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Dave Barry

Covered Treasures Bookstore-Babes Recommended

“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.

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.) 

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.


“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 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.


“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.


“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.

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.

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.   

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.

Fall into Great New Books

It was the annual bookseller’s trade show time for us. We relish our time meeting authors, publishers, and discussing their new releases. We always come back with great books. Here is just a sampling (and they make great gifts!):

The Giver of Stars

By Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books) $28

Set in Depression-era America and based on a true story about Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library and five extraordinary women who became known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them—and to the men they love—becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to bringing books to people who have never had any, and sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. It’s a novel of women’s friendship, true love, and what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.                                                                                                                                                                                

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

By Bill Bryson (Doubleday Books) $30

 Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body—how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular.

The Reading Life: The Joy of Seeing New Worlds Through Others’ Eyes

By C.S. Lewis (HarperOne) $19.99

Cultivated from his many essays, articles, and letters, as well as his classic works, The Reading Life provides guidance and reflections on the love and enjoyment of books. Engaging and enlightening, this well-rounded collection includes Lewis’ reflections on science fiction, why children’s literature is for readers of all ages, and why we should read two old books for every new one. A window into the thoughts of one of the greatest public intellectuals of our time, this collection reveals not only why Lewis loved the written word, but what it means to learn through literature.

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition: 52 Mouth-Watering Recipes and the Everyday Science That Makes Them Taste Amazing

By Liz Lee Heinecke (Quarry Books) $22.99

You will find 52 delicious ways to explore food science in your own kitchen. Physics and chemistry come into play each time you simmer, steam, bake, freeze, boil, puree, sauté, or ferment food. Knowing something about the physics, biology, and chemistry of food will give you the basic tools to be the best chef you can be. Divided by course, each lab presents a step-by-step recipe. The Science Behind the Food section included with each recipe will help you understand the science concepts and nutrition. There are plenty of fun, edible decorations included for the art lovers in the crowd. For those with food allergies, all recipes are nut-free and other allergens are clearly labeled throughout.


By Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press) $19.99

When Iris Espinosa goes to the cinema, she doesn’t expect to meet a small mouse. And she certainly doesn’t expect that mouse to stow away in her sweater pocket. At home, Iris is delighted by the mouse’s daring, which reminds her of the actor Douglas Fairbanks. And so begin the adventures of a sweet, plucky mouse name Douglas, who must overcome obstacles aplenty, from hungry cats to broom-wielding humans, as she journeys across the tall rooftops of Bloomville to return to her movie-theater home. Full of high-stakes, chases, clever escapes, and valiant rescues, Randy Cecil’s story is a celebration of courage and friendship.

The Crayons’ Christmas

By Drew Daywalt (Penguin Workshop), $19.99

This special book has letters, games, ornaments, a poster, and even a pop-up Christmas tree! ‘Tis the season for all of us to write our holiday wish lists; but everyone—even the crayons—know the best presents are the ones that you give. In this unique book, readers get to see how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate the holidays.

Stop in and browse through our new selections. Find special gifts for the readers on your list and choose some to enjoy yourself during these cool fall nights.

Until next month, happy reading.


Great Way to Start the New Year

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’” Helen Exley

The New Year brings a time of reflection and new beginnings. Get inspiration from some great biographies and memoirs:

A Republic If You Can Keep It

By Neil Gorsuch (Crown Forum) $30

As Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention, he was reportedly asked what kind of government the founders would propose. He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” In this book, Justice Neil Gorsuch reflects on his journey to the Supreme Court, the role of the judge under our Constitution, and the vital responsibility of each American to keep our republic strong.  Justice Gorsuch reveals some of the events that have shaped his life and outlook, from his upbringing in Colorado to his Supreme Court confirmation process.

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

By Bob Goff (Nelson Books) $17.99

As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office until they finally let him enroll. Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world’s best-kept secret. Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.

Tesla: Inventor of the Modern

By Richard Munson (W.W. Norton & Company) $16.95

Nikola Tesla invented radio, robots, and remote control. His electric induction motors run our appliances and factories. In the early 1900s, he designed plans for cell phones, the Internet, death-ray weapons, and interstellar communication. His ideas have lived on to shape the modern economy, yet he has been largely overlooked by history. Drawing on letters, technological notebooks, and other primary sources, Richard Munson presents a comprehensive portrait of this farsighted and underappreciated mastermind.


By Edmund Morris (Random House) $38

Edison is mostly remembered for the gift of universal electric light, but we have him to thank for so much more. In all, this near-deaf genius patented 1,093 inventions, not including others, such as the X-ray fluoroscope that he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine. This biography portrays the unknown Edison. Morris spent seven years of research among the five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison’s laboratory, and had privileged access to family papers still held in trust.

Year of the Monkey

By Patti Smith (Alfred A. Knopf) $24.95

As Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith’s signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work.                                                                                                                                                                                

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

By Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton (Hachette Books), $30

In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, Home, Julie Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career and rise to fame, along with dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with Blake Edwards. Co-written with her daughter, it is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.

How to Treat People: A Nurse’s Notes

By Molly Case (W.W. Norton & Company) $25.95

As a nurse, Molly Case cares for her patients, sharing not only their pain, but also life-affirming moments of hope. Weaving together medical history, art, memoir, and science, How to Treat People explores the rhythms of life and death in a tender reminder that we can all find meaning in being, even for a moment, part of the lives of others.

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” John Green



Until next month, and next year, happy reading!


March Mystery Madness

“Reading mysteries: the recreation of intelligent minds.” Donna Andrews

March is a month of basketball and Spring Break. It’s also a great time to hunker down with some good mysteries, whether you are staying at home or traveling.

Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna

By Mario Giordano (Mariner Books) $15.99

 Auntie Poldi is ready for some peace and quiet in Sicily. When the water supply to her neighborhood is cut off and a dear friend’s dog is poisoned (telltale signs that a certain familial organization is flexing its muscles) Poldi knows there will be no resolution without her help. She soon finds a body in a vineyard, tangles with the Mafia, and yet again makes herself unpopular in the pursuit of justice.

 An Unwanted Guest

By Shari Lapena (Penguin Books) $16

It’s winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing weekend away. When a blizzard cuts off all contact with the outside world, the guests settle in and try to make the best of it. Soon one of the guests turns up dead. It looks like an accident, but when a second guest dies, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something, or someone, is picking off the guests one by one. There’s nothing they can do but hunker down, hoping they can survive the storm, and one another.

The Body in Griffith Park: An Anna Blanc Mystery

By Jennifer Kincheloe (Seventh Street Books) $15.95

It’s 1908; ex-heiress Anna Blanc works for the Los Angeles Police Department. What she really wants is to hunt criminals and be alone with Detective Joe Singer, both of which could get her fired. Anna and Joe discover the body of a young gambler. As Anna’s murder investigation stalls, strange floral arrangements begin arriving from an unknown admirer. Following the petals leads Anna to another crime. Suddenly pitted against Joe, Anna must examine her loyalties and solve the crimes. The historical details of the crimes are taken from actual cases.

How Quickly She Disappears

By Raymond Fleischmann (Berkley Books) $26

Twenty years ago Elisabeth’s twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace. Now 30-year-old Elisabeth is living far from home in a small Alaskan town. She’s in a loveless marriage and has a young daughter who reminds her of Jacqueline. But then Alfred, a dangerous stranger with a plan of his own, arrives in town and offers a startling revelation. he knows exactly what happened to Jacqueline, but he’ll reveal this truth only if Elisabeth fulfills his three requests. Doing so means putting herself and her family in danger.

 The Woman in the Window

By A.J. Finn (William Morrow & Company) $16.99

Anna Fox lives alone, unable to venture outside. She spends her days drinking wine, watching old movies, recalling happier times, and spying on her neighbors. The Russells move into the house across the way and seem like the perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble. In this gripping thriller, no one and no thing is what it seems.

The Cuckoo’s Calling: A Cormoran Strike Novel

By Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books) $18

Published under a pseudonym, J.K. Rowling’s adult mystery series features Detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellicott.  Cuckoo’s Calling sets up the relationship between the two, as he investigates a legendary supermodel’s death. The police ruled it a suicide, but her brother refuses to believe that. These fast-paced books inspired Strike, the BBC crime drama series that has captivated millions of viewers worldwide.


By Anthony Horowitz (Harper Perennial) $10

This mystery, sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate, explores what really happened when Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis Professor Moriarty tumbled to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls. Frederick Chase, a senior investigator at New York’s Pinkerton Detective Agency, and Inspector Athelney Jones, a Scotland Yard detective and devoted student of Holmes’s methods of deduction, join forces. They fight their way through the streets of Victorian London in pursuit of a sinister man, much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty’s successor in London’s criminal underworld.

“Very few of us are what we seem.” Agatha Christie

Until next month, happy reading!


A Perfect Time to Read Aloud

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” Dr. Seuss

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, or a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” Kate Dicamillo

These are interesting times. With all the time together as a family at home, reading aloud is one of the best ways to be fully present with our children, even long after they can read themselves. All ages benefit.

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

By Sarah Mackenzie (Zondervan), $16.99

In this handy resource Sarah Mackenzie champions the lifelong benefits of reading aloud to children and offers book lists, strategies, and tools parents can use to form deep and lasting connections with their children. The stories we read, and the conversations we have about them, help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy.

This is a perfect time to start a series. Some wonderful choices for all ages include:

Harry Potter

By J.K. Rowling (Scholastic)

This magical series has been entertaining all ages for more than 20 years. You can find the seven volumes individually or together in boxed sets. There are also illustrated editions available through volume four, however they will have the illustrated editions for all seven eventually.

Chronicles of Narnia

By C.S. Lewis (Harper Collins)

For over 60 years this series has transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Epic battles between good and evil, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost all come together in this unforgettable world. The seven volumes in this series can be found individually and in boxed sets.

Fudge Series

By Judy Blume (Puffin Books)

Fans young and old will laugh out loud at the irrepressible wit of Peter Hatcher, the hilarious antics of mischievous Fudge, and the unbreakable confidence of know-it-all Sheila Tubman in Judy Blume’s five Fudge books.

Ralph Mouse Series and Ramona Series

By Beverly Cleary (Harper Collins)

Newberry Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary’s Ralph Mouse Series features a young mouse named Ralph who is thrown into a world of excitement and adventure when a boy, Keith, and his shiny toy motorcycle check into the Mountain View Inn. With a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t handle. In the Ramona series, Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous portrayal of the ups and downs of sisterhood. Both the younger and older siblings of the family will enjoy these series.

More great choices include the classics, for example:

Anne of Green Gables: Complete and Unabridged

By L.M. Montgomery (Puffin Classics), $6.99

 This complete and unabridged edition contains a behind-the-scenes journey, including an author profile, a guide to who’s who, activities, and more. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are in for a big surprise. They’re waiting for an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables—but a skinny, red-haired girl turns up instead. Feisty and full of spirit, it’s not long before Anne Shirley finds herself in all kinds of trouble. But soon it’s impossible to imagine life at Green Gables without her.

 Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson (Sterling Publishing) $9.95

Young and old have been thrilled by this timeless classic since it was first published in 1883. This gripping story of young Jim Hawkins’ perilous encounters with the treacherous Long John Silver and his fellow pirates is filled with mystery and adventure for the whole family.

Around the World in Eighty Days

By Jules Verne (Sterling Publishing) $9.95

“I will bet twenty thousand pounds against anyone who wishes that I will make the tour of the world in eighty days or less.” So says Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s unforgettable adventure tale. Journey with Fogg and his French servant Passepartout as they race across the globe in an attempt to win the legendary wager.

The One and Only Ivan

By Katherine Applegate (Harper Collins) $8.99

This Newberry Award winning novel is soon to be a major motion picture. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, it celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship, art, and hope.

Matilda, and Boy: Tales of Childhood, and The BFG

By Roald Dahl (Puffin Books)

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian, and medical inventor. He was also the author of Matilda, Boy Tales of Childhood, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many more brilliant stories. His books are always a good choice for reading aloud.

Until next month, happy reading.

Get Out There!

In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Now is a wonderful time to get outside, especially as a safe way to spend time with family and friends.

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder: Including Fort Collins and Rocky Mountain National Park (Revised 3rd Edition)

By Mindy Sink (Menasha Ridge Press) $22.95

Blending popular trails and hidden gems, this full-color edition features trails that transport you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, and historical settings that renew your spirit and recharge your body. Each hike description features information on: distance, difficulty, scenery, traffic, hiking time, detailed directions, GPS-based trail maps, elevation profiles, tips on nearby activities, and more.

Colorado Day Trips by Theme

By Aimee Heckel (Adventure Publications), $16.95

Jam-packed with more than 170 of Colorado’s best destinations, this guidebook helps you take a simple day trip, or string together a longer vacation of activities that catch your interest. Destinations are organized by themes, such as Annual Festivals and Outdoor Adventures. Discover hot springs, mountain peaks, museums, national parks, and more.

Thrasher’s Fly Fishing Guide: An Essential Handbook for All Skill Levels

By Susan Thrasher (Menasha Ridge Press) $16.95

Expert angler Susan Thrasher provides your all-in-one resource on fly fishing with success. Covering beginner to advanced knowledge, various methods, tips and techniques, how to teach kids, and so much more, you will find this an essential guide.

Colorado Journey Guide: A Driving & Hiking Guide to Ruins, Rock Art, Fossils & Formations

By Jon Kramer and Julie Martinez (Adventure Publications) $16.95

This resource helps you discover some of Colorado’s best: majestic mountains, ancient ruins, secret canyons, hidden waterfalls, and exotic places. The author’s rating system for significance in archaeology, geology, and paleontology ensures that you find the places that are right for you and your interests. Illustrations by Vernon Morris depict pottery, prehistoric animals, and more.

Family Camping: Everything You Need to Know for a Night Outdoors with Loved Ones

By Charlie and Cheryl Ess (Falcon Press) $24.95

This just might be the ultimate camping handbook, whether you’re with family or friends, camping or in your backyard. Part inspiration, part practical knowledge, this book is a whole lot of fun, offering up food and drink recipes, family activities, nature hacks, expert know-how, and more.

Mountain Biking Colorado’s Front Range: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides (2nd edition)

By Stephen Hlawaty (Falcon Press), $21.95

Featuring 45 off-road bicycle rides along Colorado’s Front Range, this guide includes rides from Fort Collins south to Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, and everywhere in between. Readers will find maps, route directions, vivid descriptions, and much more. A mountain biking atlas to the Front Range regions, this one-of-a-kind guidebook details each trail in relation to local history, geology, archeology, legend, and lore.

Night Sky: A Field Guide to the Constellations Revised and Expanded (with Card Flashlight)

By Jonathan Poppele (Adventure Publications) $16.95

Revised and expanded, this award-winning book takes a simple approach to finding 64 constellations by focusing on one constellation at a time, teaching how to locate any constellation in relation to the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the top of the sky. It also introduces mythology, facts, details about the planets, solar system, and more.

The Daring Book for Girls

By Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz (William Morrow & Company) $16.99

For every girl here is a hands-on guide to adventure, imagination, and fun. Have fun, take risks, learn a variety of skills, activities, games, how to put up your hair with a pencil, whistle with two fingers, build a good campfire, make paper airplanes, clubhouses and forts, public speaking, famous women in history, and more.

Dangerous Book for Boys

By Gonn and Hal Iggulden (William Morrow & Company) $22.99

Now a Prime Original Series, this bestselling book for every boy from eight to 80 covers essential skills such as building tree houses, learning how to fish, tying knots, skimming stones, and stories of incredible courage. It’s a wonderful collection of all things that make being young or young at heart fun—building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, and flying the world’s best paper airplanes.

Until next month, happy reading.

New Fall Releases

The publishing industry has been hit hard by Covid-19. As a result, there have been many delays to all suppliers of books, including online and independent bookstores. Many publication dates for new books have been delayed. There are now some great books coming out in the next few weeks.

All the Devils Are Here

By Louise Penny (Minotaur Books) $28.99

Inspector Gamache’s godfather, billionaire Stephen Horowitz, is critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident. Solving this mystery will take Gamache from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded works of art. To find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past, his own family. For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in the darkness devils hide.

Next to Last Stand: A Longmire Mystery

By Craig Johnson (Viking), $28

One of the most viewed paintings in American History, Custer’s Last Fight, was destroyed in a fire in 1946. Or was it? When Charley Lee Stillwater dies at the Wyoming Home for Soldiers & Sailors, Walt Longmire is called in to try and make sense of a piece of a painting and a Florsheim shoebox containing a million dollars, sending the good sheriff on the trail of a dangerous art heist.

Hanging Falls: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

By Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane Books) $26.99

Officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. An unexpected visit from members of Mattie’s long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood abduction. The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine, but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.

Mesa Verde Victim

By Scott Graham (Torrey House Press) $15.95

Hounded by false accusations of murder, archaeologist Chuck Bender and his family risk their lives to track down an unknown killer in a rugged canyon on the remote western edge of Mesa Verde National Park, where ancient stone villages and secret burial sites, abandoned centuries ago by the Ancestral Puebloan people, harbor artifacts so rare and precious they’re worth killing over.

Elway: A Relentless Life

By Jason Cole (Hachette Books) $28

This biography of John Elway, Hall of Fame Quarterback, two-time Super Bowl Champion, and current President of Football Operations and General Manager of the Denver Broncos is the most complete look at one of the most accomplished legends in the history of American sports.

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig (Viking), $26

“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices. . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?” Nora Seed must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

A Time for Mercy

By John Grisham (Doubleday Books) $29.95

Jake Brigance, the hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns. Jake finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line. In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, there is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

When We Were Young & Brave

By Hazel Gaynor (William Morrow & Company) $27.99

Bestselling author Hazel Gaynor sets her unforgettable new novel in China during WWII, inspired by true events surrounding the Japanese Army’s internment of teachers and children from a British-run missionary school. As Gaynor says in the Afterward, “No matter the time or distance from an historical event, the universal themes of love, grief, friendship, regret and resilience are what connect us all across the decades.”

Until next month, happy 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.

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.


“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.

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!


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.

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.

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.

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.


“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.”

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.

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.

‘Tis the Season for Great Books

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Lemony Snicket

The holidays are bursting with exciting new books that make great gifts.

How Winston Delivered Christmas

By Alex T. Smith (Silver Dolphin Books) $17.99

 When a mouse named Winston finds a lost letter addressed to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, he sets off on an unforgettable journey to personally deliver the letter to Santa. Children can read a chapter a day and each chapter is followed by a fun and festive holiday activity to complete. This illustrated advent story tells of the adventures of an adorable mouse and how a good deed can lead to a very happy ending.

The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow

By Lora Koehler (Candlewick) $16.99

The little snowplow loves his job on the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, but the work he loves best is plowing snow. Throughout the year, he wishes for snow to come, but winter begins without a single flake in sight. As the weeks pass and the little snowplow’s birthday approaches, he starts to wonder whether it will snow at all. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?

Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers

By Anna James (Philomel Books) $16.99

This enchanting story about the magic of books and the power of imagination is soon to be a major television series. Since her mother’s disappearance, 11-year-old Tilly Pages has found comfort in the stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But, when her favorite characters start showing up at the shop, Tilly discovers that not only can she follow them into their books, but she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly’s new ability leads her to fun and exciting adventures, including looking for her mother. This charming and exciting adventure about a bookish young heroine, a mysterious librarian, and a magical bookshop will delight book lovers everywhere.

White Bird: A Wonder Story

By R.J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers) $24.99

R.J. Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with the heartrending story of Julian’s grandmother, Grandmère. It tells how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II, and how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend. It’s the story of the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives.                                                                                                                                                                           

All About Dinner: Simple Meals, Expert Advice

By Molly Stevens (W.W. Norton & Company), $40

These are Molly Stevens’ delicious, time-tested recipes made from easy-to-find ingredients, and collected for the first time. Each recipe is designed to impart solid kitchen skills while encouraging home cooks to expand their personal repertoires by mastering everyday favorites. It reminds us that dinner can be uncomplicated, packed with flavor, and a whole lot of fun.


By Elton John (Henry Holt and Company) $30

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his roller-coaster lifestyle to becoming a living legend. Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes.

The Winter Army

By Maurice Isserman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $28

This is the epic story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, whose elite soldiers broke the last line of German defenses in Italy’s mountains in 1945, spearheading the Allied advance to the Alps and final victory. The U.S. Army developed a unique military fighting force, the 10th Mountain Division, drawn from the ranks of Ivy League students, park rangers, Olympic skiers, and European refugees. It formed the first specialized alpine fighting force in U.S. history. Ranging from the ski slopes of Colorado to the towering cliffs of the Italian Alps, this is a true saga of an unlikely band of soldiers forged in the heat of combat into a brotherhood whose legacy lives on in U.S. mountain fighters to this day.

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” Lena Dunham

Until next month (and next year!), happy reading.


Heart and Body Health

“It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” whispered the heart. Unknown

February is Heart Month as well as the month of Valentine’s Day. Why not read some books that help you toward optimal health and longevity with your loved ones. Making small lifestyle changes can have huge health benefits and can change the entire trajectory of your life.

How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

By Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM (Flatiron Books) $32.50

Dr. Michael Greger, internationally-renowned nutrition expert and physician hones in on the optimal criteria to enable weight loss, while considering how specific foods actually affect our health and longevity. He lays out the key ingredients of the ideal weight-loss diet, but goes beyond food to identify 21 weight-loss accelerators that maximize our natural fat-burning capabilities.

The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100

By Dan Buettner (National Geographic) $30

 Building on decades of research, longevity expert Dan Buettner has gathered 100 recipes inspired by the Blue Zones, home to the healthiest and happiest communities in the world. Each dish uses ingredients and cooking methods proven to increase longevity, wellness, and mental health. The recipes also include lifestyle tips.

Smart Plants: Power Foods & Natural Nootropics for Optimized Thinking, Focus & Memory

By Julie Morris (Sterling Publishing) $29.95

This book reveals the dietary secrets to better brain performance. Combining scientific research with the wisdom of ancient remedies, it showcases an array of cognition-enhancing plants—from everyday foods to natural nootropics. Her recipes make it easy to incorporate these powerful foods into your daily diet.

Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

By Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel, M.D., MSPH (Workman Publishing) $22.95

Our children consume three times the recommended daily allowance of added sugar, which puts them at an unprecedented risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, excess weight, and more. This book features 100 doctor-approved recipes that cut the sugar by half or more without sacrificing the flavors our families love. It’s an eye-opening education, a program of healthy eating, and a cookbook chock-full of easy, delicious recipes all in one.

Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness: An Essential Guide for Using Nature’s Medicine to Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Inflammation, and More

By Aliza Sherman and Dr. Junella Chin (Ten Speed Press) $16.99

A safe, comprehensive guide to using cannabis to ease chronic and acute health issues such as pain, insomnia, inflammation, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and more, from the founder of a global cannabis wellness network and an osteopathic physician. With information on cannabis forms, methods of ingestion, dosing and microdosing, safety and storage, caregiving and effectiveness for self-care, physical fitness, aging, and more, this is the only book you need to start using cannabis for better health.

No Gluten, No Problem Pizza: 75+ Recipes for Every Craving—From Thin Crust to Deep Dish, New York to Naples

By Kelli and Peter Bronski (Experiment) $24.95

With more than a decade of gluten-free recipe experience, the Bronskis bring 75 recipes with all of the authentic flavor and texture of traditional pizza, but none of the gluten. Every step of the process is explained. You will find 15 kinds of dough covering all the major pizza styles, grain-free and nutrient-rich pizzas, and pizzas for every meal.

Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition

By Bob Anderson (Shelter Publications) $19.95

Bob Anderson is the world’s most popular stretching authority and he is one of our local authors. For over 35 years, Bob has taught millions of people, including the Denver Broncos and Olympic athletes, his simple approach to stretching. His book features stretching routines specific to a variety of people, including sports enthusiasts, travelers, children, gardeners, and people in wheelchairs. There is also an abbreviated version of each routine for people in a hurry, new information on the stretching vs. warming up debate, and new and improved drawings. A new section focuses on office fitness exercises, helpful for both home and office computer users.

“Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” Roy T. Bennett

Until next month, happy reading!


Time to Start Those Gardens!

“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint and the soil and sky as canvas.” Elizabeth Murray

After our long, snow-filled winter, and Coronavirus warnings filling our minds, planning a garden might be the perfect escape.  Here are some great books, with expert advice from professional Colorado gardeners; we’ve also included one for children.

Rocky Mountain Month-by-Month Gardening

By John Cretti (Cool Springs Press), $26.99

Help take the guesswork out of gardening with this month-by-month guide that includes detailed instructions on everything from watering and fertilizing to pruning and problem solving. No matter your gardening level, from beginner to expert, you will reap the benefits of Coloradan John Cretti’s more than 32 years of gardening. Complete with specific advice on growing annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses, roses, ground covers, trees, shrubs, and vines.

Homegrown Herbs: A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs

By Tammi Hartung (Storey Publishing), $19.95

The Hartungs own Desert Canyon Farm in Colorado, which has been certified organic since 1996. Tammi has great advice and multiple books for gardening in Colorado. In this one she provides in-depth profiles of 101 popular herbs, including information on seed selection, planting, maintenance, harvesting, and drying. You will also learn how to use your herbs in a variety of foods, home remedies, body care products, and crafts. Whether you’re a seasoned herbalist or planting your first garden, Homegrown Herbs will help you get the most out of your herbs.

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 Undaunted Gardener: Planting for Weather Resilient Beauty (2nd edition)

By Lauren Springer Ogden (Fulcrum Publishing) $34.95

Lauren Springer Ogden offers well-adapted plants, practical and environmental perspectives, and a uniquely aesthetic approach to gardening in a challenging climate. You will find more than 370 new full-color photographs; 100 portraits of underused, exceptional plants; information on drought-tolerant and deer-resistant plants; and insights and lessons from Lauren’s three personal gardens. Lauren and her husband Scott design public and private gardens. Together they tend two intensive gardens in Fort Collins and Austin, overseen by cats, wildlife, and three mildly interested children.

Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere Around Your Yard

By Mike Lizotte (Storey Publishing) $16.95

A mini meadow can be any size, any location, or even multiple locations. With as little as 50 square feet and less than $20, gardeners can plant a colorful meadow that demands little in the way of space or maintenance, drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and provides habitat for pollinators. From choosing the right variety of seeds, preparing the soil, sowing evenly, and watering well, author Mike Lizotte guides readers through the process of successfully creating a miniature meadow that suits their climate, soil, and growing goals.

Xeriscape Handbook: A How-To Guide to Natural, Resource-Wise Gardening

By Gayle Weinstein (Fulcrum Publishing) $24.95

Xeriscape plant materials are water-conserving, beautiful, and thrive in specific environments. You will find an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach to creating a water-wise garden. Environmental gardening factors are combined with the seven principles of Xeriscape and good gardening techniques. Gayle Weinstein has worked with Denver Botanic Gardens in their Xeriscape Experimental Garden, as well as other areas of the public garden. She makes her home in Denver.

We Are the Gardeners

By Joanna Gaines and Kids (Thomas Nelson) $19.99

Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From failed endeavors, obstacles (bunnies that eat everything!), and lessons learned, the Gaines family shares how they grew a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn’t always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward.

“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.” Unknown

Until next month, happy reading.

Books to Keep You and Your Family Sane & Productive

“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Mary Oliver, poet

 These are difficult days, but there is help out there!  Books can take you on adventures without leaving home. No matter what your age or circumstances, you can travel the world, learn a new hobby, learn how to plant a garden, and travel back in time through historical fiction and non-fiction. Challenge your mind with Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and activity books; explore new hikes, and so much more is at your fingertips.

For adults and kids of all ages, consider games and activities that spark conversation. For example, there is a series of games called After Dinner Amusements that feature a variety of conversation starters and different topic areas. Mad Libs have been great fun for many generations and all ages.

Start a series of books to read aloud as a family. Or pick some classics to read aloud.

Teens and adults might consider starting a mystery series. There are so many great ones available. You might want to consider the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton, the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series by Margaret Mizushima, the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny, and the Longmire mystery series by Craig Johnson.  Pick a book series that has been made into a television series; Read the books and compare them. Which do you like better?

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition: 52 Mouth-Watering Recipes and the Everyday Science That Makes Them Taste Amazing

By Liz Lee Heinecke (Quarry Books), $24.99            

Make science fun for all ages with fifty-two edible, delicious ways to explore food science in your own kitchen. You might want to combine it with Heinecke’s book Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments from Around the House.

Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media for Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab for Kids #1)

By Susan Schwake (Quarry Books), $22.99              

Kids and adults will enjoy these lessons for art projects of varying styles including drawing, printmaking, and mixed media.

Tell Me Why? (Tell Me Series)

By Isabelle Fougere (B.E.S. Publishing), $14.99                   

The Tell Me Series offers fun-filled books packed with more than 180+ answers to all kinds of questions kids ask. Plus there are lots of games and stickers. Other books in the series are: Tell Me How?, ..Science and Inventions, ..What is That?,  ..How Many?, ..Earth and Sky.

The Boy’s Book of Adventure: The Little Guidebook for Smart and Resourceful Boys

By Michele Lecreux with Celia Gallais and Clemence Roux de Luze (B.E.S. Publishing) $14.99

This guidebook (great for girls, as well!) offers more than 40 ideas for outdoor activities and fun-to-do crafts projects that will get you acquainted with facts about nature, how to identify different insects and birds, recognize different kinds of rocks, read a map, protect yourself against the weather when camping out, and much more.

How to Build Treehouses, Huts & Forts

By David Stiles (Lyons Press) $17.95

Filled with fun projects and step-by-step instructions for kids and their parents to build outdoors,  it also has a section on “cool stuff for kids to make” such as treasure chests, cannons, catapults, and several fun projects to build in the snow.

Learn Chess the Right Way Book 1: Must Know Check-Mates

By Susan Polgar (Russell Enterprises) $19.95

Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume series aimed at the novice, beginner, and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. Each volume contains over 500 puzzles.

Yes, these are challenging times we are in; however, we can look at this as a time of opportunity to bond closer with our families. To paraphrase Mary Oliver, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Until next month, happy reading.

Reading the West Award Winners

Reading the West Book Awards honor the best fiction, nonfiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in one of 12 western and mid-western states, created by an author or artist living or working in the region. This is the 30th Annual Reading the West Book Awards.

Sabrina & Corina

By Kali Fajardo-Anstine (One World) $17

Fiction Winner. Against the backdrop of Denver, Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the America West take center stage in this debut story collection on friendship, mothers and daughters, and an exploration of the experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home.

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power

By Pekka Hamalainen (Yale University Press), $35

Narrative Nonfiction Winner. The first comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America’s history, tracing their rich and often surprising history from the early 16th to the early 21st century.

National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks

By Jon Waterman (National Geographic Society) $65

Visual Nonfiction Winner. The first book of its kind, this stunning atlas showcases America’s spectacular park system from coast to coast, richly illustrated with an inspiring and informative collection of maps, graphics, and photographs.

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

By Ben Philippe (Balzer & Bray/Harperteen) $10.99

Young Adult Fiction Winner. Norris Kaplan, a Black French Canadian, moves to Austin, Texas and finds himself cataloging everyone he meets. Yet against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris. He eventually realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

Dear Sweet Pea

By Julie Murphy (Balzer & Bray/Harperteen) $16.99

Young Reader Middle-Grade Winner. Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce and living in nearly identical houses on the same street. Her neighbor Flora, famed advice columnist, leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward the letters for the column. Sweet Pea recognizes the handwriting on one of the envelopes. What she decides to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Sweet Pea, her family, and many of the readers of Flora’s column.

The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow

By Lora Koehler, illustrated by Jake Parker (Candlewick Press), $16.99

Best Picture Book Winner. The little snowplow loves his job on the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, but the work he loves best is plowing snow. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?

The Prairie Homestead Cookbook

By Jill Winger (Flatiron Books) $35

Eating the West Winner. Winger’s debut cookbook features over 100 recipes made with fresh ingredients to bring the flavors and spirit of homestead cooking to any kitchen table. Beyond the recipes, Jill shares the tools and tips she has learned from life on the homestead.  The runner-up in this category is Centennial Celebrations Cookbook by Junior League of Denver.

 Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

By Pam Houston (W.W. Norton & Company) $15.95


Reading the West Advocacy Award and also the Winner of the 2020 Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.  In essays from living on her 120-acre homestead outside Creede, Colorado, Pam Houston delivers meditations on what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it.

Lonesome Dove

By Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster) $19.99

Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award Winner.  Of his Pulitzer Prize winning novel Lonesome Dove, and this award, McMurtry says, “I am deeply grateful for this award from the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. My writings represent a long involvement with the landscape, politics and culture of the West. I decided to write my novel Lonesome Dove in an attempt on my part to understand my father, William Jefferson McMurtry ~ a villager, a cattleman, and a thinker, who was captivated his entire life with the West, in particular the Plains West. He was the consummate working cowboy and was intrigued with the American steppe. I garnered my keen interest in the philosophy of the western plains from him.”

Until next month, happy reading.

Step Back in Time with History Books

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

We are living in historic times, and this is a great time to look back at history and learn from it. Here are some compelling, well researched nonfiction and historical fiction books to start.

Without Warning: The Saga of Gettysburg

By Terry C. Pierce (Heart Ally Books) $29.95

Written by local resident Terry Pierce, Without Warning is the gripping saga of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Union patriots who fought it, and the man who led them. It scrutinizes the role character plays in leadership and the challenge of the unexpected.  Built firmly upon the annals of history, this historical novel brings to vivid life seven unforgettable days in the lives and trials of General George Meade and his men as they brave the winds of war to save the United States of America.

Reich Child: A Lebensborn Life

By David Bugno (Entrust Source Publishers), $17.99

This memoir by David Bugno, a Lebensborn child, tells the fascinating and eye-opening story of a woman and her son trapped in Hitler’s monstrous ambitions. Lebensborn babies were slated to become leading citizens of the Third Reich. David’s mother’s heroic efforts saved them and they immigrated to America. He did not discover the truth until late adulthood. David shares his journey from disorienting confusion to understanding, from crushing pain to hope. There has not been much written about this and readers will gain insight into the lesser known inner workings of Hitler’s regime.

Something Worth Doing

By Jane Kirkpatrick (Revell) $15.99

In 1853, Abigail Scott was a school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more. When Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family, what she sees as a working woman appalls her and prompts her to devote her life to fighting for the rights of women, including the right to vote. This is based on a true story.

Bad Old Days of Colorado: Untold Stories of the Wild West

By Randi Samuelson-Brown (Two Dot Books) $19.95

Many people born and bred here relish just how “bad” things used to be: the terrain, the inhabitants… the quality of whiskey. It almost goes without saying that Colorado had all the characteristic Wild West elements in abundance. It is no secret that Colorado was settled by the adventurous willing to brave harsh conditions and to prevail. Whether on the right or the wrong side of the law, all settlers and pioneers made unique contributions to the state’s complex culture.

Stagecoach Women: Brave and Daring Women of the West

By Cheryl Mullenbach (Two Dot Books), $18.95

Prepare for the surprising stories about women and stagecoaches that jolt away preconceived notions and is filled with twists and turns. Though women’s contributions to stagecoach history were often overlooked, women were shrewd owners, plucky drivers, and even ruthless robbers, all in addition to fulfilling their traditional roles as housekeepers, cooks, laundresses, and mothers to multiple children. This book offers an expansive overview of stagecoach history enriched by the personal stories of women who contributed to the evolution and success of a captivating facet of American history.

The Order of the Day

By Eric Vuillard (Other Press) $14.99

February 20, 1933: a meeting of 24 German captains of industry and senior Nazi officials is being held in secret. They are there to extract funds for the accession to power of the National Socialist Party and its Chancellor. This opening scene sets a tone of consent that will lead to the worst possible repercussions. Named a “Best Book of the Year” by NPR, Boston Globe, and Literary Hub, and winner of the Prix Goncourt, this behind-the-scenes account tells of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria.

My Dear Hamilton

By Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (William Morrow & Company) $16.99

In this edge-of-your-seat immersion into historical events, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources. They tell Eliza Hamilton’s story as it’s never been told before, not just as the wronged wife at the center of America’s first political sex scandal, but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

Until next month, happy reading.