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  • Destroyer of worlds

    In 109 East Palace, the granddaughter of one of the Manhattan Project's administrators re-examines the story of the atomic bomb built in Los Alamos

  • Endangered Species 101 — in poetry

    The Dire Elegies laments the plight of North America's endangered wildlife in poetic detail

  • Bearable ways to deal with bruins

    Linda Masterson’s new book, Living With Bears, is a good-humored, practical guide to getting along with black bears in the West

  • Loss and renewal in the Northwest

    Steven Radosevich writes simple, painful, personal essays about the changing landscape of the Pacific Northwest in his new book, Good Wood: Growth, Loss and Renewal.

  • For the love of a river

    In the anthology There’s This River, Christa Sadler gathers the stories of rambunctious river rafters on the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River

  • Dust in the wind

    In his new book, The Worst Hard Time, Tim Egan interviews survivors to tell the story of the great American Dust Bowl on the southern Great Plains in the 1930s

  • A world built on groundwater

    In Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the Great Plains, William Ashworth examines the effects of groundwater dependency in a dry land

  • The merry — and meditative — farmer

    In Blithe Tomato, Mike Madison writes engagingly about working the land on a small farm in California’s Central Valley

  • One war that's worth the fight

    In his memoir, Walking It Off, wilderness activist Doug Peacock tries to make sense of a life spent dealing with war, fighting for wilderness, and coping with cantankerous friends like the late Ed Abbey

  • A season of love — and secrets

    In his new novel, The Whistling Season, Ivan Doig explores the emotional life of settlers in Marias Coulee, Mont., in 1909

  • Nuestra America

    In Translation Nation, Hector Tobar looks at the new Latino immigrants and examines the way the immigration experience has changed in America

  • Climate-change clues — in tropical glaciers

    In Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountain Ranges, mountain climber and physicist Mark Bowen follows researchers who are finding clues to climate change in high-altitude tropical glaciers

  • Making room for wolves

    In the anthology Comeback Wolves, 50 Western writers talk about the complex emotional – and practical – responses evoked by the return of this iconic predator

  • Trading goods, and stories, on the reservation

    In Along Navajo Trails, Will Evans tells the stories of the Navajo Indians who came into his Shiprock Trading Post during the first part of the last century

  • The noisy democracy of the West

    The revised edition of Peter Decker’s Old Fences, New Neighbors examines the changes that population growth has brought to remote Ouray County in western Colorado

  • The life of an enigmatic seabird

    In Rare Bird, author Maria Mudd Ruth pursues the mystery of the Pacific Northwest’s elusive marbled murrelet

  • Saving water from the sky

    In Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands, Tucson author Brad Lancaster gives a hands-on inspirational guide for how to harvest the desert Southwest’s rare moisture

  • Dinosaur bones and dastardly deeds

    Douglas Preston’s fast-moving thriller Tyrannosaur Canyon is perfect summer escape reading for anyone who loves adventure, intrigue and romance – especially served up with dinosaur fossils

  • The puzzle of plate tectonics

    In Grand Canyon: Solving Earth’s Grandest Puzzle, geologist James Lawrence Powell takes a look at the science behind the Grand Canyon, and the scientists who figured it out

  • It ain't easy getting old

    In No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy discards his bitter nostalgia to tell a story set along the border in the 1980s

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