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  • "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?

  • 'Yes' to desire and an end to fear

    'Yes' to desire and an end to fear

    Charles Bowden's new book, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, reiterates the bad news of today but declares that times are changing.

  • 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.

  • A thin, dry border between heaven and hell

    In his anthology, God’s Country or Devil’s Playground, editor Barney Nelson gathers together an eclectic mix of the best nature writing from the Big Bend of Texas

  • A view of the West from on high

    In his essay collection Dragons in Paradise, George Sibley reminisces about his years in the funky mountain ski town of Crested Butte, Colorado

  • An example and an antidote

    In Imagination in Place, his new collection of essays, writer/farmer/poet Wendell Berry shares some of his honest wisdom and sharp-eyed observations.

  • Between the body and the world

    The creepy glamour of the scientific exhibit Body Worlds 2 – which showcases actual preserved sections of human bodies – never answers the question of how – and where– these people lived

  • Big yellow taxi — in Duke City

    Yellow Cab is anthropology professor Robert Leonard’s poetic account of his after-dark journeys as a cab driver in Albuquerque

  • Bucking the stereotypes: A review of West of 98

    Bucking the stereotypes: A review of West of 98

    The anthology West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West assembles the thoughts of 67 Western writers.

  • California chronicles: A review of New California Writing: 2011

    California chronicles: A review of New California Writing: 2011

    Editor Gayle Wattawa has assembled an anthology of essays in New California Writing: 2011 that should intrigue even people outside the Golden State.

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