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  • 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.

  • Wait until darkness

    Wait until darkness

    In his debut novel, The Wilding, Benjamin Percy captures our ambiguous attitudes toward the natural world.

  • Kind words for a much-maligned mammal

    Kind words for a much-maligned mammal

    In The Wolverine Way, Douglas Chadwick examines an elusive carnivore and the scientists who study it.

  • Breath by breath

    Aaron Michael Morales delves into the challenging lives of Arizonans in his novel, Drowning Tucson.

  • 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.

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