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Aspen in the 60s and 70s was like a whole other world. And from an early age, Jill Sheeley knew it was a world she wanted to be a part of. What began as a couple of visits turned into living there between semesters at the University of Denver, and that eventually morphed into living there full time, and loving it more than she could have ever imagined. Surrounded by skiers, hippies, tourists, and a slew of eccentric locals from all walks of life, Jill found lifelong friends, true love, and hobbies that became passions. Her experiences have given her a mesmerizing collection of memories and stories to tell.
In Those Were the Days, Sheeley recounts her early days in Aspen, detailing what drew her to the city in the first place, as well as what made her fall head over heels in love once she finally arrived. She paints a picture of a bucolic wonderland so far removed from the hustle and bustle of today’s world that it does seem almost foreign. At times, the stories read as conversational, seeming to exist more as a catharsis for Sheeley’s memories than anything else. Other times her creative use of language makes her experiences and the landscape come alive, making images of lakeside hikes and mountain top vistas as vivid for the reader as they were for her. The reader can easily imagine the scenes as she lived them. The diversity of jobs she held adds to the vast topics covered throughout.
Sprinkled throughout the collection are a variety of recipes from the places Sheeley worked and frequented in Aspen. (In the past she has compiled entire cookbooks and these were considered, in her words, “old favorites” from those collections.) The inclusion of these, randomly wedged between chapters, deepens the personal feel of the book and makes it a more intimate snapshot of those years in Sheeley’s life. Not to mention, many of them seem easy and delicious! Old grainy photos are included as well to the same end.
Those Were the Days is an invigorating memoir, filled with enough laughter and life experiences to rival any literary journey put to paper.
Pages: 186 | ASIN: B0963DTRKF
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