Items by Jenny Shank

The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
Two novels offer perspectives on the allure of the last frontier.
Native American literature’s shapeshifter
Native American literature’s shapeshifter
Novelist Stephen Graham Jones on how he transcends stereotypes.
The Corps of Discovery, after the apocalypse
The Corps of Discovery, after the apocalypse
Review of Benjamin Percy's “The Dead Lands.”
On the unease of violent people
On the unease of violent people
Review of T.C. Boyle's 'The Harder They Come."
Knock-out punch
Knock-out punch
A review of ‘Contenders,’ by Erika Krouse.
Overlooked author Lucia Berlin gets brought back to the light
Overlooked author Lucia Berlin gets brought back to the light
'A Manual for Cleaning Women,' her posthumous book of stories, reveals a formidable talent.
Tombstone’s true grit
Tombstone’s true grit
Review of ‘Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral’ by Mary Doria Russell.
Underdog roboticists
Underdog roboticists
Review of ‘Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream’ by Joshua Davis.
A trapper’s tale
A trapper’s tale
Review of ‘Into the Savage Country’ by Shannon Burke.
In pursuit of a ghost
In pursuit of a ghost
Review of “The High Divide” by Lin Enger.
Hollywood horse havoc
Hollywood horse havoc
Review of “Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss.
Beauty and malevolence in Montana
Beauty and malevolence in Montana
Review of ‘The Ploughmen’ by Kim Zupan.
Love in a post-apocalyptic world
Love in a post-apocalyptic world
Review of “California” by Edan Lepucki.
Social work blues
Social work blues
Review of ‘Fourth of July Creek’ by Smith Henderson.
Nowhere left to run
Nowhere left to run
Review of “Point of Direction” by Rachel Weaver
An author’s West of dreams and nightmares
An author’s West of dreams and nightmares
Malcolm Brooks mingles romanticism with pragmatic realities.
Murder in Old San Francisco
Murder in Old San Francisco
Review of ‘Frog Music’ by Emma Donoghue
The bomb builders’ wives
The bomb builders’ wives
Review of ‘The wives of Los Alamos’ by Tarashea Nesbit.
Shady dealings in the desert
Shady dealings in the desert
Review of "Sunland" by Don Waters.
Brutal frontier
Brutal frontier
A review of ‘The Son' by Philipp Meyer.
Montana escape
Montana escape
A review of 'High and Inside' by Russell Rowland
Storm and stress on the frontier
Storm and stress on the frontier
Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher
Is this heaven? No, it’s Idaho
Is this heaven? No, it’s Idaho
A book review of Godforsaken Idaho by Shawn Vestal
A California essayist on American optimism and how landscape shapes our imaginations
The 'wrong kind of Indians'
The 'wrong kind of Indians'
A book review of Cowboys and East Indians by Nina McConigley
A world of hunger and desire
A world of hunger and desire
A review of A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel
Ghost of a chance
Ghost of a chance
A review of We Live in Water by Jess Walter
Frontier Justice: A review of Little Century
Frontier Justice: A review of Little Century
A review of Little Century by Anna Keesey
Acting the part
Acting the part
A gay Mexican actor conceals his identity in Alex Espinoza's 'The Five Acts of Diego León'.
Don't ask her to hike
Don't ask her to hike
In "Spectacle," a collection of short stories, Susan Steinberg explores power and gender in relationships