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Pieces of Her: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062430274
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Published: William Morrow - August 21st, 2018

After reading this book, I went back and binged on all her previous writing! Warning, she is quite prolific so that was a lot of reading! Pieces Of Her has just been optioned by Netflix, so read the book before watching the show. The catalyst for the exploration this soccer mom’s past is a casual lunch turned mass shooter when mom displays ninja-like calm and kick ass! This book is really a terrific mother daughter story but with added excitement of a mysterious past and questioning who this woman really is that she has always known as mom. Ready for a Fast Exciting Read?!

Recommended by Kim B.


Nine Perfect Strangers Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250069825
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 6th, 2018

Liane Moriarty is always entertaining! Sometimes dubbed as “chick lit” I don’t think that is fair because although she often deals with suburbia or family or relationships she does it so well and always hits on something of depth. In this novel nine perfect strangers go to a spa for a week long cleanse. We really get to explore all these people, their relationships, goals, fears, as things go frighteningly and comically wrong. Fast Fun read!

Recommended by Kim B.


Washington Black Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563242
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

Esi Edugyan is one of our esteemed Literary Sojourn authors slated to be here this fall.  Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for good reason. This book may seem like a slave narrative but it is so much more.  Along the lines of Jack London and other adventure novels this book takes the reader all over the world on a scientific exploration once field slave 11 year old Washington Black is chosen to be the assistant to Scientist Christopher Wild.  An unexpected death of a prominent white man forces Black and Wild to go on the run to protect Black. Suspenseful, entertaining, humorous, even a love story. Something for everyone in this well done novel.

Recommended by Kim B.


The River: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525521877
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Published: Knopf - March 5th, 2019

Peter Heller is an amazing Colorado author. Most of his books take place in our beautiful state. This adventure takes us to the wilds of Canada. While escaping a raging wildfire, best friends Wynn and Jack’s annual camping/fishing trip turns incredibly dangerous. The wildlife that stampedes out of the forest turn out to be the least dangerous animals in the wild. The humans that are escaping are far more dangerous. An exhilarating tale the moves at a breakneck speed written with that nature writing talents of Heller. 

Recommended by Kim B.


Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501152283
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Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2018

Forty Seasons of Mountain Living is Karen’s tribute memoir to the 10 years she spent living by herself with her dog companion, Elvis, in a cabin in the woods. This book opens for beauty in the everyday as well as the difficulties that life hands us through our journey. Starting out as an outsider in her own family, speaking of a childhood where she imagined that she had been adopted into, to the silent struggle of the introvert; Auvinen has a wonderful way of weaving her story and connecting those who read her to a tight bond with the author and themes portrayed. This is a definite must read; vibrant, fluid, and filled with life as well as its many adventures.

Recommended by Chelsea


The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1992

James Baldwin was a brilliant writer with an incredibly sharp mind. I'm amazed it's taken me this long to pick this one off the shelf. Set in the very early years of Baldwin's life in the ghetto of Harlem, this book transforms his story as he grows into a young and vibrant civil rights activist. Gripping, the story begins with a powerful letter from his Uncle and moves into the world as seen through Baldwin's eyes. He takes a very different, yet still passionate and heartfelt path and viewpoint of the early 60's and what that meant to be different in America. With friends on both sides, Baldwin allows for a totally new perspective on the devastation that segregation manifested in our country. Get ready to really feel, for the first time.

Recommended by Chelsea


The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596437500
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Published: First Second - June 18th, 2019

The Singing Rock and Other Brand-New Fairy Tales has taken some classic fairy tales and given them new life in this well illustrated graphic novel for kids. These are so much fun to read and the illustrations are wonderful!! There are also some incredible morals intertwined among the stories. Included in the back are illustrations of all the characters and how they come to be.

Recommended by Chris


Again, but Better: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250299253
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 7th, 2019

A contemporary teen fiction with a fun twist! Shane is hoping that spending some time at a summer abroad program will help her branch out and learn new things, the fact that it gets her away from an increasingly overbearing family is just a plus. She’s thrown off her game though, when Pilot, a fun and mysterious boy is added to the mix. What follows is an adventure of a lifetime with new friends, new love, and new places, and more than a dash of discord and the unexpected. So what happens when Shane wakes up one day only to find herself back at her first day of the program?  Riccio asks the age old question of, if you had a chance to do it all again, would you? 13 Going On 30 with an international twist! It was fun and relevant, with just enough angst to keep it interesting.

Recommended by Jenna


The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780060989156
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Published: Dey Street Books - July 9th, 2002

What is there really to say about the world’s most notorious rock band?  This book reveals all the nitty gritty, equally disgusting and fascinating, absolutely crazy hijinx the guys of Motley Crue got into at the height of their popularity.  This story will blow everything you thought you knew about the band out of the water. Get in their heads to understand all the music, relationships, touring, break-ups and make-ups of the Crue.  If it’s possible, this biography makes the guys seem both more accessible, and even more outrageously rock-god-like than imaginable. It’s a story you’d never believe if it weren’t true. This the the book behind the wildly popular biopic on Netflix.  If you liked that, go even deeper into the story with the original book.  

Recommended by Jenna


We Rule the Night Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316417273
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019

Revna shows up to work on time, stays late, and is the best with living metal. She is a model citizen of the Northern Union, until she gets caught wieding illegal magic. Linne is a loyal and talented soldier, until her gender is discovered and she is given the choice to leave the army or join a new military initiative. These two meet and clash whilst learning how to fly and complete covert missions for the military. Will they learn to work together? Will they be able to take the increasing pressure of the war? We Rule The Night is a story about pushing boundaries, defining who you are, and survival. I love how Bartlett builds the world though hints and conversation, rather than through exposition. The writing will keep reading and the story will keep you thinking.\

Recommended by Izzy


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CIRCE Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

I think it’s safe to say that ancient mythology is experiencing a comeback moment - from Rick Riordian’s Greek and Roman demigods to Neil Gaiman’s Norse trickster gods to this stunning retelling of the myth of Circe, daughter of the sun god Helios and notorious for her witchcraft (and for turning less-than-savory male sailors into pigs). Her story winds through the halls of her father, her treatment at the hands of her poisonous siblings, landing eventually at her banishment on the island of Aiaia. There, at last, she is able to delve into her newly-discovered abilities as a sorceress, testing her magic on the beasts of the island and any treacherous sailors that may stumble upon her beaches. But Circe discovers that not all mortal men are worthy of her wrath - that some, in fact, are much more than the gods might suppose them to be. Madeline Miller will be at Steamboat’s Literary Sojourn in September 2019 - be sure to purchase your tickets!

Recommended by Megan


Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781680510751
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Published: Mountaineers Books - March 27th, 2017

It’s an exciting life, being a part of a volunteer mountain search and rescue crew - the rush of adrenaline, the feel-good nature of rescue operations, and the camaraderie of your fellow volunteers create an addictive combination. But life comes with its own demands that can seem utterly incompatible with a life spent clambering up mountains at 3 AM in a snowstorm, as Bree details more than once in her unsparing memoir. She details the thrills and the downfalls, the heady feeling of a successful rescue operation and the sting of knowing her young daughter has learned not to wait for her bedtime story. Her stories make it clear - search and rescue is a service that anyone who ventures into the backcountry should be fiercely grateful for.

Recommended by Megan


The Carpet Makers Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780765314901
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Published: Tor Books - February 21st, 2006

Originally translated from German in 2005, Andreas Eschbach’s “Carpet Makers” delivers readers an immersive portrayal of the distant future where humanity has populated the stars, and left knowledge of their origins far behind. The story begins on an unnamed world who’s populace is entirely devoted to the creation of tapestries so intricate that they take an entire human life time to complete. Where it ends, even the most avid reader will never guess. Through a series of interrelated stories, the true nature of the hair carpets, and the purpose for thousands of planets devoted to making them become clearer and clearer. In the end, this book is about Humanity, and how some parts of our nature will never change. Recommended for a blindsiding ending that hammers home all of the meaning strewn throughout  of which the reader is aware, but unable to grasp until the final words. 

Recommended by Timothy Carter