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.
- on Jim Deacon, pioneering desert fish biologist, dies
- Larry Bullock on Ranch Diaries: A New Mexico cattle company is born
- Randy Piper on Bark beetle kill leads to more severe fires, right? Well, maybe
- Delaine Spilsbury on The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
- Buck Drew on Chainsaw diplomacy