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Vacation Reads For The High Country Adventurer

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Nestled in the Vail Valley and surrounded by the Rockies, Edwards, Colo., is the perfect place for hiking, fly-fishing or floating down the Eagle River. It also provides a beautiful backdrop for summer reading.

In the third installment of a four part series, host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Nicole Magistro, owner of The Bookworm of Edwards, about which books vacationers are tucking into their backpacks this summer. Magistro's list and summaries are included below.

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Vacation Reads For The High Country Adventurer

The Vail Hiker and Ski Touring Guide

by Mary Ellen Gilliland

A compendium of 50 hikes in the Vail Valley with descriptions of local history, flora and hiking logistics that will help keep you on the path.

The Invisible Bridge

by Julie Orringer

Set in Paris in 1937, The Invisible Bridge is focused on a young Hungarian Jew falling in love, attending architecture school on scholarship and dreaming of a life full of possibilities. This debut novel by the author of the short story collection How to Breathe Underwater is stunning in its knowledge of art, architecture, Hungarian labor camps and how much the human spirit can endure. Orringer's writing is so rich and descriptive that from the opening scene at the opera, readers become thoroughly invested in the characters' journey.

Russian Winter

by Daphne Kalotay

A glimpse behind the curtain at the life of Bolshoi ballerina Nina Revskaya. Kalotay's depiction of Revskaya is pitch-perfect — so much so you might forget she's fictional. With unexpected twists of memory and questioning of life's truths, Russian Winter, which has been a favorite in hardcover, was recently released in paperback.

A Good Hard Look

by Ann Napolitano

A fictional tale set in the tiny Georgia hometown of famed author Flannery O'Connor, A Good Hard Look is filled with a cast of characters rich in southern charm and tradition. It's a summer read that satisfies with history and human drama but still leaves you feeling like you learned something about our literary past. Great for book clubs!