About Richmond Reads

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Richmond Reads is a community one-book program designed specifically for the Richmond Memorial Library community. The goal of the program is for the community to join together in reading the chosen title, and then to participate in subsequent discussions and programs.

2024 Title: The Last Ranger by Peter Heller


Past Selections: 

2019 Selection: Southernmost by Silas House
2020 Selection: Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
2021 Selection: The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin

2022 Selection: The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
2023 Selection: Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls 


Richmond Reads is sponsored by The Friends of Richmond Memorial Library!


About the Title

2024 Title: The Last Ranger by Peter Heller 

“Officer Ren Hopper is an enforcement ranger with the National Park Service, tasked with duties both mundane and thrilling: Breaking up fights at campgrounds, saving clueless tourists from moose attacks, and attempting to broker an uneasy peace between the wealthy vacationers who tromp through the park with cameras, and the residents of hardscrabble Cooke City who want to carve out a meaningful living. When Ren, hiking through the backcountry on his day off, encounters a tall man with a dog and a gun chasing a small black bear up a hill, his hackles are raised. But what begins as an investigation into the background of a local poacher soon opens into something far murkier: A shattered windshield, a series of red ribbons tied to traps, the discovery of a frightening conspiracy, and a story of heroism gone awry. Populated by a cast of extraordinary characters-- famous scientists, tattooed bartenders, wildlife guides in slick Airstreams--and bursting with unexpected humor and grace,  Peter Heller masterfully unveils a portrait of the American west where our very human impulses--for greed, love, family, and community--play out amidst the stunning beauty of the   natural world.” - from publisher summary -

About the Author

Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Last Ranger, The Guide, The River, Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars, which has been published in twenty-two languages. He is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside MagazineMen’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. Peter is also the author of four books of literary nonfiction. Heller was born and raised in New York. He attended high school in Vermont and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he became an outdoorsman and whitewater kayaker. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in poetry and fiction and lives in  Denver, Colorado.  His latest novel, Burn, will be released in August 2024.   Photo credit: John Burcham


Read the Book

Copies are available to borrow at the library in regular print and large print. It is also available on Libby as an ebook and audiobook. Copies are available to purchase for $20 (hardcover) or $15 (paperback). Select copies of Heller's other books are also available to purchase for $15. 

Participate in the events!

Attend the Richmond Reads reveal event on Monday, June 24 to find out the 2024 title and author selection! 





Support the Program

Richmond Reads is an independent initiative of Richmond Memorial Library and sponsored by the Friends of Richmond Memorial Library.  We welcome all support of the program.  Should you wish to contribute financially, forms are available at the front desk or at the reference desk.

Attend the Author Visit

Check back soon for more info!


Contact Samantha Stryker Basile, Adult & Community Services Librarian at sbasile@nioga.org or at 585-343-9550 x8.

Ways to Connect
Richmond Reads Committee

Sue Briggs
Leslie DeLooze
Cynthia Hagelberger
Jennifer Reardon
Rita Nan Tresco
Samantha Stryker Basile, Program Coordinator