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Edgewater Angels
A Novel
Written by Sandro Meallet


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72561-6 (0-375-72561-X)

Set in the projects of Los Angeles, California, Edgewater Angels chronicles the adolescence of Sunny Toomer, a streetwise young man endlessly sandwiched between the right and wrong thing to do. In a neighborhood where an absentminded stare might be mistaken for a silent challenge for turf, and asking someone if they... Read more >
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Poems of the American West

Edited by Robert Mezey


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $12.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-41459-6 (0-375-41459-2)

In this provocative and insightful anthology, many voices join in celebrating the remarkably vast and varied American West. The verse collected here ranges from Indian tribal lyrics to nineteenth-century folksongs like "The Streets of Laredo," from country-western lyrics to the poems of such non-American observers as Apollinaire and Borges. Here is... Read more >

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The Island Within

Written by Richard Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73239-6 (0-679-73239-X)

Winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Outstanding Natural History Writing

Richard Nelson's uninhabited and unnamed island is the setting and subject of this luminous book; all we know is that the island is somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. What Nelson does tell, is what it's like to share a pristine ecosystem... Read more >

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Into the West
The Story of Its People
Written by Walter Nugent


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77749-6 (0-679-77749-0)

Acclaimed historian Walter Nugent brings us what is perhaps the most comprehensive and fascinating account to date of the peopling of the American West. In this epic social-demographic history, Nugent explores the populations of the West as they grow, change and intersect from the Paleo-Indians, the Spanish Conquistadors, to displaced Okies... Read more >
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What You See in Clear Water
Indians, Whites, and a Battle Over Water in the American West
Written by Geoffrey O'Gara


Format: Trade Paperback, 306 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73582-3 (0-679-73582-8)

For nearly a century, the Indians on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming have been battling their white farmer neighbors over the rights to the Wind River. What You See in Clear Water tells the story of this epic struggle, shedding light on the ongoing conflict over water rights in the... Read more >
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The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76786-2 (0-679-76786-X)

Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own prodigious fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje's visionary novel traces the legendary outlaw's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880 New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is a virtuoso... Read more >
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Bad Land
An American Romance
Written by Jonathan Raban


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 7, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75906-5 (0-679-75906-9)

A New York Times Editors' Choice for Book of the Year
Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award
Winner of the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award

In 1909 maps still identified eastern Montana as the Great American Desert. But in that year, Congress, lobbied heavily by railroad companies, offered 320-acre tracts of land to... Read more >
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Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

Written by Lillian Schlissel


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: July 6, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1176-4 (0-8052-1176-4)

More than a quarter of a million Americans crossed the continental United States between 1840 and 1870, going west in one of the greatest migrations of modern times. The frontiersmen have become an integral part of our history and folklore, but the Westering experiences of American women are equally central to... Read more >
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Cruising Paradise
Tales
Written by Sam Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74217-3 (0-679-74217-4)

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actor, ex-cowboy, and musician Sam Shepard now stands revealed as a storyteller of dazzling artistry. Bleak and wildly funny, touching but stringently unsentimental, these stories give readers a most intimate view of the writer who has become synonymous with the recklessness, stoicism, and solitude of American manhood. Read more >

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An Unfinished Life

Written by Mark Spragg


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7614-7 (1-4000-7614-5)

In an extraordinary tale of love and forgiveness, Mark Spragg brings us this novel of a complex, prodigal homecoming.

After escaping the last of a long string of abusive boyfriends, Jean Gilkyson and her ten-year-old daughter Griff have nowhere left to go. Nowhere except Ishawooa, Wyoming, where Jean's estranged father-in-law, Einar... Read more >
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In Nevada
The Land, the People, God, and Chance
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77758-8 (0-679-77758-X)

Nevada is the place where Samuel Clemens became Mark Twain, Frank Sinatra became Chairman of the Board, divorce became an industry and gambling an institution. It was a place that Kit Carson could explore, where Bugsy Seigel could dream, and Howard Hughes might hide. It's the government's favorite place to test... Read more >

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Blue Dawn, Red Earth
New Native American Storytellers
Written by Clifford E. Trafzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47952-3 (0-385-47952-2)

These 30 varied and powerful short stories by Native American storytellers incorporate traditional oral tales into modern narratives. The writers, most of whom are new, featured in this collection represent a wide range of tribes and cultural backgrounds, and demonstrate the vibrancy and diversity of Native American writing. The characters in... Read more >

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Earth Song, Sky Spirit

Written by Clifford E. Trafzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $15.96
ISBN: 978-0-385-46960-9 (0-385-46960-8)

In this collection of thirty varied and powerful short stories, most written especially for this volume, established and emerging talents in Native American writing present and explore the plight, the pride, and the uneasy presence of Indians in this country today. Editor Clifford Trafzer presents a mix of beloved and rarely... Read more >

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Texicans

Written by Nina Vida


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: October 1, 2007
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-477-8 (1-56947-477-X)

When cholera strikes San Antonio in 1843, Aurelia Ruiz discovers that she might have the power to heal–and also to curse. Meanwhile, Joseph Kimmel, a schoolteacher in Missouri and the son of a Polish Jew, learns of his brother’s death in San Antonio and sets off for Texas. On his way... Read more >
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Crown of Dust

Written by Mary Volmer


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-986-5 (1-56947-986-0)

In the small settlement of Motherlode, a group of disparate characters have set up a community, held together by the formidable Emaline, hostess of the Wayside Inn. It is there that Alex, on the run from something and disguised as a teenage boy, finds refuge. But once she strikes gold, buried... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Butcher's Crossing

Written by John Williams
Introduction by Michelle Latiolais


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-198-1 (1-59017-198-5)

It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher's Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to... Read more >
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An Unspoken Hunger
Stories from the Field
Written by Terry Tempest Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75256-1 (0-679-75256-0)

In An Unspoken Hunger Williams weaves together her observations in the field with her personal experiences--as a woman, a Mormon, and a Westerner--into a resonant and often rhapsodic manifest on behalf of the landscapes she loves. She shadows lions on the Serengeti and spots night herons in the wasteland of the... Read more >
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