Title: Those Were the Days: Memories of an Aspen Hippie Chick
Author: Jill Sheeley
Publication Date: 2019
Publishing House: Courtney Press
While in Aspen, Keltin and I stumbled across a wonderful local bookstore, Explorer Booksellers, and I immediately went to their small regional literature section. I quickly fell in love with this memoir and read the first chapter in the store while Keltin continued to browse. I finished the book on the way home a couple of days later. I got the opportunity to interview this wonderful author. You can check out that interview here.
Jill Sheeley, author of Aspen cookbooks and the beloved series of Aspen children’s books about Fraser and Kip, now reveals in this memoir her many fun and crazy experiences in Aspen in the 1970s.
This book is a quick read. In addition to memories it is full of pictures and recipes. We have all heard about the 70’s, about disco and love and hippies. It is one thing to see pictures from that era on tv and in movie recreations of the time. This book though is a snap shot that modern media cannot replicate. There is a life and vitality to these memories, to the laughter and freedom.
As free as this era was there was also legitimate things to fear such as not having a place to live and on a darker note a serial killer on the loose. Jill and her friends worried about if their brothers, boyfriends, and friends might be drafted.
This book illustrates a bygone era that was small in the grand scheme of time. One that despite the issues is remembered fondly despite the passage of time and the changes that the little mountain town of Aspen has undergone.
I suggest this book for fans of the 1970’s, for those who want to step back into a moment, and to those who enjoy Colorado and skiing. Also, don’t miss my interview with the author, Jill Sheeley. Happy reading.
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