August 08, 2019
Dear Friends of Maria's ,

As I mentioned in my last letter, we're eager to bring you "staff picks" from our passionate and friendly booksellers on a more regular basis. This week, Ray shares why Sally Rooney's Normal People is at the top of his list.

You'll hear from me again next week.

Your friend,
Recommended by: Ray
Critically acclaimed Irish author Sally Rooney’s second novel harkens back to romantic greats like Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy through a millennial lens. The modern coming-of-age love story, set both in the country and Dublin, is a brutally honest view of 20-something anxieties and the challenges of finding meaningful relationships in today’s complex and detached world.

NPR’s Heller McAlpin sums it up best, “Normal People is a compulsive, psychologically astute will-they-or-won't-they love story involving two of the most sympathetic people you're liable to meet between covers.”

Come by Maria's Bookshop to talk with Ray and find out more of his favorites. And, tune in on August 23 for the next "update from Evan".
My Antonia
By Willa Cather
Friday, August 9 from 2:30-3:30 pm
Animas City Chocolate Company
920 Main Avenue

Playwright, Meg Miroshni, and Willa Cather Foundation’s Executive Director, Ashley Olson will discuss Meg’s bold new play adaptation of Willa Cather’s 1918 classic novel My Antonia. Meg’s play will premiere with a reading on Friday night at 7:30p at the Durango Arts Center, but you can learn about it here first! Maria's Bookshop will have copies of this classic book for sale and Meg would love to sign it for you!
Page (really, really) loved this book!
Water Dancer
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
“In prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation’s most important writers, tackling one of America’s oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.” Publishers Weekly  (starred review)
This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers,  The Water Dancer  is   a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.

This is one of Clint's favorites!
Talking to the Ground
By Douglas Preston
From the author of the #1  New York Times  bestseller  The Lost City of the Monkey God  comes an entrancing, eloquent, and entertaining account of the author’s adventurous journey on horseback through the Southwest in the heart of Navajo desert country.

In 1992 author Douglas Preston and his wife and daughter rode horseback across 400 miles of desert in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. They were retracing the route of a Navajo deity, the Slayer of Alien Gods, on his quest to restore beauty and balance to the Earth. More than a travelogue, Preston’s account of their “one tough journey, luminously remembered” ( Kirkus Reviews)  is a tale of two cultures meeting in a sacred land and is “like traveling across unknown territory with Lewis and Clark to the Pacific” (Dee Brown, author of  Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee ).
Dog Man:
For Whom the Ball Rolls
By Dav Pilkey
Howl with laughter with Dog Man, the internationally bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants!

The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li'l Petey. But when Petey's own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good.


Hogan's Story:
Here's My Story, And I'm Sticking To It

By Mickey Hogan with John Peel
G. Michael "Mickey" Hogan was born in Durango in 1929, just in time for the Great Depression. His story comes in two parts. First, his family life and education, from growing up above Hogan's Store to fleeing the nest and forging a career path as a high-profile accountant. Second, his Durango return and his first-person experiences in ushering in a new, modern era to Southwest Colorado.

In Hogan's Story Mickey Hogan offers his unique version of 20th century Durango.
Julie just returned from an enormous trade show in Las Vegas and she found so many goodies that we're excited to share with you! For starters, these earrings from Harlow. They're fun, elegant, and unique, and they make the perfect gift.

Come pick your favorite pair!