April 28, 2016
By Ann Powers, Explore Booksellers Programming Coordinator
Founded in 1975 by Katharine Thalberg, Explore has long been a beloved literary gathering spot for locals, and a “must see” stop for visitors. Countless authors have given readings at the bookstore and many great ideas – including the formation of Aspen Words! – were nurtured over coffee in the bookstore bistro. Forty years later, this tradition of great books and great conversation is going strong.
When you walk into Explore, a weight lifts off your shoulders. A graciously curved wooden staircase, art deco windows, and cozy Victorian rooms filled with books greet you. Wander through rooms dedicated to great literature, local lore, children’s books, business, self-help, art, cooking, flowers, and even gorgeous cards, journals, and literary party-favors. Pick up a postcard that lists the many upcoming bookstore events, and chat with the staff. They speak knowledgeably about an amazing range of books – old and new, obscure and popular. They’re happy to help you find that perfect gift for someone else or recommend an intriguing new book. Here are a few staff suggestions for great spring reads.
Ellie Scott, Events Coordinator
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
From the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, comes this gorgeous collection of linked stories. A Soviet censor paints his disgraced brother into every work of art from which he erases someone else. Moscow’s prima ballerina is exiled to the Siberian nickel mines. Two brothers find themselves in rebel-controlled Chechen territory. All characters are connected by one obscure nineteenth century Russian painting. Marra’s writing is original, intricate and beautiful.
Margaret Durney, Lead Buyer
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
(a non-fiction biography)
I picked this up and was swept away in the story. I was surprised and delighted with the strong characters and Jahren’s love of science and nature and also the ability to share that passion. Bonus: it is all true. A fantastic debut.
Kris Long, Receiving
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One is set in a dystopia where society escapes to a virtual reality. Our protagonist embarks on a scavenger hunt captivating the world as the race to win billions attracts ruthless competition. Filled with 80’s pop culture, video game references, and offering a glimpse into what a tech-addicted society could become, this is a must read for anyone interested in today’s emerging technology, or those looking to simply understand it.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, shows how friendship brings us closer to people we feel are different from us when we initially meet them. Raymie has a plan to reunite with her father. Her plan ultimately produces the intended results as well as a few adventures in this charming novel for young readers.Tags: favorite books, Friday Reads, Indie Bookstore Day, reading recommendations
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This post was written by Caroline Tory