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The Light in the Ruins
More than a decade ago, Chris Bohjalian rocked my world with his book "Trans-Sister Radio". I was new to Tattered Cover and the wonderful world of mul...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 17, 2013
The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun
Aimed at the 10-14 set, this book is a fun ride for just about everyone. This is the first book in a series about 11 year old Zack Goodspeed and his e...more
Sep 07, 2009
Aug 29, 2009
The Fall (The Strain Trilogy, #2)
This book is the second in a high-tech vampire trilogy that began with "The Strain", and it picks up where the last one left off, right smack dab in t...more
Jul 2010
Sep 05, 2010
East of Denver
On the surface, this is a simple book. A 40something Denver man, Stacey "Shakespeare" Williams takes an unscheduled trip to his boyhood home in Dorsey...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
Good Cop, Dead Cop (An AfterNet Mystery)
Jennifer Petkus is a Denver author who is doing the city proud, and I'm not just saying that because Tattered Cover (my employer) plays a roll in the...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites
I thought that this was far more of a "foodie" book than it turned out to be. She talks about food pretty often, and has included some recipes in the...more
Aug 02, 2013
Aug 03, 2013
The book world is buzzing about this book, and I can see why. This book is amazing. It's a smart, compelling book with an unlikely but extremely engro...more
Oct 2010
Oct 31, 2010
Men in the Making
Bruce Machart is one hell of a writer. I'd go so far as to say that he is a "3-D writer"--his stories jump off the page in vivid Technicolor with perf...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
This debut novel has a lot going on. There are two stories. The first is set in 1923 and involves a lady missionary who has found a disciple in Eva's...more
May 18, 2012
May 12, 2012
Envy (Empty Coffin, #1)
This is a very dark novel, as one would expect from Gregg Olsen. What is unexpected is the fact that this is a young adult novel, the first in the Emp...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Milagro of the Spanish Bean Pot
This is a book for the middle grades, so it is rather simply written. However, it covers a whole lot of historical ground. Set in the 1790's during Sp...more
May 08, 2012
May 03, 2012
Joy For Beginners
Erica Bauermeister, author of the luminescent "The School of Essential Ingredients" has done it again. Her new book is told in multiple voices, all wo...more
Mar 16, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1)
These books SOOOO appealed to me as a young girl, especially the alternative uses for all of their "borrowed" objects. I was forever creating little t...more
Jan 1975
Jun 29, 2008
The Reconstructionist
Ellis's life is all about accidents. He works as a forensic reconstructionist, examining the engineering of auto accidents. It's analytical and straig...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
Alice I Have Been
I'm not a Victorian England kind of person, nor am I a great fan of Alice in Wonderland or Through The Looking Glass. Nevertheless, this book, a ficti...more
Oct 16, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
"Y" is a book about the why's of two lives. Why did one woman abandon her newly born daughter at the door of a YMCA? Why was it so hard for that littl...more
May 2012
Aug 18, 2012
House Rules
Picoult, queen of the nightmarish parental ethical dilemmas, is taking on Asperger's Syndrome this time around, with 18 year old Jacob Hunt being on t...more
Dec 18, 2009
Dec 20, 2009
The Face Thief: A Novel
Lawrence Billings finds himself with an promising student for his training on how to read faces and body language. But it might just be the professor...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
420 Characters
This is pretty far out there, but in a very good way. Lou Beach is an artist whose work has been featured in many publications as well as on several a...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
Molly Top's Teen Guide to Love, Sex, and No Regrets: Changing the World One Kiss at a Time
It's certainly an attention getting title. And some will certainly dislike it's openness about teens wanting a good sex life. But, if they take the ti...more
Nov 24, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
The Outcasts
This is a whole new version of the wild west, or at least new to me. It involves a runaway prostitute, a very young and green Texas policeman, two jad...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 29, 2013
Secrets of Eden
I had the privilege of getting to read a very early, pre-final-edit manuscript of this book, and I am SO glad, because now I can be among the first to...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
The Spare Room
Award winning writer Helen Garner returns to fiction after 15 years to write this short, intense and beautiful novel about friendship and dying. It se...more
Jan 16, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
The Bricklayer (Steve Vail, #1)
This debut novel by Noah Boyd packs a punch—and happily it is the first of a planned series featuring non-conforming, irreverent ex-FBI agent Steve Va...more
Jun 02, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
I picked this book up initially because it seemed to have a photography theme (the main character is a photography student), which is up my interest a...more
Jan 05, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
Making Toast
This is about a family grieving and a family growing. They lost a young and vital member, Amy, who was a doctor, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a siste...more
not set
Feb 14, 2010
Conjugations of the Verb to Be: Stories
This is a wondrous collection of short stories, all but one about women, rural women for the most part, who are living life as best they can, with the...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
The Madonnas of Echo Park
This book had me from the author's note, which begins, "This book was
written because of a twelve-year-old girl named Aurora Esperanza." It
seems that...more
Jun 2010
Jun 04, 2010
Everything I Was
Irene's father has lost his job, and subsequently her family must move out of their posh New York apartment. They move in with her grandfather at his...more
not set
Jan 23, 2011
The Christmas Rose
This story was originally published circa 1920 as a sort of advent calandar. It got lost over time, but was rediscovered in an antiquarian bookshop in...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 28, 2008