Reviews and Blog Posts: Colorado

DeVotchKa live with the Colorado Symphony

by DeVotchKa (Musical group)

DPL Rating:
5

With this album I feel Devotchka reached a new height. The combination of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the live recording makes for an intimate feel and really displays the expertise of the members of Devotchka. It’s also an endearing dose of Colorado talent; the 303 Children’s Choir even makes...

Cowboys are my weakness : stories

by Pam Houston

DPL Rating:
4

I first picked up this collection of short stories when I was in college, after reading “How to Talk to a Hunter” in one of my creative writing classes and thinking it was clever. I wasn’t super excited to read what seemed to me to be just “relationship stories,” so...

White fire

by Douglas J Preston

DPL Rating:
4

The latest of the FBI Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child in which the authors take on an old mining story and combine it with current crimes being committed in Roaring Fork, Colorado, a very wealthy ski resort.  The authors are not very subtle in their description...

The Cherokee trail : a novel

by Louis L'Amour

DPL Rating:
3

The new stagecoach stationmaster on the Cherokee trail knows how to care for livestock, command respect, and work a weapon.  Her name is Mary Breydon, and she came all the way from the east coast to take the position as stationmaster, in her dead husband's place.  Folks aren't expecting a...

Butcher's Crossing

by John (John Edward) Williams

DPL Rating:
4

A literary western, Butcher's Crossing tells the story of Harvard dropout Will Andrews, who heads west to "see as much of the country as [he] can" after being inspired by a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Will finds himself in Butcher's Crossing, Kansas, where he hooks up with a grizzled...

Butcher's Crossing

by John (John Edward) Williams

DPL Rating:
5

Seeking adventure and wilderness, Will Andrews, a New England tenderfoot sets out West with a stack of money and the name of a family friend located the small Kansas town of Butcher’s Crossing.  The town serves as hub for buffalo hunters who are looking to get rich off the hides...

Full body burden growing up in the nuclear shadow of Rocky Flats

by Kristen Iversen

DPL Rating:
3

Moving to Colorado only a decade ago, I knew very little about Rocky Flats before reading this book.  The last of the (accounted for) plutonium had been shipped out and the name was something I would see in headlines regarding the legal suits but I didn’t know the history.  Iverson’s...

Doctor Sleep : a novel

by Stephen King

DPL Rating:
4

This is the much-hyped sequel to King's classic The Shining, and I think even those who haven't read that story set in a haunted Colorado hotel during Danny Torrence's long, scary winter there would enjoy Doctor Sleep (honestly, I read The Shining so many years ago that I don't remember...

Curiosities and Wonders

Thanksgiving Bread Basket

It's no secret the holidays can challenge even the most harmonious family relationships. Someone, somewhere, will be uttering "less is more" while dodging a dinner roll. Table conversations can escalate faster than a Facebook firestorm. Knowing how to navigate discussions around dueling politics or between divided sports fans is a prized holiday survival skill. 

So how can you keep the holiday sparkle alive and the goodwill flowing? Think trivia! Curiosities and wonders appeal to all ages. Ensure a harmonious (and educational) meal with the people you love most by taking one of these books to your next family gathering.

Monument 14

by Emmy Laybourne

DPL Rating:
4

What happens when a group of teenagers is left to survive the effects of an earthquake in Colorado?  Emmy Laybourne writes this realistic take on a natural disaster with unnatural chemical side effects.  Monument 14 takes place in the next decade, when a major earthquake in the United States causes a chemical...

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