The ULTIMATE Holiday List of Favorites!
To celebrate an excellent year in books, Off the Beaten Path teamed up with the extraordinarily well-read staff at Bud Werner Memorial Library to create the ultimate list of staff favorites. We promise there's something for everyone on this list: from the uncle who's already read every thriller by the time you buy it for him, to the voracious elementary school kid who reads way above their level, if you don't see it on this list of favorites, come into Off the Beaten Path, and we'll help steer you in the right direction.
In the meantime, these are the best books of 2018, thanks to all the book-lovers of Steamboat Springs!
I haven’t read a memoir this gripping since The Glass Castle. Tara Westover grew up in a dysfunctional family, to put it mildly. Her father, who likely has bipolar disorder, thinks of himself as a great defender of the Mormon faith, proclaiming his family’s independence from the government, modern medicine, and the sinful world outside. Tara didn’t receive a birth certificate until she was 9 years old, never attended a day of school, and relied entirely on her mother’s homeopathic medicine even for serious injuries. This all changed when she decided to take the ACT, earning a high enough score to enter BYU, where she could see more clearly than ever just how lacking her education had been. As Tara moves further into the world of academia, she may have to leave everything about her past behind her.
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Recommended by Megan (She is Off the Beaten Path’s Café Manager and a Circulation Assistant at Bud Werner)
Steamboat Springs is excited to welcome Susan Orlean to Bud Werner Memorial Library on January 17!
Rising sea levels and climatic changes are not just 21st century phenomena. About 10,000 years ago, melting ice sheets prompted migrations inland to new coasts. So many clues to our ancient past were lost under rising seas after the last ice age that we may never find the earliest evidence of human arrival in the Americas.
Craig Childs chronicles this epoch in “Atlas of a Lost World,” about determined humans and a changing planet and many species fading into tar pits while another carves a new era out of slate and stone. From the wide banks of the Yukon River to the shrapnel-scarred edges of White Sands, Childs's “Atlas of a Lost World” takes the reader on a Pleistocene journey to answer this question: How and when did humans arrive in the Americas?
Review by John Major, Reference Librarian at Bud Werner Memorial Library
The powerful witch Circe was one of three children that came from Helios, the Titan Sun God, and his union with Perse ,the beautiful nymph daughter of Oceanos. It becomes clear that she suffers lower status than her siblings and other nymphs because she has the voice of a mortal and the yellow eyes of a hawk. After her first meeting with a mortal the fisherman Glaucos, she falls in love and turns him into a god. When Glaucos tires of Circe’s attention, he turns toward the beautiful sea nymph Scylla. Circe, enraged, turns her witchcraft upon the nymph, and is exiled by Zeus to a beautiful, unpeopled island. It is here, on Aiaia, that Odysseus finds her, happily surrounded by tame wolves and lions and swine – the latter are earlier visitors that she has bewitched after an unwise sea captain attempts to rape her. As with her previous novel, the great skill here is the way Miller gives voice to a previously muted perspective in the classics, forging a great romance from the scraps left to us by the ancients.
Written in compelling prose that ripples with hyperbole there is nothing ancient or inaccessible in the story of the ever resilient Circe as told by Miller. Whether you are a true fan of these mythologies or not, there is something for everyone in these completely engaging relevant tales.
Steamboat Springs looks forward to welcoming Madeline Miller for Literary Sojourn in 2019.
Recommended by Kim B. (Bookerseller at Off the Beaten Path)
This is the most powerful teen book I have read in a long time. The events that take place in the book can make so many of the events in the news more real.
Star is growing up in Garden Heights, a black inner-city neighborhood but goes to the white preppy Williamson school. But when her 2 worlds collide because she is a witness to a police shooting Star is not sure how to go back to being able to divide her 2 very different worlds. While this is geared for 14 and up it really brought some up good talking points with my kids. Especially for environments that are so different from life in Routt County.
Recommended by Chris (Off the Beaten Path’s Store Manager)