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The compelling legend of Colorado’s Poker Alice Tubbs pestered an author to launch her pursuit of the unvarnished truth

Some writers didn't let facts get in the way of the Old West figure's bigger-than-life story, but Liz Duckworth felt driven to document the still-fascinating reality

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Suddenly a stranger at his own class reunion, a man begins to question reality

When everything -- and then nothing -- is as it seems, how do you explain to your new girlfriend that you're not just another scam artist?

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Shifting points of view introduce a suicide, a disappearance and set the stage for drama

In Cynthia Swanson's "The Glass Forest," we get the first scent of mystery surrounding a tragedy bound to play out in betrayal

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A journey to chronicle the life of the first black female graduate from CU became a wider historical mission

The fascinating life of Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones opened the door to examine the emergence of the African-American middle class from its roots in slavery

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From toys to totems, an exploration of how we perceive — and imitate — the animals around us

In this essay from the collection "Mechanical Animals," the author delves deep into the ways that animals inspire everything from brands to high-tech medical instruments

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While her mother vacations in Hawaii, a child sent to visit her aunt finds herself alone on the Vegas streets

This excerpt from a short story collection by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers introduces a young girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances

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Sheepherders’ history reveals itself in texts carved into aspens over generations

In this excerpt from "The Woolly West," author Andrew Gulliford examines the sheepherders' canvas: From simple names and dates to elaborate, signed artwork, these men literally left their mark on a fading chapter of Colorado history

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Suddenly awake and alone, a woman works toward survival and understanding — on Mars

Right off the bat, the co-authors of "Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars" have their protagonist face two existential questions: Who am I? Why am I here?

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A body, a pistol, a will, a dog — and a suggestion of zombies — tell a tale of death in polite company

Author Alex Acks' description of a murder scene, a pirate captain and her second-in-command prepares the reader for a very different sort of adventure