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  • Return to innocence: A review of Queen of America

    Return to innocence: A review of Queen of America

    In Luis Alberto Urrea's sequel to The Hummingbird's Daughter, the author continues his imagined story of his legendary Great-aunt Teresita, who was known as the Saint of Cabora.

  • Lights, camera, life: A review of Beautiful Ruins

    Lights, camera, life: A review of Beautiful Ruins

    Jess Walter's dashing sixth novel spans two continents and covers five decades as the lives of nine characters interweave throughout the years.

  • Practical pyromania: A review of The Flamer

    Practical pyromania: A review of The Flamer

    In his new novel, Ben Rogers tells the coming-of-age story of a young Nevada boy named Oby Brooks who just loves to blow things up.

  • Once upon a time in a small town: A review of The Other Shoe

    Once upon a time in a small town: A review of The Other Shoe

    Matt Pavelich takes what appears to be an ordinary tale about traveling the rural West and turns into something much darker and stranger in his new novel.

  • Hero worship: A review of Let the Birds Drink in Peace

    Hero worship: A review of Let the Birds Drink in Peace

    In Robert Garner McBrearty’s fresh and funny new story collection, ordinary guys occasionally experience an instant of greatness – and have to deal with the unexpected consequences.

  • What Wallace Stegner knew

    What Wallace Stegner knew

    Western writer Wallace Stegner unflinchingly described both the promise and the peril of the American dream.

  • Two men, two paths

    David Guterson’s new novel, The Other, follows the diverging lives of two old friends, one who settles for a quiet family life and another who seeks out a hermit’s existence in the Olympic rainforest.

  • When war came home

    Ivan Doig’s new novel, The Eleventh Man, follows a Montana man across the globe during World War II.

  • Fall reading

    Jodi Peterson and Kate Niles spotlight new books on Western subjects and/or by Western authors, both fiction and nonfiction.

  • An unforgettable journey

    In his second novel, So Brave, So Young, So Handsome, Leif Enger takes the reader on a journey across the American West, circa 1915.

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