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By: High Country News  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Book Reviews

  • Writers on the Range

    by Dev Carey, Nov 09, 2011

  • Writers on the Range

    When you're out of work and homeless, it's inspiring to remember young wanderers like Everett Ruess, even if he never returned from his mysterious sojourn in the canyon country of Utah.

    by Jane Koerner, Nov 08, 2011

  • Book Reviews

    Writer David Mogen sets out to understand his childhood and his rural ancestors, who lived along Montana’s Hi-Line, just below the Canadian border.

    by Andrea Clark Mason, Oct 31, 2011

  • Book Reviews

    In Frank Bergon's new novel, a young man in California's Central Valley is haunted by the memory of his best friend, whom he murdered.

    by Tara Rae Miner, Oct 31, 2011

  • Dear Friends

    High Country News board of directors meets with staff in Reno; David Wolman's "Accidental Wilderness" wins prize; Greg Hanscom to work for Grist; farewell to Elouise Cobell.

    by Jodi Peterson, Oct 31, 2011

  • Writers on the Range

    Across the nation, small, understaffed newspapers like Washington's Methow Valley News work to bring local news to their rural readers.

    by Don Nelson, Oct 28, 2011

  • Letters

    by Nels Flesher, Oct 25, 2011

  • Letters

    by Barbara Ullian, Oct 25, 2011

  • Letters

    by George Cleveland, Oct 25, 2011

  • Writers on the Range

    Where's the compassion for the poor bullied 1 percent of the world -- the rich people who just aren't as rich as they ought to be?

    by Jaime O'Neill, Oct 21, 2011

  • Feature

    by Philip Connors, Oct 21, 2011

  • Dear Friends

    Art Director Cindy Wehling takes a break, and Kris Scott and Shaun Gibson take over the reins; visitors; corrections and clarifications.

    by Sarah Gilman, Oct 17, 2011

  • Essays

    A writer catalogues the practical and the sentimental objects grabbed when people flee their homes

    by David Frey, Oct 16, 2011

  • Writers on the Range

    The Conservation Reserve Program has encouraged millions of acres of idled farmland to be used as wildlife habitat, but now it may be plowed under by a budget-cutting Congress.

    by Stephanie Paige Ogburn, Oct 13, 2011

  • Writers on the Range

    When a hardcore garlic lover runs out of his favorite strain of hardneck garlic, he'll do anything to find some more.

    by Ari LeVaux, Oct 11, 2011

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