Reading the Wild West

By The Bookworm of Edwards

By The Bookworm of Edwards

The Cold Millions

Jess Walter

$28.99 $26.67

"This historical novel revolves around the rough and tumble mining and lumber town of Spokane in the early 1900s. Gig and Rye Dolan are but two orphan brothers amongst the Cold Millions, the legions of penniless laborers tramping about around the West in search of work, food, and a place to hole up for the winter off-seasons. The brothers find themselves in the main current of history, caught up in the conflicts between the labor movement and the mining and timber companies. The narrative is brought forth through shifting first person perspectives of different characters, which are brilliantly woven together to tell an amazing story. The characters of this book (both real and fictional) reveal a deeply human story about resistance and persistence." Review by Matt


Anna North

$26.00 $23.92

Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

H. W. Brands

$32.00 $29.44

"This is a vast and sweeping story of the expansion of the United States, beginning with Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase and taking readers all the way to the end of the bloody and contentious era at Wounded Knee. This epic book is a thrilling page-turner, perhaps all the more so because the incredible stories that fill its pages are true, and are our history. It is filled with amazing stories of survival (and demise) in the most challenging conditions, booms and busts of industries, and all manner of deception and intrigue. Famous characters like Crazy Horse, Black Elk, Chief Joseph, Geronimo, Quanah Parker, John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, Stephen Austin, Joe Meek, and John Wesley Powell are given new life in this highly accessible, knowledgeable, and poignant history of the American West." Review by Matt

How Much of These Hills Is Gold

C. Pam Zhang

$16.00 $14.72


Téa Obreht

$18.00 $16.56

"I wasn’t quite sure what to think initially but I grew to love Inland. It’s a very different type of Western story, full of ghosts, interesting complex characters, a Calvary of camels and fabulous writing. Two lives not quite interwoven struggle to survive drought, disappearing family members, a Marshall with a mission, and bully land-owners. I was especially surprised how much I liked Lurie. I loved Obreht’s 1st novel, The Tiger’s Wife, and think she is a master of magical realism and brilliant at imagery. Inland is a bit like a Coen Brothers film – off-beat but well done." Review by Karin

Whiskey When We're Dry

John Larison

$17.00 $15.64

"Adventures in the untamed Old West. Outlaws, crooked politicians and an engaging multi-dimensional sharp-shooter makes for a great read. Excellent depiction of the harshness of life on the Western Frontier and the gritty lawless people who inhabit it. Has themes of coming-of-age, gender ambiguity, loyalty and loss and shows how love can cross lines of race and class. Expect a movie! Highly recommended." Review by Karin

Simon the Fiddler

Paulette Jiles

$16.99 $15.63

"I loved following Simon as he navigates life in post-Civil War Texas. Life is uncertain under Reconstruction but he is passionate about his fiddle and Irish beauty, Doris and he finds his way with the help of some great characters and lots of optimism. I love Paulette Jiles atmospheric writing and her clever plotting kept me reading well into the night. Great writing and storytelling. Good if you liked Cold Mountain and Jiles book, News of the World." Review by Karin

Leave It as It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness

David Gessner

$28.00 $25.76

"Our narrative non-fiction book of the year is a compelling and vigorous book that serves as a wake up call. Our public lands are facing numerous threats that we, the landowners, must check with informed and knowledgeable actions. Catalyzed by the drastic reduction of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, David Gessner digs deep into the life and conservation work of Teddy Roosevelt, and the history and evolution of public lands in this country. As he hits the road from the Badlands to Bears Ears, Gessner weaves together history, biography, and memoir, and the result is an essential book for anyone who is passionate about the environments of the West. Go backpacking in the high Sierras with Roosevelt and Muir, and as you sit with them by the fire, think about what we want to leave for future generations." Review by Matt

A Thousand Moons

Sebastian Barry

$27.00 $24.84

"Barry has an outstanding command of language and is a master of time and place. His writing is lyrical and beautiful. I loved Days without End and A Thousand Moons is a satisfying sequel or a stand-alone coming-of –age story set in post-Civil War Tennessee. He captures the spirit of a young Lakota girl on her way to becoming a warrior. Set in a time of great prejudice and racism, Barry shows us two sides of complex characters – cruelty and goodness. Wonderful!" Review by Karin

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power

Pekka Hamalainen

$22.00 $20.24

News of the World

Paulette Jiles

$16.99 $15.63

"This is the kind of book I love - concise narrative of transformation and strong personalities, set in a moment of time in a particular place. Here we have Texas, just after the Civil War, and a pressman with a mission to return a missing girl to her civilized roots. The perfect four-hour read by a masterful writer!" Review by Nicole

Westering Women

Sandra Dallas

$17.99 $16.55