October 2015 Staff Picks

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." – Haruki Murakami.

So without further ado, here are our staff picks!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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