American West

Between Breaths

A Teacher in the Alaskan Bush
By Sandra K. Mathews

The experiences of a young woman who was the first band instructor in a remote fishing village in 1950s Alaska.

Beyond the Missouri

The Story of the American West
By Richard W. Etulain

A narrative history of the many peoples and cultures of the American West from prehistory to the twenty-first century.

Ropes, Reins, and Rawhide

All About Rodeo
By Melody Groves

The workings, workers, and animals of the heartstopping world of rodeo.

Darkest Before Dawn

Sedition and Free Speech in the American West
By Clemens Work

Today's threats against freedom of speech echo the hysteria of World War I, when Americans went to prison for dissent. This cautionary tale focuses on events in Montana and the West that led to the suspension of this crucial right.

Finding the West

Explorations with Lewis and Clark
By James Ronda

Documents not only the stories that Lewis and Clark offered about their "road across the continent," but also the large and important stories by and about the Native peoples whose trails they followed and whose lands they described in their journals.

Gunsmoke and Saddle Leather

Firearms in the Nineteenth-Century American West
By Charles G. Worman

The many roles played by guns in the old West with personal accounts by many early settlers and hundreds of photos.

Charlie Siringo's West

An Interpretive Biography
By Howard R. Lamar

The colorful life of Charlie Siringo and the image of the American West he helped to create.

The San Diego World's Fairs and Southwestern Memory, 1880-1940

By Matthew Bokovoy

Bokovoy peels back the rhetoric of romance and reveals the legacies of the San Diego World's Fairs to reimagine the Indian and Hispanic Southwest.

Coal Camp Justice

Two Wrongs Make a Right
By Ricardo García

Garcia's novel focuses on life and death in the coal mines and camps of 1930s northern New Mexico.


Reflections on Burning Man
Edited by Lee GilmoreMark Van Proyen

Stories of the counterculture event that brings together thousands each year for a weeklong spasm of self-expression in the Nevada desert.