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  • Four decades of the Sierra Club

    Michael McCloskey’s autobiography, In the Thick of It: My Life in the Sierra Club, covers four decades of his life and work as an environmentalist

  • Elementary, my dear cowpuncher

    In Steve Hockensmith’s historical mystery, Holmes on the Range, Montana cowboys inspired by the Sherlock Holmes stories try their hand at solving a murder

  • A whole lot of shaking

    In his book A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester takes a comprehensive look at the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and warns of the geological perils still facing the region

  • A deliberate life in the Rockies

    On the Wild Edge is David Peterson’s account of the two decades he and his wife, Caroline, have spent living close to nature in a cabin in the mountains of southern Colorado

  • Dry-hiking in a desert awash with history

    A 61-year-old hiker and two middle-aged friends take an epic hike through Arizona in David Roberts’ new book, Sandstone Spine

  • Brave 'yellowbellies' served the West well

    In Smoke Jumping on the Western Fire Line, Mark Matthews tells the story of the conscientious objectors who pioneered smokejumping to fight Western forest fires during World War II

  • Big yellow taxi — in Duke City

    Yellow Cab is anthropology professor Robert Leonard’s poetic account of his after-dark journeys as a cab driver in Albuquerque

  • What's wrong with the EPA?

    David Schoenbrod explains why the nation’s environmental laws are not being properly implemented in Saving Our Environment From Washington: How Congress Grabs Power, Shirks Responsibility and Shortchanges the People

  • A tribal renaissance

    In Blood Struggle, law professor Charles Wilkinson gives an inspiring account of Indians’ political and legal struggles during the last 50 years

  • Hits and missives from Cactus Ed

    In Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast, David Petersen assembles some of the correspondence of Western writer Edward Abbey into an eminently readable but ultimately unenlightening collection.

  • In search of giant trees and unseen realms

    In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston explores the amazing ecosystems hidden at the top of the world’s tallest trees.

  • Cowboy love, with a generous sprinkling of sugar

    In Crybaby Ranch, novelist Tina Welling tells a romantic story with zest.

  • Twenty views of the West

    In Best Stories of the American West, Volume I, series editor Marc Jaffe gathers 20 very different stories by 20 very different writers.

  • Sounding the alarm for nature

    In Courage for the Earth, editor Peter Matthiessen gathers 14 essays honoring the life and work of Rachel Carson.

  • Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park

    In Restoring a Presence, Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf shine a light on Yellowstone’s largely forgotten American Indian heritage

  • Desire

    In Desire, New Mexico writer Lindsay Ahl weaves a compelling tale set in Albuquerque

  • William Henry Jackson's 'The Pioneer Photographer'

    William Henry Jackson’s ‘The Pioneer Photographer’ by Bob Blair is a delightful coffee-table book that collects the photos, map sketches, paintings and notes of the West’s famous 19th century photographer

  • In the nation's most dangerous park, the desert's heat still beats

    In Organ Pipe: Life on the Edge, Carol Ann Bassett pays homage to Organ Pipe National Monument and the strange beauty of the desert

  • River tales: The Rio Grande from the headwaters to the sea

    In Rio Grande, editor Jan Reid has assembled a marvelous collection of essays and photos about the Southwest’s Great River

  • A quest for the world’s finest pinot noir

    Brian Doyle’s new book, The Grail, lives up to its lively subtitle as it describes “a year ambling and shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir in the whole wild world.”

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