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A Reading List from Aspen Magazine's Staff

BY | April 6, 2020 | Lifestyle

With more downtime, why not sink your teeth into a good book (or two, or three, or 10)? Here are some favorite reads from the staff at Modern Luxury Aspen. Books can be ordered from Explore Booksellers for a porch pickup or shipping. 9AM-5PM for phone orders, 970.925.5336.

From President & Group Publisher, Alan Klein:

Outliers: The Story of Success
By Malcolm Gladwell
"Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of 'outliers'--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?"

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From Editor-in-Chief, Christine Benedetti:

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
By Maria Semple
"A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this 'whip-smart and divinely funny' novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times)."

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From Senior Account Executive, Susan Garcia:

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
By Jan-Philipp Sendker
"When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains."

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From Account Executive, Corinna Czink:

The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak
"When death has a story to tell you listen. At the age of nine, Liesel lost a lot. Her father, a communist. Her mother who was constantly sick. When her brother dies, she gets into death’s field of view for the first time. This is when she steals her first book, a small but consequential compensation for the losses suffered. She then steals more books, apples and potatoes followed by Rudi’s heart. The hearts of Hans and Rosa Hubermann. The one from Max. The one from death. Because even death has a heart."

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From Associate Publisher, Aspen Peak, Chantal Henderson:

Wisdom at Work
By Chip Conley
This novel is about bringing maturity and emotional intelligence into high tech/high-speed workplaces. Author Chip Conley talks about mentoring and the modern elder, becoming a mentor and an intern at the same time.

From Assistant Editor & Marketing Coordinator, Hayden Gamble:

A Little Life
By Hanya Yanagihara
"When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever."

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