Colors are changing and the days have grown considerably shorter and cooler. This season’s list is diverse, and a way to meaningfully pass the evening.
While I anticipate you might have read a couple of the books listed below, there is certainly a new title to add to your reading list.
Between 1842 and 1854 John C. Frémont and Kit Carson boldly ventured into untamed territory to fulfill America’s “manifest destiny.” Drawing on little-known primary sources, David Roberts re-creates their expeditions. This is a harrowing narrative of hardship and adventure and a poignant reminder of the cultural tragedy that westward expansion inflicted on the Native American.
From a fire policy of prevention at all costs to today’s restored burning, Pyne tells of a fire revolution that began in the 1960s as a reaction to simple suppression and single-agency hegemony, and then matured into more enlightened programs of fire management. It describes the counterrevolution of the 1980s that stalled the movement, the revival of reform after 1994, and the fire scene that has evolved since then.
Crazy Woman Creek is a collection of prose and poetry about real women in the West and their connection to a larger whole. Long troubled by the misguided images of skinny cowgirls on prancing palominos, the editors embarked on a mission to set the record straight. They wanted these western women to reveal the realities of their lives in their own words.
This book may consist of tales of frostiness. After deciding to examine the world’s frozen places before it’s too late, the author begins his journey by plunging into Prudhoe Bay, an icy mass 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle and continues by masterfully linking the history, myth, geography and ecology of bone-chilling temperatures. Reading Cold is guaranteed to give you goose bumps — the good kind.
Jim Furnish joined the U.S. Forest Service in 1965, enthusiastic and naive, proud to be part of such a storied and accomplished agency. Nothing could have prepared him for the crisis that would soon rock the agency to its foundation, as a burgeoning environmental movement challenged the Forest Service’s legacy and legitimacy. This is an insider’s view of this tumultuous time in the history.
Literary descriptions borrowed, and maybe somewhat changed, from that listed on Amazon.com. Each book is available on Amazon or at your local library.