Celebrate Colorado Day, August 1

Did you know that Colorado turns 141 tomorrow? On August 1, 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation granting Colorado statehood. We’re the Centennial State! To celebrate, on Monday, August 7, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is giving free admission to all state parks. Here is a link to help you decide where to go. If you like reading […]

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Happy Colorado River Day!

Isn’t she a beaut?  Colorado River Day is recognized each year on July 25th.  It was on this day in 1921 that Congress re-named the river from the “Grand” to the “Colorado.” 96 years later, the river flows 1,450 miles from Colorado to California.  In and around her waters you can experience many recreational delights […]

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Dog days of summer: a reading guide

Dogs are the best. Except when they’re the worst, of course. For dog lovers and skeptics alike, here are some heartwarming tales of doggie redemption: The Puppy Diaries: raising a dog named Scout by Jill Abramson Following Atticus: forty-eight high peaks, one little dog, and an extraordinary friendship by Tom Ryan Devoted: 38 extraordinary tales […]

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Adventure and survival

If you’re like me, you know that the best way to survive in the wild is to never go into the wild. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t experience the terror and peril vicariously. Instead of chasing thrills, the smart reader will turn to great lists like Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Nonfiction Adventure Books. National […]

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Workshop series to examine the American West through literature July 11-25

“American West as Living Space,” a three-part series of workshops July 11-25 in Grand Junction, will explore the West through a series of readings and discussions with history and English professors from Colorado Mesa University. The American West is associated with wide-open spaces, lots of elbow room, and open lands beckoning adventurous men and women. […]

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

In Gail Honeyman’s novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, she has created a beautifully imagined character in Eleanor. Prudish and precise, lonely and devoid of social skills, Eleanor’s life begins to change when she becomes infatuated with a local musician.  Her touching certainty that meeting him will lead to true love leads her to tentative attempts at […]

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A salute to Walter Mosley

Who’s Walter Mosley? He’s the guy with 40-plus books under his belt who wrote the hard-boiled Easy Rawlins series, to start with. Set in post-WWII Los Angeles, the first book in the series, Devil in a Blue Dress, deals with the African-American Rawlins’ experience with murder, racism, and political thuggery. He’s written science fiction, nonfiction about political […]

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Little Deaths

In Emma Flint’s compelling new crime novel,Little Deaths, Rose Malone is a complicated woman. A cocktail waitress and single mother of two, she likes booze and men and flashy clothes and lots of makeup.  This makes her unpopular with the dowdy and narrow-minded mothers in her Queens neighborhood; when her two young children go missing, and are […]

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