Your Summer Reading List Featuring Boulder Authors

 You’re never too old for a summer reading list! Wherever your summer plans are taking you, be sure to bring along one (or all) of these six recent releases from Boulder authors. 

Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living by Karen Auvinen
After choosing to live as a writer in a primitive cabin in the Rockies, award-winning poet Karen Auvinen lost all her possessions and every word she had ever written to a fire. To reconcile her loss, she chose to embrace the beauty, grace, unpredictability and brutality of nature. Spanning her forty seasons in the mountains, Auvinen’s memoir strips bare her conflicting desires of being alone and needing community. 

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek, Jenny Jurek
As one of the world’s best known and most beloved ultrarunners, Scott Jurek was inspired to challenge himself even further — by breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. In his memoir, the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and one of Sports Illustrated’s Fittest 50, shares the physical and emotional details of his grueling 2,189-mile, 46-day journey.

Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists by Andra F. Stanton, Josephine Stealey
This inspirational collection features 350 lavish photographs of 3-D cloth configurations accompanied by 78 insightful artist profiles. It also captures the currents powering these works: from England’s 1880s arts and craft movement, to the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement of the 1990s, to the current revival of the revolutionary sculptural cloth of the 1960s.

Cooking for Hormone Balance by Magdalena Wszelaki
Holistic nutrition coach Magdalena Wszelaki tackles hormone imbalance with her new cookbook, featuring more than 140 recipes. Plus, modifications for each recipe to follow Paleo, Paleo for Autoimmunity (AIP), anti-Candida, and low-FODMAP diets.

Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde
Murray Blaire has invited his three grown children to visit. His only request is “no arguing” yet chaos immediately ensues. The two older children immediately begin bickering about past grievances and the youngest daughter arrives late—talking about possible criminal charges against her. She is also cradling a damaged family cookbook (old edition of Fannie Farmer), the last remaining artifact from a time when they were a family of six, not four, with a father running for Congress and a mother building her own private life.

Zen and Gone by Emily France
When seventeen-year-old Boulder native Essa meets new-to-town Oliver, they slowly become friends, exploring Boulder and Buddhism at the local zendo. Together, the two decide to set out on a three-day survival game in the Rocky Mountains. When Essa’s nine-year-old sister Puck follows them and then goes missing after a stormy night, Essa must search for her sister  — and find herself.

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