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The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062868084
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2020

This historical novel revolves around the rough and tumble mining and lumber town of Spokane in the early 1900s. Gig and Rye Dolan are but two orphan brothers amongst the Cold Millions, the legions of penniless laborers tramping about around the West in search of work, food, and a place to hole up for the winter off-seasons. The brothers find themselves in the main current of history, caught up in the conflicts between the labor movement and the mining and timber companies. The narrative is brought forth through shifting first person perspectives of different characters, which are brilliantly woven together to tell an amazing story. The characters of this book (both real and fictional) reveal a deeply human story about resistance and persistence.


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Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525541875
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Published: Portfolio - September 29th, 2020

Ryan Holiday is a prolific reader, writer, thinker, and entrepreneur, who has rekindled the value of philosophy in the modern world. Building on the success of The Daily Stoic, Stillness is the Key, and Ego is the Enemy, Holiday and co-author Stephen Hanselman provide us with a comprehensive evolution of Stoicism and the primary proponents and detractors of the philosophy. In doing so we gain insights into the lives and dilemmas of Roman citizens and their leaders, and it may come as no surprise that they are not very different from dilemmas we face today. Outbreaks of disease, war, politics, the corrupting potential of money and power, and the fundamental question of how one should conduct themselves in this life are problems we still grapple with, and it is only natural that we should learn from the successes and failures of the past.


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How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs Cover Image
By Guy Raz
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358216766
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 15th, 2020

This book builds upon the success of Guy Raz’s popular podcast of the same name, and offers a more in-depth look at entrepreneurship and the very human stories behind some of the most interesting businesses today. This book is a must read for an aspiring entrepreneur, or for someone who is simply trying to figure out what to do with their great ideas. The case studies contained in this book will inspire and educate readers on navigating the uncertainties inherent in launching and building a business. Guy Raz’s own story in life and in business is wonderfully written, honest and insightful. Read this book, and then get to work on bringing your great ideas to life!


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Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501160271
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2020

This courageous, witty, and insightful book is a pleasure to read, and will leave readers with a renewed sense of hope and perseverance. Lulu Miller, a science writer and founder of NPR’s Invisibilia podcast, is drawn to study the life of a 19th century naturalist, whose life seems to contain many lessons in resiliency in facing setbacks. It uncovers the dangers of self-deception and other misguided ways of thinking that can lead to tragedy. This book is a search for meaning, of how to view the world through a scientific lens without becoming utterly bummed out that we are but a speck on a speck on a speck in the universe, and here on Earth we do not sit atop a ladder of evolution as we once believed. Returning to themes of entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, Order and Chaos, the book is an existential inquiry, and a moving and joyous journey.


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Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982105044
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 11th, 2020

Our narrative non-fiction book of the year is a compelling and vigorous book that serves as a wake up call. Our public lands are facing numerous threats that we, the landowners, must check with informed and knowledgeable actions. Catalyzed by the drastic reduction of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, David Gessner digs deep into the life and conservation work of Teddy Roosevelt, and the history and evolution of public lands in this country. As he hits the road from the Badlands to Bears Ears, Gessner weaves together history, biography, and memoir, and the result is an essential book for anyone who is passionate about the environments of the West. Go backpacking in the high Sierras with Roosevelt and Muir, and as you sit with them by the fire, think about what we want to leave for future generations.


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Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781541672529
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Published: Basic Books - October 22nd, 2019

This is a vast and sweeping story of the expansion of the United States, beginning with Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase and taking readers all the way to the end of the bloody and contentious era at Wounded Knee. This epic book is a thrilling page-turner, perhaps all the more so because the incredible stories that fill its pages are true, and are our history. It is filled with amazing stories of survival (and demise) in the most challenging conditions, booms and busts of industries, and all manner of deception and intrigue. Famous characters like Crazy Horse, Black Elk, Chief Joseph, Geronimo, Quanah Parker, John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, Stephen Austin, Joe Meek, and John Wesley Powell are given new life in this highly accessible, knowledgeable, and poignant history of the American West.


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Winter Counts: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062968944
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Published: Ecco - August 25th, 2020

When egregious crimes are committed on the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota and neither the tribal police nor the feds prosecute blatant violent crime (which sadly is not a fictional situation), the people there call upon Virgil Wounded Horse, the vigilante enforcer protagonist of this powerful, gritty novel. When heroin starts showing up on the reservation, Virgil is called on to put a stop to it, and he and his nephew Nathan get roped into a tangled web of drugs, gangs, and corruption. This novel is a visceral depiction of the Lakota people’s struggle for justice, and the search for meaning and congruence of their traditional values and rituals within the brutal realities of the modern world.


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Lab Girl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

Renowned botanist Hope Jahren has crafted a beautiful memoir that is equal parts mind-expanding natural science writing, and honest life-navigation reflections. She attempts to bring out the scientist in all of us, and distills complicated scientific processes into easily understandable terms. The natural world is fascinating on its own, but this humorous and personal  account of one remarkable person’s winding path, with pitfalls, setbacks, and complex relationships, encourages perseverance, intellectual curiosity, and seeking answers to explain the world around us.  For example, how can analyzing hackberry seeds inform us about global glaciation cycles? Read this wonderful book to find out!


Wild Mushrooms: A Cookbook and Foraging  Guide Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781510749436
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Published: Skyhorse - October 20th, 2020

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The New American: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982120726
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 18th, 2020

A harrowing account of a child of Guatemalan immigrants trying to find his way back to California. This book is an emotional and insightful read, both devastating and hopeful. I think that one of the purposes of reading books is considering new perspectives and developing empathy, and this book accomplishes that goal in a most powerful fashion.


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The River: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525563532
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

This book is a thriller that I was not able to put down until I was finished. Excellent and relatable character development, an accurate and knowledgeable depiction of a canoe expedition in the great northern wilderness, an impending natural disaster, and shady occurrences come together to form a confluence of narrative that makes this novel by acclaimed writer Peter Heller a must read for outdoor adventure lovers.


Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226462
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Published: Catapult - March 3rd, 2020

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Without Ever Reaching the Summit: A Journey Cover Image
By Paolo Cognetti, Stash Luczkiw (Translated by)
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062978318
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Published: HarperOne - June 23rd, 2020

Washington Black Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563242
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

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The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

My current top pick, The Overstory, is an engrossing novel that is packed with insights into our evolving understanding of ecological systems, and probes into the numerous and knotty conflicts between industry and nature, conflicts that we must attempt to resolve if we wish to continue our recent (especially relative to trees) existence here on Earth. Through the eyes of a diverse set of characters (fearless, tenacious, and simply endearing Doug being my favorite) it explores our relationship to the natural world, resistance to exploitation, the technological revolution, and the immense known and unknown value contained in rapidly diminishing old growth forests of planet Earth. A story of struggle for morality and justice and of unintended consequences.


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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250147608
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 15th, 2019

Elton John writes with honesty and humor that shines throughout his riveting memoir. His writing is refreshingly real, humble, and down to earth, particularly for a person who has enjoyed the level of success he has had as a global icon. Combine a fiercely strong willed personality with raw talent, the trappings of fame, success, and excess, and tragedy after tragedy, and you get hilarity.  An incredibly wise man who has plumbed the depths and climbed the peaks of a huge life, Elton John is a living treasure.


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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America: Second Edition (Sibley Guides) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780307957924
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Published: Knopf - March 29th, 2016

My favorite field guide to birds of North America. Comprehensive and well crafted. Easy to use with beautiful and instructive illustrations and migration pattern maps. Pop this in your pack with your binoculars, and let me know what you spot!


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The Body: A Guide for Occupants Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

This guide to living in a human body is a a fun and informed story of our current understanding of the human body, from head to toe.  The story of our journey to arriving to that understanding is filled with fascinating characters, serendipitous discoveries, and shocking gore (early surgical procedures). The body is an amazing system of parts and this book left me with a sense of awe and wonder, of what we think we know, and what remains a mystery.


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The Bad Guys (Bad Guys #1) Cover Image
By Aaron Blabey, Aaron Blabey (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545912402
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Published: Scholastic Press - December 27th, 2016

They go on so many amazing adventures, a shark, a tarantula, a wolf, a snake a piranha, and a villain named doctor Marmalade and he is an alien.  Adventurous. - Jack


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The Way Home (Owly #1) Cover Image
By Andy Runton, Andy Runton (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338300659
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Published: Graphix - February 4th, 2020

There are three chickadees, one owl, one worm, two hummingbirds, and two fireflies. The owl is really nice, but people think he’s scary. (In reading this book) I felt happy and sad, sad because Owly just wants to help people, and I was happy when he found friends. -Jack


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The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780836218985
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - June 1st, 1992

I like it because it’s really funny. Calvin loves pretending, and he’s really naughty and Hobbes is not a real tiger. He’s a stuffed animal tiger. Sometimes when his mom is calling him for a bath he is on the roof. He pretends he’s spaceman spiff, an astronaut, and his mom is Zogwort. - Jack


Colorado's Fourteeners, 3rd Ed.: From Hikes to Climbs Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781555917463
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Published: Chicago Review Press - Fulcrum - January 1st, 2011

While their popularity is leading to busy trailheads on weekends, there is still ample reason to climb the iconic 14,000+ ft mountains in Colorado. Whether one is summiting Mount of the Holy Cross, Crestone Needle, or Pikes Peak, this book has all of the information you need for your adventure. Detailed route descriptions and maps make this book indispensable for those seeking higher altitudes. Safety tips for navigating Colorado’s weather are helpful as well. Choose your own adventure!


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Colorado's Thirteeners: From Hikes to Climbs Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781682752197
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Published: Chicago Review Press - Fulcrum - September 1st, 2018

What’s that you say? Fourteeners are the thing? Well, I know that, but as someone who is 5’ 11 1/2” in height, I am not all that interested in arbitrary height distinctions. 14ers are getting a little bit crowded these (weekend) days, and this book has all the information you need to plan your next challenging adventure on paths less traveled. From hikes to climbs to ski mountaineering missions, this book has the information that you will need. Detailed route descriptions and maps are essential back-ups to your tech gadgets. Don’t get stuck in a pinch with low batteries or spotty service. Get out there, and get after it!


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Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition Cover Image
By John G. Neihardt, Philip J. Deloria (Introduction by), Jr. Deloria, Vine (Foreword by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780803283916
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Published: Bison Books - March 1st, 2014

This first hand account of the life of Ogalala Souix warrior and visionary Black Elk is a work that has stood the test of time as a poignant account of life and culture of the mighty plains Native Americans. As direct insight into Black Elk's perspective and cultural worldview, reading his account of life is an arresting experience.  We should all be grateful that Nebraskan Poet John G. Neihardt went out to the Pine Ridge Reservation to interview the relative of Crazy Horse in the early 1930s, as he found a man who wanted to share his life and visions with future generations.


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The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399589829
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

That violent social upheaval is the seemingly perennial condition of this country is a cold comfort, and yet here we are, persistent in our quest for a country of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Ignorance, fear-mongering, and extremism are not novel threats to society and we must learn from the past in order to strive for “the better angels of our nature.” Relevant.


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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

Towles’ writing is just beautiful, and reading A Gentleman in Moscow feels like a healing salve for the mind. Enjoy the fine company of Count Rostov, Nina, Sofia, Anna Urbanov and others in the confines of the Hotel Metropol as they navigate the mortal dangers of life in Bolshevik Russia. A great work.