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High Country News September 16, 2013


Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands

Not all maps are made of paper. The best ones are spooled in memory.


The reading season

Fall brings a new crop of noteworthy books, both fiction and nonfiction.

What do you know?

Author Percival Everett defies categories and generalizations.

A California essayist on American optimism and how landscape shapes our imaginations

An interview with Richard Rodriguez.

Editor's Note

Mapping our place in the West

This special books & essays issue considers the ways in which we use maps, literal and metaphoric, to understand a landscape.

Uncommon Westerners

Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason's four-year road trip

Bringing poetry to an entire state, one county at a time.

Ruth Kirk, pioneering guidebook author

A natural and human histories expert of the West reflects on her work.

The renegade cartographer

Dave Imus challenges the murkiness of modern mapmaking.


Marginalia: an essay

On a trek across the Arctic, a writer's map becomes a record of the journey.

Reconciling family narrative with textbook history in Montana's Bighorn Valley

Writer Joe Wilkins searches for truth in his grandmother's stories of the past.

Dear Friends

See you in October

Keep up during our fall publishing break with continued coverage online.

Book Reviews

Desert solitude, desert community

A book review of Brother and the Dancer by Keenan Norris

Reconstructing a volatile past

A book review of Son of a Gun: A Memoir by Justin St. Germain

A puzzle of memory and vision

A book review of Boneland: Linked Stories by Nance Van Winckel

Learning to bend: Settling Utah's road wars

A book review of Roads in the Wilderness: Conflict in Canyon Country by Jedediah S. Rogers

The 'wrong kind of Indians'

A book review of Cowboys and East Indians by Nina McConigley

Heard Around the West

Mountain goats, cats, glampers -- that's short for glamorous campers -- and more

Aggressive mountain goats and more oddities from around the West.

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