Country Bookshelf is delighted to welcome several local authors for a round of speed dating with your next great read.
Join Country Bookshelf and your neighbors for a seasonal celebration of local authors with our local author showcase. We've invited three local authors to share their new books with us in a virtual event that will knock your socks off.
Join Ed Power for Dragons in the Snow - A gripping, fast-paced story that blends backcountry ski and snowboard adventure with avalanche forecasting, rescue, and survival.
Edward Power sets the reader down in the midst of a February 2017 blizzard that raked Utah's Uinta Range as nine snowboarders made their way into the backcountry for a day of intense adventure. As the boarders were taking their first turns, expert avalanche forecaster Craig Gordon was tracking the storm and its impact, posting one of the most dire avalanche forecasts and warnings in his career.
In Dragons in the Snow, Power delves into the research and science behind avalanche forecasting and rescue, weaving in the art of backcountry skiing as well as dramatic tales of avalanche accidents, rescues, and recoveries. And he paints compelling portraits of the men and women who have made the study of avalanches their life's work. The tales told by these avalanche forecasters, as well as the stories of the backcountry riders who may wake the dragon make for not just a compelling read, but also a powerful tool for raising avalanche awareness in everyone who plays in the winter backcountry.
Connie Myslik-McFadden shares her new novel The Second Bucket List - a poignant and uplifting story about the emotional and spiritual journey of a forty-nine year old woman who is diagnosed with ALS.
Celeste loves life -- her husband Ross; her college-age children, Darby and Ginger; her black labs and raucous chickens; and her new career as a psychotherapist. She loves the rugged mountains that surround her home in Gardiner, Montana, gateway to Yellowstone National Park. But her diagnosis forces her to face the inevitable loss of everything that matters to her.
A startling dream leads Celeste to a therapist who helps her explore her dreams and long-neglected beliefs about life and death. Celeste creates a bucket list and tries to complete everything on the list but finds she cannot. As her symptoms worsen, she comes to accept her approaching death and creates a second bucket list, in the hope that when she dies her soul will return to earth in a new body.
The Second Bucket List takes an unflinching look at what it's like to live with a terminal illness. It also offers understanding, comfort, and hope for readers whose own loved ones are struggling with a terminal illness.
We'll also take a (virtual) trip to Italy with Meredith Smith sharing her new book Inventing the World - An epic cultural journey that reveals how Venetian ingenuity and inventions--from sunglasses and forks to bonds and currency--shaped modernity.
How did a small, isolated city--with a population that never exceeded 100,000, even in its heyday--come to transform western civilization? Acclaimed anthropologist Meredith Small, the author of the groundbreaking Our Babies, Ourselves examines the the unique Venetian social structure that was key to their explosion of creativity and invention that ranged from the material to social.
Whether it was boats or money, medicine or face cream, opera, semicolons, tiramisu or child-labor laws, these all originated in Venice and have shaped contemporary notions of institutions and conventions ever since. The foundation of how we now think about community, health care, money, consumerism, and globalization all sprung forth from the Laguna Veneta.
But Venice is far from a historic relic or a life-sized museum. It is a living city that still embraces its innovative roots. As climate change effects sea-level rises, Venice is on the front lines of preserving its legacy and cultural history to inspire a new generation of innovators.
We can't wait to see you!