NEW & UPCOMING
A WOUNDED DEER LEAPS HIGHEST
by Charlie J. Stephens
In 1980’s Oregon, Smokey is figuring out how to survive childhood with a young mom who is increasingly desperate in her search for love. As their mother's boyfriends come and go, Smokey aches for the comfort and safety their mother can never quite provide. When a dangerous new man moves into the house, Smokey seeks refuge in the nearby forests—finding comfort as they give themselves over to the strength and beauty of the natural world.
by Kase Johnstun
Veronica Chavez and her great nephew Chuy immigrate from Mexico to the US, their journeys seventy years apart. In 1922, Veronica’s romantic expectations are crushed by the dangers of living alone in a foreign country. Young and determined, she finds community in Utah’s desert railroad towns. Decades later, Chuy comes with his family to Salt Lake City, but his parents are soon sent back to Mexico. Out of place but together, Chuy and Veronica manage to connect across generations—hatching a plan to finally win it big on reality TV.
DEATH VALLEY DUEL
by Scott Graham
In the ninth book in Scott Graham's National Park Mystery Series, an archeologist must stop a century-old evil to save his daughter. When archaeologist Chuck Bender makes a stunning discovery of a century-old evil, he believes it may be related to a series of deadly accidents plaguing the Whitney to Death 150, the world's toughest ultra trail-running race. While Chuck’s teenage stepdaughter Carmelita races to win the competition, Chuck races to uncover the wicked intent lying behind the tragedies—before Carmelita becomes the next victim.
LIFE AFTER DEAD POOL
by Zak Podmore
Since it began filling in 1963, Lake Powell has been central to water management in the western US. But now, after decades of drought, the Colorado River has been stretched to the breaking point. Due to a changing climate and design flaws in the Glen Canyon Dam, this once-massive reservoir is on the brink of collapse—leaving the millions of people who depend on its waters at risk. Podmore explores the challenges ahead with a focus on the bright side of the water crisis: the surprising ecological rebirth that's already unfolding in Glen Canyon.
THE MISSING MORNINGSTAR
by Stacie Shannon Denetsosie
Stacie Shannon Denetsosie confronts long-reaching effects of settler-colonialism on Native lives in a series of gritty, wildly imaginative stories. A young Navajo man catches a ride home alongside a casket he’s sure contains his dead grandfather. A gas station clerk witnesses the kidnapping of the newly crowned Miss Northwestern Arizona. A young couple’s search for a sperm donor raises questions of blood quantum. This debut collection grapples with a complex and painful history alongside an inheritance of beauty, ceremony, and storytelling.
by Catherine Young
In 1855, the landscape painter George Inness began work on his commissioned painting The Lackawanna Valley. A century later, a girl in Scranton, Pennsylvania, looks out over her coal-strewn homeland wishing for beauty and wondering where the artist had stood with his canvas. The interplay between the two stories is at the heart of Catherine Young’s memoir. A lyric work of environmental history, Black Diamonds gives voice to the birthplace of the industrial revolution in North America and the consequences for the people and the forgotten valley that once powered the nation.
by Betsy Gaines Quammen
Misperceptions about land, politics, liberty, and self-determination threaten the well-being of people and communities across the country, and Gaines Quammen interrogates it all as she seeks to reconcile the anger and misunderstandings that continue to be fueled by the West’s enduring myths and complex history. Whether sitting down with a local resident seeking to protect his rural Utah town from Antifa or talking with grassroots organizers working across ideological divides, Gaines Quammen brings to life connections and contradictions that shape our politics and our lives far beyond the West.
PLAYING WITH WILDFIRE
by Laura Pritchett
A wildfire is bearing down. Evacuation orders are issued. Playing with Wildfire recounts the trauma and communal moments of a mountain town’s inhabitants as a fire roars their way. Playing with experimental form in order to subvert storytelling expectations, told in polyphonic voices to inspire inclusion, and with a storyline that illustrates companionship in a bifurcated country, this book plays with expectations on every level. Above all, it shows us that demolition might be an opportunity for renovation of how we live on planet Earth.