4 new books from Colorado authors to inspire your summer bucket list

We’ve paired four new readings from Colorado authors with the perfect companion experiences to bring the light to life.

Lily: Crazy in the woods by Jamie Gehring
Growing up in Montana, Gehring lived next door to Theodore J. Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber. The Littleton resident’s memoir, published in April, tries to reconcile childhood memories of a ‘kind but eccentric’ neighbor who used to have dinner with her family with the man who would kill three innocent people and injure some dozens more.

So: Experience the thrills at Bank Campground, a Bureau of Land Management property near Cañon City. Its 33 sites overlook the limestone cliffs of Shelf Road, a popular rock climbing spot that’s only an hour hitchhiking, uh, drive from ADX Florence, the prison Kaczynski called home until his transfer at the end of last year.

Photo courtesy of Flatiron Books

Lily: Tell me everything by Erika Krouse
In 2002, this Boulder native worked as a private investigator investigating sexual assault allegations against members of the University of Colorado Boulder football team, which essentially condoned the rape as “a bonding experiment team,” writes Krouse. Released in March, the memoir weaves Krouse’s emotional struggle with past sexual abuse with developments in the case.

So: Dive deep into the evolving history of reproductive rights at the Molly Brown House Museum’s June 2 fair: “Women’s Autonomy: My Body, My Choice?”

Lily: Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara
Published in May, the Fort Collins author’s debut novel is a mythical family story set in a dystopian alternate reality. the old the wall street journal journalist uses the Rao clan – whose patriarch rose from India’s lowest caste to become king of a Silicon Valley-based global empire – to explore issues of climate change, race, class, politics and power. Think: Successionbut with more technology.

So: Clear your carbon conscience at Pad Silverthorne, a hotel made from 18 recycled shipping containers that opened in January. Immerse yourself in the Rao family drama in your room (there are private suites and dorms, from $50 a night), in the coworking space, or with a local beer at the bar called, aptly, A- Bar.

Photo courtesy of HarperCollins

Lily: Being Mary Bennet by JC Peterson
Peterson riffs on one of the most beloved characters of all time, Elizabeth Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice, in this young adult page-turner. When teenager Marnie Barnes concludes she’s not a Lizzie but a tragic version of middle sister Mary – clumsy and overly studious – she enlists a best friend to help turn her image into something cooler.

So: Mr. Darcy takes great pleasure in having a great pair of eyes, so why not amp up your look at Lashology in the Highlands, where you can get semi-permanent eyelash extensions for $84?

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