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  • Reasons to persevere

    Reasons to persevere

    In his novel, Blind Your Ponies, Stanley Gordon West looks into the heart of a fictional small town in Montana.

  • RV Nation

    On a Western road trip, Evelyn Spence ponders the peculiar names – and increasing numbers – of gigantic RVs.

  • No frigate like a book

    This special issue focuses on books and essays that help us understand the complex, chaotic West.

  • Breaking the silence of suicide

    It may seem like a considerable departure for High Country News to write about mental illness and suicide, but as Ray Ring’s deeply personal lead story shows, both tragedies are rooted in the West.

  • My Crazy Brother

    Ray Ring takes a personal, painful look at the West’s suicidal tendencies, as shown in the life and death of his brother, John.

  • The Rise of the Minotaur

    The Rise of the Minotaur

    Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.

  • A life in the wild

    A life in the wild

    Carter Niemeyer's memoir Wolfer is the entertaining story of a government trapper who loves wildlife - especially serious predators like wolves.

  • Hero worship: A review of Let the Birds Drink in Peace

    Hero worship: A review of Let the Birds Drink in Peace

    In Robert Garner McBrearty’s fresh and funny new story collection, ordinary guys occasionally experience an instant of greatness – and have to deal with the unexpected consequences.

  • Once upon a time in a small town: A review of The Other Shoe

    Once upon a time in a small town: A review of The Other Shoe

    Matt Pavelich takes what appears to be an ordinary tale about traveling the rural West and turns into something much darker and stranger in his new novel.

  • It may be High Noon for tumbleweed

    It may be High Noon for tumbleweed

    The tumbleweed may seem like a Western icon, but actually it's an invasive nuisance that scientists are struggling to control.

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