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  • Wet words

    Brian Doyle recommends the best reads about the Pacific Northwest, with particular emphasis on his home state, Oregon.

  • A eulogy for the West that was

    In Requiem for the West, Roger Brown laments the loss of soul and solitude in the small mountain towns of the Colorado Rockies

  • A watery mystery in New Mexico

    Albuquerque private investigator Sonny Baca unravels a series of nefarious plots in Rudolfo Anaya’s riveting mystery Jemez Spring

  • Eight decades of magic and beauty at Ghost Ranch

    Lesley Poling-Kempes tells the story of a legendary New Mexico resort and its many lovers in her absorbing new book, Ghost Ranch

  • Urban planning — with a wild touch

    Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers and Citizens and Nature-Friendly Communties are two new handbooks on innovative land-use planning and habitat protection

  • The Colorado Plateau II: Biophysical, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Research

    The Colorado Plateau II is a kaleidoscopic anthology of scientists’ thoughts on the history, biology and geology of the vast Colorado Plateau

  • On the wing

    On the wing

    This special "books and essays" issue circles around the theme of migration.

  • "To feel at home, stay at home."

    This essays and book reviews in this special issue of High Country News revolve around the question: What does it mean to be at home in the West?

  • The bizarre intersection of humanity and nature

    The bizarre intersection of humanity and nature

    The short stories in Laura Chester’s Rancho Weirdo revolve around the unexpected interactions of middle-class people with nature.

  • Hope and redemption

    Hope and redemption

    The story of the West is a story of the quest for redemption - not just for individuals, but for an entire landscape.

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