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December 2015 Holiday Staff Picks

"Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them." - Neil Gaiman.

Our December staff picks make great gifts - for bibliophiles, history buffs, college students, mystery solvers, environmentalists, comics, and foodies...

November 2015 Staff Picks

"Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood." – John Green

Many of our November staff picks will do just that!

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!

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.

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.

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.

September 2015 Staff Picks

"There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book." ~Josh Jameson. For our September Staff Picks, we have page-turners for all ages with many soon to be published books to choose from.
 

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