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

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This week’s library: Burr Richards Books & Gifts, 320 Tejon Street, Colorado Springs



Written by Sally Denton
Liveright Publishing Company
June 2022

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From the publisher: On the morning of November 4, 2019, a modest convoy of women and children was ambushed by masked gunmen along a desolate road in northern Mexico controlled by the Sinaloa drug cartel. The attackers fired from semi-automatic weapons, killing nine people and seriously wounding five others. The victims were members of the LeBaron and La Mora communities – fundamentalist Mormons whose ancestors broke away from the LDS church and settled in Mexico when their religion outlawed polygamy in the late 19th century. In “The Colony,” best-selling investigative journalist Sally Denton follows where the incomplete initial reports of the attacks ended, and delves into the complex story of the Lee Baron clan. A charming feat of investigative journalism, the book doubles as an unforgettable account of the brotherhood that, against the odds, can thrive in polygamous societies.

From Jeffrey Payne, Book Division Coordinator: Sally Denton does an amazing job of sorting out the massive and magical endless events to provide a true account and disturbing back story about the horrific deaths of nine members of the Mormon sect in Mexico. With keen attention to detail, the reader learns about the complex and long history of the LeBaron clan. We witness how the turbulent, fragile relationship between the residents of Colonia LeBaron, the surrounding Mexican drug cartels and the local population unravels, leading to mistrust and more death. The pure evil violence that members of society inflict on one another in the name of grace is astonishing. This is a criminal family hidden behind the cloak of “piety”.

This book gives us insight into the harsh reality of core Mormons and their treatment of women. We only get a glimpse into the intricacies and ways of multiple marriages and that’s why we admire the strength and courage of these people. It’s a complex story, there are heroes and villains, and sometimes they’re the same person.

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House in the Cerulean Sea

by TJ Klune
Tour Books

December 2022

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From the publisher: Linus Becker is the case studies specialist in the department responsible for magical youth. He is tasked with determining if six dangerous magical children are likely to lead to the end of the world. Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the kids safe, even if it meant the world would burn. And his secrets will be revealed. “The House in the Cerulean Sea” is a charming, brilliantly told love story about the profound experience of discovering an unexpected family in an unexpected place – and realizing that the family is yours.

From Jeffrey Payne, Book Division Coordinator: Linus Becker is not one to risk things, especially his boring life. He’s good at his job in the department in charge of magical youth, and great at keeping his head down and a clear presence. When Linus is sent to a remote island orphanage for a top-secret mission, his world is completely upended. There he found six rather dangerous and mysterious wards, each ward with special gifts so bewildering that it is understandable why they were isolated.

Over the course of his time on the island, Linus grows to be “alive”…and loving. This is a story of growing up, wondering, and becoming who he is. The characters created by author TJ Klune are entertaining, cool, and whimsical. Each of them has a message for us, and it is up to us to listen and be heard.

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Written by Michael McGarrett
WW Norton & Company
November 2019

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From the publisher: A long-unsolved missing person case becomes a murder investigation when the bones of the girlfriend of now-retired Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kearney are discovered forty-five years after her disappearance. He is now the prime suspect.

From Jeffrey Payne, Book Division Coordinator: In this book, the thirteenth in the Kevin Kerney series, the focus is on Kerney and his first true love who has been missing for decades. When the body is found, clues point to Kearney doing his best to find the actual killer. His perseverance and love for his family drive him to the truth.

Michael McGarrity’s writing beautifully captures the true mood and essence of northern New Mexico and those who live there. His experience as a psychologist and legal officer shines through as we are taken through complex motives and clues. The slow build and rhythm allow us to fully understand and appreciate all the characters inside and out. The conclusion is surprising and leaves us ready to read the next book in this wonderful series.

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