Reviews and Blog Posts: Colorado

Butcher's Crossing

by John (John Edward) Williams

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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...

National Parks Free on Sunday for Park Service Birthday!

If you're not heading to downtown Denver to watch the US Pro Bike Challenge on Sunday (or heading to 1 of the 3 Denver Public Library Branches that will be open!), you may want to take the opportunity to celebrate our National Park Service's birthday with free admission to any National Park!

Colorado's National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites include a wide variety of scenery and history, and are scattered all over the state.

For majestic beauty:

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado National Monument

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Theft : a novel

by BK Loren

Reviewer Rating:
4

Willa, a master tracker, has been pulled away from working with her beloved wolves in New Mexico in order to help the police find her brother, Zeb, who recently confessed to murder and ran into the mountains of Colorado. Changing viewpoints take the reader both to Willa and Zeb's childhood,...

Explore Colorado Wine!

Exploring Colorado Wineries

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Author Series presents Paula Mitchell, author of Exploring Colorado Wineries on Monday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Mitchell will focus this presentation on wine fundamentals and organizing your Colorado wine tour, and will help you increase your wine knowledge and gain confidence in pairing wine with your favorite foods. Discover the incredible spectrum of Colorado's 125 wineries and tasting rooms. Sharpen your understanding of the "Five S's" of wine tasting. Expand your wine tasting vocabulary through the Wine Aroma Wheel. Learn the fine art of tasting room exploration. She'll make you want to start exploring!

Far flung places : the photography of Barbara Sparks

by Barbara Sparks

Reviewer Rating:
5

A compilation of black and white photographs by Barbara Sparks that were part of an exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, it includes pictures from Nepal, Turkey, Italy, Taos, and our own backyard here in Colorado.  The photos are exquisite and the background information is enlightening.  I especially...

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