Books

The captivating magic of a dry, dusty text
The captivating magic of a dry, dusty text
An encyclopedia-style book published in 1933 offers surprising perspective.
More books essential to understanding the American West
More books essential to understanding the American West
Readers tell us their favorites from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
One of the West’s most beloved authors revisits Great Salt Lake.
How to tell the story of the West, rural and urban
How to tell the story of the West, rural and urban
A residential library for readers, poets and naturalists takes shape.
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Aaron A. Abeyta on his family’s shadowy past in New Mexico
The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
Two novels offer perspectives on the allure of the last frontier.
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Kim Stanley Robinson on climate change and the precarious health of the planet.
Insights from a climate oasis
Insights from a climate oasis
Author Kathleen Alcalá on learning to become an activist.
Revisiting Idaho’s lead-poisoning legacy
Revisiting Idaho’s lead-poisoning legacy
A new book documents a catastrophe in Silver Valley.
Adventures of a roving Bookmobile driver
Adventures of a roving Bookmobile driver
This is not your typical library job.
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
A reading list for understanding the region.
Native American literature’s shapeshifter
Native American literature’s shapeshifter
Novelist Stephen Graham Jones on how he transcends stereotypes.
Recommended reading to take you into the next year
Recommended reading to take you into the next year
The season’s best titles for new fiction and nonfiction.
The deeper meaning of trails
The deeper meaning of trails
Insightful new books in the well-worn genre of trail literature.
Victor and the Fish
Victor and the Fish
A new short story imagines a grim future for western Montana.
War and peace on the Colorado River
War and peace on the Colorado River
A new book makes a case for optimism in the basin, but the threat of water battles will always be around.
Inside Wyoming’s rough, tough underground
Inside Wyoming’s rough, tough underground
Boom and bust cycles shape the fates of Wyoming’s young people.
The disappearing art of Southwestern cemeteries
The disappearing art of Southwestern cemeteries
A review of En Recuerdo de, a look at the afterlife of Mexican cemeteries in the West.
A mother’s flight into the desert
A mother’s flight into the desert
An excerpt from Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me.
Sex, death and spaghetti: Jim Harrison’s last writings
Sex, death and spaghetti: Jim Harrison’s last writings
The curmudgeonly author’s last collection, published just weeks before his death, remains preoccupied with the joy of life.
See new pictures of the desert’s natural art
See new pictures of the desert’s natural art
In ‘Death Valley: Painted Light,’ the landscape takes on abstract forms.
On those who live and die along the border
On those who live and die along the border
Two new books look at the ever-changing face of the U.S.-Mexico border.
What can we still learn from Edward Abbey, 25 years after his death?
What can we still learn from Edward Abbey, 25 years after his death?
A trio of new books take a look at Abbey’s mixed legacy on environment, gender and immigration.