Wild Reads

Tales of adventure and mystery among new book releases


Recommendations from Your Local Indie Bookshop

Hello from Word After Word Books, your local Truckee/Tahoe bookshop. We are excited to partner with Moonshine Ink to provide our book recommendations for this installment of Words Matter. Conveniently located in historic downtown Truckee, we offer a curated selection of new and used books with an emphasis on local authors and interests. We carry a range of indie best sellers in fiction and nonfiction, and our kids’ room is amazing! We’re also home to Truckee’s vinyl record store, Rock Cellar Records. Looking for a good book or some new (or new-to-you) music? Just come in and browse. All of these books are available on-site at Word After Word Books in Truckee, and if you’re not able to visit right away, our expanded website has over 12 million titles. Shopping local has never been so good!

~ From the team at Word After Word Books

The Beautiful and the Wild
by Peggy Townsend

Local author Peggy Townsend has written a page-turning thriller set in the remote wilderness of Alaska, where long-held secrets and new betrayals have festered into a situation even more dangerous than the rapidly approaching winter. Liv’s husband is presumed dead; when she hunts him down to demand answers, finding him at a cabin deep in Alaska’s forests, he imprisons her in a shipping container. Escaping would mean leaving her young son behind, so Liv has to play into her captor’s plans and pretend she wants to stay, all while trying to find a way out that won’t leave her and her son stranded in the inhospitable wilderness. A great mix of thriller and wilderness survival story flavored with family drama, this is a must-read for all of us in the mountains. 


The Vaster Wilds
by Lauren Groff

A fast-paced, beautifully written novel that explores personhood and womanhood while grappling with religion in the New World. Set in pre-colonial America during the starving time of the early 1600s, the story follows a nameless servant girl as she flees a fledgling Jamestown colony. The girl has had little autonomy in her life, from being raised in an orphanage, sold into servitude, and forced to move with her master across the ocean, until she finally seizes control of her destiny in the opening act of agency: fleeing from the fort. As Groff, a master of character, takes the readers on this journey, suspense builds not only through the harrowing survival narrative, but also through the pressing question of what would propel someone to run into what they believe to be total desolation. 

Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation
by Tina Miles

From the National Book Award winning author of All that She Carried comes a new book in Norton’s new “shorts” series, which tells remarkable stories in under 200 pages. Miles follows the stories of girls, both those already famous and those who should be better known, in the outdoor moments that helped them mature into women who bent the country toward freedom. Looking at historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Sakakawea, Pocahontas, Gertrud Bonnin, Dolores Huerta, and Grace Lee Boggs, Miles explores how these girls navigated their social worlds differently because of their experiences in the outdoor world, and how they subverted the expectations of their times. A lyrically written, thoroughly researched collection, Wild Girls is a welcome addition to the literary canon of wilderness and outdoor narratives.

by Donna Barba Higuera

Donna Barba Higuera, Newberry award-winning author of The Last Cuentista, is back with another phenomenal novel. After the space odyssey of The Last Cuentista, Higuera brings us back to Earth to see what has been happening in the 400 years since the cataclysmic change. In Alebrijes, we follow 13-year-old Leandro, who lives in a dystopian future in the cruel city of Pocatel, where only a trench separates humanity from vicious wyrms and the inhospitable wilderness beyond. When Leandro is banished, he discovers everything is not as it seems. A story of hope and bravery infused with Mexican folklore and messages about the importance of empathy and preserving culture, Alebrijes is an excellent piece of middle-grade dystopian fiction that rivals classics of the genre for kids and adults alike. 

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder
by David Grann

With the premiere of the movie based on his book Killers of the Flower Moon and the release of his newest book, The Wager, David Grann has certainly been busy this year! In his newest book, Grann chronicles the harrowing journey of the doomed British man-of-war, The Wager, and the shipmen aboard. A real-life Lord of the Flies, The Wager is a story of astonishing resilience and human behavior in extreme conditions from one of the greatest nonfiction authors of our time. Grann does an exceptional job explaining the historical context of the events leading up to the wreck, but especially shines in his ability to give life to long-dead characters to create a harrowing narrative that will have you on the edge of your seat even all these centuries later.

A Dictionary of Scoundrels
by Beth Lincoln

The Swifts, Beth Lincoln’s debut children’s novel and the start of an exciting new series, is a masterpiece of middle-grade mystery fiction. Whenever a new member of the Swift family is born, their first name is chosen at random from the all-important family dictionary, setting their fate in motion. As an expert mischief-maker, Shenanigan Swift lives up to her name. When arch-aunt Schadenfreude is given a deadly push down the stairs at the Swift family reunion, Shenanigan has to learn to be more than just her name and decide whether she or fate gets to decide who she is and what she is capable of. This book is an utter delight, full of intrigue, hilarious wordplay, to-the-death games of Scrabble, and some of the most unique characters you’ll ever meet.

What’s Happening at Word After Word Books and Rock Cellar Records?

Nov. 10: The Beautiful and the Wild: Peggy and Cody Townsend in Conversation 

Join us in welcoming author Peggy Townsend to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Beautiful and the Wild, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. Townsend will be in conversation with her son, pro skier Cody Townsend, to discuss the book, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets are $10 for this event and must be purchased in store or over the phone in advance.

Located in the Historic Truckee Mercantile Building at 10052 Donner Pass Rd.

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