New reads for fall

Enjoy a sampling of the season’s best new books.


Here at High Country News, we’ve combed through hundreds of titles relevant to the West, mostly from indie presses and other small publishers, to bring you a sampling of the season’s best new reads. Listings appear alphabetically by author; if a book is already available, no publication month is given. —Jodi Peterson


Buddhism for Western Children Kirstin Allio, University of Iowa Press

Chupacabra Meets Billy the Kid Rudolfo Anaya, University of Oklahoma Press

Nevada Days Bernardo Atxaga, Graywolf

Evening in Paradise: More Stories Lucia Berlin, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin: A Novel Mary Clearman Blew, University of Nebraska Press

The Best Bad Things: A Novel Katrina Carrasco, MCD

Perpetua’s Kin: A Novel M. Allen Cunningham, Atelier26

Rough Animals Rae DelBianco, Arcade

Heartbreaker: A Novel Claudia Dey, Random House

The Sea of Grass Walter Echo-Hawk, Fulcrum Publishing

Crossing Vines: A Novel Rigoberto González, University of Oklahoma Press

Trinity Louisa Hall, Ecco

Mostly White: A Novel Alison Hart,
Torrey House Press

Trouble No Man Brian Hart, HarperPerennial, January 2019

A River of Stars Vanessa Hua, Ballantine

The Golden State Lydia Kiesling, MCD

Immigrant, Montana Amitava Kumar, Knopf

Driving to Geronimo’s Grave and Other Stories Joe R. Lansdale, Subterranean

The Feral Detective: A Novel Jonathan Lethem, Ecco

Lost Children Archive: A Novel Valeria Luiselli, Random House, February 2019

Son of Amity Peter Nathaniel Malae, Oregon State University

Wolves of Eden Kevin McCarthy, Norton

The Frame-Up Meghan Scott Molin, 47North

Gateway to the Moon Mary Morris, Doubleday/Talese

The Caregiver Samuel Park, Simon & Schuster

The Shortest Way Home Miriam Parker, Dutton

Hearts of the Missing Carol Potenza, Minotaur, December

Magdalena Mountain Robert Michael Pyle, Counterpoint

The Silence is the Noise Bart Schaneman, Trident Press

All That Is Left Is All That Matters Mark Slouka, W.W. Norton & Company

Don’t Send Flowers Martín Solares, Black Cat

The Removes Tatjana Soli, FSG/Crichton

The Electric State Simon Stålenhag, Skybound

Every Other Weekend Zulema Renee Summerfield, Little, Brown

Static Flux Natasha Young, Metatron Press

Family Trust: A Novel Kathy Wang, William Morrow

Whiskey When We’re Dry John Larison, Viking


One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl’s Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture Stephanie Anderson, University of Nebraska Press

How the West Was Drawn: Mapping, Indians and the Construction of the Trans-Mississippi West David Bernstein, University of Nebraska Press

Vaquita: Science, Politics and Crime in the Sea of Cortez Brooke Bessesen, Island Press

The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West John Branch,
W.W. Norton & Company

Polly Pry: The Woman Who Wrote the West Julia Bricklin, Globe Pequot Press/ TwoDot

Utah Politics and Government Adam R. Brown, University of Nebraska Press

Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture Gabe Brown with Courtney White, Chelsea Green

Confessions of an Iyeska Viola Burnette, University of Utah Press

Outside Ourselves: Landscape and Meaning in the Greater Yellowstone Todd Burritt, Outside Ourselves

All You Can Ever Know Nicole Chung, Catapult

In Defense of Loose Translations: An Indian Life in an Academic World Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, University of Nebraska Press

Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration Alfredo Corchado, Bloomsbury

Across the Continent: The Union Pacific Photographs of Andrew J. Russell Daniel Davis, University of Utah Press

In Defense of Public Lands: The Case Against Privatization and Transfer Steven Davis, Temple University Press

Stigma Cities: The Reputation and History of Birmingham, San Francisco and Las Vegas Jonathan Foster, University of Oklahoma Press

Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border Porter Fox, W.W. Norton & Company

A Dream Called Home Reyna Grande, Atria

The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes Andrew Gulliford, Texas A&M University Press

Border Walk Mark J. Hainds, Sweetbill’s Enterprises

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country Pam Houston, Norton, January 2019

Being and Becoming Ute: The Story of an American Indian People Sondra G. Jones, University of Utah Press, January

Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates Matthew J. Kauffman et al., foreword by Annie Proulx, Oregon State University

Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018 David Kipen, Modern Library, December

Campfire Stories: Tales from America’s National Parks ed. Dave and Ilyssa Kyu, Mountaineers

The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West Rebecca Lawton, Torrey House Press, March 2019

A Study of Southwestern Archaeology Stephen H. Lekson, University of Utah Press

Debunking Creation Myths about America’s Public Lands John D. Leshy, University of Utah Press

It Happened Like This: A Life in Alaska Adrienne Lindholm, Mountaineers

The Salt Lake Papers: From the Years in the Earthscapes of Utah Edward Lueders, University of Utah Press

Stray: A Memoir of a Runaway Tanya Marquardt, Little A

Reimaging a Place for the Wild edited by Leslie Miller and Louise Excell, University of Utah Press, December

Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope David Moskowitz, Braided River

Food from the Radical Center: Healing our Land and Communities Gary Nabhan, Island Press

The Dreamer and the Doctor Jack Nisbet, Sasquatch Books

The Library Book Susan Orlean, Simon & Schuster

The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation Miriam Pawel, Bloomsbury

Impossible Owls: Essays Brian Phillips, FSG Originals

Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences Gregory A. Prince, University of Utah Press, February

Here and There: A Fire Survey Stephen J. Pyne, University of Arizona Press

The Spoils of Dust: Reinventing the Lake that Made Los Angeles Alexander Robinson, Applied Research + Design Publishing

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Elizabeth Rush, Milkweed

On Call in the Arctic: A Doctor’s Pursuit of Life, Love and Miracles in the Alaskan Frontier Thomas J. Sims, Pegasus

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Sarah Smarsh, Scribner

Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border Octavio Solis, City Lights

Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776 Patrick Spero, W.W. Norton & Company

The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds Caroline Van Hemert, Little, Brown Spark

Sagebrush Collaboration: How Harney County Defeated the Takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Peter Walker, Oregon State University Press

Raw Material: Working Wool in the West Stephany Wilkes, Oregon State University

Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion Jim Williams, Patagonia

The Three-Minute Outdoorsman Returns: From Mammoth on the Menu to the Benefits of Moose Drool Robert M. Zink, University of Nebraska Press  

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