What the staff at Poor Richard’s Books think you should read now


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This week’s bookstore: Poor Richard’s Books and Gifts, 320 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs


Desert Notebooks

By Ben Ehrenreich
Counterpoint SARL
$ 23.92
July 7, 202

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From the publisher: Overlapping climate science, mythologies, nature writing and personal experiences, this New York Times Notable Book presents a breathtaking calculation with our present moment and with the literal and figurative end of time. Desert Notebooks examines how the unprecedented rate of destruction of our environment and an increasingly unstable geopolitical landscape have brought us to the brink of a calamity greater than that which humanity has faced before.

From Jeffery Payne, Coordinator of the Book Department: “Ehrenreich brings his care, reverence and reserve to the growing arid regions of the west. His perspective balances frustration and hope, which is no easy task. Mixing history lessons with personal reflection is like peering into someone’s diary – you know you shouldn’t continue … but you do.

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Reign of the wolf 21

By Rich McIntyre
Gray stone books
$ 16.51
Pre-order shipped April 12, 2022

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From the publisher: The Druid Peak pack was the most famous wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park, and possibly the world. This is the true and dramatic story of its remarkable leader, Wolf 21, whose compassion and loyalty challenges popular beliefs about alpha males. In this compelling sequel to the national bestseller The rise of the wolf 8, Rick McIntyre features one of Yellowstone’s most revered alpha males, Wolf 21. Leader of the Druid Peak Pack, Wolf 21 was known for his unwavering bravery, unusual benevolence (unlike other alphas, he never killed male rivals defeated) and his fierce engagement. to his companion, the formidable Wolf 42.

From Jeffery Payne, Coordinator of the Book Department: “With keen awareness and devotion, the author guides us through the incredibly complex lives and personalities of one of Yellowstone’s most legendary creatures. With remarkable detail, you are caught up in the tangled and complicated relationships that stretch from Wolf 21. Pure and simple, an epic western love story.

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Billionaire Wilderness

By Justin Farrell
Princeton University Press
$ 25.71
March 3, 2020

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From the publisher: Billionaire Wilderness takes you into the exclusive world of the ultra-rich, showing how today’s richest people are using the natural environment to solve the existential dilemmas they face. Justin Farrell spent five years in Teton County, Wyoming, the wealthiest county in the United States and a community with the worst income inequalities in the country. He has conducted hundreds of in-depth interviews, gaining unprecedented access to tech CEOs, Wall Street financiers, oil tycoons, and other prominent figures in business and politics. He also spoke to the rural poor who live among the ultra-rich and often work for them. The result is a penetrating account of the far-reaching consequences of massive accumulation of wealth, and a revealing and at times disturbing portrait of a changing American West where romanticizing rural poverty and preserving nature can be lucrative, both socially and financially.

From Jeffery Payne, Coordinator of the Book Department: “A fascinating glimpse into the challenges of Mountain West’s elite, their desire for empathy (and exclusion), in one of the country’s most desirable neighborhoods – but this time the neighborhood is quite a county in the Wyoming. Billionaire Wilderness reveals the complicated and tenuous balance between the ultra-rich and the working class in Teton County.

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Air mail

By Pam Houston and Amy Irvine
Maison Torrey Press
$ 14.67
October 13, 2020

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From the publisher: When the state of Colorado ordered its residents to shelter in place in response to the spread of the coronavirus, writers Pam Houston and Amy Irvine – who had never met – began a correspondence based on their shared devotion for the rugged, windswept mountains that surround their homes, one on either side of the Continental Divide. As the toll of infected and dead increased and the nation drew dangerously apart during the crisis, Houston and Irvine found their letters to each other almost as necessary as the breath. Part homage to the wilderness, part accusation against tyranny and greed, Air Mail: Policy, Pandemic, and Location Letters reveals the evolution of a friendship that galvanizes as she recounts a strange new world.

From Jeffery Payne, Coordinator of the Book Department: “A surprisingly delicious book that shows the power of words in building a friendship between two strangers, two very accomplished authors. Each has a distinct voice as they share their thoughts and challenges at the very onset of the pandemic in 2020. Grab a glass of wine (or hot herbal tea) and soak up the growing kinship between them.

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