosco (Workman Publishing) $19.95

The team behind the bestselling Atlas Obscura presents a kid’s illustrated guide to 100 of the world’s most mesmerizing and mysterious wonders, both natural and manmade, in 47 countries and on every continent on earth. Travel the world through common points of interest, from sacred skeletons (Trunyan Tree cemetery in Indonesia leads you to India’s Skeleton Lake, for example) to wild waterfalls (while in Zambia visit the Devil’s Swimming Pool—and then move on to Antarctica’s Blood Falls) to ice caves to bioluminescence.

An Anthology of Intriguing Animals
By DK (DK Publishing) $19.99

This animal encyclopedia with a twist showcases more than 100 animals in close-up detail. Arranged from largest to smallest, the wildlife of the world is revealed with stunning photography and illustrations. The storybook descriptions will delight children and let them discover amazing animal facts, such as why the slow-motion sloth is so sluggish and how the plodding pangolin protects itself from predators, as well as some of the stories and myths surrounding their favorite beasts. The index is packed with reference information, including the size and location of each species, and a tree of life shows how the animal groups are connected.

Bridge of Clay
By Markus Zusak (Alfred A. Knopf), $26
From the author who gave us The Book Thief comes this breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

Monstrous Devices
By Damien Love (Viking Books) $17.99
On a winter’s day in a British town, 12-year-old Alex receives a package in the mail: an old tin robot from his grandfather. “This one is special,” says the enclosed note, and when strange events start occurring around him, Alex suspects this small toy is more than special; it might be deadly. Alex and his grandfather flee across snowy Europe, unraveling the riddle of the little robot while trying to outwit relentless assassins of the human and mechanical kind.

NEW NON FICTION BOOKS

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read.”
Groucho Marx

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
Oscar Wilde

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies
By Jason Fagone (Dey Street Books) $16.99
This is the never-been-told, incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, Elizebeth and William Friedman. Together they invented the modern science of cryptology and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II. After World War I, Elizebeth accepted a covert mission to discover and expose Nazi spy rings. As World War II raged, Elizebeth fought a highly classified battle of wits against Hitler’s Reich, cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies. Meanwhile, William worked furiously to break Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma—and eventually succeeded, at a terrible cost to his personal life.

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
By Keith O’Brien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), $28
O’Brien weaves together the previously untold stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high-school dropout; Ruth Elder, a divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue-blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young children who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together they would make aviation history, fighting for the chance to race against the men—and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.

Beautiful Boy
By David Sheff (Mariner Books) $16.99

Now a major motion picture, this is an eye-opening memoir of addiction, healing, and family, with a new Afterward by the author. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the journey from the first warning signs. As a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.

Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8
By Heather Hansen (Mountaineers Books) $24.95

Every year wildfires ravage forests, destroy communities, and devastate human lives, with only the bravery of dedicated firefighters creating a barrier against even greater destruction. Throughout the 2016 wildfire season, journalist Heather Hansen witnessed firsthand the heroics of the Station 8 crew in Boulder, Colorado. She tells that story here, layered with the added context of the history, science, landscape, and human behavior that, year-by-year, increases the severity, frequency, and costs of conflagrations in the West.

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon
By Robert Kurson (Random House) $28

In a year of historic violence and discord, the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure. This insider account puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families. Drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid detail, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took for mankind to leave Earth for the first time.

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

By Caroline Fraser (Picador USA) $22 By Caroline Fraser (Picador USA) $22
The true saga of Laura Ingalls’ life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser fills in the gaps. Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to writing children’s books, achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters. The true saga of Laura Ingalls’ life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser fills in the gaps. Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to writing children’s books, achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.

25 YEARS AND COUNTING
Covered Treasures opened its doors 25 years ago. The staff got together and selected their favorite books from over the course of these 25 years. Perhaps there’s one you haven’t read or a favorite you’d like to revisit.

People of the Book
By Geraldine Brooks (Penguin), $17
Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famous Sarajevo Haggadah, which was rescued during the Bosnian war. When Hanna discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the ancient book’s binding, she begins to unlock its mysteries.

The Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion (Simon and Schuster), $15.99

Don Tillman, embarks upon The Wife Project to find himself the perfect wife. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he’s not looking for in a wife. An unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie, and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
By Rita Leganski (Harper) $15.99

A novel set in historic New Orleans that follows a mute boy whose gift of magical hearing reveals family secrets and forgotten voodoo lore and exposes a murder. It’s about the lost art of listening and a wondrous boy who brings healing to the souls of all who love him.

News of the World
By Paulette Jiles (William Morrow) $15.99

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging news reader, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people. Their 400-mile journey proves difficult and at times dangerous. Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors form a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Astrid & Veronika
By Linda Olsson (Penguin) $16
This well-crafted novel recounts the unusual and unexpected friendship that develops between two women. Set against a haunting Swedish landscape, it is a novel of love and loss, and a story that will remain with readers long after the characters’ secrets are revealed.

The Dog Stars
By Peter Heller (Vintage Contemporaries) $16

A riveting novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss, and what he is willing to risk to rediscover love. Hig, and his dog Jasper, survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists.

Plainsong
By Kent Haruf (Vintage Contemporaries) $16

A story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of eastern Colorado. From the unsettled lives of three people emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together. A story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of eastern Colorado. From the unsettled lives of three people emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together.

The Poisonwood Bible
By Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Perennial) $18.99

Kingsolver’s national bestseller paints an intimate portrait of a crisis-ridden family amid the larger backdrop of an African nation in chaos. It is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. It is the story of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

Bel Canto
By Ann Patchett (Harper Perennial) $17.99

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held. It is a perfect evening until a band of terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario evolves into something quite different as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds, and people from different continents become compatriots.

The Secret Life of Bees
By Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin) $16

Lily Owens’ life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, they escape to a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna.   

ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE MOM
Give Mom books to help her age gracefully, stay healthy, and live life to the fullest so you can have her around as long as possible. Give Mom books to help her age gracefully, stay healthy, and live life to the fullest so you can have her around as long as possible.

“My mother… she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” Jodi Picoult “My mother… she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.”
Jodi Picoult

“There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Sophia Loren “There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
Sophia Loren

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
George Washington

So You’re Seventy . . . So What? How to Love the Years You Thought You’d Hate
By Maralys Wills (Lemon Lane Press), $12.95

Seventy can seem younger than middle age with changes to certain habits. This book is filled with tips including better ways to exercise, to enhance your brain, the miracles of vitamin C, and more.

I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation
By Ilchi Lee (Best Life Media) $19.95

New York Times bestselling author and renowned meditation teacher, Ilchi Lee challenges you to radically rethink your ideas on aging, health, personal fulfillment, and what’s possible in your lifetime. Through personal experience, compelling stories, the wisdom of an ancient Korean holistic practice, and current research on longevity and fulfillment, Lee lays out a clear path to make the necessary changes that would make a 120-year life full of vitality, passion, and purpose possible.

How to Babysit a Grandma
By Jean Reagan (Alfred A. Knopf) $16.99

Celebrate the special bond between grandmas and grandchildren in this delightful book that puts the kids in charge of taking care of Grandma, if just for one day. When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a sleepover at her house. And with the useful tips found in this book, you’re guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time.

Dynamic Aging
By Katy Bowman (Propriometrics Press) $16.95

Geared specifically for those 50-plus, biomechanist and movement teacher Katy Bowman details exercises that require no special equipment, and include modifications for readers of all fitness levels, as well as information on moving more in daily life. It is also filled with stories and advice from four septuagenarians who have been doing this program and have avoided surgeries, eliminated pain, and regained freedom and ease in their bodies they thought they had permanently lost to old age. The book’s message: No matter where you are starting, if you change how you move, you can change how you feel.

Sixty: My Year of Aging Semi-Gracefully
By Ian Brown (The Experiment Publishing) $15.95

As acclaimed journalist and author Ian Brown’s sixtieth birthday loomed, every moment seemed to present a choice: Confront, or deny, the biological fact that the end was now closer than the beginning. Brown chose instead to notice every moment and capture what he was experiencing. Sixty is the result: an uncensored, seriocomic report, a slalom of day-to-day dramas (as husband, father, brother, friend, and neighbor), inquisitive reporting, and acute insights from the line between middle-aged and soon-to-be-elderly.

Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy until You’re 80 and Beyond
By Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, M.D. (Workman Publishing) $12.95
This book shows women how to become functionally younger for the next five to ten years, and continue to live thereafter with newfound vitality. It details how to avoid 70 percent of the normal problems of aging, eliminate 50 percent of illness and injury, and how to live brilliantly for the three decades or more after menopause.

You Are My Wish
By Maryann Cusimano Love (Philomel Books) $16.99
This book honors the special bond between grandparent and grandchild, the one of passing along tradition, joyful spoiling, nurturing imagination, and pure adoration. Whether it’s the sharing of stories or romping horsey rides, silly tickle fights or lazy fishing trips, there’s truly nothing like it. This book honors the special bond between grandparent and grandchild, the one of passing along tradition, joyful spoiling, nurturing imagination, and pure adoration. Whether it’s the sharing of stories or romping horsey rides, silly tickle fights or lazy fishing trips, there’s truly nothing like it.

SUMMER AND FALL READING
Great new paperbacks to enjoy no matter where you are.

“Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”
Dr. Seuss

How to Stop Time
By Matt Haig (Penguin Books) $16
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has performed with Shakespeare, explored the high seas with Captain Cook, and shared cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. Unfortunately, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. This is a love story across the ages about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
By Kim Michele Richardson (Sourcebooks Landmark), $15.99
Troublesome Creek has its own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. She’s the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike anyone else. Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, this is a story of courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere.

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
By Mario Giordano (Mariner Books) $14.99
Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily, intending to while away the rest of her days with good wine, a view of the sea, and few visitors. But Sicily isn’t quite the tranquil island she thought it would be. Soon there’s an investigation when her handyman is discovered murdered. This book will transport you to a Sicily full of quirky characters alongside a protagonist who’s as fiery as the Sicilian sun.

The Word is Murder
By Anthony Horowitz (Harper Perennial) $16.99
She planned her own funeral. But did she arrange her own murder? Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz has yet again reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, police detective Daniel Hawthorne. It soon becomes clear that Hawthorne is hiding some dark secrets of his own. A masterful and tricky mystery that springs many surprises.

The Orphan of Salt Winds
By Elizabeth Brooks (Tin House Books) $15.95
England, 1939. Ten-year-old Virginia arrives at Salt Winds, a secluded house on the edge of a marsh, to meet her adoptive parents. War feels far away until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh. What happens next sets into motion a crime so devastating it will haunt Virginia for the rest of her life. Seventy-five years later, she finds herself drawn back to the marsh, a chance at retribution and a way to right a grave mistake she made as a child.

The Overstory
By Richard Powers (W.W. Norton and Company) $18.95
A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
By Michelle McNamara (Harper Perennial) $17.99
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” This is the book McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death, now updated to include coverage of the killer’s arrest. Soon to be an HBO documentary series.

Twenty to Knit Pocket Pets
By Sachiyo Ishii (Search Press) $9.95
Make your own collection of irresistibly cute knitted animals in beautifully soft, fleecy yarn. This book contains 20 projects for knitters of all abilities, including a baby penguin, a koala bear, a squirrel, and more. All the projects are accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow patterns and photography. There is a useful page of basic techniques at the start of the book.

GARDENING AND WILDFLOWERS
Explore Colorado’s beautiful wildflowers and all the information needed to grow vegetables and flowers in Colorado.

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero 

“Gardens are a form of autobiography.”
Sydney Eddison

“Wildflowers are the stuff of my heart.”
Lady Bird Johnson

 

The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature
By Tammi Hartung (Storey Publishing), $16.95
This is a guide to creating harmony between the vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. It explains how to start with a healthy garden, create beneficial relationships through thoughtful planting, attract beneficial insects, pollinators, and butterflies, and how to purposefully create habitats for wildlife with strategies to help garden and wildlife peacefully coexist, including blocking access to unwelcome guests. The Hartungs own Desert Canyon Farm in Colorado, which has been certified organic since 1996.

The Colorado Gardener’s Companion
By Jodi Torpey (Globe Pequot) $16.95
This easy-to-understand guide will help you cultivate bountiful vegetables, abundant flowers, and lush lawns in Colorado. You will learn: What’s in your Colorado soil and how to improve it; How to take advantage of the state’s semiarid climate; Techniques to maximize the short growing season; The best high-performance plant varieties for your climate; How to landscape to conserve water; Ways to deal with the challenges of Colorado’s wild weather; and Local sources of hands-on assistance with gardening questions. Torpey is a Colorado native and award-winning master gardener. 

Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States
By Mary Ann Newcomer (Timber Press) $19.95
Growing vegetables requires regionally specific information regarding what to plant, when to plant it, and when to harvest by climate, weather, and first frost. Monthly planting guides show exactly what you can do in the garden from January through December. The skill sets go beyond the basics with tutorials on seed saving, worm bins, and more.

Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older (Revised)
By Sydney Eddison (Timber Press) $14.95 By
Spend your time in the garden as the joyful activity it was meant to be. National Garden Club’s Award of Excellence winner Sydney Eddison draws on her own 40 years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most.

Meet the Natives: A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Trees, and Shrubs (Revised & Updated)
By M. Walter Pesman and Dan Johnson (Bower House), $26
This must-have for hikers and nature lovers has been revised and updated. This edition features full color photography, contains over 400 plants, and is organized by color for easy identification. 

Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region
By Denver Botanical Gardens (Timber Press) $27.95
Featuring more than 1,245 stunning color photographs, this comprehensive field guide is the must-have portable reference for the wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region. It covers the entire Rocky Mountain range from Canada south to New Mexico, separated into Northern Rockies, Middle Rockies, and Southern Rockies. Organized by flower color and petal count, it includes perennials, annuals, biennials, vines, shrubs, and subshrubs, both native and non-native. 

Vital Tonics & Soothing Teas: Traditional and Modern Remedies
By Rachel de Thample (Kyle Books) $16.95
Tonics and teas have long been hailed as remedies for all manner of ailments and illnesses, and for their amazing health benefits. This book brings together more than 40 recipes for such drinks created with the aid of a nutritional therapist, and using easily available, natural ingredients. These are apple-a-day nonalcoholic drinks that generations have been relying upon to give the body a healthy boost. 

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving, and Using Herbs
By Amy K. Fewell (Lyons Press) $24.95 
Featuring an array of beautiful photos, recipes, and easy to read terminology, this book takes readers through the basics of herbalism, including the different types of herbs and their uses. It also breaks down how herbs are used in tinctures, salves, essential oils, and infused oils. You’ll learn how to efficiently incorporate herbs into your lifestyle, creating your own herbal remedy cabinet.

CHILDREN AND TEENS

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
J.K. Rowling

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King

The Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book (Story Collector #1)
By Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (Henry Holt & Company) $16.99

This historical novel is inspired by the real life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler, born and raised in the New York Public Library. Eleven-year-old Viviani, her older brothers, and her best friend Eva try to solve two big mysteries: Is the library haunted? And what happened to the expensive new stamp collection? This historical novel is inspired by the real life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler, born and raised in the New York Public Library. Eleven-year-old Viviani, her older brothers, and her best friend Eva try to solve two big mysteries: Is the library haunted? And what happened to the expensive new stamp collection?

A Drop of Hope
By Keith Calabrese (Scholastic Press) $16.99
A well. A wish. And a little drop of hope. Times are tough. Jobs are scarce and miracles are in short supply. But something strange is happening in If Only, Ohio. An old well has suddenly, impossibly, begun to grant wishes. And three sixth graders are the only ones who know why. As more wishes are made, the well’s true secret gets harder and harder to keep. A well. A wish. And a little drop of hope. Times are tough. Jobs are scarce and miracles are in short supply. But something strange is happening in If Only, Ohio. An old well has suddenly, impossibly, begun to grant wishes. And three sixth graders are the only ones who know why. As more wishes are made, the well’s true secret gets harder and harder to keep.

Inkling
By Kenneth Oppel (Alfred A. Knopf) $17.99
The Rylance family is stuck. Dad’s got writer’s block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school, even though he can’t draw. Sarah’s still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance’s sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together and then leaps off the page. This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles
By Thomas Lennon (Amulet Books) $17.99
Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan’s parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed, and he’s determined to prove their innocence. To show he’s got what it takes, he’ll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland. Fast paced, action packed, and completely hilarious, this is the start to an exciting new middle-grade series by actor and writer Thomas Lennon.

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #4
By Ransom Riggs (Dutton Books) $22.99
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and “normalling” lessons are soon interrupted by the discovery of a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe. Clues to Abe’s double life as a peculiar operative start to emerge and Jacob begins to learn about the legacy he has inherited.

Immoral Code
By Lillian Clark (Alfred A. Knopf) $17.99
Five teens with bright futures are determined to hack into one billionaire absentee father’s company to steal tuition money. Bellamy is a physics genius admitted to MIT, but the student loan she’d been counting on is denied when it turns out the father who abandoned her, who she’s never known, turns out to be a billionaire. This fast-paced debut is a hilarious and thought-provoking Robin Hood story for the 21st century. At its heart, this is a story of friendship and loyalty, and the lengths they would go to support one of their own.

Incredible Puzzles: 150+ Timed Puzzles to Test Your Skill
By Elizabeth Golding (B.E.S. Publishing) $12.99
This jumbo book is jam-packed with puzzles, including dot-to-dot, mazes, picture puzzles, and spot the difference puzzles. There are time challenges with each one, so kids can try to beat the rest of the best. The only question is . . . are they up to the test? Encourage them to say yes and tell them to get ready for hours of stimulating fun. Watch the intensity build as puzzles start easy but get harder along the way. Puzzles will challenge kids (answers are in the back) and get them racing to solve each one. Color them in, too!

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHANGES

What to Eat When: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Health & Life Through Food
By Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Michael Crupain, M.D., M.P.H. (National Geographic Society) $28

What if eating two cups of blueberries a day could prevent cancer? When is the right time of day to eat that chocolate chip cookie? This revolutionary guide by internist Michael Roizen and preventive medicine specialist Michael Crupain reveals how to use food to enhance our personal and professional lives—and increase longevity to boot.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
By Matthew Walker (Scribner) $17

Preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s sleep every night.

Lose Weight with Your Instant Pot: 60 Easy One-Pot Recipes for Fast Weight Loss
By Audrey Johns (William Morrow & Company) $25.99

You can enjoy your favorite food with the speed and ease of the Instant Pot while losing weight. After a lifelong struggle with fad diets and constant weight gain, Audrey Johns changed the way she ate, lost 150 pounds in eleven months, and successfully kept it off. Included are plenty of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the Instant Pot, combining all-new dishes with skinny takes on classic favorites.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
By Brené Brown (Random House) $28

Bestselling author Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No… Worth it? Always.”

The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Great Endeavors
By Charles Krauthammer (Crown Forum) $28

Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, this is an intimate collection of the columnist’s most important works. It spans the personal, political, and philosophical, including never-before-published material. This is the most profound book yet by the legendary writer and thinker, and a lasting testament to his belief that anyone with an open and honest mind can grapple deeply with the most urgent questions in politics and life.

Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort Food You Crave; Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes
By Danielle Walker (Ten Speed Press) $35
Bestselling author Danielle Walker is back with 125 recipes for the food you want to eat every day, made healthful and delicious with Danielle’s proven techniques for removing allergens without sacrificing flavor. With meal plans and grocery lists, dozens of sheet-pan suppers and one-pot dishes, and an entire chapter devoted to make-ahead and freezer-friendly meals, following a grain-free, paleo, and even GAPS diet just got a little easier.

You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable
By Jen Sincero (Viking) $20
For anyone who has ever had trouble staying motivated while trailblazing toward badassery, this is the companion to help you power through obstacles, overcome doubts, and keep the fires of determination roaring while you reach your goals. In 100 exercises, reflections, and cues this guide will show you how to keep the breakthroughs catalyzed by Sincero’s iconic books You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money going.

FALL INTO GREAT BOOKS
We just had one of our favorite activities of the year, our annual bookseller’s trade show. We had the opportunity to meet authors and publishers and talk about their new releases. It’s a slice of heaven for us. We always come back with great books.
Here is just a sampling… they make great gifts!

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List
By James Mustich (Workman Publishing) $35

The Washington Post calls this book “the ultimate literary bucket list.” Covering fiction, poetry, science, science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, you will find books ranging across cultures and through time. There are classics, unexpected treasures, and lists to help you pick and choose. Add it all up, and there are more than 6,000 titles by nearly 4,000 authors mentioned.

Unsheltered
By Barbara Kingsolver (Harper) $29.99
Award-winning, bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval. Unsheltered tells the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. Each comes to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of family, friends, and the strength of the human spirit.

The Reckoning
By John Grisham (Doubleday Books) $29.95

Pete Banning was Clanton’s favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete’s only statement about it was, “I have nothing to say.” In a major novel unlike anything he’s written before, Grisham takes us on a journey from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him.

On Desperate Ground
By Hampton Sides (Doubleday Books) $30

Hampton Sides’ superb account of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage.

The Last Romantics
By Tara Conklin (William Morrow) $26.99

When renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time. This sweeping yet intimate epic about four siblings is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose and sometimes rescue the ones we love. It is also about the power of stories and how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
By Lin-Manuel Miranda (Random House), $22

From the creator and star of Hamilton, with illustrations by Jonny Sun, comes a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful illustrated collection. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.

CELEBRATING WOMEN AUTHORS
Dive into these novels by local and international women authors. Some are debut novels that make us look forward to more to come.

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
J.K. Rowling

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

 

Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
By Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane Books), $26.99

When a body is discovered on Colorado’s Redstone Ridge, Officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime, and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man. Joined by local veterinarian Cole Walker, the pair scours the mountaintop for evidence and then, the unthinkable happens. Could Mattie become the next victim in the murderer’s deadly game? This is the third book in the popular K-9 mystery series by Colorado author Mizushima.

Little French Bistro
By Nina George (Broadway Books) $16

Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After 41 years, she leaves her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany. Here she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals, who surprise her with their warm welcome, and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life’s small moments. Marianne learns it’s never too late to begin the search for what life should have been all along.

Remind Me Again What Happened
By Joanna Luloff (Algonquin Books), $26.95

Claire wakes in a hospital room with no idea how she got there or why. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of these fragments. Told from alternating points of view, the story unfolds as Claire’s memory is gradually restored until she can finally understand the why and how of her life. This is local Denver author Joanna Luloff’s debut novel.

Let Me Be Like Water
By S.K. Perry (Melville House Publishing) $16.99
Holly has moved to Brighton to escape. But now that she’s here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway, how is she supposed to fill the void her boyfriend left when he died? She had thought she’d want to be on her own, but when she meets Frank, the tide begins to shift. This debut novel is about the extraordinariness hiding in everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.

Dear Mrs. Bird
By A.J. Pearce (Scribner) $26

This debut novel is a moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times, and is inspired by actual letters in women’s magazines during World War II. Emmeline Lake gets what she thinks is her dream job, but it turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.

Silent Hearts
By Gwen Florio (Atria Books) $26

This novel set in Afghanistan is about an American aid worker, Liv, and her local interpreter, Farida, who form an unexpected friendship. This complex portrayal of two very different but equally resilient women caught in the conflict of a war that will test them in ways they never imagined. Gwen Florio, a former Denver Post reporter, covered Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Light We Lost
By Jill Santopolo (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) $16

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. What follows is a 13-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and ultimately, of love. Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts. It’s a debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending.

CELEBRATE DADS

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.”
Anonymous

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
By Kirk Wallace Johnson (Viking), $27

This true-crime adventure takes the reader into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers, a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice. The British Museum of Natural History was full of rare bird specimens whose feathers were worth staggering amounts of money. Some of the bird skins were collected 150 years earlier by Alfred Russel Wallace who’d risked everything to gather them. In 2009 these were all stolen. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson’s fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation.

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
By James Fallows and Deborah Fallows (Pantheon Books), $28.95
For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane, visiting small cities and meeting with the people. Our Towns is the story of their journey, and an account of a country busy remaking itself. It reflects the energy, generosity and compassion, dreams and determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. 

Principles: Life and Work
By Ray Dalio (Simon & Schuster) $30
Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles he’s developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams.

Gold Panning Colorado: A Guide to the State’s Best Sites for Gold
By Garret Romaine (Falcon Guides) $25.95
This reference source contains accurate, up-to-date prospecting information for all known panning areas in Colorado. The write-ups for each locale include driving directions, GPS coordinates, historical information, land ownership restrictions, full-color photos, and geological background.

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
By Jon Meacham (Random House) $30
Our current climate of partisan fury is not new. In this inspiring and encouraging book, Jon Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Meacham brings turning points in American history vividly to life. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear.

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?
By Alan Alda (Random House) $17
This is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alan Alda found new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. He reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through how communication can be improved in all areas, but especially with the hard stuff. Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others.

The Hush
By John Hart (St. Martin’s Press) $27.99
Johnny Merrimon is 10 years removed from the shattering events which killed his twin sister and tore the rest of his family apart. He has since become a prickly recluse, living in self-imposed isolation in the forbidding swampland of Hush Arbor, 6,000 acres he alone knows how to traverse. His best friend Jack, now a local attorney, is his only invited guest, and others who attempt to conquer the Hush often meet inexplicably violent ends. The property has belonged to the Merrimons for centuries, but is haunted by the souls of the freed slaves who once lived there, and one of the descendants believes the land is rightfully hers.

SCHOOL BREAK READS AND ACTIVITY BOOKS
Discover creative ways to help children and teens break away from their screens.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King

The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict’s Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums
By Trenton Lee Stewart (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) $9.99
This exclusive companion book to the bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series is a mind-bending collection that will put you to the test. Featuring full-color artwork throughout, this companion features ingenious new puzzles, riddles, and brainteasers compiled by Mr. Benedict himself, with the help of Reynie, Kate, Sticky, Constance, and other Society associates. Discover if you have what it takes to join the Mysterious Benedict Society.

100 Screen Free Ways to Beat Boredom!
By Kris Hirschmann (Barron’s Educational Series), $8.99

This book will help free you and your kids from the tyranny of the screen with 100 ways to beat the “I’m Bored” monster. Learn how to have an indoor picnic, start an herb garden, go on a car scavenger hunt, build an obstacle course, make an artful sandwich, and much more. Includes step-by-step instructions as well as a list of materials you’ll need to get kids off the couch and thoroughly engaged.

The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists
By Sean Connolly (Workman Publishing) $12.95

What could be more fun for kids than to have the kind of rip-roaring good time that harkens back to pre-video game, pre-computer days? Experiments include matchbox microphones, marshmallows on steroids, home-made lightning, encasing your little brother in a giant soap bubble, launching a rocket made from a film canister, and more. This book awakens curiosity while demonstrating scientific principles like osmosis, air pressure, and Newton’s Third Law of Motion. All experiments use common household ingredients and equipment. Entries are categorized into seven chapters according to scientific theme, with easy to follow instructions.

Coloring Colorado
Jesse Crock (Colorado Mountain Club Press) $14.95
Jesse Crock is an outdoor enthusiast and elementary art teacher. His coloring book features 34 iconic scenes from around the state highlighting 15 outdoor adventures, including mountain biking through aspen, fly fishing, and backpacking.

Rubik’s Puzzles: 101 Puzzles to Test Your Brain Power
By Tim Dedopulos (Barron’s Educational Series) $12.99
From the makers of Rubik’s Cube comes a book to sharpen your brain power. Discover 101 original, colorful puzzles in varying difficulty levels that test logic, strengthen memory, and sharpen mental prowess.

Nature’s Wonders
By Alejandro Algarra and Gustavo Mazali (Barron’s Educational Series) $9.99
In this book, you can discover the answers to questions like: What is thunder? How do plants eat? What’s a fossil? How do crickets chirp? Why do some animals sleep all winter? You will find an abundance of fascinating information along with many full-color illustrations on the climate, the Earth, the sea, plants, and animals. Get ready to discover Nature’s Wonders!

Mazecraft Adventure
By Simon Ward (Barron’s Educational Series) $7.99
Discover mazes to explore, hidden characters to find, and all sorts of things to color. It features a full cast of characters that offer directions to guide you through a Magic Grotto, Jungle Run, Dragon’s Lair, and more on your amazing adventure. You will encounter everything from dragons and dinosaurs to wizards and werewolves.

Tell Me How?
By Isabelle Fougere (Barron’s Educational Series) $14.99
This fun-filled Q&A book is just one in a series of Tell Me? books. Each book contains more than 200 answers to questions about history, nature, the human body, animals, and more. The book is organized according to different topics and tabbed for easy reference. The last tab includes fun stickers. In Tell Me How?, children can discover the answers to questions like: How do we taste food? Why does tickling make us laugh? How is butter made? How does a submarine go under water? How did knights dress? How is an anthill organized? And many more. A hidden spiral binding makes it easy to flip back and forth, while entertaining illustrations and activities make learning fun. Parents may find the answers as interesting as their kids do.