Colorado authors explore themes of love, resilience, and human nature

Chicken soup might be for the soul, but these inspiring non-fiction reads by our fellow Coloradans will feed your heart and your mind. Honest and often funny real-life stories about the ordinary experiences that make us extraordinary people will leave you inspired and smiling.

“Dodging Dandelions: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Acceptance” by Ron Richards

Ron Richards and his wife spent decades battling her breast cancer, followed by Ron’s two bouts of kidney cancer. Along the way they cared for their mentally ill adopted child. Here, the Castle Rock resident offers an honest, uniquely male perspective on how to stay positive through difficult times.

“I Promise not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail” by Gail Storey

Gail Storey was 56 when her husband decided to hike the harrowing PCT from Mexico to Canada. Determined not to let him go alone, together they met challenges in both nature and love and ultimately triumphed. (They’re still married!) With a smart, wicked sense of humor, Boulder-based Storey gives us a story heralded by Wild author Cheryl Strayed as “one of those oh-please-don’t-let-it-end books. I’d carry it in my backpack anywhere.”

“The Takeover: An Expected 
Caregiver’s Story” by Mimi Pockross

What happens when your elderly, long-distance parents are no longer able to function independently? Mimi Pockross learns on-the-job as she makes the decision to bring her  aging parents from Chicago to Denver and become a full-time caregiver.  An honest and loving look at the challenge of maintaining a quality of life while juggling the often daunting issues that face full-time caregivers.

“A Chardonnay a Day: Vignettes that 
Bring Cheer” by Maggie McCan Pike

Bite-sized stories by Denver-based Maggie McCan Pike will have you laughing, crying  and anticipating the next essay in this charming, sometimes devilish look at ourselves and the ordinary people who surround us. A light, pleasant read about the heartwarming, funny and sometimes embarrassing things we human get ourselves into.

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