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  • To die fighting: a review of Jesse's Ghost: A Novel

    To die fighting: a review of Jesse's Ghost: A Novel

    In Frank Bergon's new novel, a young man in California's Central Valley is haunted by the memory of his best friend, whom he murdered.

  • Mapping the Hi-Line: A review of Honyocker Dreams

    Writer David Mogen sets out to understand his childhood and his rural ancestors, who lived along Montana’s Hi-Line, just below the Canadian border.

  • Feeding the deer

    Feeding the deer

    A rural Californian doesn't apologize for feeding the deer that hang out near his mountain home.

  • Living the news, publishing every week

    Living the news, publishing every week

    Across the nation, small, understaffed newspapers like Washington's Methow Valley News work to bring local news to their rural readers.

  • Farm incubators help would-be farmers succeed on their own

    Farm incubators help would-be farmers succeed on their own

    Viva Farms is a "farm incubator" in Washington's Skagit Valley that helps aspiring cash-poor farmers like Nelida Martinez start and successfully operate their own businesses.

  • Looking forward, looking back

    William Kittredge brings together new and selected essays about life in the West in The Next Rodeo.

  • The old ways sink into the earth

    The old ways sink into the earth

    There's something evocative about old farm equipment, which is as rich in memories as it is covered in ancient rust.

  • A land of subtle beauty: A review of Llano Estacado

    A land of subtle beauty: A review of Llano Estacado

    The photos and essays gathered in this collection of photographs and essays celebrate the austere beauty of a vast dry landscape.

  • Imaginary journeys on a rowing machine

    Imaginary journeys on a rowing machine

    When a writer buys a rowing machine, her 3-year-old daughter's enthusiasm turns exercise into an adventure as they imagine rowing to reach the island of Yap in Micronesia.

  • The woodpile and me

    The woodpile and me

    Is it ever possible to have too much wood in your woodpile?

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