Books

Migration and extinction in the American West
Migration and extinction in the American West
A new novel follows two wanderers on a westward journey.
See what the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act preserves
See what the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act preserves
Over 50 years, the landmark law has protected more than 13,000 miles of American waterways.
Photos: Above a Western waste land
Photos: Above a Western waste land
A photo collection of 67 Superfund sites shows landscapes vandalized by mines and nuclear plants.
Why we should reconsider the starling
Why we should reconsider the starling
An author explores the unlikely relationship between a musical genius and avian pariah.
An armchair journey to the desert
An armchair journey to the desert
A photography book captures the natural splendor of Utah’s five national parks.
We need more Native literary giants than Sherman Alexie
We need more Native literary giants than Sherman Alexie
In the wake of sexual harassment allegations, a look beyond the influential writer.
National parks, where landscape and culture intersect
National parks, where landscape and culture intersect
A photography book explores the history of travel within our nation’s parks.
In Oregon’s Coast Range, a writer explores identity
In Oregon’s Coast Range, a writer explores identity
A collection of essays ranges through the histories, trees and wildlife of the state.
The uncompromising environmentalist behind the Sierra Club
The uncompromising environmentalist behind the Sierra Club
A new book details the rise of the Sierra Club from hiking group to political force.
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.
The cyclone in the Great Salt Lake
The cyclone in the Great Salt Lake
An encyclopedia encapsulates a lasting earthwork of the 70s Land Movement.
Traversing the mighty Colorado River
Traversing the mighty Colorado River
A writer sets out on a geographic journey to understand the imperiled water source.
What Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire’ means in these trying times
What Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire’ means in these trying times
The book turns 50 this year, and is more relevant now than ever.
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.
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
A new book shows the life cycle of sage grouse in their natural habitat.
Nothing about future fires is guaranteed
Nothing about future fires is guaranteed
Except that they will come.
The geography of the Southwest, painted and illuminated
The geography of the Southwest, painted and illuminated
An artist of Kiowa and Caddo descent blends traditional and modern styles.
The divides that unify a Southwestern village
The divides that unify a Southwestern village
Stanley Crawford writes about rifts between Anglo and Chicano neighbors.
Photos that trace migrations through Yellowstone
Photos that trace migrations through Yellowstone
Ungulates overcome highways, rivers and other barriers while roaming the region.
A book in hand deepens the backcountry experience
A book in hand deepens the backcountry experience
What’s the meaning of lugging literature into the wild?
New books to read this fall
New books to read this fall
A sampling of the season’s best new reads.
The West, when women are telling the story
The West, when women are telling the story
Do women write differently about wilderness?
The border as a ‘weaponized’ landscape
The border as a ‘weaponized’ landscape
Border Patrol agent-turned-author Francisco Cantú examines his experiences.
High Country News Classifieds