Items by Michael Engelhard

Last words from a desert scribe
Last words from a desert scribe
Essayist Ellen Meloy’s posthumous collection is profound, outspoken and hilarious.
The plight of the ‘snow oxen’
The plight of the ‘snow oxen’
A biologist draws on his fieldwork to consider the world of muskoxen during climate change.
The contradictions of iconic lands
The contradictions of iconic lands
The photos inside two new volumes show the grandeur and vulnerability of landscapes like the Grand Canyon and Bears Ears National Monument.
How to name a rose
How to name a rose
A recent book provides a road map to finding literature in nature.
Showcasing Alaska’s Inupiat culture through gaming
Showcasing Alaska’s Inupiat culture through gaming
Few Inupiat youth are fluent in their native language, but a new game’s popularity could keep the culture alive.
The lost in canyon country
The lost in canyon country
A new book recounts the many mysterious disappearances in the Western desert.
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.
A border crossing gone wrong
A border crossing gone wrong
Review of ‘The Jaguar’s Children’ by John Vaillant.
Shooting life’s rapids
Shooting life’s rapids
Review of ‘If Not For This’ by Pete Fromm.
Lay of the land
Lay of the land
Review of ‘How to Read the American West: A Field Guide’ by William Wyckoff
Backpacking with monster skeeters
Backpacking with monster skeeters
An Alaska encounter with the fiercest of the 176 mosquito species that roam the U.S.
Tracking America's ice-age pioneers
Tracking America's ice-age pioneers
A review of 'In the Shadow of the Sabertooth' by Doug Peacock.
Redrock storyscapes
Redrock storyscapes
A review of Utah’s Canyon Country Place Names, Volume 1 & 2 by Steve Allen
Marginalia: an essay
Marginalia: an essay
On a trek across the Arctic, a writer's map becomes a record of the journey.
Tools 'R' Us
Tools 'R' Us
A review of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl
Parched lives in a parched land: A review of the Ordinary Truth
Parched lives in a parched land: A review of the Ordinary Truth
Jana Richman's novel of a Nevada family divided by conflict over water
We cannot drill our way out of this mess: A review of Arctic Voices
We cannot drill our way out of this mess: A review of Arctic Voices
In Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, renowned photographer Subhankar Banerjee hears from 39 writers, biologists, activists and Native Americans about the need to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Interior Landscapes: A review of The City Beneath the Snow
Interior Landscapes: A review of The City Beneath the Snow
The short stories in Marjorie Kowalski Cole's posthumous collection The City Beneath the Snow take readers deep into the subarctic melting pot of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Jeff Rice collects nature's noises
Jeff Rice collects nature's noises
Jeff Rice records the natural sounds of the West.
Collateral damage
Collateral damage
T.C. Boyle's new novel, When the Killing's Done, examines the awkward way humans interact with nature and with one another.
Tribute to a prickly icon
Tribute to a prickly icon
Both fans and critics contemplate the life and legacy of Edward Abbey in a special issue of the Western literary and arts journal Matter.
No walk in the park
No walk in the park
In his compassionate, understated memoir, Walking Home, Lynn Schooler hikes across rugged Southeast Alaska.
A California Bestiary: Beauty of the beasts
A California Bestiary: Beauty of the beasts
A California Bestiary celebrates the state's wildlife with vivid illustrations by Mona Caron and thoughtful words by Rebecca Solnit.
The wild home of hope
Rock Water Wild: An Alaskan Life is Alaska writer Nancy Lord's celebration of her state.
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