Books

How beef colonized the West and America’s dinner plate
How beef colonized the West and America’s dinner plate
The author of a new book explains how beef consolidation in the late 19th Century shapes our ecology, economy and politics.
Last words from a desert scribe
Last words from a desert scribe
Essayist Ellen Meloy’s posthumous collection is profound, outspoken and hilarious.
The history of hiking The Continental Divide Trail
The history of hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Meandering across 3,100 miles, the trail connects Mexico to Canada.
What it’s like to navigate life below the poverty line
What it’s like to navigate life below the poverty line
A new book humanizes the work America’s poor must go through to try and stay afloat.
A memoir of sorrow and grace
A memoir of sorrow and grace
Pam Houston conveys the pleasures and challenges of rural life.
See the hard-won equilibrium of Alaska
See the hard-won equilibrium of Alaska
A compilation of work by Alaskan photographers explores life in the North.
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
A new book contemplates nature, solitude, grief and grace.
America forgot the Chinese workers who built the railroad
America forgot the Chinese workers who built the railroad
Historian Gordon Chang’s new book attempts to correct that erasure.
What trees can teach us
What trees can teach us
Community and relationships are an integral part of arbor life.
Photos: The many faces of Marilyn Monroe
Photos: The many faces of Marilyn Monroe
See the impersonators that perpetuate an All-American woman.
What’s left of the tallgrass prairie
What’s left of the tallgrass prairie
A ‘grassland education’ from nature photographer Harvey Payne.
An outsider endures violence and redemption in the Wild West
An outsider endures violence and redemption in the Wild West
A familiar trope of storytelling puts women and people of color on center stage.
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
In her new novel, Valeria Luiselli explores the possibilities and limits of writing about the border crisis.
Can beauty alone save a natural place?
Can beauty alone save a natural place?
Essays that unravel the mystique of the American West.
Glimpse inside the last inland temperate rainforest
Glimpse inside the last inland temperate rainforest
Endangered species and landscapes vividly captured in a new book.
Explore landscapes redefined by human influence
Explore landscapes redefined by human influence
In a new book, a photographer captures our collisions with nature.
Photos: Life in migration
Photos: Life in migration
Wildlife species make their quests to mate, give birth, feed and seek shelter across the American West.
An outsider’s perspective on the West
An outsider’s perspective on the West
A Basque writer transplanted to Nevada takes a critical look at American culture.
See iconic photographers’ forgotten work in 1950s Mormon towns
See iconic photographers’ forgotten work in 1950s Mormon towns
Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange capture a time when the religion was growing.
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.
See paradise beneath the Colorado peaks
See paradise beneath the Colorado peaks
A publishing couple invites you into the process behind their picturesque Vail estate.
Under Trumpism, truth is under relentless attack
Under Trumpism, truth is under relentless attack
Two books warn against the rise of alternative realities.
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.
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