Coloradan Magazine

University of Colorado Boulder

Daughters of the West Mesa

By Irene Blea (PhDSoc’80) (ABQ Press, 344 pages; 2015) This novel is based on a true story. In 2009 eleven female remains and an unborn fetus were discovered on the West Mesa outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Irene Blea has synthesized what she experienced while living in the region and introduces us to Dora, a

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Charlie’s Pride

by Dee Hubbard (Acct’55) (Daniel & Daniel Publishers, 192 pages; 2015) Buy the book   Charlie, the proud hero of this strong and gripping story, is known to his fellow truckers, loggers, and fishermen as Hawk. His father, a full-blooded Hupok, taught him his Indian heritage; his Scots-Irish mother gave him a lifelong love of

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Patriotic Betrayal

By Karen M. Paget (PolSci; MA’71; PhD’75) (Yale University Press, 552 pages; 2015) Buy the book In this revelatory book, Karen M. Paget shows how the CIA turned the National Student Association into an intelligence asset during the Cold War, with students used — often wittingly and sometimes unwittingly — as undercover agents inside America

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The Romeo Boys

By Peter S. Roper (Jour’76) (Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 297 pages; 2014) Buy the book Pumping gas in a small Colorado town in the summer of 1964 is hot, grimy work — especially if you want to be a rock ‘n roll star, like Bobby Masters and the members of his struggling band. When fate lets

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Spirituals: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography for Research and Performance

By Kathy Abromeit (Mus’87) (Music Library Association and A-R Editions, Inc., 301 pages; 2014) Buy the book Spirituals originated among enslaved Africans in America during the colonial era. They resonate throughout African American history from that time to the civil rights movement, from the cotton fields to the concert stage, and influenced everything from gospel

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Boy on Ice

John Branch (Mktg’89; MJour’96) (W. W. Norton & Company, 384 pages; 2014) Buy the book   The tragic death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at twenty-eight was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, in a gripping work of narrative nonfiction, acclaimed

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Hostile Takeover

By Shane Kuhn (Psych’90) (Simon & Schuster, 256; 2015) Buy the book Professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet—his wife—in Hostile Takeover, the exciting sequel to Shane Kuhn’s bestselling debut The Intern’s Handbook, which the New York Post called “a sexy, darkly comic thriller.” At the end of The Intern’s Handbook,

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Make Yourself Indispensable

Make Yourself Indispensable is a practical, compelling guide to career success. It addresses the key behaviors and techniques to assure that you maximize your chances of attaining success

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The Intern’s Handbook

John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern.

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Ready to Write!

Most 21st-century children don’t get enough daily exercise and enter school lacking the basic strength and coordination they need to be successful at simple tasks, such as gripping a pencil or sitting upright at a desk.

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American Baroque

In the summer of 1835, a mysterious stranger wanders into the sleepy burgh of Mohawk, Ind. With his prophet’s beard and coffee sack frock, bearing a mad gleam in his eyes ignited either by glory or cider, the man seems an errant saint.

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5 Senses/Los 5 sentidos

The 5 Senses/Los 5 sentidos introduces children to reading in Spanish and in English. This book contains a bilingual collection of nonfiction mini books on the human five senses and animal senses.

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The Dinosaur Four

A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, a chunk of the building is transported 67 million years back in time, along with everyone inside.

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Two Girls and A Mouse Tale

Elly and Caroline Collins aren’t just sisters; they’re best friends, too. When Elly suggested that they join the Disney College Program together, Caroline went right along. They left their family and boyfriends in Colorado for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live, work, and play with Mickey Mouse.

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Obsidian Reflections

Departing from the political economy perspective taken by the vast majority of volumes devoted to Mesoamerican obsidian, Obsidian Reflections is an examination of obsidian’s sociocultural dimensions — particularly in regard to Mesoamerican world view, religion and belief systems.

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Less Pain Fewer Pills

Chronic pain is a common medical problem shared by roughly 100 million Americans-close to one third of the U.S. population. In the past few decades there has been an alarming trend of using prescription opioids to treat chronic pain. But these opioids-the main prescribed analgesic-come with hidden costs, and this book reveals the ramifications of their use and provides a low or no-risk alternative.

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Box Girl

When 22-year-old Lilibet Snellings (Jour’04) moved to Los Angeles on a whim, she unintentionally became a “slash” to keep her head above water — a writer/waitress/actress/Box Girl.

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The Widow Wave

Francis Dowd, his son and three other men left San Francisco Bay on Dowd’s 34-foot boat for a day of salmon fishing out on the Pacific Ocean. The boat vanished under mysterious circumstances. There were no survivors or witnesses.

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Norma Bassett Hall: Catalogue Raisonné of the Block Prints and Serigraphs

Enamored by the work of artist Norma Bassett Hall (1888-1957), author Joby Patterson set out to research the printmaker. This book is the first comprehensive publication of Hall’s works and reproduces more than 110 of her illustrations. Patterson charts the travels and development of the artist with chapters dedicated to the various locations where she lived and worked.

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Action Science: Relevant Teaching and Active Learning

Author William Robertson draws from his more than 35 years as a skateboarder in his book Action Science: Relevant Teaching and Active Learning, which aims to motivate middle school students to learn physical science concepts in areas such as forces, motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion by using activities that they enjoy doing such as riding bikes and skateboards as examples.

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