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Book Excerpts

Book Excerpts
Book Excerpts

SunLit Excerpt: “The Burn Patient” sends a young teen on an audition that feels all wrong

This selection from Sue Hinkin's Colorado Book Award-winning thriller tracks the girl's path to a dance tryout -- in a studio at the epicenter of L.A.'s porn industry

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SunLit Excerpt: A resource for navigating difficult family conversations about aging

In this excerpt from "Caregiving Done Differently," the authors explain strategies for approaching seniors about possible changes to facilitate their care

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SunLit Excerpt: “Memories in the Drift” charts a woman’s struggle to reconcile her past

This week's selection introduces a protagonist whose short-term memory loss creates conflict between who she was -- and the person she is.

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SunLit Excerpt: “Colorado’s Highest” charts exploration and naming of state’s 14ers

Author Jeri L. Norgren unravels the history behind Colorado's 58 highest peaks, with the help of photographer John Fielder and painter Robert L. Wogrin

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SunLit Excerpt: “Edge of the Map,” recounts the true story of climbers lost in China

Author Johanna Garton recounts how search efforts by U.S. friends hinged on clues from the contents of the legendary Coloradans' backpacks

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Shadow Ridge,” a detective, a crime scene and a curious visitor collide

In this Jo Wyatt mystery, author M.E. Browning introduces the fraught relationship between two cops amid a death that may not be what it seems

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Tower of the Four: The Champions Academy,” a teen faces failure

This excerpt from Todd Fahnestock's sci-fi fantasy explores the tug of war between the passion and impetuosity of youth for an aspiring town guardian

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Sunlit Excerpt: “Her Perfect Life” frames sibling rivalry in the starkest terms

Author Rebecca Taylor's excerpt introduces the sister with the humdrum life and crumbling marriage, juxtaposed with the fame and fortune of the rich and famous writer

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Sunlit Excerpt: From “St. Christopher on Pluto,” a hardscrabble holiday tale

Author Nancy McKinley weaves a story of insurance fraud with the flipside of humanity at a church's Christmas gift giveaway that comes up short

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Sunlit Excerpt: Is “The Gringa” an international terrorist, or simply a dupe?

Author Andrew Altschul's writer/narrator struggles in his search for the complex truth about his ex-pat protagonist, imprisoned in Peru, in this novel inspired by the real-life story of Lori Berenson

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SunLit excerpt: “The Scholar and the Struggle” reveals the life and impact of Lawrence Reddick

Author David Varel's biography tracks the work of one of the most important Black intellectuals of the 20th century -- and links his importance to the present day

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In “Shall We Dance?” a cop’s lost bet sets the stage for dance lessons and romance

Shelley Shepard Gray introduces a dance teacher struggling to launch her new studio when a handsome potential student walks through her door with an off-putting proposition

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SunLit Special: “The Holly” tells the story of Terrance Roberts, his Denver neighborhood and much more

Author Julian Rubinstein focuses on north Park Hill's gang culture, but also other forces that shaped the neighborhood -- from cops to gentrification to George Floyd

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In “Lean and Strong,” the author guides readers toward effective motivation for diet and exercise

Josh Hillis steers individuals away from harmful psychology that thwarts healthy efforts, and toward practices more likely to achieve success and satisfaction

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In “Yanks Behind the Lines,” the author sheds light on a little-known WWI humanitarian effort

Jeffrey B. Miller's grandparents were part of the massive project that kept millions in Belgium from starving. Their story sent him on a mission to research and write about an undertaking that defined American aid.

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“White Trash Warlock” introduces a young man versed in the supernatural, on a mission

In David R. Slayton's trailer-park fantasy world, Adam Lee Binder encounters magic, evil and romance in a quest to find his father

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In “Other People’s Pets,” an animal empath battles her bizarre upbringing

Author R.L. Maizes introduces protagonist La La, whose parents raised her as a burglar -- though she's well on the path to becoming a veterinarian. Will her life veer off the rails?

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In an excerpt from “Once Again,” a mother suddenly finds herself reliving the loss of her daughter

Author Catherine Wallace Hope introduces a grieving woman, barely clinging to her sanity, who's jolted back in time by a phone call from the girl's school

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In this excerpt from “Creatures of Charm and Hunger,” astral projection yields heartbreaking results

After escaping the Nazis to England in the waning days of World War II, Miriam Cantor employs special powers to determine her parents' fate. Her nocturnal adventure reveals a startling truth.

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In “Death of a Car Salesman,” a daughter discovers her semi-famous father’s death could be a homicide

Author Collin Brantmeyer introduces a woman returning home to settle family business involving her car-hawking dad, whose goofy TV ads made him a celebrity and overshadowed his checkered past

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