Books

All fracked up: A debut memoir wrestles with toxic masculinity in the oil fields
All fracked up: A debut memoir wrestles with toxic masculinity in the oil fields
Michael Patrick F. Smith’s ‘The Good Hand’ offers sharp observations on North Dakota’s extraction industry.
Finding meaning on Joan Didion’s frontier
Finding meaning on Joan Didion’s frontier
With the release of a new collection, the 86-year-old author returns to her old work and a vast, complicated legacy.
The lessons on storytelling that William Kittredge taught
The lessons on storytelling that William Kittredge taught
The beloved teacher and writer was preoccupied with the particular.
George Takei recounts internment’s long shadow
George Takei recounts internment’s long shadow
The actor and activist remembers his childhood detainment by the U.S. government during World War II in a new graphic novel.
The West is more than heroes and villains
The West is more than heroes and villains
In ‘This Land,’ Christopher Ketcham roams the West in search of both, and misses a lot in between.
The case against immigration prisons
The case against immigration prisons
Law professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández analyzes why America puts so many immigrants behind bars.
From Russia with love — and salmon
From Russia with love — and salmon
A new book explores the borderlands of ‘Salmon Nation,’ from the American West to Russia’s Far East.
Friendship and disappearance in the desert
Friendship and disappearance in the desert
A debut novel highlights the strength of women, even as they face trouble.
Native nonfiction authors experiment with form in new anthology
Native nonfiction authors experiment with form in new anthology
In a collection of essays, writers defy expectations and examine place.
Humans are great at giving real problems the side-eye
Humans are great at giving real problems the side-eye
Two new titles provide insight on the willful ignorance that lead to the West’s water woes.
Interview: On negotiating brutality and beauty
Interview: On negotiating brutality and beauty
In his debut collection, poet Jake Skeets summons beauty through darkness.
This season’s best reads
This season’s best reads
A roundup of the new and upcoming books that have caught our eye.
A Western author wades into murky political waters
A Western author wades into murky political waters
The blind spots, omissions and caricatures of ‘Deep River’ fail to contend with the historical realities of the Northwest or the current political climate.
Joy Harjo’s singing trees and trickster saxophones
Joy Harjo’s singing trees and trickster saxophones
The U.S. poet laureate’s new collection of poems incorporates history and breaks time.
Q & A: Terry Tempest Williams on erosion as an emotional state
Q & A: Terry Tempest Williams on erosion as an emotional state
The acclaimed author discusses how she hopes to help people find strength in these times.
From the Bundys to cheap burgundy: How myths shape the West
From the Bundys to cheap burgundy: How myths shape the West
Novelist Frank Bergon meanders through a changing West and traces old stories refreshed.
What remains in the ruins of Japanese American internment
What remains in the ruins of Japanese American internment
A new book sifts through a family’s history in the aftermath of being forcibly incarcerated by their government during World War II.
A retired WWII pilot photographs ‘the saga of fallen flesh’
A retired WWII pilot photographs ‘the saga of fallen flesh’
Anne Noggle documents herself and other aging women with respect and a touch of wry humor.
On the rock from the climber’s view
On the rock from the climber’s view
A new book is a ‘deeply beautiful survey of climbing.’
Frontier myths crash into Trump’s border wall
Frontier myths crash into Trump’s border wall
A new book dives into the injustices of Manifest Destiny in the American West and its relationship to the 2016 election.
The land and a myth of mountain masculinity
The land and a myth of mountain masculinity
Joe Wilkins’ debut novel looks at male relationships, public lands, rural class and political divisions.
The heart of California, captured
The heart of California, captured
Robb Hirsch hopes his new book compels readers to act on the behalf of Yosemite National Park.
Grounding and grandmothers in a gentrifying Denver
Grounding and grandmothers in a gentrifying Denver
Denver author Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s rich debut story collection centers young female protagonists.
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