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  • Collateral damage

    Collateral damage

    T.C. Boyle's new novel, When the Killing's Done, examines the awkward way humans interact with nature and with one another.

  • Glimpses of the high desert

    Glimpses of the high desert

    The essays in Ellen Waterston's Where the Crooked River Rises pay homage to her home in the high desert of eastern Oregon.

  • Reasons to persevere

    Reasons to persevere

    In his novel, Blind Your Ponies, Stanley Gordon West looks into the heart of a fictional small town in Montana.

  • Rethinking national parks and wilderness

    Rethinking national parks and wilderness

    William Tweed takes a loving but critical look at the National Park Service in Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks.

  • Infinite problems, small solutions

    Infinite problems, small solutions

    In The Fate of Nature, Alaskan reporter Charles Wohlforth ponders how to save the planet, starting with Alaska.

  • Excavating John

    Excavating John

    Kate Niles' wry and compassionate novel The Book of John tracks the travails of an archaeologist named John Gregory Wayne Thompson.

  • Seven months of solitude

    Seven months of solitude

    A young writer named Steve Edwards spends seven months living by Oregon's Rogue River in his memoir, Breaking into the Backcountry.

  • A contaminated history unearthed

    A contaminated history unearthed

    Investigative reporter Judy Pasternak describes uranium's effects on the Navajo Nation in Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed.

  • Tribute to a prickly icon

    Tribute to a prickly icon

    Both fans and critics contemplate the life and legacy of Edward Abbey in a special issue of the Western literary and arts journal Matter.

  • Rocky Mountain noir

    Rocky Mountain noir

    Blair Oliver and Peter Soliunas collaborate on The Long Slide, a hard-boiled thriller set in the Rocky Mountains.

  • The dark side of Indian law

    The dark side of Indian law

    In his new book, In the Courts of the Conqueror, Walter Echo-Hawk discusses the 10 worst Indian law cases ever decided.

  • A raw-edged memoir

    In her second memoir, Raw Edges, Phyllis Barber leaves her marriage and tries to find herself.

  • Writing in tradition

    In her first short story collection, From the Hilltop, Toni Jensen relies on her Metis heritage to explore American Indian life off the reservation.

  • No walk in the park

    No walk in the park

    In his compassionate, understated memoir, Walking Home, Lynn Schooler hikes across rugged Southeast Alaska.

  • 'The music of men's lives'

    'The music of men's lives'

    In his new novel, Work Song, Ivan Doig describes the struggle between mine owners and union activists in post-WWI Butte, Mont.

  • Of history and home

    Poet and novelist Leslie Marmon Silko serves up a place-based memoir in The Turquoise Ledge.

  • Fall books, from steampunk to conservation science

    There's a good harvest of new books by Western writers.

  • Taking stock

    Taking stock

    Annie Proulx's memoir Bird Cloud and Gary Snyder's book-and-film project, The Etiquette of Freedom, unveil the private lives of two iconic Western writers.

  • Nature and cities in context

    Nature and cities in context

    In Cities and Nature in the American West, environmental historians dissect the relationship between the urban West and the natural landscape.

  • How we got to this place

    In Driving on the Rim, Thomas McGuane creates a dark picaresque novel.

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