LINDA WERTHEIMER, host: Edwards, Colorado is nestled in the Vail Valley, surrounded by the Rockies - a perfect place for high country adventure. Edwards in summer is a great place for hiking or fly-fishing on the Eagle River. And if it weren't for the upscale bistros on Main Street, you could almost convince yourself that you found the frontier. Nicole Magistro owns Bookworm, a bookstore on Edwards' Main Street. She joins us from her home to help us out with series on vacation reading around the country. Welcome to the program.
NICOLE MAGISTRO: Thanks, Linda.
WERTHEIMER: Could you just tell us a little bit about Edwards? Who comes in the summer? I guess you get a different kind of visitor from the ski season. Do they read different things?
MAGISTRO: They do read different things. And the visitor is very different. We do get a lot of people flocking from big cities, like Dallas, New York, Chicago, San Francisco for refuge in the mountains during the summer. We have wonderful restaurants, wonderful cultural activities and great books to read too.
WERTHEIMER: So, what sorts of books are selling for you now?
MAGISTRO: Well, during the summer months we have a tremendous upsurge in all of our regional hiking and guidebooks. So, our number one bestseller all summer long is the "Vail Hiker." It's a small little guidebook that tells you where to go, what you'll see while you're there and how difficult it will be to hike up those mountains. Of course, we do sell the bestsellers from the New York Times and the independent booksellers list. But we also sell lots of our favorite summer reads that might not find their way onto those big blockbuster lists.
WERTHEIMER: Surprises? Anything surprised you this season?
MAGISTRO: Well, two of our favorites right now are "The Invisible Bridge" by Julie Orringer. It's a wonderful World War II story about two Hungarian brothers who go to Paris in the 1930s. And Julie will be visiting Colorado in the fall and this is one of our favorite staff picks of the year. Another one that people are just loving right now is "The Russian Winter," which is by Daphne Kalotay, and it's the story of a prima ballerina set in Russia and in New York, going back and forth. And it's a wonderful summer read because there's romance, there's history, there's intrigue and it just wraps you right up. You don't want to stop reading it until you found what's going to happen right at the end.
WERTHEIMER: Well, the way I feel right now in our Washington heat wave, anything that has winter in the title would appeal to me.
WERTHEIMER: So, I gather since you have the author who's coming in the fall that you must do this often. You have events at the store to get people in the door?
MAGISTRO: We do have quite a lot of events in the store and that creates the buzz in the community for books, like "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown. Eleanor visited us in late June and what a wonderful book she has written - fun, summer reading about three girls who come back home as adult women to take care of their parents and also to find themselves. With Shakespeare written all throughout the book, it's fun and witty but not too academic at all.
WERTHEIMER: Nicole Magistro, what are you reading this summer?
MAGISTRO: Well, I just finished a wonderful book about Flannery O'Connor, a fictional title called "A Good Hard Look" by Ann Napolitano. And it's the story that takes place in Milledgeville, Georgia about Flannery O'Connor's life. And it was just a wonderful summer read - light, historical but with plenty of fun linked in.
WERTHEIMER: Nicole Magistro is the owner of Bookworm of Edwards, a bookstore in Edwards, Colorado. We called her at her home. Nicole, thank you very much.
MAGISTRO: Thanks for having me.
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