Read: The Barbarian Nurseries

Jesus Christo this is a good book. Let me say this. This book hurts. It really hurts. Why? Because of where I live and what I used to do for a living. Héctor Tobar’s “The Barbarian Nurseries” hit me like … Read More

Read: The Blackhouse

I read a lot of nonfiction, but from time to time I need something to set me free. A good fiction book is a wonderful thing. Fiction allows me to paint a totally unique picture in my mind uncluttered by … Read More

Read: Lonesome Animals

This book is twisted which means it’s right up my alley. At one point I figured out one of the main plot twists, but it didn’t impact my experience or my feeling toward the book. It did make me wonder … Read More

Read: The Botany of Desire

I’m probably the only one who hasn’t read this book. Michael Pollan’s “The Botany of Desire” is the most well worn library book I’ve ever read. It’s wasted. But it still works. I’m not sure where to start on this … Read More

Read: On the Rez

If you haven’t read Ian Frazier’s “Great Plains” then take the time to do so. My second dance with Frazier came in the form of “On the Rez,” a book that drove me crazy in all the right ways. First … Read More

Read: Never Cry Wolf

For all I know I’ve already written about this book. I’ve read it at least a dozen times. Just being able to say “Farley Mowat” is enough reason to pick this baby up. The guy is a legend. Naturalist. You … Read More

Read: Grass, Soil, Hope

Having spent part of my life on a ranch in Wyoming I find myself being drawn back into the IDEA of that existence. Whether or not I will ever go near that life again is another matter, but I have … Read More

Read: In the Wake of the Plague

Turns out the plague was a real drag. Plague with a dose of Anthrax for good measure. Sounds rough, and it didn’t discriminate. If you were there, wrong place, wrong time, wrong rats and fleas, you were a goner. This … Read More

Read: The Killer Angels

I think I’m the only one who didn’t know about this book. Add it to the list of what eludes me. It’s good. Look up the definition of suspense and you might find this book. Even though you KNOW what … Read More

Read: The Secret Knowledge of Water

There is a lot more going on in the desert than you know. Craig Childs, once again, delivers what’s really going on and more in “The Secret Knowledge of Water,” an eloquently detailed book about things that border on the … Read More

Read: Barbarian Days

Buy this book. Get the paper version. Okay, if you have ZERO interest in surfing, I mean ZERO, then don’t buy it, but if you have ever had fun in two-foot shorebreak slop then this book is for you. If … Read More

Read: Bad Country

I read a wide variety of publication. Fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel, comic book, pamphlet and even auto mags when I’m waiting for my tires to get rotated. Sometimes I just want a good story. Something that sucks me in and … Read More

Read: The River Swimmer

Two stories. I’m starting to think it would be easy to underestimate these books. I read them in one sitting. Your mind begins to play tricks. That was effortless, so easy. There are a few lines I’ll take with me … Read More

Read: The Farmer’s Daughter

This is getting out of hand. More Harrison. But I can’t stop. There is another after this. The problem is he writes great stories. I’m not a novella or short story fan, never have been, until now. These stories aren’t … Read More

Read: True North

Good grief. I don’t even know where to start. Story. Sadness. Character. I was so involved in this story I didn’t see the ending coming, and the ending is a repeat of the first chapter of the book. Nature, human … Read More

Read: Legends of the Fall

I was never a fan of novellas until now. You probably know “Legends of the Fall” by Jim Harrison or perhaps you have seen the movie, but until you read these things you can’t truly understand how good they are. … Read More

Read: The Book of Tea

This book is magic but in a very subdued way. I’m not sure how I got this book. Must have downloaded it by accident, but I’m glad I did. Tea is a part of my life, and I have friends … Read More

Read: Off to the Side

You are going to want to own this book. A memoir. My suggestion is to get the hardcover from the library, take your time, read it then return it. Then buy a stack of softcovers and keep them in your … Read More