Book review: “Ten Miles from Aspen”

 Joanne Brand’s striking book tells of the unique, true-life story of living on a guest ranch high in the Rocky Mountains during the 1960’s and 70’s. It’s a story of the other side of the world-renowned ski resort of Aspen. Not all glitz and glamour, but the everyday struggle of living with summer tourist activity, woodburning stoves, horse catastrophes and with hilarious affairs with dynamite and critters.

Fires and threats were fearful events. Mountain rescues involved the family in summer and winter, while TV documentaries, Aspen court cases and celebrity episodes kept life interesting. Conflicts came in the winter between snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. More conflict came with clashes between hippies and feisty Joanne. Off-seasons brought breaks from the hectic life with picnics in the Rockies, vacation, or dinners and partying in Aspen restaurants, lounges and clubs.

The 1960’s and 70’s were turbulent years in our country and included the Vietnam War, protests, Civil Rights movement and the revolution of the culture and moral values. The Aspen area and the Brands could not escape the conflicts, especially with such a cultural revolution.

To buy a copy of the book — $14.95 —contact Joanne.



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