January 2017 Staff Picks

Happy new year, book lovers! The sub-zero temperatures earlier this month kept us inside, but no matter: we’ve stayed busy reading these books! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
While we have your attention, we have exciting news!

  • Off the Beaten Path will now open at 7:30 am 7 days per week. Stop by for a coffee, pastry, and a good book.
  • We now offer e-books and audio books from our new online store and the My Must Reads app. This is a great opportunity to read and listen wherever you go, while still shopping with Off the Beaten Path.
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Take Heart, My Child: A Mother's Dream Cover Image
By Ainsley Earhardt, Kathryn Cristaldi (With), Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481466226
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin - November 15th, 2016

This children’s picture book is full of love, affirmation, acceptance and hope. The words are as beautiful as the illustrations! Although this is written by a mother to her newborn child, I find it the perfect book for parents/grandparents to gift to their “special ones” at any of life’s milestones.

-Recommended by Virgie

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Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Rodolfo Montalvo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780451472304
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

What a cute picture book about two boys who write pen pal letters! The only catch is that the letters have to rhyme, and one boy is human while the other is a dragon! The boys become better friends and exchange letters until they finally get to meet and discover the truth about each other. A series of hilarious and adorable misunderstandings follow the boys’ readings of their letters.

This is such a cute book!  I love that it rhymes and introduces kids to understanding people from different backgrounds than their own!

-Recommended by Jenna

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Snow (Weather Explorers) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781910512746
Availability: Special Order
Published: Booklife - November 1st, 2016

Is your child interested in snow? This Weather Explorer’s picture book provides simple concepts and cool pictures to help children understand characteristics and attributes of snow (which we have a lot of in the Yampa Valley!)

-Recommended by Victoria

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World Without Fish Cover Image
By Mark Kurlansky, Frank Stockton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780761185000
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - November 4th, 2014

What will happen if fish become extinct? What can we do to stop that from happening?

Full of facts and drawing on information from various disciplines including biology, climate science, history, culture, and politics, World Without Fish is a fascinating book about the health of our oceans and the depletion of global fish populations. Kids (and adults!) will digest the information thanks to the eye-catching illustrations and sidebars. There is even a mini graphic novel inside!

-Recommended by Emily

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The Sun Is Also a Star Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553496680
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

What is the meaning of fate and how far would you go to change your fate?  This is the story of Natasha, who is trying to not be deported back to Jamaica because of something that her father did. Daniel is trying to be everything that his Korean immigrant parents want him to be but really, he only wants to be a poet. This is their story of how fate enters their lives and affects the people around them. I loved how the author brought all the characters together.

-Recommended by Chris

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Frostblood (The Frostblood Saga #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316273251
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2017

An excellent young adult novel set in a world where those who control fire are the absolute enemies of those who control ice. Ruby, a rare fireblood, is recruited by frostblood rebels to destroy the cruel monarchy, but is captured and forced to fight for her life instead. With a hot temper, unpredictable powers, and a tempestuous frostblood man at her back, Ruby must make it out alive … or the whole world may have to pay the price. Frostblood is a clever and well-paced young adult novel that plays on the popular ‘elemental power’ genre.

-Recommended by Jenna

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147510167
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - November 1st, 2016

This is a beautifully written book about a young girl named Minnow, who has run away from what she thought was her home, but was actually a cult. When she is found, she is put in a juvenile detention center and charged for crimes relating to the cult. More comes to light about her past. How is Minnow going to go on with her life when she feels so  judged for her past actions?
I really loved this book!!!
If you enjoy this book, you should also read All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry and Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed.

-Recommended by Chris

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Aurora Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316098090
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Orbit - April 26th, 2016

Imagine a deep space colonization mission wherein just about everything that could go wrong does. As the story begins, 2,000 humans, none of whom have ever seen Earth, are 170 years into a deep space colonization mission. The objective of which is to form a settlement on one of our nearest Earth analogues, which those onboard the ship affectionately call Aurora.

All told, Aurora is a book that poses some very interesting questions about our future and the possibility of deep space flight. It's a book about space travel that will leave you thankful you're still on Earth.

-Recommended by Adrian

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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501160486
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2016

“Death (for many) is a slow drum.”

This short but powerful story takes the reader into the thoughts of a dear grandpa who is slowly losing his mental faculties. As his grandson and son struggle to support him, they conclude they must overcome their fear of saying their final goodbyes, before it is too late. I began reading this story with curiosity, developed a “lump in my throat” mid-way, and finished with full-fledged sobbing!

-Recommended by Virgie

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Circling the Sun: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345534200
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - May 31st, 2016

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover this novel! Set in 1920s Kenya, it’s a beautiful fictionalization of a real woman’s biography, and a perfect read for anyone whose dreams are equally full of adventures and uncertainty. It’s perfect for those of us unfulfilled by the standard 9-5 life. I feel as if I found part of myself in Beryl Markham, and I gained a bit more wildness as she introduced herself to me page by page. Markham is a powerhouse in her ambition and her defeats, her happiness and her brokenheartedness. Likewise, this is a powerhouse of a novel.

-Recommended by Jenna

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Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400069880
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Published: Random House - November 22nd, 2016

This is a new look at Victoria through her own letters. Julia Baird has done a wonderful job of bringing the queen to life in this in-depth story of her life. Victoria was so much more complex than how she has been portrayed in the past.  I love reading about strong women in history and I loved this book.

-Recommended by Chris

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The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544609716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 21st, 2015

This book presents the perfect new year’s challenge: change the way you THINK about food. You have 30 days … that’s all! The book is not a weight-loss program, but rather teaches you, in 30 days, all you need to know to transform how you think about food, your body, your life! The book is full of health info, strategies, “counselling” and recipes!

-Recommended by Virgie

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588174
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 15th, 2016

Trevor Noah, host of the The Daily Show, has written a compelling memoir and cultural study about growing up in Apartheid and post-Apartheid South Africa. Noah was “born a crime” because his Xhosa mother had conceived a child with a white Swiss-German man, which was illegal at the time.  If ever there was motivation to listen to an audiobook: this is it.  Read by the charming author, it is compelling and funny and you won’t want to stop listening.

-Recommended by Kim