No escape? No exit? Time for some desert island reading!

With just the right books, you’ll never want to leave

Alumna Sandra Dallas (BA ’60)

“Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith,” by Anne Lamott

This is the first of Anne Lamott’s books on faith. It’s written for people who aren’t sure what they believe, and in these times, many of us are questioning God’s purpose. It’s not only spiritual, but laugh-out-loud funny — something else we need in isolation.


One Hundred and One Famous Poems

My favorite book when I was growing up was this 1928 volume of poetry that belonged to my father. Included are poems by everyone from Edna St. Vincent Millay to James Whitcomb Riley, Rudyard Kipling to Eugene Field. I loved the cadence of these poems and memorized many of them, including “The Children’s Hour,” “Jest ’For Christmas” and “The Highwayman.” They still bring back memories of my childhood.


“War and Peace,” by Leo Tolstoy

I’m 80 years old. It’s time I read it.




“The Tenmile Range,” by Belle Turnbull

It surprises me that I would include two books of poems, because I’m not crazy about poetry. “The Tenmile Range,” written by a woman who was old when I moved to Breckenridge as a bride in 1963, is evocative of the Colorado mountain people who stayed on after the gold was gone.


“The Diary of Mattie Spenser,” by Sandra Dallas

Oh, come on. Can’t I include just one of my books? This is my favorite of my books, and I probably should have reread it a few more times before I turned in the manuscript.




Sandra Dallas is a former Denver bureau chief of Business Week Magazine.  She is the author of 30 books, including 16 adult novels and four midgrade novels. Her latest is “Westering Women,” a story of sisterhood on the perilous Overland Trail.

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