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Joanna, Standley Lake Library

It's almost time!  With much-anticipated stores opening soon in Boulder and Denver, you may be interested in learning more about Trader Joe's, the iconic retail grocer.  Trader Joe's stores are roughly half the size of today's super-grocers, yet manage to pull in twice the sales per square foot.  Learn how the chain was founded, how "fun" is incorporated into daily work, and how value is combined with new merchandise to create key selling points.  Although written in 2005, the book is still relevant today.

The Trader Joe's adventure : turning a unique approach to business into a retail and cultural phenomenon by Len Lewis 



Susannah, Standley Lake Library

If you’ve ever eaten a garden-fresh tomato, you know that there’s a world of difference between home-grown and store-bought. While you’re waiting for those home-grown tomatoes to show up in your garden or at your farmer’s market, we offer you three books about growing tomatoes – as a commercial crop,  in a backyard vegetable garden and on an organic farm.

Tomatoland : how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit - Barry Estabrook. The author sees several round green ‘apples’ falling off a truck in Florida. When he discovers that the ‘apples’ are in fact tomatoes and just fine after falling 10 feet and hitting the pavement at 60 miles per hour, he decides to find out just how we got to this point.

The $64 tomato : How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden - William Alexander. The author wonders why the neighbor doesn’t mow the field where the kids play softball. Learning that the land belongs to him, not his neighbor, he decides to plant the ultimate vegetable garden. He soon learns that having a garden may produce wonderful vegetables but costs him more than he anticipates.

It’s a long road to a tomato : tales of an organic farmer who quit the big city for the (not so) simple life - Keith Stewart. For the first 40 years of his life, the author had no idea that he wanted to be a farmer, but in 1986 he traded his office job in New York City for a farm in upstate New York. His essays over the next 20 years range from the specifics of growing vegetables on his farm to agricultural issues that should concern all of us.


And while you’re reading, keep in mind that old John Denver song:

Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
What would life be like without home grown tomatoes
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.


Katie, Arvada Library

Have you ever thought about what the library at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay might look like?  I hadn’t until I came across an article in The New York Times Book Review highlighting the collection.  A Tumblr site dedicated to the library and its holdings gives an insider’s view of this 18,000-item collection available to detainees.  Predictable favorites include Arabic-language fiction and books on religion.  Less predictably there are copies of Danielle Steel, Captain America and Harry Potter that have also seen good use.

For more on the library, read the article here.


Bonnie, Lakewood Library

The Red House by Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon, world-famous author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, crafts a new novel about two families who join together for a week-long holiday in a Wales country house. Brother Richard and sister Angela are estranged, with issues about the care they each gave in the last years of their recently deceased mother’s life. The siblings each have spouses and children, distinct personalities who come on vacation with agendas and personal troubles of their own. Haddon narrates the novel from all eight characters' perspectives and skillfully embodies them all, from the adolescent and insecure girls to 8-year-old Benjy who is confused about the fluctuations of emotions in the adult world. Isolated in the countryside, the characters have time to ponder and experience the truths about themselves and their family in this lyrically-worded and memorable novel.

Ros, Evergreen Library

Can’t decide whether it’s a mystery or a good science fiction novel you would like to read? You can have both! Here are three books that combine elements of both mystery and science fiction/fantasy under their covers.

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters.
Asteroid 2011GV1 is going to hit Earth in six months. It will devastate our planet, wipe out civilization, and there is nothing that can be done. People are walking away from their jobs, the economy is plunging, and society is breaking down. This first in a trilogy has Detective Hank Palace investigate a suspicious suicide in a city where many people are choosing death in advance of the asteroid. Winters’ hard-boiled detective novel deals with the value of life in these circumstances, the reasons to keep working (or not) when life is about to end, and the role for justice in the few months remaining for pre-apocalyptic America.

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon.
A mystery noir, written with a nod to the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, this novel is also an alternative history based in the Federal District of Sitka. Chabon considers a world where the Jews of the Holocaust have settled in a part of Alaska after World War II. With no Israel, this temporary refuge has been leased from the Alaskan Native tribes. Now sixty years have elapsed since the war and the lease is almost up. Within this climate of uncertainty Detective Meyer Landsman investigates a murder that has political and religious implications. Hasidic Jews are a Mafia-like presence, Yiddish is the primary language, and good delis are on every street corner.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
First in a science fantasy series, Detective Thursday Next is assigned to a unit that specializes in literary crimes. Set in an alternative 1980s England, Next uses time travel as one tool in her current assignment: to find the kidnapped Jane Eyre and return her to her novel. As defender of the Prose Portal, the gateway between fiction and Thursday’s world, it is up to her to solve this crime before more characters are taken and even murdered. Full of wit and literary allusions.

Jayne, Golden Library

“Perfume is like cocktails without the hangover, like chocolate without the calories, like an affair without tears, like a vacation from which you never have to come back.”
― Marian Bendeth

Let's explore the magic of perfume!

Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride by Alyssa Harad

Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume by Mandy Aftel

The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York by Chandler Burr

The Scent Trail: How One Woman's Quest for the Perfect Perfume Took Her Around the World by Celia Lyttelton

The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (book) by Patrick Süskind
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (DVD)

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Scent of Darkness by Margot Berwin

The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense by M.J. Rose

Perfume Smellin’ Things

Now Smell This



Indie Scents

Sunshine, Columbine Library

The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History-- And How We Can Fight Back by Alan Collinge

The Student Loan Scam is an investigative book about the lack of oversight and consumer protections in the student loan industry.  Mr. Collinge, the author of this book, owed $35,000 in student loans - until he missed one payment.  His debt then ballooned to over $100,000 due to fees and penalties.  That's when he started investigating the student loan industry. 

Student loans have become a lucrative business for the US government, banks, student loan servicing companies, debt collectors, Wall Street, colleges, and some college financial aid administrators.  Here is one example:  wages, tax returns, Social Security and Disability benefits can all be garnished, without a court order, to pay for student loans.  A court order is necessary for garnishment with most forms of debt.  The exception for student loans places them in a class with criminal debt, like unpaid child support and income taxes.  The Student Loan Scam also gives practical advice for borrowers in the last chapter, making this book an important read for anyone taking out a student loan or co-signing for one.   

Alan Collinge is the founder of  He has appeared on 60 minutes, 20/20, The News Hour, and other news shows.  

Marie, Columbine Library

The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

In 1911, a brutal murder takes place in a small town bordering an Ojibwe Indian reservation in North Dakota.  Some innocent Indians are hanged for the murder by whites from the town of Pluto. The unsolved murder haunts both the white and indian inhabitants  for generations. In a style similar to that of Barbara Kingsolver, Erdrich alternates the narrative between descendants of the whites and the Indians through the voices of Evelina Harp, Marn Wolde, and Judge Antone Bazil Coutts.  Small bits and pieces of each individual story unravel to show the common threads of them all.

Jill, Arvada Library

Spring and summer are upon us BUT you wouldn’t know it with all of the snow and cold temperatures that extended into May!  It's great to finally be able to put away the snow boots and heavy coats and get ready for some summer camping.  Here are some titles to help you get prepared for a summer of R.V. fun!




Cooking Aboard Your RV: good food in less time-- more than 300 recipes and tips by Janet Groene

A Fork in the Trail: Mouthwatering Meals and Tempting Treats for the Backcountry by Laurie Ann March

The Camping Cookbook by Annie Bell

Glamping with MaryJane:  Glamour + Camping by MaryJane Butters

Camping Destinations:

Good Sam RV travel guide & campground directory

Woodall's camping guide. Frontier West

Camping with Kids and Dogs:

The everything family guide to RV travel and campgrounds: from choosing the right vehicle to planning your trip--all you need for your adventure on wheels by Marian Eure

Camping and RVing with dogs: the complete reference for dog-loving campers and RVers by Jack and Julee Meltzer

Happy trails!

Briana, Evergreen Library

As part of the Evergreen Library's monthly book discussion group, you're invited to join local author Dale Lovin as he discusses his book, The Mirror in the River: A Novel of Suspense.

When a wealthy woman mysteriously disappears near Aspen, Colo., former FBI Agent Brad Walker finds that his love of fly fishing in remote  mountain areas has planted him directly in the crosshairs of corrupt politicians and a kingpin in the world of human trafficking.

6 pm Wednesday, June 12
Evergreen Library


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