Book Review

Book review: "City on Fire," by Garth Risk Hallberg

This week's book review of Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut, “City On Fire" is by Logan Farmer, bookseller at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. This review was originally was published in Steamboat Today.

Book review: 'Why Not Me," by Mindy Kaling

This week's book review of Mindy Kaling’s second book, “Why Not Me?" is by Emma Nelson, bookseller at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. This review was originally was published in Steamboat Today

Book review: 'Above the Waterfall' poetic, contemporary morality tale

After meeting acclaimed author Ron Rash at the 2013 Literary Sojourn, I vowed to read everything he publishes. I appreciate Rash’s work for his ability to mesmerize with atmospheric language and develop characters that haunt the reader long after closing the pages. Rash is a master of the southern gothic genre, and his latest novel, “Above the Waterfall,” published Sept. 8, fulfilled my high expectations.

This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot and Today

Book review: "Beneath the Surface" offers look into real world of captive aquatic mammals

If you had asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said what many children at the time said: a SeaWorld Trainer.

I desperately wanted to work with orca whales, but unlike many other children, I actually followed through with almost all the requirements necessary to follow that dream. My dreams, as with those of so many others, are echoed by John Hargrove, former killer whale trainer at SeaWorld, in his book “Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish.”

Emily O’Neal is technical services/collection management librarian and Bud Werner Memorial Library.

This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot and Today

Book review: 'House of Thieves' compelling work of historical fiction

This is the story of the Cross family in 1886. John Cross is a New York architect who benefits from the help of his aunt, Caroline Astor. With this connection, the Cross family is quickly becoming part of New York City's elite society, with many events to attend and people to see.

This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot and Today

Two great reads to close out summer

Jennie Lay offers a review of two books to end your summer reading list, "Circling the Sun" by Paula McLain and "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Ms. Lay is the adult programs coordinator at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

This article first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot and Today

Book review: “The Marriage of Opposites”

Alice Hoffman uses rich, colorful prose in this historical, fictional novel about the life of a very strong-willed woman and her equally strong-willed son. "The Marriage of Opposites" is one of those books that keeps giving back days and weeks after reading it.

Steamboat Pilot and Today review by Candace Pederson, bookseller at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

Book review: "A Little LIfe," by Hanya Yanagihara

This week's book review of "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara is by Logan Farmer, a bookseller at Off the Beaten Path. The review was first published in Steamboat Today.

Book reviews: Medical intrigue characterize local author's novels

One of the many privileges of owning an independent bookstore is the opportunity to meet, talk to and read nationally acclaimed authors. For book geeks, this is the ultimate brush with fame. Even more exciting, however, is the discovery of writing talent right here in our small mountain community. Today I want to tell you about our own Stacy Childs and hisnovels, “Block 10,” published last year.

Sue Krall is owner of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and this review first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot and Today.

Book reviews: Would you fly away?

A question I love posing to my husband is, “If you had the opportunity to travel to another planet, either with fellow humans or aliens, would you do it?” He always says, “No, I like it here.”

I, on the other hand, would fly away in a heartbeat never to look back or to question my actions, which is why I eagerly picked up Mary Doria Russell’s Sparrow series and found it impossible to put down, both "The Sparrow" and her second book, "Children of God."

Would I still fly away in a heartbeat? I have to say that Mary Doria Russell changed my mind.

This week's review is by Alysa Selby, a digital services librarian at Bud Werner Memorial Library. This review was first published at Steamboat Today.