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  • Truth, lies and poetry

    Reading the short stories and poems in Sherman Alexie's War Dances is like watching an intricate dance.

  • Tough justice, hard fate

    Tough justice, hard fate

    In Brian Hart's first novel, Then Came the Evening, people are trapped in a tragic drama partly of their own making.

  • Of rivers, boats and baseball umpires

    Of rivers, boats and baseball umpires

    The essays in Robin Cody's Another Way the River Has range all over the map but somehow lead back to the river.

  • Discovery and recovery in a Mojave casino town

    Mary Sojourner's new novel, Going Through Ghosts, takes the reader on a journey of love, loss, abandonment and death.

  • Peril in paradise

    Peril in paradise

    In The Light in High Places, naturalist Joe Hutto considers Wyoming wilderness, bighorn sheep, cowboys and other rare Western species.

  • 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.

  • Compassionate listening, fierce conversation

    Compassionate listening, fierce conversation

    Photographer Meredith Ogilby and writer Corinne Platt interview 49 Western "heavy-lifters" in their new book, Voices of the American West.

  • Life in a doomed dome

    In Dreaming the Biosphere, Rebecca Reider looks into the story behind the failed Arizona experiment.

  • Notes from a Wyoming sheepwagon

    Notes from a Wyoming sheepwagon

    Laura Bell's new memoir, Claiming Ground, tells of her years spent working as a Wyoming sheepherder.

  • Stories from the shadow sides

    The short stories in Aryn Kyle's Boys and Girls Like You and Me are threaded by themes of solitude and unrest.

  • What lies beneath?

    What lies beneath?

    The likable characters in the three novellas in Jim Harrison's The Farmer's Daughter are all confronted by loneliness and brutality.

  • A California Bestiary: Beauty of the beasts

    A California Bestiary: Beauty of the beasts

    A California Bestiary celebrates the state's wildlife with vivid illustrations by Mona Caron and thoughtful words by Rebecca Solnit.

  • Ghosts of Wyoming: A haunted past and present

    The haunting short stories in Alyson Hagy's collection resonate with themes of loss, resignation and hope.

  • A Western state of mind

    A Western state of mind

    The short story anthology Best of the West 2009 is filled with memorable characters and muscular prose.

  • Building a more effective environmental movement

    In The Rebirth of Environmentalism, activist Douglas Bevington explores the relationship between the giant national organizations, like the Sierra Club, and the small grassroots groups.

  • A once and future abundance

    In The Living Shore, food writer Rowan Jacobsen’s interest in the vanishing Olympia oyster leads him to a consuming fascination with threatened coastal ecosystems.

  • Saving the U.S. Forest Service

    Saving the U.S. Forest Service

    Timothy Egan's new book, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, credits early firefighters for saving the Forest Service.

  • Untold tales of the American frontier

    Untold tales of the American frontier

    The second edition of John Ravage's book, Black Pioneers: Images of the Black Experience on the North American Frontier, illuminates the roles blacks played in settling the West.

  • Pulp friction

    Philip Caputo's seventh novel, Crossers, amounts to little more than the literary equivalent of a popcorn flick.

  • The myths of Native American identity

    The myths of Native American identity

    Paul Chaat Smith's latest book, Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong, is a funny and painful collection of essays on the ways that Indians are stereotyped.

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