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  • Mourning before departure

    Mourning before departure

    A review of The Days Are Gods by Liz Stephens

  • Holt's last days

    Holt's last days

    "Benediction" is Kent Haruf's latest novel about the beauty and hardship of life in the fictional eastern Colorado town of Holt

  • Beatification of a sinner: a review of The Soledad Crucifixion

    Beatification of a sinner: a review of The Soledad Crucifixion

    Nancy Wood's novel describes a rogue priest's spiritual encounters with the Calabaza people

  • Water is (still) for fightin': A review of Durango

    Water is (still) for fightin': A review of Durango

    Gary Hart's seventh novel takes us to another front in the water wars, the decades-long dispute over damming southern Colorado’s Animas- La Plata rivers to provide more water for the growing town of Durango.

  • Of faith and frostbite: a review of True Sisters

    Of faith and frostbite: a review of True Sisters

    Mormon pioneers crossing the country in 1856 meet with disaster in Sandra Dallas' book.

  • A long, strange trip: A review of Pot Farm

    A long, strange trip: A review of Pot Farm

    In his memoir, Matthew Gavin Frank takes the reader on a hallucinatory journey through the medical marijuana industry in Mendocino County, Calif.

  • The aftermath of violence: A review of The Color of Night

    The aftermath of violence: A review of The Color of Night

    The narrator of Madison Smartt Bell's disturbing 13th novel is a former member of a murderous, Manson-like cult.

  • Are you an Indian?

    Are you an Indian?

    In his memoir, Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life, Jim Kristofic remembers the challenges and joys of a tough childhood spent on the Navajo Nation.

  • Excavating John

    Excavating John

    Kate Niles' wry and compassionate novel The Book of John tracks the travails of an archaeologist named John Gregory Wayne Thompson.

  • 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.

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