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  • Why some men are the way they are

    Why some men are the way they are

    Three new short story collections -- Nine Ten Again by Philip Condon, Where The Money Went by Kevin Canty, and Maile Meloy’s Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It -- feature working-class men coping with damaged lives.

  • A life unwound

    A life unwound

    In Michelle Huneven's novel Blame, a woman tries to deal with her guilt after a drunken-driving accident.

  • Desperate people

    Desperate people

    In the short stories collected in The Mechanics of Falling, Catherine Brady describes fragile people whose precarious lives are unraveling.

  • 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.

  • A life of words and wilderness

    Rick Bass’ memoir, Why I Came West, describes how his 20-year struggle to save Montana’s Yaak Valley held him hostage, preventing him from concentrating on writing the short fiction that he loves.

  • Reasons to stay

    In Charlotte Bacon’s novel, Split Estate, a damaged New York family seeks refuge and renewal on a Wyoming ranch.

  • Selling empanadas, building a community

    In The Empanada Brotherhood, his 11th novel, New Mexico author John Nichols pares his often-overloaded prose to the bone to tell a unique coming-of-age story set in Greenwich Village in 1960.

  • The power of music, the power of obsession

    Sarah Bird’s well-written novel The Flamenco Academy weaves the history of this dramatic dance form into a obsessed young woman’s search for identity.

  • Mystery in Montana

    Deirdre McNamer’s new novel, Red Rover, beautifully captures the unromantic realism of Montana’s small towns.

  • Fall reading

    A list of the most intriguing current books by Western authors or on Western subjects.

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