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  • Hope and redemption

    Hope and redemption

    The story of the West is a story of the quest for redemption - not just for individuals, but for an entire landscape.

  • Fall books, from steampunk to conservation science

    There's a good harvest of new books by Western writers.

  • On the wing

    On the wing

    This special "books and essays" issue circles around the theme of migration.

  • "To feel at home, stay at home."

    This essays and book reviews in this special issue of High Country News revolve around the question: What does it mean to be at home in the West?

  • The bizarre intersection of humanity and nature

    The bizarre intersection of humanity and nature

    The short stories in Laura Chester’s Rancho Weirdo revolve around the unexpected interactions of middle-class people with nature.

  • Wet words

    Brian Doyle recommends the best reads about the Pacific Northwest, with particular emphasis on his home state, Oregon.

  • Thomas McGuane’s lonely freaks

    The powerful short stories in Thomas McGuane’s Gallatin Canyon prove him to be the New West’s answer to Flannery O’Connor.

  • Hits and missives from Cactus Ed

    In Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast, David Petersen assembles some of the correspondence of Western writer Edward Abbey into an eminently readable but ultimately unenlightening collection.

  • The Colorado Plateau II: Biophysical, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Research

    The Colorado Plateau II is a kaleidoscopic anthology of scientists’ thoughts on the history, biology and geology of the vast Colorado Plateau

  • Urban planning — with a wild touch

    Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers and Citizens and Nature-Friendly Communties are two new handbooks on innovative land-use planning and habitat protection

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