October 15, 2012
Issue Summary: Our annual Books and Essays issue features essays about finding our place in the West by Craig Childs, Hannah Nordhaus and Sarah Gilman, author profiles, and many reviews of new books.
The author traces the paths of peoples that have wandered the earth for centuries, from Alaska to the Southwest.
The author considers family lore and legends, including a ghost story about her great-grandmother in New Mexico.
The Portland, Ore., based writer talks about the role of landscape in her writing and her debut novel, The Orchardist.
The author asks questions about life in the desert West -- who belongs there, and what belongs to whom.
- William Bryan on Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
- Carl Reese on Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
- Steve Snyder on The Endangered Species Act's biggest experiment
- Ray Ring on Montana farmers start talking climate change
- Wayne L Hare on Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington