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Following Two Iconic Authors….

Two Iconic Authors

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Ahead of the Flaming Front

Thumbs Up and Still Breathing Jerry D. Mathes’ second nonfiction book, Ahead of the Flaming Front, depicts the day –to-day life of a wildland firefighter. With a poet’s sense of language, Mathes shows himself as a rookie gaining knowledge and … Continue reading

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Work Cited/Reading to Maturity

Brandon R. Schrand’s second book, Works Cited: an Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior, depicts the author’s life through an obsessive love of literature. He parallels each personal essay with a book that influenced that particular time in his life, … Continue reading

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Mapping the Hi-Line

Colorado writer David Mogen grew up in small towns along Montana’s Hi-Line, an area below the Canadian border and east of the Rockies, as his father moved the family from one rural town to the next.  The book begins with … Continue reading

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Cities and Nature in Context

In Cities and Nature in the American West, scholars dissect what land, water, and urban existence have meant throughout the last century and what they continue to mean to today’s Western residents.  In the introductory essay, editor Char Miller, a … Continue reading

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Night: Not Just for Astronomers?

Many of us in the rural West are used to dark skies and bright stars, but in urban areas around the world, night is not as black as it once was.  Paul Bogard has compiled twenty nine essays by environmental … Continue reading

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Catastrophe or Nature’s Process?

Twenty-five years after Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption, Oregon State University sponsored a four-day trip into the blast zone.  They invited relevant scientists, nature writers, other artists and academics from around the country to camp seven miles from the crater … Continue reading

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Review of Don Waters’ Desert Gothic

Desert Gothic.  By Don Waters Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 2007. 152 pages, $16.00. Reviewed by Andrea Clark Mason Washington State University, Pullman _______________________________________________________________ Waters’ collection shows the breadth and depth of characters who populate the contemporary American … Continue reading

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Review of The God of Animals

New York: Scribner, 2007. 305 pages, $25/$14 Reviewed by Andrea Clark Mason Washington State University   Aryn Kyle’s debut novel, The God of Animals, is a rarity: a first novel that doesn’t read like one.  Kyle takes us into a … Continue reading

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The Enders Hotel: The Pulse of a Small, Western Town

The memoir The Enders Hotel chronicles a childhood and coming of age in Soda Springs, Idaho amidst hard-working grandparents, the beauty of the high desert, and the rampant alcoholism of a Western “company” town.  After stints in Idaho and Washington, … Continue reading

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