A Winter Reading List

The new Parker Library is open for business with the season’s must-reads.

It’s hard to compete with winter in Colorado, but these books are something you can warm up to. Whether you’re on the ski train to Winter Park or nestled comfortably in front of the fire, there’s a little something for everyone.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before a masked abductor knocks him unconscious. When he wakes up, nothing is as it was, setting Jason on a dizzying journey that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

This absorbing memoir is about the troubles that plague the white working class in America. But don’t be fooled: The author avoids the usual political targets and instead stresses the importance of self-discipline and character. It’s brave, funny and unsentimental, and you won’t soon forget his tough-as-nails, gun-brandishing grandmother.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Can a “what if” be more powerful than an experience itself? The Mothers poses this question in entrancing, lyrical prose. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, this perceptive story about community, love and ambition starts with a secret.

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric father who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. When David’s mind begins to falter, Ada’s life is turned upside down. Everything she believes in is called into question, including her father’s mysterious history. But Ada is determined to uncover the truth.

Today Will Be Different 
by Maria Semple

Eleanor Flood decides that today is the day she will tackle the little things — from showering and getting dressed, to yoga lessons after dropping off her son, to initiating sex with her husband. But the world has other plans! This heart-filled story is about reinvention, sisterhood, and facing up to our former selves in order to truly begin living.

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

This collection of inventive short stories features interesting and magical settings. Keys are a prominent theme throughout, and they unlock amazing, sometimes peculiar discoveries and histories. The collection is an imaginative read with a fairy tale feel.

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