Books

Species conservation is a human problem
Species conservation is a human problem
Writer Michelle Nijhuis synthesizes the story of modern-day conservation in her new book ‘Beloved Beasts.’
The Colorado town that became a transgender haven
The Colorado town that became a transgender haven
In ‘Going to Trinidad,’ histories illuminate — and obscure — the outcomes of gender transition.
Threatened species and how we might save them
Threatened species and how we might save them
Michelle Nijhuis details history’s successes as a road map for today’s conservationists in her new book ‘Beloved Beasts.’
Can we write our way out of catastrophe?
Can we write our way out of catastrophe?
In Ben Ehrenreich’s ‘Desert Notebooks,’ a fragmented style attempts to change the way we think, and write, about the Anthropocene.
‘One hell of a testimony’ about mothers and daughters
‘One hell of a testimony’ about mothers and daughters
Debut novelist Kelli Jo Ford writes a lyrical tale of faith and family.
Rudolfo Anaya defined the West like no one else
Rudolfo Anaya defined the West like no one else
The writer showed us magic, mystery and where Manifest Destiny failed.
Reimagining nature poetry
Reimagining nature poetry
Benjamin Garcia’s ‘Thrown in the Throat’ uses plants and landscapes to think past oppressive structures.
A pandemic of both feminism and despair
A pandemic of both feminism and despair
In Lauren Beukes’ ‘Afterland,’ only women survive. Can they rebuild?
When the ‘war on terror’  comes home
When the ‘war on terror’ comes home
‘Acceleration Hours’ is an honest, rare look at American militarism.
Go on a literary road trip through the Golden State
Go on a literary road trip through the Golden State
From California dreaming to California realities, here are five books to escape with when you’re stuck at home.
‘Being in the middle of a story is a really hard place’
‘Being in the middle of a story is a really hard place’
Rebecca Solnit on disasters, hope and the chance to reshape the future.
The U.S. is closing its doors to asylum seekers
The U.S. is closing its doors to asylum seekers
‘The Dispossessed’ follows a family’s harrowing search for safety, and asks what new policies say about the nation’s long-standing ideals.
American violence in the time of coronavirus
American violence in the time of coronavirus
Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz puts armed ‘reopen’ protests in their historical context.
Perpetual ‘manifest destiny’ on the shores of Santa Monica
Perpetual ‘manifest destiny’ on the shores of Santa Monica
A photographer examines westward expansion in tourist-saturated California.
Amidst North Dakota’s fracking boom, people keep disappearing
Amidst North Dakota’s fracking boom, people keep disappearing
Journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch documents Lissa Yellow Bird’s search for the missing.
How Mormon history helps explain today’s public-land fights
How Mormon history helps explain today’s public-land fights
Betsy Gaines Quammen’s new book looks at the Bundy family and religion’s connection to the Western landscape.
Fighting and winning with Louise Erdrich
Fighting and winning with Louise Erdrich
The author opens up to Tommy Orange about family, her new novel and the third wave of Indigenous writing.
Gift and theft in the far North
Gift and theft in the far North
‘Floating Coast,’ the first comprehensive history of the Bering Strait, offers a lesson in ecological economics.
The endless search for Charles Bowden
The endless search for Charles Bowden
A longtime Bowden reader remembers the complicated author through two new books.
Billionaires are changing communities and the wild in Wyoming
Billionaires are changing communities and the wild in Wyoming
Sociologist Justin Farrell explores the ways wealth shapes Teton County and the Western U.S.
The poet on the garbage crew
The poet on the garbage crew
In ‘Vantage,’ Taneum Bambrick digs for refuse along the Columbia River.
A particular kind of immigrant journey
A particular kind of immigrant journey
Tope Folarin’s coming-of-age story recounts the transformations of a Nigerian-American family in Utah.
How Andy Warhol painted the West
How Andy Warhol painted the West
The artist challenged ideas of masculinity but fell short of addressing racism.
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