Items by Jenny Shank

The incarcerated women battling wildfires
The incarcerated women battling wildfires
In ‘Breathing Fire,’ Jaime Lowe uncovers the benefits and drawbacks of California’s inmate fire program.
Go on a literary road trip through the Golden State
Go on a literary road trip through the Golden State
From California dreaming to California realities, here are five books to escape with when you’re stuck at home.
Friendship and disappearance in the desert
Friendship and disappearance in the desert
A debut novel highlights the strength of women, even as they face trouble.
From the Bundys to cheap burgundy: How myths shape the West
From the Bundys to cheap burgundy: How myths shape the West
Novelist Frank Bergon meanders through a changing West and traces old stories refreshed.
Grounding and grandmothers in a gentrifying Denver
Grounding and grandmothers in a gentrifying Denver
Denver author Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s rich debut story collection centers young female protagonists.
Looking for love in all the wrong places
Looking for love in all the wrong places
A quest for connection unites a new collection of Western stories.
A voice for the overlooked
A voice for the overlooked
Writer Jonathan Evison flips the American Dream narrative upside-down.
The Second Coming of Christ in southern Idaho
The Second Coming of Christ in southern Idaho
A new memoir reflects on an isolated, religious upbringing in a survivalist Mormon family.
Saints and sinners in the Southwest
Saints and sinners in the Southwest
A new book explores the dark characters that make the wide-open West their home.
On grappling with a past shadowed by violence
On grappling with a past shadowed by violence
Two books examine the relationship people have with painful family histories.
Exploring rural California’s contradictions
Exploring rural California’s contradictions
Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel tells the story of a tough teenage girl’s survival.
What a doctor learns after a life’s work
What a doctor learns after a life’s work
A pediatrician reflects on his work in Navajo Nation.
Love, loss and nuclear reactors
Love, loss and nuclear reactors
Two new books explore the perspectives of women during the West’s nuclear boom.
The heartache of Montana’s solitude
The heartache of Montana’s solitude
Two new fiction works from Big Sky Country crave human connectivity.
The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
Two novels offer perspectives on the allure of the last frontier.
Native American literature’s shapeshifter
Native American literature’s shapeshifter
Novelist Stephen Graham Jones on how he transcends stereotypes.
The Corps of Discovery, after the apocalypse
The Corps of Discovery, after the apocalypse
Review of Benjamin Percy's “The Dead Lands.”
On the unease of violent people
On the unease of violent people
Review of T.C. Boyle's 'The Harder They Come."
Knock-out punch
Knock-out punch
A review of ‘Contenders,’ by Erika Krouse.
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.
Tombstone’s true grit
Tombstone’s true grit
Review of ‘Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral’ by Mary Doria Russell.
Underdog roboticists
Underdog roboticists
Review of ‘Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream’ by Joshua Davis.
A trapper’s tale
A trapper’s tale
Review of ‘Into the Savage Country’ by Shannon Burke.
In pursuit of a ghost
In pursuit of a ghost
Review of “The High Divide” by Lin Enger.
Hollywood horse havoc
Hollywood horse havoc
Review of “Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss.
Beauty and malevolence in Montana
Beauty and malevolence in Montana
Review of ‘The Ploughmen’ by Kim Zupan.
Love in a post-apocalyptic world
Love in a post-apocalyptic world
Review of “California” by Edan Lepucki.
Social work blues
Social work blues
Review of ‘Fourth of July Creek’ by Smith Henderson.
Nowhere left to run
Nowhere left to run
Review of “Point of Direction” by Rachel Weaver
An author’s West of dreams and nightmares
An author’s West of dreams and nightmares
Malcolm Brooks mingles romanticism with pragmatic realities.
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