Palmer's Picks! Five Book Recommendations This Season

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Just in time for the next round of snow in southern Colorado, conservation director Ed Roberson has five more books to add to your reading list this season! From wolves to water, to the challenges facing the Grand Canyon, we know you won’t be disappointed.  

The Walk by William deBuys - A master class in memoir writing—deeply personal and moving ruminations, perfectly blended with eloquent nature writing and history. The book is structured around the author’s daily practice of walking through his small community—a practice he has maintained for decades and has allowed him to know this place most intimately. A wonderful meditation on love of place.

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee – To truly understand the modern-day West, you need to understand the history of and controversy around wolves. This fast-paced, fun-to-read story follows a wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park, with an emphasis on its charismatic pack leader 0-Six. You won’t be able to put it down.

The Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim by Pete McBride – Calling this a simple “book” is a blatant understatement. It’s a work of art that combines breathtaking photography, an engaging adventure narrative, and an examination of the conservation challenges facing one of our nation’s most iconic national parks.

Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West by Heather Hansman - A perfect blend of adventure narrative and educational lesson, this book is an ideal entry point for people looking to learn more about water issues facing the West today, without having to fight off the normal narcolepsy that accompanies most water-focused books.

Bad Land: An American Romance by Jonathan Raban – Interesting and new insights into the settlement of Montana’s eastern Great Plains, with an eye-opening emphasis on the role that corporations and the government played in convincing would-be settlers to head West.

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