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  • A second chance at love: A review of Liberty Lanes

    A second chance at love: A review of Liberty Lanes

    Liberty Lanes, Robin Troy's second novel, tracks the lives of a group of senior citizens in a small Montana town.

  • Boom! Boom!

    An energy boom of unprecedented proportions is transforming western Colorado towns like Rifle, which just recently recovered from the last big energy boom – and a catastrophic bust.

  • Bootstrapping in Roundup

    Bootstrapping in Roundup

    When the Musselshell River flooded Roundup, Mont., it did damage to everything but the townsfolk's indomitable spirit.

  • Coffee with the ladies

    Rancher Mary Flitner visits with some female bovine friends before going off to have coffee with the human ladies of Shell, Wyo.

  • Coming home to a Montana town

    Karen Brichoux’s pensive new novel, The Girl She Left Behind, recounts the challenges faced by a young woman on her return to a small Montana town

  • Ego gates get my goat — and that's just the beginning

    Why do newcomers to the West need to build such obnoxious entrance gates to their brand-new ranchettes?

  • How a small town resembles Facebook

    How a small town resembles Facebook

    Small towns and Facebook have a lot in common: Both are communities that thrive on gossip and sometimes display old-fashioned neighborliness.

  • Libby is not what you think

    Libby is not what you think

    Libby, Mont., has known more tragedy than most small towns could ever imagine, and yet it remains a wonderful place to live.

  • 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.

  • Photojournalist Lisa Hamilton explores rural California

    Photojournalist Lisa Hamilton explores rural California

    For her project, Real Rural, photojournalist Lisa Hamilton traveled throughout California, interviewing and photographing scores of rural people.

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