One Book Community Discussion: Cheap Land Colorado
- Conference Room - Administration Wing
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In May 2017, Ted Conover went to Colorado to explore firsthand a rural way of life that is about living cheaply, on your own land—and keeping clear of the mainstream. The failed subdivisions of the enormous San Luis Valley make this possible. Five-acre lots on the high prairie can be had for five thousand dollars, sometimes less.
Conover volunteered for a local group trying to prevent homelessness during the bitter winters. He encountered an unexpected diversity: veterans with PTSD, families homeschooling, addicts young and old, gay people, people of color, lovers of guns and marijuana, people with social anxiety—most of them spurning charity and aiming, and sometimes failing, to be self-sufficient. And more than a few predicting they’ll be the last ones standing when society collapses.
Conover bought his own five acres and immersed himself for parts of four years in the often contentious culture of the far margins. He found many who dislike the government but depend on its subsidies; who love their space but nevertheless find themselves in each other’s business; who are generous but wary of thieves; who endure squalor but appreciate beauty. In their struggles to survive and get along, they tell us about an America riven by difference where the edges speak more and more loudly to the mainstream.
We will be kicking off this discussion with the insight and expertise of Tom Baer, a local retired television photojournalist who worked on some remarkable stories in the San Luis Valley in the 1970s. We'll watch Tom's particularly poignant 1976 segment called Sage Brush Estates to kick off our conversation. More from Tom:
Get a copy of Cheap Land Colorado
The Library now has ample copies of Cheap Land Colorado circulating locally in our collection (including digital, audio and print copies). Books are available so everyone is able to check out a copy, read it and participate in the community conversations.
Borrow Cheap Land Colorado from Bud Werner Memorial Library.
Buy a copy of Cheap Land Colorado from Steamboat Springs' independent bookstore, Off the Beaten Path.