What to Read This Winter
THREE WOMEN by Lisa Taddeo
An illuminating tour of female desire in 2019 as told via the stories of three simultaneously remarkable and ordinary women. Alternating between each woman’s individual narrative, the book explores the ways in which power, heartbreak and infatuation inform erotic longing.
Lisa Taddeo is the No.1 New York Times best-selling author of the nonfiction book “Three Women,” which was published in summer 2019. She is currently developing the book into an hour-long episodic drama for Showtime. See Lisa Taddeo in conversation with Aspen Public Radio’s Christin Kay in Aspen on Jan. 7.
THE TRADITION by Jericho Brown
A finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, this gorgeous poetry collection interrogates a culture that has normalized violence, at both an individual and a societal level.
Jericho Brown’s first book, “Please,” won the American Book Award. His second book, “The New Testament,” won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta. See Jericho Brown & Ada Limon in conversation with Aspen Word’s Adrienne Brodeur on Jan. 28.
THE CARRYING by Ada Limón
Winner of the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, this shimmering collection of poems grapples with life and death, birth and decay, and how to live fully in a difficult world.
Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including “The Carrying,” which was named one of the top five poetry books of the year by The Washington Post in 2018. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. See Jericho Brown & Ada Limon in conversation with Aspen Word’s Adrienne Brodeur on Jan. 28.
RUNNING WITH SHERMAN by Christopher McDougall
From a life of neglect to a life of purpose and joy, Sherman the donkey and the colorful human community who come together to heal this unlikely hero will stay with you long after you turn the last page of this book.
Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press before writing his best-selling book “Born to Run.” His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to his next book, “Natural Born Heroes,” and the Outside magazine web series “Art of the Hero.” His weekly column about animal-human partnerships for The New York Times inspired his newest book, “Running with Sherman.” See Christopher McDougall speak in Aspen on Feb. 18.
SINCE WE FELL by Dennis Lehane
A twisty psychological thriller about a journalist who suffers an on-air mental breakdown and becomes involved with a man who isn’t what he seems to be.
Dennis Lehane has published 13 novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international best-sellers; five of his novels – “Live by Night,” “Mystic River,” “Gone, Baby, Gone,” “The Drop” and “Shutter Island” – have been adapted into Hollywood hits. He was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” and a writer-producer on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Netflix’s “Bloodline,” DirecTV’s “Mr. Mercedes” and HBO’s upcoming series “The Outsider.” See Dennis Lehane speak in Aspen on March 10.
DOPESICK by Beth Macy
Macy juxtaposes an investigation of the endemic issues in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries in America with real stories of people impacted by the opioid epidemic, painting a humanized portrait of the drug crisis that has hurt communities across the country.
Journalist Beth Macy is the author of three New York Times best-selling nonfiction books: “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local–and Helped Save an American Town”; “Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest” and “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America”. All three books are in development for film/television. See Beth Macy speak in Aspen on March 31.
Winter Words take place at Paepcke Auditorium on the Aspen Institute campus from 6-7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Explore Booksellers will have books for sale. Tickets + passes available at the Wheeler Box Office.
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