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  • Don't tell her she can't: a profile of author Mary Clearman Blew

    Don't tell her she can't: a profile of author Mary Clearman Blew

    Mary Clearman Blew struck out on her own, leaving rural Montana and a life as a housewife to become a professor and writer.

  • The turn of the wheel: the many lives of writer H. Lee Barnes

    The turn of the wheel: the many lives of writer H. Lee Barnes

    Nevada writer H. Lee Barnes brings his experiences as a soldier, cop and casino dealer to his gritty short stories and nonfiction.

  • Seven months of solitude

    Seven months of solitude

    A young writer named Steve Edwards spends seven months living by Oregon's Rogue River in his memoir, Breaking into the Backcountry.

  • Notes from a Wyoming sheepwagon

    Notes from a Wyoming sheepwagon

    Laura Bell's new memoir, Claiming Ground, tells of her years spent working as a Wyoming sheepherder.

  • Still riding the edge

    Still riding the edge

    In her memoir, Riding the Edge of an Era, Diana Allen Kouris relates the life described in her subtitle’s words: Growing Up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail.

  • Confronting life's essentials

    Confronting life's essentials

    Two recent memoirs -- Siesta Lane by Amy Minato and Lift by Rebecca K. O'Connor -- raise questions about the meaning of home, for both humans and falcons.

  • Forces of nature

    Amy Irvine’s memoir, Trespass, describes how she moved to rural Utah after her father’s suicide.

  • Lines in the sand

    The essays in Gary Paul Nabhan’s Arab/American celebrate the landscape, culture and cuisine of two great deserts: The Middle Eastern lands from which his ancestors came and the Sonoran Desert he now lives in.

  • 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.

  • No ordinary stroll

    William deBuys writes poetically and thoughtfully about his own life in New Mexico in The Walk.

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