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GOOD TO GO: WHAT THE ATHLETE IN ALL OF US CAN LEARN FROM THE STRANGE SCIENCE OF RECOVERY

CHRISTIE ASCHWANDEN AT THE BUD WERNER MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Wednesday, June 19th 7PM

In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle stimulators, and sleep trackers.

In 'Good To Go,' acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through this strange world. She investigates whether drinking Gatorade or beer after training helps or hinders performance; she examines the latest trends among athletes, from NFL star Tom Brady's infrared pajamas to gymnast Simone Biles' pneumatic compression boots to swimmer Michael Phelps' "cupping" ritual; and she tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, float tanks, and infrared saunas.

BIXLEY BAINES AND THE LITTLE SWEATERS

PAT KITTELSON AT OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Saturday, June 22nd 10AM

Pat has created a series of children's books featuring Bixley Baines - a solitary knitter, who cares deeply for protecting earth's beautiful creatures. The purpose of the books is to use a whimsical story to highlight small environment issues based on true events and real science.

Bixley Baines and the Little Sweaters is a story based on a true event that occured in 2000 off the shore of Tasmania, Australia. An oil tanker leaker and covered little blue penguins residing there. Little sweaters were knit and used to keep the little penguins warm during their cleaning and recovery. With a fun story and the true science plus a knitting pattern, this is a book to inspire simple solutions to caring for the environment.

THE FEATHER THIEF: BEAUTY, OBSESSION, AND THE NATURAL HISTORY HEIST OF THE CENTURY

KIRK WALLACE JOHNSON AT THE BUD WERNER MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Wednesday, June 26th 7PM

A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty for readers of 'The Stranger in the Woods,' 'The Lost City of Z,' and 'The Orchid Thief.'

On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins - some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them - and escape into the darkness.

Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, 'The Feather Thief' is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

THE CRYPTID CATCHER

LIJA FISHER AT OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Friday, July 5th 5PM

After Clivo Wren's archaeologist father dies mysteriously, the newly orphaned thirteen-year-old finds out the truth: his dad was no archaeologist. He was actually a cryptid catcher, known for finding elusive beasts like the bloodsucking chupacabra. His goal: discover the one extraordinary cryptid whose blood grants immortality - before the knowledge falls into the wrong hands.

The mission remains unfinished, and now there's only one person who can take the renowned cryptid catcher's place: Clivo. He may not know the first thing about monster hunting, but he's willing to give it a try - because anything beats staying home with his salsa-crazy aunt and her neurotic cats.

FAILURE TO ADJUST: HOW AMERICANS GOT LEFT BEHIND IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

EDWARD ALDEN AT THE STRINGS PAVILION

Monday, July 8th 5:30PM

Seminars at Steamboat was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings experts on a wide range of public policy topics to the Steamboat Springs community. Over the years, Seminars talks have covered the economy, foreign affairs, national security, immigration reform, health care, the media, drugs and sports, the environment, climate change, education, the 9/11 Commission and more.

The vast benefits promised by the supporters of globalization, and by their own government, have never materialized for many Americans. In Failure to Adjust Edward Alden provides a compelling history of the last four decades of US economic and trade policies that have left too many Americans unable to adapt to or compete in the current global marketplace. He tells the story of what went wrong and how to correct the course. Originally published on the eve of the 2016 presidential election, Alden’s book captured the zeitgeist that would propel Donald J. Trump to the presidency. In a new introduction to the paperback edition, Alden addresses the economic challenges now facing the Trump administration, and warns that economic disruption will continue to be among the most pressing issues facing the United States. If the failure to adjust continues, Alden predicts, the political disruptions of the future will be larger still.

DEEP CREEK: FINDING HOPE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY

PAM HOUSTON AT THE BUD WERNER MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Thursday, July 11th 7PM

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.

In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS NIGHT

AT OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Every 3rd Tuesday and Thursday of the Month, Starting at 6 PM
NEXT EVENT DATE: TUESDAY, JULY 16TH

Come on out to enjoy our gaming event at Off the Beaten Path! For those of you who are unfamiliar but interested:

The first Dungeons & Dragons game was played back when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson chose to personalize the massive battles of their fantasy wargames with the exploits of individual heroes. This inspiration became the first fantasy roleplaying game, in which players are characters in an ongoing fantasy story. This new kind of game has become immensely popular over the years, and D&D has grown to include many new ways to vividly experience worlds of heroic fantasy.

The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more. You can also explore the world of Dungeons & Dragons through any of the novels written by its fantasy authors, as well as engaging board games and immersive video games.

REVEAL: EMBODY THE TRUE SELF BEYOND TRAUMA AND CONDITIONING

HARMONY KWIKER AT OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Saturday, July 27th 2PM

"All of this pain has a purpose,” 6-year-old Harmony heard from deep within as she practiced transcendental meditation for the first time. Feeling relieved by these words of hope, she knew instantly that she wanted to learn how to bring this message to life. With progressive healers as parents, Harmony was nurtured to be a healer herself. However, the painful secrets hidden beneath the façade of having well-loved healers as parents kept Harmony locked in a pattern of wounding and suffering. Conditioned to be accommodating and agreeable, Harmony thought that being nice would earn her love and approval, but instead she felt broken and lonely. With low self-esteem and unhealed trauma, she allowed herself to be victimized by men repeatedly - keeping her pain hidden away and never speaking her truth.

As she set out on a long healing journey, she learned how to take her power back from her trauma and conditioning so that she could claim her healthy feminine expression - tender, powerful, and sovereign. Now a successful healer who empowers others to live in alignment with their True Self, Harmony has learned from her long journey as a wounded healer how to embody the wholeness that is her birthright and to live from this deeper place. In this vulnerable self-help memoir, she shares with you her powerful story of healing and awakening.

SURVIVORS: BREAKING THE SILENCE ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

EIRLIANA ABDUL RAHMAN AT OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Friday, August 2nd 2PM

The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported, but its effects are undeniably long-term and severe. In this powerful book, twelve survivors share their stories and the steps they took in their journey towards healing by breaking the silence. Their accounts expose the harsh realities of child sexual abuse and explain the pain it causes, while offering hope and encouragement to everyone who has been sexually abused as a child – and those who care about them.

Compassionate and sensitively written, Survivors is a useful and inspiring tool for those who have been assaulted. It also equips family, friends and caregivers to help survivors move forward with courage and confidence.