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  • A dark and disjointed journey

    A dark and disjointed journey

    The short stories in Sam Shepard's new collection, Day out of Days, have an unhinged, distinctly Western flavor.

  • The limits of memory

    The limits of memory

    Jeannette Walls' "true-life novel," Half Broke Horses, is hampered by the author's memories of her grandmother, the main character.

  • How the West was really won

    Paul VanDevelder digs into the rotten core of the American experience in his new book, Savages & Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory.

  • Finding freedom in Yosemite

    Finding freedom in Yosemite

    Shelton Johnson's novel Gloryland traces the adventurous life of Elijah Yancy, a young man of black and Indian heritage, who roams the West in the 19th century.

  • The genesis of the West

    The genesis of the West

    Douglas Brinkley's magisterial The Wilderness Warrior describes how Teddy Roosevelt created the American West we love today.

  • Creating a precedent for forgiveness

    Creating a precedent for forgiveness

    In Naseem Rakha's novel, The Crying Tree, a woman tries to forgive her son's murderer.

  • A search for meaning in the Pacific Northwest

    A search for meaning in the Pacific Northwest

    Jon Raymond's short-story collection, Livability, is compassionate and quietly devastating.

  • Birders without borders

    Birders without borders

    In Jim Lynch's second novel, Border Songs, an eccentric, gawky birdwatcher works for the Border Patrol along the Canadian border.

  • The wild home of hope

    Rock Water Wild: An Alaskan Life is Alaska writer Nancy Lord's celebration of her state.

  • A scientist's view of change

    A scientist's view of change

    In Of Rock and Rivers, Ellen Wohl, a geomorphologist, reads the story behind the Western landscape.

  • 'Yes' to desire and an end to fear

    'Yes' to desire and an end to fear

    Charles Bowden's new book, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, reiterates the bad news of today but declares that times are changing.

  • For farmers, small is beautiful

    For farmers, small is beautiful

    In Deeply Rooted, Lisa M. Hamilton introduces the reader to three small farmers who are bucking the trend toward industrial agribusiness.

  • Still riding the edge

    Still riding the edge

    In her memoir, Riding the Edge of an Era, Diana Allen Kouris relates the life described in her subtitle’s words: Growing Up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail.

  • The diplomacy of water

    Norris Hundley's magisterial Water in the West is back in print to enlighten readers about water politics, especially the Colorado River Compact.

  • Bordering on injustice

    Bordering on injustice

    Jimmy Santiago Baca's novel A Glass of Water compassionately describes the lives of Mexican immigrants.

  • Confronting life's essentials

    Confronting life's essentials

    Two recent memoirs -- Siesta Lane by Amy Minato and Lift by Rebecca K. O'Connor -- raise questions about the meaning of home, for both humans and falcons.

  • Why some men are the way they are

    Why some men are the way they are

    Three new short story collections -- Nine Ten Again by Philip Condon, Where The Money Went by Kevin Canty, and Maile Meloy’s Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It -- feature working-class men coping with damaged lives.

  • A life unwound

    A life unwound

    In Michelle Huneven's novel Blame, a woman tries to deal with her guilt after a drunken-driving accident.

  • Books for lonely times

    Books for lonely times

    When you're camped all alone in the wilderness, there is nothing like a book to bring you comfort.

  • Writers of the Native American Renaissance

    Writers of the Native American Renaissance

    Native American literature is collected and analyzed in the anthology In Beauty I Walk.

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