“To write a meaningful memoir, I have been told, you must have interesting people living in interesting times,” writes Jo Anne Salisbury Troxel in Waiting for the Revolution: A Montana Memoir (Sweetgrass Books, $17.95). By recounting the lives of her parents, Troxel — a distinguished...

A Million Acres: Montana Writers Reflect on Land and Open Space (Riverbend Press, $34.95), edited by Keir Graff and featuring stunning photos by Alexis Bonogofsky, includes essays, short stories, excerpts from fiction, and even a song that explore ideas around open lands and the writers’...

The lurking menaces in the lives of each character in Fall Back Down When I Die by Joe Wilkins (Little, Brown and Company, $27) are like the wolves that have begun reappearing in the mountains of Eastern Montana: shadowy, elusive, and always just out of...

Halfway to Halfway and Back: More River Stories, edited by Dick Linford and Bob Volpert (Halfway Publishing, $19.95), is the kind of collection that fits any mood and fills the gaps between trips down the river. These stories capture the feeling of a day on...

The specific setting of John Larison’s new novel, Whisky When We’re Dry, (Viking, $26) is never identified, but the locations, scenarios, and characters are as vivid as a painting and as familiar as the work of an Old Master. Yet, there are surprises in store...

Jim Williams’ fascinating new natural history book, Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion (Patagonia, $24.95), examines the seeming contradiction behind the current status of these striking, big cats. He explains that while wild animals — and especially large predators —...

David Quammen’s new book, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (Simon & Schuster, $30), explores the world of contemporary molecular biology and delves into the history of evolutionary theory, revealing how recent discoveries at the molecular level point toward a different and...

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