At a time when everyone is being asked to create physical distance from one another, we at Aspen Words remain steadfast in our commitment to building literary community. From kitchen tables and home-office desks across Colorado and in Boston, we’re continuing to focus on our mission to encourage writers, inspire readers and connect people through stories. To that end, starting with this email we’ll send you a weekly curated list of books, articles, literary podcasts and videos that we hope will provide inspiration and encouragement. We also hope you’ll join us on social media to come together with fellow book lovers. Be well and keep in touch. The best way to reach us is by email.   
Books that Bring Comfort & Lift the Spirit

“The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing” by Melissa Bank

This collection of linked short stories, published in the late 1990s, is as charming, tender and uplifting as it gets. Simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious, “The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing” will transport you as only the most authentic fiction can, by creating a sense of instant recognition and reminding you of what’s important in life: work, friendship, and love.

“Paris to the Moon” by Adam Gopnik

If there’s one writer we can always count on to lift our spirits with his sage and hilarious cultural insights, it’s the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik. “Paris To The Moon,” which chronicles Gopnik’s year living abroad with his wife and infant son, will transport you to the City of Light’s boulevards, museums and cafés, while also chronicling new parenthood in a foreign city full of quirks and delights.

“Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brené Brown

During this time of global reset, as we face new ways of conducting our work, home and social lives, seeking solace in an expert can offer a sense of calm. Brown takes on the subject of living bravely in the face of setback, and highlights stories of leaders, teachers and parents who exemplify how to lean into discomfort and regain their footing in the midst of struggle.

“The Shipping News” by Annie Proulx

This book of loss, love, hope, purpose and community will have you reaching for your highlighter, and you will dog-ear more pages than not. Reading this book is to float on the waves of great storytelling. Proulx makes everything matter, even the smell of the air. 

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

A charming novel about a clandestine book club formed by a group of residents on Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, while it was under German occupation during World War II. The novel’s quirky characters find connection and retain their sense of decency during challenging times. This engrossing story also is a celebration of the written word.

“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

With a writing style that feels both biblical and philosophical, Tolle compels the reader to slip into the infiniteness of the now. Succumbing to the words, and the nowness, you find that definitions, walls, fears, and the ego fall away. The abyss that Tolle invites you to observe is calming, suggesting that there is so much more to our lives and our moment than ourselves.  

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