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September 15, 2014

Our annual Books & Essays special issue is out, packed with feature essays, author profiles, new books and a fall reading list.

Feature

How my Californian father adapted to Utah
How my Californian father adapted to Utah
He found solace in growing fruit trees, but never quite made the Beehive state his home.
Teaching aliens to talk
Teaching aliens to talk
How global warming made me change my life.

Editor's Note

Current

High Country News has a new website!
High Country News has a new website!
A timeline of hcn.org since it launched in 1995.
An author’s West of dreams and nightmares
An author’s West of dreams and nightmares
Malcolm Brooks mingles romanticism with pragmatic realities.
Michelle Huneven writes about place, addiction and love
Michelle Huneven writes about place, addiction and love
This California author examines lost years and life in the mountains.
Encouraging more ‘nerds of color’
Encouraging more ‘nerds of color’
A conversation with L.A. writer Jervey Tervalon.
A painter and writer uses her art to overcome trauma
A painter and writer uses her art to overcome trauma
Author profile of Japanese-American Lily Havey.
Forgetting we live in the desert
Forgetting we live in the desert
Rafael de Grenade on tough landscapes, writing as inquiry and climate change.
Best little bookstores of the West
Best little bookstores of the West
Plus, readers' favorite books about the region.

Essays

Masters of Dig: A tour of authorial abodes
Masters of Dig: A tour of authorial abodes
Visiting the homes of my favorite writers

Book Reviews

Photographs of America’s pronghorn antelope
Photographs of America’s pronghorn antelope
Review of “A Pronghorn Year” by Dick Kettlewell.
A new century with carnivores
A new century with carnivores
Learning to see predators as companions, not competition.
Tragedy, coincidence and patterns
Tragedy, coincidence and patterns
Review of “Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West” by Sarah Alisabeth Fox.
Conservation wisdom from the radical center
Conservation wisdom from the radical center
Review of ‘Stitching the West Back Together: Conservation of Working Landscapes.’
The bloody, brave beginnings of the Northwest
The bloody, brave beginnings of the Northwest
Review of ‘The Bully of Order’ by Brian Hart.
Beauty and chaos, standing together
Beauty and chaos, standing together
Review of ‘The Carry Home; Lessons from the American Wilderness’ by Gary Ferguson.
Fall is for reading
Fall is for reading
HCN editors’ pick of the best new fiction and non-fiction.

Heard Around the West

Wacky Burning Man antics, a pop-up town and more
Wacky Burning Man antics, a pop-up town and more
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

See you in October!
See you in October!
Skipped issue, Charles Bowden passes, and visitors to the office.

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