The Ocean Within
Young Readers
By 
V.M. Caldwell

Elizabeth is the newest member of the big and boisterous Sheridan family. They try to make her feel at home, but Elizabeth knows from previous experience in foster homes that one day she’ll be sent away. Now all the Sheridan kids are headed to the beach for a vacation at their grandmother’s house. Will Elizabeth’s attitude ruin everyone’s vacation?

Brown Dog of the Yaak: Essays on Art and Activism
Nonfiction
Essays on Art and Activism
By 
Rick Bass

A creature almost mythic, Colter—the brown dog of the Yaak—charges through mountain valleys following the scent of game. In this book, the author gives a history of his years with Colter—including vignettes about interactions with well-known writers—as a way of understanding what is intuitive in himself and his quest to create art.

Nonfiction
Writing as Reciprocal Creation
By 
Pattiann Rogers

An award-winning poet, a mother, a lover of the land and every creature in it, as well as a student of zoology, the author is at home in the vocabulary of nature. In this work of prose punctuated and intensified by poetry, she describes the genesis of her most admired verse and reveals how and why she writes.

Young Readers
By 
Laura E. Williams

Skinhead. Neo-Nazi. Lexi Jordan knows the names her friends use to talk about themselves, but she isn’t quite sure what they mean. She knows the tattoo on her head and her heavy boots are part of belonging—and Lexi wants to belong. But she begins to wonder just how safe she is when the group begins to do things that make her increasingly uneasy.

Fiction
Tales of the South Bronx
By 
Abraham Rodriguez, Jr.

In these truth-telling stories about a neighborhood of Puerto Rican adolescents growing up in the South Bronx, we meet the youth who fight every day for survival in our cities.

Nonfiction
Lu Chi's Wen Fu
By 
Lu Chi

Written in the third century, this is one of the earliest Chinese works about the use of language, intended for those who wish to engage the art of letters at its deepest levels. In sixteen sections, it discusses the joys and problems that face both writer and reader and provides basic insights about many techniques of writing.

Nonfiction
Life as Field Trip
By 
Robert Michael Pyle

As a boy in Colorado, the author fell in love with alpine heights and the butterflies that float above the tree line. This early passion sparked a career in conservation that took him across the globe—until he realized that he was no longer as intimate with the natural world that first spurred him to action.

Nonfiction
An Alphabet of China Essays
By 
Bill Holm

Arranged by letter of the alphabet, with at least one entry per letter, these short pieces capture the variety of daily life in contemporary China. Here, one learns what it is like to travel by “hard-seat” train to a remote village, to smuggle Chinese classics back into China, and to experience Mickey Mouse-mania in the Middle Kingdom.

Hell's Bottom, Colorado
Fiction
By 
Laura Pritchett
Winner of the PEN USA Award for Fiction

On Hell’s Bottom Ranch, a section of land below the Front Range, there are women like Renny, who prefer a “little Hell swirled with their Heaven,” and men like Ben, her husband, who’s “gotten used to smoothing over Renny’s excesses.” This work of fiction enters the lives of this extended ranching family, giving flesh and blood to the mythical West.

Parents Wanted
Young Readers
By 
George Harrar

Andy Fleck doesn’t have much of a family. A kid with Attention Deficit Disorder, he can’t keep himself from challenging every limit that is set by his adoptive parents Jeff and Laurie. It’s easy to see that Andy is a good kid dealing with his own tangle of emotions. But will his antics go too far?

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