The West | Reviews

Memoir
Ann Ronald

Anthem for a Burnished Land

ANTHEM FOR A BURNISHED LAND: WHAT WE LEAVE IN THIS DESERT OF WORK AND WORDS Sitting alongside the Little Walker River last weekend, contemplating Nevada’s

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Burning Hour

The Burning Hour Reading The Burning Hour reminds me of sitting outside on an arid Nevada afternoon, when thunderheads build over the mountains and hot,

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Biography
Ann Ronald

The Blue Tattoo

THE BLUE TATTOO: THE STORY OF OLIVE OATMAN A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682) set guidelines for a

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Memoir
Ann Ronald

Wolfer and Wolf Land

After several years of writing “Bookin’ with Sunny” reviews, I risk sounding like a broken record. When I go on holiday, I prowl the local

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Alibi Creek

Alibi Creek Bev Magennis’s knack for characterization makes the men and women of Alibi Creek sound like real denizens of the American West. She sets

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Painted Horses

Painted Horses So many thematic threads appear in Malcolm Brooks’ novel, Painted Horses, so many ideas for mulling and musing. The romance of antiquity and

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Tahoe Blue Fire

Tahoe Blue Fire – An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller I’ve been reviewing Owen McKenna Tahoe mysteries for several years now and almost all have been

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Film
Dan Erwine

Silent Echoes

Silent Echoes, Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton For a recent wedding anniversary gift, my wife bought me The Art of Buster

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Sisters Brothers

More than four centuries ago, Thomas Nashe published The Unfortunate Traveller (1594) in English and Miguel de Cervantes published Don Quixote (1605) in Spanish. Together,

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Sweet Thunder

Ivan Doig’s Sweet Thunder follows one of the characters from his earlier novel, The Whistling Season, into maturity. Perhaps you’ll remember him as Rose’s brother,

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Biography
Sunny Solomon

The Ox-Bow Man

The Ox-Bow Man, A Biography of Walter Van Tilburg Clark The Ox-Bow Man is the biography of Walter Van Tilburg Clark, a man who loved

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Fiction
Neal Ferguson

Doc, A Novel

John Henry “Doc” Holliday: Southern landed gentry, classical pianist, consumptive, classicist, dentist, gambler, alcoholic, loyal friend, detective, and horseman.  In Russell’s fictional version, Doc Holliday

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Memoir
Ann Ronald

Badluck Way

Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West Many authors, especially those engaged in contemporary nonfiction nature writing, have dealt with the

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Grind

The eight short stories in Mark Maynard’s collection, Grind, all take place in Reno, Nevada; not the Reno where I live but the other Reno,

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