Books

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.
How to redefine — and defend — wilderness
How to redefine — and defend — wilderness
A review of a new way to look at what’s wild and what’s not, in Jason Mark’s 'Satellites in the High Country' and Fred Pearce’s 'The New Wild.'
In the barren Central Valley, a woman unravels
In the barren Central Valley, a woman unravels
A review of 'Into the Valley' by Ruth Galm.
The human cost of Westward expansion
The human cost of Westward expansion
A review of 'American Copper' by Shann Ray.
A look back at a Western artist guild’s colorful history
A look back at a Western artist guild’s colorful history
A review of 'The Denver Artists Guild; Its Founding Members: An Illustrated History' by Stan Cuba.
A visual artist finds her literary voice in New Mexico
A visual artist finds her literary voice in New Mexico
Bev Magennis once covered houses in colorful tiles. Now she writes novels about murder in the rural West.
Mitchell S. Jackson finds another Portland
Mitchell S. Jackson finds another Portland
An author speaks on growing up black in 1990s Portland and countering his city's hipster image.
Overlooked author Lucia Berlin gets brought back to the light
Overlooked author Lucia Berlin gets brought back to the light
'A Manual for Cleaning Women,' her posthumous book of stories, reveals a formidable talent.
Self-published books: What to read
Self-published books: What to read
Some favorite under-the-radar writers and their recent releases.
The fall reading list
The fall reading list
Book recommendations for the cold months ahead.
Writing beyond the reservation stereotype
Writing beyond the reservation stereotype
A Native author creates characters who are making a life in the urban West.
Notes from the road to bestsellerdom
Notes from the road to bestsellerdom
An author’s promotional book tour includes incontinent owls and posh but uncomfortable luncheons.
Where agriculture and aesthetics go hand-in-glove
Where agriculture and aesthetics go hand-in-glove
Former Seattleite and author Bryce Andrews writes and ranches in Montana.
Renewal through exploration in Greater Yellowstone
Renewal through exploration in Greater Yellowstone
Review of ‘The Wild Excellence: Notes from Untamed America’ by Leslie Patten.
Finding humor where two worlds intersect
Finding humor where two worlds intersect
Review of 'Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley.'
The lonesome, crowded West
The lonesome, crowded West
Review of ‘The Water Museum’ by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Photographs of the sagebrush sea
Photographs of the sagebrush sea
Review of ‘Sage Spirit: The American West at a Crossroads’ by Dave Showalter.
Tombstone’s true grit
Tombstone’s true grit
Review of ‘Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral’ by Mary Doria Russell.
The man behind the monumental aqueduct
The man behind the monumental aqueduct
Review of ‘Water to the Angels’ by Les Standiford.
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
Review of a new book, 'Oyster War' by Summer Brennan.
Tracing the Yampa River where it flows free
Tracing the Yampa River where it flows free
Review of “Colorado’s Yampa River” by John Fielder.