What the staff at Poor Richard’s suggest for your next great read

Each week as part of SunLit – the literature division of Sun – we provide employee recommendations from bookstores across Colorado. This week, employees at Poor Richard’s Books & Gifts in Colorado Springs are recommending “Fox Creek,” “Hell and Back,” and “Calling for a Blanket Dance.”

Fox Creek

Written by William Kent Krueger
Atria Books
August 2022


from the publisher:

The ancient Ojibweian healer, Henry Mellux, saw his vision of his death. As he walks into the Northwoods in seclusion, he tries to prepare himself peacefully for the end of his long life. But peace is destined to elude him as hunters fill the forest in search of a woman named Dolores Morriseau, a strange woman who has come to the wizard for refuge and the gift of his wisdom.

Melox directs this stranger and his great-niece, Cork O’Connor’s wife, to safety in the depths of Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century. On the last trip he might make to this beloved land, Melox must do his best to outwit the murderous mercenaries who follow him.

From Jeffrey Payne, book division coordinator: Once again we are dealing with Mr. Krueger’s unique blend of mystery and Native American mysticism. This story focuses on Henry Mellux, age unknown, shy of the “old” but doing his best to conquer nature, the spirit world, and human cruelty. The pace of the story is interesting and we don’t know until the end if Henry will be successful or alive.

Hell and back: long puzzle

Written by Craig Johnson
September 2022


from the publisher: What if you woke up lying in the middle of the street in the infamous town of Fort Pratt, Montana, where thirty young Native Americans were killed in a tragic boarding school fire in 1896? What if everyone you met died on that endless night? What if it was bloodshot and you missed a shot from the gun on your hip? What if there is something in the yellowish sky – along with the deceased and the smell of ash and dust – something that the people of Northern Cheyenne refer to as Éveohtsé-heómese, walking around withoutThe soul taker? What if the only way you know who you are is because your name is printed on the leather headband of your cowboy hat, and what if it says your name is Walt Longmire – but you don’t remember it.

From Jeffrey Payne, book division coordinator: Those of us who’ve followed the lives of Craig Johnson’s characters for the past 18 years — yes, you did the math, 18 — wouldn’t be entirely surprised by this latest installment in the Longmire series. However, it takes a few chapters in the book to realize that this story is a little different than the others. This is a ghost story. Sometimes we don’t know what reality we are witnessing and what perspective we should take. Cleverly written and a perfect read for a chilly autumn evening or two.

Invitation to a blanket dance

Written by Oscar
Algonquin books
July 2022


from the publisher: Oscar Hockey’s electric debut takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle, whose family – part Mexican, part Native American – is determined to hold on to their community despite obstacles everywhere they turn. Ever’s father is injured by corrupt border police when he goes to visit his family in Mexico, while his mother struggles to keep her job and take care of her husband. And young Ever is lost and angry at everything he doesn’t understand, in a world that seems to undermine his sense of safety. All relatives ever have ideas about who he is and who he should be. His Cherokee grandmother, realizing the importance of closeness, urges the family to move around Oklahoma to be near them, while his grandfather, watching their traditions fade away, attempts to reunite Iver with his heritage through traditional pumpkin dances. Through it all, every relative wants the same thing: to be ever reminded of the rich and supportive communities that surround him, there to constrain him, and to learn forever to take the power given to him not only to save himself but also the next generation.

From Jeffrey Payne, book division coordinator: This is a story of heart, home and culture. We get to know the main character as ever through his family’s thoughts and observations. Sometimes the story of Ever is too difficult to watch and read, then there will be pleasant moments of kindness and complete acceptance. We see firsthand the challenges of mixed-race families and conflicting myths. A great first novel, I can’t wait to read the next from this intelligent author.

As part of the Colorado Sun Literature section – sunlit – we feature selections for employees from bookstores across the state. Read more.


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