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High Country News October 15, 2012

Feature

Vagabond writer Craig Childs on 20,000 years of wanderlust

The author traces the paths of peoples that have wandered the earth for centuries, from Alaska to the Southwest.

The soul in Suite 100: A ghost story

The author considers family lore and legends, including a ghost story about her great-grandmother in New Mexico.

The fossil record: How my family found a home in the West

The Gilman clan didn't go on normal vacations; their fossil-addicted parents trundled them across the West looking for the shells of long-extinct sea creatures.

Current

Best of the West: Our favorite books

Western authors and HCN staffers share their most-loved writing about the region.

Fall books offer journeys of the mind

New Western fiction and nonfiction for fall 2012.

Western literary journals give voice to story and place

A number of literary journals offer different perspectives on the West.

Editor's Note

The place where you are

These days, most Westerners aren't born. We're made.

Uncommon Westerners

Already gone: a profile of Native American poet Joy Harjo

The author of She Had Some Horses and In Mad Love and War discusses her new memoir, Crazy Brave.

Inside the orchard: A conversation with novelist Amanda Coplin

The Portland, Ore., based writer talks about the role of landscape in her writing and her debut novel, The Orchardist.

Existential nomad: A profile of author Ruben Martinez

The author asks questions about life in the desert West -- who belongs there, and what belongs to whom.

The West in my blood: A profile of Eddie Chuculate

The Native American author writes fresh but familiar stories.

Three Nevada fiction writers make their debut

New authors Tupelo Hassman, Ben Rogers, and Claire Vaye Watkins discuss how Nevada inspired their fiction and the themes of their work.

Essays

Student essay: The view from the East

It took going east -- to Maine -- for the author to understand the West.

Student essay: Lost and found in the sagebrush

Wandering in the underappreciated sagebrush sea.

Student essay: How I became a Westerner and why it doesn't matter

I'm a Westerner by birth, but family and community matter more than location.

Dear Friends

Finding funk in Western Colorado, sadistic races, corrections

High Country News gets visitors from all around, searching for homes and going on adventures.

Book Reviews

The true believer and the skeptic: A review of River Republic and A Ditch in Time

Two optimistic new books discuss aging water infrastructure in the West.

Suffering and freedom in a microcosm: A review of San Miguel

T.C. Boyle's new novel focuses on the lives of two California families living on San Miguel island.

The wild without and within: A review of Wilderness

Lance Weller's debut novel traces the path of a Civil War veteran in the Pacific Northwest.

An epic tale of true crime in the West: A review of Hard Twisted

C. Joseph Greaves bases his novel on a long-ago murder in Utah.

Celebrating what remains: A review of The Dog Stars

Award-winning adventure writer Peter Heller sets his debut novel in apocalypse-stricken Colorado.

A tribute to solitude and community: A review of Tributary

Colorado resident Barbara K. Richardson crafts a novel about a pioneer girl finding her own salvation in Mormon Utah.

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