Book review: "The Only Pirate at the Party", by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey

This week's book review of Lindsey Stirling's and Brooke S. Passey's , "The Only Pirate at the Party" is by Shane Kinney, bookseller at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. This review was originally was published in Steamboat Today.

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ISBN: 9781501119101
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gallery Books - January 12th, 2016

Since I last wrote a Sunday book review, I decided to broaden my horizons and try a few books I would not normally read. One day, while shelving, “The Only Pirate at the Party” sprang from the bin and into my hands. I noticed the book because of the catchy cover and because it is written by one of my favorite musicians, Lindsey Stirling, and co-authored by her sister, Brooke Passey.

"The Only Pirate at the Party," by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey

This is the memoir of Lindsey Stirling, a talented dancing electronic violinist who became famous via less traditional routes: through social media and her performance on America’s Got Talent.

Due to Stirling’s celebrity, I approached the book a bit cautiously, but after reading the first chapter, Stirling’s story proved wrong any negative assumptions I had. The writing and her life story are so attention grabbing and humorous, the book reads like fiction.

The focus of “The Only Pirate at the Party” is not solely Stirling’s success, but also her hardships in overcoming self-doubt, rejection and the plethora of emotions that go along with that battle.

From the time they were children, to college and then into adulthood, the importance of humility and family always lingered with Stirling and her sisters. By the end of her story, I realized Stirling’s rise to stardom was not as quick and easy as the media has portrayed it and that we can attribute Stirling’s success to her confidence and persistence.

Without giving away the entirety of the book, the most important lesson is that “quick success” is a loose translation of “incredible determination and hard work.”

The most memorable part of the book is the ending, which includes a fan letter to Stirling. The content and humor of the letter are so surprising, I’m not sure it could be real. This portion of the book also made me consider fandom and the shocking lengths people will go to show their passion.

This book was worth my time, because I learned something: No matter what struggle you’re going through, you are not alone on you path. It is for this reason, and the immense amount of humanity and emotion within the pages, that I recommend “The Only Pirate at the Party.”

I hope to see you at Off The Beaten Path to pick it up or walking around with a library copy in your hands. I also recommend Stirling’s music, if you have not yet heard her play violin.