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  • A life of words and wilderness

    Rick Bass’ memoir, Why I Came West, describes how his 20-year struggle to save Montana’s Yaak Valley held him hostage, preventing him from concentrating on writing the short fiction that he loves.

  • A long walk into hope

    Bill McKibben’s new book, Wandering Home, is a hopeful account of a leisurely hike across northeastern America, as relevant to the West as it is to the East

  • A season of change

    In Chasing Spring: An American Journey Through a Changing Season, nature writer Bruce Stutz follows spring from New York to Alaska, examining the surprising changes that global warming is bringing

  • 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

  • Capturing a Chediskai childhood

    In Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, anthropologist Keith Basso collects the reminiscences of Eva Tulene Watt

  • Confronting life's essentials

    Confronting life's essentials

    Two recent memoirs -- Siesta Lane by Amy Minato and Lift by Rebecca K. O'Connor -- raise questions about the meaning of home, for both humans and falcons.

  • Crazy like a fox, or a fish, or a bat...

    In The Back Road to Crazy, Jennifer Bove gathers the true-life adventure stories of 25 wildlife biologists

  • Don't tell her she can't: a profile of author Mary Clearman Blew

    Don't tell her she can't: a profile of author Mary Clearman Blew

    Mary Clearman Blew struck out on her own, leaving rural Montana and a life as a housewife to become a professor and writer.

  • Forces of nature

    Amy Irvine’s memoir, Trespass, describes how she moved to rural Utah after her father’s suicide.

  • From folk singer to fierce activist — the life of Katie Lee

    In Sandstone Seduction: Rivers and Lovers, Canyons and Friends, Katie Lee takes readers on a breathless boat ride through her exhilarating life

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