Book Reviews

Tools for Grassroots Activists
David Tucker
While it might seem that a major corporation has no business writing a manual for grassroots environmental activists, Patagonia has done just that. Read more >>
Drews, Debbie
Author Keith McCafferty has an impressive Montana pedigree, and Read more >>
Swift Dam
Drews, Debbie
Local author (and veterinarian) Sid Gustafson’s latest book, Read more >>
the editors
A primer of classic Montana texts.“If you want to know a country, read its writers.” ―Aminatta Forna Read more >>
Prepare for anything, wilderness, survival in Montana, Outside Bozeman
England, Mike
Though big and heavy, Tim MacWelch’s Prepare for Anything (WeldonOwen, $27) is one of the best items you could stuff Read more >>
Yellowstone National Park, Nation Park, Montana
Lorton, Isaac
With fascinating factoids and captivating pictures, Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard (Houghton, Milton, Harcourt, $19) will enthrall any child interested in science or curious about wild creatures. Read more >>
Montana State Parks, State Parks, Montana parks
Solomon, Morgan
With 55 state parks in Montana, it’s hard to know the fine details about each one. Luckily, in light of the 75th anniversary of Montana’s state parks, someone has finally made a guide to all of them. Read more >>
American Plains Bison
Tucker, David
Few animals elicit more awe and debate than bison. In American Plains Bison: Rewilding an Icon (Sweetgrass Books, $20), retired professor of wildlife biology James A. Read more >>
Wild Again
Rodriguez, Katie
Once thought extinct, and still one of North America’s rarest mammals, the black-footed ferret exemplifies the ecological, social, and political challenges of conservation in the West. Read more >>
Aspiring Traveler's Handbook
Hessman, Patrick
International travel is a dream of many, but often shelved for being too expensive or difficult to work into an already hectic life. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
Any time the word “epic” is used, I’m skeptical, but in the case of the Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone (St. Martin’s Griffin Press; $20) nothing less would suffice. Read more >>
Tucker, David
A Montanan’s Short Stories (self-published, $16) is just that: small glimpses into Harlan Frank Pollmann’s life and times. The Harlowton, Montana native recounts anecdotes from his own experiences—adventures that could happen for anyone living under the Big Sky. Read more >>
Hessman, Pat
In Montana, the management of gray wolves is right up there with religion and politics on the list of things to avoid discussing in good company. Read more >>
McCarthy, Chris
Having grown up on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, I was excited to review the book Landscape and Legacy (Farcountry Press, $20) by John A. Vollertsen; I figured it would make a great coffee-table book. Read more >>
England, Mike
A combination of meticulous research and superb story-telling, David Baron’s The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature (W.W. Norton, $15) never fails to engage, from the first page to the last. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
If there’s one thing that will forever remain recession-proof, it’s beer. Read more >>
Bean, Anya
Yellowstone Has Teeth (Riverbend Publishing, $15) is a memoir about the lives of the men and women who work in Yellowstone National Park. Read more >>
Bean, Anya
One Frozen Lake (Minnesota Historical Publishing House, $15) is a children’s book that shows the relationship between grandfather and grandson through their experiences ice fishing. Read more >>
Gustafson, Sid
The lovebird is a captured and marginalized African parrot that forever yearns to form a strong and monogamous pair bond with another of her feather, preferring to roost side-by-side for peaceful spells in the unbounded nascent smells of Mother Earth. Read more >>
England, Mike
There’s something undeniably mythical about chasing large fish—precious few anglers escape that eventual, insatiable hunger for a lunker on the end of their line. Read more >>
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