Coloradan Magazine

University of Colorado Boulder

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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Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado

In “Between Urban and Wild,” Colorado-native Andrea M. Jones tells the detailed story of life in two distinct places in her beloved home state, Fourmile Canyon in the Foothills and Cap Rock Ridge. She advances the craft of nature writing, at the same time pointing out the effects of sprawl on landscape.

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A Life in the Air

Did you know that ballooning is an actual sport? Well, it is. And there is probably no one who knows more about it than Bruce Comstock. He takes you on his adventures in thin air.

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In Cheeseman Park

In Cheesman Park by Steve Hallock (Jour’72) details life in the late 1960s and early ‘70s in near east Denver, focusing on the free-love, drug and social culture in the Cheesman Park neighborhood of the Capitol Hill district. The book culminates with an early-morning, brutal rape by one of Hallock’s close friends.

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The Accidental Bachelor

Finn McCallister has serious doubts about his career. The receptionist in his coastal California real estate office wears her wet suit to work, and his eccentric boss lectures in Pidgin. As the last of his friends to find a customer for his surname, hungover from one singles-bar karaoke of “Heat of the Moment” too many, Finn senses his personal life, too, is circling the drain.

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Right as Rain

When Molly Carter finally gets hired at a small school on the plains of Colorado, she couldn’t be more thrilled to declare her independence. Now that she’s hours away from friends, family, and the amenities of the big city, she embarks on an emotional roller coaster as she realizes that not everyone in the close-knit town is ready to welcome her with open arms.

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The Zxap Jacket

When gumshoe New York City detective Joe Zinski hunts his partner’s killers, he finds his 2047 acid rain world has more dangers than even a top of the line, rain neutralizing Mark IV Zxap Jacket can fend off. As gangs gather in the Toxic Box across the Hudson, Zinski follows his one piece of evidence, an orange Mark IV decorated in ODDS gang graffiti.

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Crossing Purgatory

In spring of 1858 Thompson Grey, a young farmer, travels to his father’s estate seeking funds to expand his holdings. Far overstaying his visit, he returns home to find that his absence has contributed to a devastating family tragedy. Haunted by remorse, Thompson abandons his farm and begins a westward exile in the attempt to outpace his grief.

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Slave Camp Nightclub

Slave Camp Nightclub is a humorous novel about three college students hired off the streets of Boulder, Colorado in the summer of 1976 to work at a rock quarry. Once on the job, they encounter a variety of interesting characters that live and work there during the week and attend the quarry nightclub each night.

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System Center 2012 Operations Manager Unleashed

This is the first comprehensive Operations Manager 2012 technical resource for every IT implementer and administrator. Building on the author’s bestselling OpsMgr 2007 book, three Microsoft System Center Cloud and Data Center Management MVPs thoroughly illuminate major improvements in Microsoft’s newest version–including new enhancements just added in Service Pack 1.

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Coin: The Irreverent Yet Practical Guide to Money Management for Recent College Graduates

Coin: The Irreverent yet Practical Guide to Money Management for Recent College Graduates is a hilarious yet practical guidebook geared toward those entering the real world that need the skills and information to handle finances. Author Judy McNary (Econ, Geog’81, MBA’91) walks students through all they need to know to build a solid financial foundation in two hours or less — and have fun doing it.

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Prelude, A Novel, and The 1854 Diary of Adeline Elizabeth Hoe

A book in two parts, Prelude, A Novel and The 1854 Diary of Adeline Elizabeth Hoe by Richard B. Davidson (PhD Engl’73) and Helen Davidson combine research and interpolation in a genealogical study that casts new light upon the interior lives of young women in nineteenth-century America.

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College Cooks

Taylor Stephan (Bus’12) uses his experience of living with five other young men while at CU to compile their experiences with food and cooking meals in College Cooks. The book explains how the six college cooks and roommates were able to shop, prep and cook for themselves while at school.

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May This Be the Best Year of Your Life

Based on a private journal, memories and a blog that chronicled her adventure to India, Sandra Bornstein (MEdu’05) wrote May This Be the Best Year of Your Life to serve as a resource and guide to help others overcome the challenges of living outside of their comfort zone. When her husband accepted a job that required extensive international travel, Sandra was living her version of the American dream in Colorado, never imagining she would be faced with several dilemmas that left her feeling uncertain.

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Sam no es mi tío (Sam, You Are Not My Uncle)

Twenty-four emblematic authors have participated in this unique anthology by Aileen El-Kadi (PhDSpan’07), Sam no es mi tio. They are Latin American writers, reporters or members of the academia whose purpose is to write about the Americas. For them, reality is composed of millions of stories like theirs, and these stories are part of our societies.

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Double Bass Drumming Explained: A Comprehensive Reference on the Art and Science of Double Bass

Ryan Alexander Bloom (Mus’07) writes a definitive guide to learning how to play the bass drum with both feet in his self-published novel Double Bass Drumming Explained. The book explains, in detail, how double bass works at the most basic level including pedal setup, drum kit arrangement, single stroke techniques, double stroke techniques, drum head selection, tuning, drumming anatomy and more.

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The Former World: A Little Forest Novel

The first novel of the Little Forest series by Jessica Grace Coleman, The Former World, focuses on aspects of the paranormal. In the novel, twenty-one-year-old character Beth Powers is fed up with living in the tiny, gossip-fueled village of Little Forest and resolves to escape to London with best friend. That is, until the body of Beth’s colleague Emma Harris is found in the nearby woods, setting off the small community’s well-oiled rumor mill.

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Don’t Hate Running

Lawrence Rodriguez (PhDPsych’03) depicts a half marathon experience like none other in his humorous novel Don’t Hate Running. After main character Guss Zamdra is no longer able to keep his architecture business open, he becomes more interested in reinventing foolishness and mastering immaturity than in staying healthy. His wife Lucy, an avid runner and manager of an upscale running store in La Jolla California, helps her train-wreck husband get into the best shape of his life after he professes that he wants to run a half marathon with her.

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Manifest West

In this tale of Southwestern suspense, Dr. Michael Ganson makes a daring decision to save one life at the risk of sacrificing another. He is thrown into a medical malpractice nightmare with strings being pulled by powerful people who have an agenda to take him down.

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The Diviner’s Tale

In The Diviner’s Tale, Bradford Morrow (Engl’74) writes a gripping and haunting tale of a struggling single mother of twin boys by the name of Cassandra. While walking in a forest, a gifted dowser finds herself staring at the hanged body of a young girl.

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The Ringer

In The Ringer, Jenny Shank (MEngl’00) writes a captivating novel of heart-warming characters we can relate to. After a police officer in Denver raids a wrong address and mistakenly shoots and kills a Mexican immigrant, both his family and the family of the killed are affected in devastating ways.

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Autumn Desire

Autumn Desire by Sharon Noble (CommThtr’71, MArt’72) is a novel depicting the complicated romance of a 50-year-old widow, Paula Wincott. The story is set in the beautiful scenery of Boulder as Paula decides to return to CU to take classes years after dropping out and marrying a professor she met her freshman year.

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Night Café: The Amorous Notes of a Barista

Night Café: The Amorous Notes of a Barista by Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (Phil’77) depicts the café world as both sophisticated and intellectual as he delves into the history of coffee while combining the artistic and stimulating subjects of painting, poetry and philosophy.

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A Duck Looking For Hunters

In A Duck Looking for Hunters by Lt. Col Dale Amend, the incredible story of the author’s own experience as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) in South Vietnam in 1965-66 is described in vivid detail.

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The House of My Sojourn

The House of My Sojourn by Jane Sutton (PhD Comm’84) delves into the world of rhetoric and the exclusion of women from its foundations. Sutton’s vision of the relationship between women and rhetoric is described as an ancient Greek house. The house allows for women, but also denies their authority to speak from within it.

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