Below are books recently released by Boulder County and Colorado authors:
The Creative Heroine’s Path: Live Your Creative Life
Solevoluna, 195 pages, with color illustrations, $19.95
Having abandoned her own love for creative writing for technical writing, local author Baldwin seeks to help women live lives “filled with creative passion and purpose … to wake up your life and blaze your creative path.” She offers a process through which anyone can do just that, offering her own experience and careful steps for readers. “Everything in the outer world is a mirror of your inner world,” she writes. “If your soul is starving, you’ll see the outer world as a dangerous place.”
Buzz! Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies
Cambridge University Press, 225 pages, $19.95
Carter, a clinical psychologist and professor at Emory University, is not a local author, but “Buzz!” may be of interest to the kind of thrill-seeker Boulder is famous for, from high-wire artists over Eldorado Canyon a century ago to world-class climbers, mountaineers and extreme athletes. The book is an entertaining mélange of anecdote and neuroscience, a deep dive into the pervasive human need for sensation-seeking. “While you may not take up Olympic skeleton racing anytime soon, learning about sensation-seekers may inspire you to expand your experiences a little,” Carter writes.
Wisdom for Living: Learning to Follow Your Inner Guidance
Sharon Clark and Reynold Ruslan Feldman
O Books, 159 pages, $16.95
Boulder author and workshop facilitator Feldman offers scores of short essays, in alphabetical order, “meant to stimulate your own wisdom” and addressing everything from “Gender Wisdom” to “Laughing Wisdom” and “Sailing Wisdom.” “It’s wise to understand,” Feldman writes, “that wealth is not a one-way ticket to happiness, even if we have the winning lottery number. … Contentment tends to come, if at all, in spite of our wealth or lack thereof.”
Migrating for Medical Marijuana: Pioneers in a New Frontier of Treatment
Toplight Books, 237 pages, $19.99
Ferrell, a member of the writing and rhetoric faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, draws a parallel between the recent influx of medical-marijuana researchers, health-care professionals and patients and pioneers who staked out homesteads and mining claims. An informative mix of data, research and personal
interviews, the book advocates for more research at a time when, “The world of cannabis is changing at a blistering pace.”
TinHouse Books, 240 pages, $15.95
Boulder product (New Vista High School), and Duke University assistant professor of English, Gritton spent his youth writing science-fiction stories, but his debut novel has its feet firmly planted in very gritty soil, indeed. Shelley Cooper is broke, unemployed and his wife has left him when he signs on to be a mule for his weed-dealing brother. The delivery to Texas goes fine, but now he’s got to get back home with his brother’s dope money. Both violent and compassionate, “Wyoming” is Western noir sprinkled with grim humor, a la “Fargo.” Gritton will speak and sign the book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Scribd, 215 pages, available through Scribd subscription
Front Range author Heller, author of the New York Times-bestselling novel “The Dog Stars,” moves from traditional publishing to Scribd’s e-book and audiobook subscription service with his new novel. Chinese poetry translator Hayley removes to a remote cabin in Vermont’s Green Mountains to escape a manic world and drug-addicted husband and immerse the narrator, her 7-year-old daughter Frith, in the wisdom of nature. When artist Rose Lattimore comes into the picture, it seems they have found paradise. But tragedy is not bound to the civilized world, and Frith cannot be shielded forever.
The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 318 pages, with black and white illustrations, $28
Anyone who’s skied the high country of Colorado has probably heard of the 10th Mountain Division, the famous elite alpine unit that trained here for fighting amid the snowy peaks of Europe in World War II. Riva Ridge is not just a beloved intermediate ski run at Vail, it’s the location of a harrowing, cliff-climbing assault in Italy that caught the Germans by surprise. Isserman vividly reconstructs the whole history of the division, from training at Camp Hale near Leadville to its entry into the fighting in 1945. “The 10th played a vital role in the concluding months of the long and bloody Italian campaign,” he writes. Perfect for the World War II history buff on your holiday list.
Fire in the Hole
Kristie Betts Letter
Engine Books, 213 pages, $14.95
Local high-school teacher, poet and author Letter’s first short-story collection is by turns surreal and amusing, is haunted by ghosts and death. Ranging from quirky short-shorts and vignettes with names like “Dogs in Country Music” to more fully fleshed out, but equally askew (in a good way) stories such as “Real Estate,” about a man’s investment in a cemetery plot that may not be unoccupied. But Letter’s imagination and use of language is so poetically striking that you can flip to almost any page and find unexpected, often hilarious, passages: “Daddy always wanted to be cremated. Being Catholic makes cremation impractical since according to Father O’Malley, God only pays attention when you arrive in satin-lined oak with inlaid mother of pearl”; “Amy Fisher jokes never go out of style in New Jersey”; “Sinead O’Connor knows that female hair is just another tool of oppression.” Letter will speak and sign the book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost — and Myself
Black Stone Publishing, 415 pages, with black-and-white photos, $16.99
Confused and directionless at mid-life, Purvis joins the ski patrol at Crested Butte, then decides to train Tasha, a 5-week-old black Labrador retriever puppy in the art of avalanche rescue. Part memoir, part manual in the fascinating science of avalanche rescue and the remarkable abilities of our canine friends, “Go Find” explores not just how in the process of training a dog to rescue lost avalanche victims, Tasha helps Purvis find herself. Much of the book takes place in the mountains west of Boulder.