31 Oct '17, 3pm

Love this roundup of books about the West, including @Authorlaura's THE BLUE HOUR!

I heard about this collection of essays on Colorado Public Radio while driving solo across the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area. I had been contemplating the vastness, dryness and beauty of the Southwest desert, along with the tragedy, history and economics that shaped the populations of Native Americans and non-native lower-income residents out there. I also was thinking about how drastically the land and the communities change from desert to mountain regions, although homogenization from chain stores, fast food and Amazon gives a certain sameness to towns even way out here. My mom’s city of Montrose—one of the few affordable, mid-sized cities in the southwest corner of Colorado—seems as if it could be anywhere because of its Target and Walmart, which therefore gives me a soft spot for its branch of the uniquely Western chain store Murdoch’s, a ranch supply out...

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