Explore presents Rebecca Stirling and her memoir The Shell and the Octopus at the bookstore on July 28th at 5:30PM.

This is the story of Rebecca’s childhood: a young girl raised by the sea, by men, and by literature. Circumnavigating the globe on a thirty-foot sailboat, the Stirlings spent weeks at a time on the open ocean, surviving storms and visiting uncharted islands and villages. Ushered through her young life by a father who loved adventure, women, and extremes, Rebecca befriended “working girls” in the ports they visit (as they are often the only other females present in the bars that they end up in) and, on the boat, falls in love with her crewmate and learns to live like the men around her. But her driven nature and the role models in the books she reads make her determined to be a lady, continue her education, begin a career, live in a real home, and begin a family of her own. Once she finally gets away from the boat and her father and sets to work upon making her own dream a reality, however, Rebecca begins to realize life is not what she thought it would be—and when her father dies in a tragic accident, she must return to her old life to sift through the mess he had left behind.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
221 E. Main Street
Aspen, CO 81611
The Shell and the Octopus: A Memoir By Rebecca Stirling Cover Image
ISBN: 9781647423230
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: She Writes Press - July 26th, 2022

Rebecca Stirling