Items by Annie Dawid

Gilded pain in the heart of New Mexico
Gilded pain in the heart of New Mexico
A new collection of short stories offers a portrait of people on the fringes.
In a dead-end prison town, a fraught journey home
In a dead-end prison town, a fraught journey home
A first-time novelist follows a quiet Montana man in the wake of grief.
Menace at the edge of sanctuary
Menace at the edge of sanctuary
In “The Animals,” a wildlife rescuer faces his ugly past.
Missoula’s rape problem
Missoula’s rape problem
Jon Krakauer’s latest book explores a flawed justice system that fails victims.
Survival = Anger x Imagination
Survival = Anger x Imagination
A review of ‘Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend’ by Erika T. Wurth.
Grief’s possible outcomes
Grief’s possible outcomes
Review of ‘The Possibilities’ by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
New Mexico interregnum
New Mexico interregnum
Review of “Backlands: A Novel of the American West” by Michael McGarrity.
Sovereign contempt
Sovereign contempt
Review of “Astoria” by Peter Stark.
A Refugee in Her Own Land
A Refugee in Her Own Land
Review of ‘Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life in Oyster Bay' by Llyn De Danaan.
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.
A raw-edged memoir
In her second memoir, Raw Edges, Phyllis Barber leaves her marriage and tries to find herself.
The myths of Native American identity
The myths of Native American identity
Paul Chaat Smith's latest book, Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong, is a funny and painful collection of essays on the ways that Indians are stereotyped.
Cowgirl meets lawsuit
In her first novel, Jackalope Dreams, Western writer Mary Clearman Blew gives us a tale of the contemporary West that rings both sad and true.
Die with me
Three new books about the West’s Indian wars – Ned Blackhawk’s Violence Over the Land, Kingsley Bray’s Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life, and Robert W. Larson’s Gall: Lakota War Chief – seem to romanticize a violent past.
A poet’s novel of the San Luis Valley
In Rise, Do Not Be Afraid, poet Aaron Abeyta explores the lives of the people who lived and loved in the long-lost town of Santa Rita in Colorado’s remote San Luis Valley
Thomas McGuane’s lonely freaks
The powerful short stories in Thomas McGuane’s Gallatin Canyon prove him to be the New West’s answer to Flannery O’Connor.
Loss and renewal in the Northwest
Steven Radosevich writes simple, painful, personal essays about the changing landscape of the Pacific Northwest in his new book, Good Wood: Growth, Loss and Renewal.
Waiting for the tide
In The Highest Tide, Jim Lynch’s debut novel, a 13-year-old boy in the Pacific Northwest begins finding all kinds of strange sea creatures, and wonders if "maybe the earth is trying to tell us something."
With liberty, justice, and locally produced food for all
In Fields That Dream: A Journey to the Roots of Our Food, Jenny Kurzweil illustrates how agricultural injustices can be combated by purchasing food from socially conscious local producers
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