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1 AUSTIN, MARY. Cactus Thorn: A Novella.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 1994. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Set primarily in the lonesome southwest desert lands of the 1920s, this novella is a powerful story in which landscape reflects and defines character. In this beautifully written tale, a promising young politician, Grant Arliss, flees from this pressure-ridden life in New York City to the serenity of the desert's open spaces. There, he finds not only a place to sort out his confusion but also a remarkable woman, unlike any he has met. In his eyes, Dulcie Adelaid is an aloof creature of the desert who relies only on herself. Challenged and yet inhibited by the desert's unrelenting force, Arliss admires Dulcie's instinctive ability to thrive in the harsh country. She also provides a spiritual sustenance that he has never found with any other woman. Together they engage in lively conversations about his political convictions and her beliefs and values. Inspired, Arliss returns to New York where he delivers eloquent speeches to an overwhelmingly supportive constituency. Placing Cactus Thorn in biographical, feminist, and literary perspective, Melody Graulich's commentary discusses how Austin's themes are timeless in setting and moral tone. Mary Austin (1868-1934) wrote more than 30 books during her career, including Land of Little Rain (1903) and Lost Borders (1909). Born in Carlinsville, Illinois, Mary Austin eventually ventured west with her brother and widowed mother to homestead in California. Throughout her essays, poems, plays, and stories, she focused on environmental issues and the relationship between individual experience and cultural histories. "Formal in its dialogue, passionate and romantic in its evocation of the Southwest, where the central action takes place, this slender novella is at heart a feminist tract. . . . Written in 1927 and never before published, the story is timeless in setting and moral tone. Like Austin's other novels (Earth Horizon, Land of Little Rain), it is a powerful enactment of a woman's need to choose between a man and the land she loves." -—Publishers Weekly ". . . to paraphrase Graulich's summation: this book liberates a woman's wit, anger, and imagination." -—Judy Nolte Lensink, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women "In Cactus Thorn, Austin has combined the clear, bone-deep prose of her finest landscape writing with a complex psychological portrait of a love affair, producing what must surely rank as a new classic of western American literature." -San Francisco Review of Books "Mary Austin speaks powerfully to our own historical movement, for she experienced and wrote about much that feminist scholars have recently unearthed—the transformative power of the land, the costs of women's lives of action, essential tensions between the sexes, a woman's love of what men once called the waste places of the West." -The Women's 
Price: 14.25 USD
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2 BARNES, H. LEE. The Lucky (a Novel).
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2003. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Unfolding from the bygone era of 1950s Las Vegas through the turbulent decades that followed, this epic novel examines the universal search for identity and reward in a world where the good life always seems out of reach. The streets of early Las Vegas are a tough place for a boy to grow up. Pete Elkins is fatherless, living in a cramped apartment with his mother, a party-girl with a penchant for falling in love with the wrong kind of man; and his older sister, who has grown up too fast from trying to parent both her brother and their reckless mother. Pete is headed for serious trouble when he is befriended by Willy Bobbins, a casino owner with a murky past and even murkier business practices. But Willy is also deeply compassionate and wise, and he soon becomes a surrogate father for the lonely Pete. Gradually, Pete becomes involved with Willy's troubled family and comes to know both the scope of his mentor's power and the depth of his vulnerabilities. H. Lee Barnes has been a sergeant with the Army Special Forces in Vietnam, a deputy sheriff, a narcotics agent, a private investigator, a construction laborer, and a blackjack dealer. He is now professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. The many honors he has received for his writing include induction into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Excellence in the Arts Award from the Vietnam Veterans of America in 2013. "The Lucky is a high voltage story with excellent characters and something to say." —Les Standiford, author of Havana Run "H. Lee Barnes's impressive novel The Lucky . . . is a Great Gatsby of the contemporary West." —Cheryll Glotfelty, Western American Literature, Fall 2004 "The Lucky captures the look and feel of Las Vegas in the sixties and seventies. The book is a treat for those who lived here then and an eye-opener for those who've moved here since. It's also a vivid introduction for non-locals who are ready to trade in their stereotypes for a truer picture." —Megan Edwards, Living Las Vegas, 2004 "Entertaining and thought-provoking, darkly humorous and ultimately tragic, The Lucky is a compelling read from one of the best new voices in contemporary Western fiction." —Richard Harris, Southwest BookViews, Winter 2004 "The Lucky is far broader in scope than its 400-odd pages would lead us to expect. The story follows narrator Pete Elkins—petty thief, busboy, student, ranch hand, casino dealer, grunt—through his teens and early 20s, from his arrival in Las Vegas as a fatherless kid to Vietnam and back. But while the book covers a significant arc of Pete's life, it's not wholly his story; like the narrators of Fitzgerald or Conrad or Didion, he's a witness as well, decoding human nature by examining it in its human defect." —John Ziebell, Las Vegas Mercury, September 4-10, 2003 "If you ever wondered how Oliver Twist might read if Ernest Hemingway rewrote it with a mid-20th century Las Vegas setting, The Lucky will satisfy your curiosity." —Jarret Keene, Las Vegas CityLife, September 25, 2003 "Las Vegas already knows about H. Lee Barnes. It's time the rest of the country figured it out." —Tod Goldberg, Las Vegas Mercury, December 21, 2003 
Price: 20.90 USD
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University of Nevada Press, Reno: 1993. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Clark's classic novel is a compelling tale of four men who fear a marauding mountain lion but swear to conquer it. It is also a story of violent human emotions--love and hate, hope and despair--and of the perpetual conflict between good and evil. Walter Van Tilburg Clark, author of The Ox-box Incident , The City of Trembling Leaves, The Watchful Gods and Other Stories & The Track of the Cat, lived in Virginia City and is considered one of Nevada's most distinguished novelists. Born in 1909, he ranks as one of Nevada's most distinguished literary figures in the twentieth century, as well as a leading interpreter of the American West. Clark died in Virginia City, Nevada, in 1971. "The reason why The Track of the Cat is a novel of the first rank is that its author says something of universal significance. The black panther has always been there since the beginning of man's existence in the world. It will always be there, looming over man and always to be hunted though never killed." - San Francisco Chronicle "Mr. Clark knows his Nevada, as The Oxbow Incident proved, and he knows how to tell a good hunting story." - The New Yorker "This is the real beauty of Walter Clark's masterful prose--its wonderful capacity to evoke from the homeliest circumstances the quality of grief and loneliness that exists deep in or under every human effort." - The New York Times "Clark's story is continuously and wonderfully exciting. He is able to bring before the reader with extraordinary vividness the clash of stubborn wills in the snowbound ranch house, the unpopulated mountain landscape, the snow and cold, and above all, the hunt itself." - Yale Review 
Price: 23.75 USD
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4 COATES, LAWRENCE. The Master Of Monterey, A Novel.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2003. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The American conquest of California is the subject of Lawrence Coates' remarkable new novel, a tale rich in magical irony, fraught with caustic truths and wrenching insights into the human condition. When Commodore Jones and the crew of the National Intention land in Monterey believing themselves to be bringing freedom and democracy to the benighted Californios, they discover that history has preceded them, that cruelty, betrayal, greed, and lust are already well established there, and that far from existing outside of history, California is a battleground for several contending versions of the past. They also find that their own limitations and illusions are far more powerful than the message of hope that they intend to deliver. Lawrence Coates is professor of creative writing at Bowling Green State University. He has published three previous novels, all set in Northern California: The Blossom Festival, The Master of Monterey, and The Garden of the World. Coates has received the Miami University Press Novella Prize, the Western States Book Award for Fiction, the Nancy Dasher Award, the Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. "California's extravagant, irresponsible, tragic history is often so absurd that only a magical realist can tell it. Lawrence Coates's deadpan farce joyfully captures the superb incompetence of everybody involved in the two-day Conquest of Monterey by a United States Navy ship in 1842. Still, what I will remember longest of this endearing novel is its unspoken tenderness. It's not a joke, in the end, but an elegy." —Ursula K. Le Guin, author of The Lathe of Heaven Contents Author's Note: "In one sense, I feel as though I've been preparing to write this book for a long time. I spent most of eight years aboard ship in various capacities, first in the Coast Guard and later in the Merchant Marine. I sailed as Quartermaster, Able Bodied Seaman, and Ship's Officer, and I last sailed as Third Mate of the De Steiguer, an Oceanic Research vessel. Those years, standing watch on the bridge of a ship and listening to men spinning yarns, gave me insight into the kinds of imaginings that the shipboard characters in my book would have. "I'm also a native of California, and grew up when the myth of a pastoral era was still taught as history in schools. When I went to college, I became fluent in Spanish and studied the literature of Latin America and Spain, as well as the Hispanic literature from the United States. I lived in Spain for two years, and I have done some freelance journalism in Mexico. This background formed the foundation of the research that went into the writing of The Master of Monterey." 
Price: 19.00 USD
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5 ETCHART, MARTIN. The Good Oak (a Novel).
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2004. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In Martin Etchart's novel, thirteen-year-old Matt Echbar is angry at the world. His widowed father is too busy for him, and his grandfather is an embarrassment—an unschooled Basque shepherd whose language and customs are completely alien to Matt's all-American lifestyle. Things get worse when the grandfather steals a flock of sheep and dragoons Matt into helping him drive them to a secret camp in a mountain range outside of Phoenix. As Matt and his aitatxi (grandfather), accompanied by their two faithful sheepdogs, drive the flock across the burgeoning suburbs of Phoenix and into the remote mountains, the boy learns the ancient skills of the sheepherder and discovers the unexpected wisdom that has given his Old Country grandfather the strength and patience of a sturdy oak. The Good Oak is a compelling coming-of-age novel, set in the contemporary Southwest, but incorporating ages-old Basque traditions and folklore . Martin Etchart is director of the creative writing program at Phoenix College. He has written screenplays and another novel, The Good Oak (University of Nevada Press). "Martin Etchart has given us that rare thing: a heartfelt book written with clear beauty. The Good Oak is not only about the New West, it is about the oldest verity: the value of family. . . . This is a story to treasure." —Ron Carlson, author of the story collection A Kind of Flyin 
Price: 17.10 USD
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6 ETCHART, MARTIN. The Last Shepherd.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2012. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Mathieu Etchiberri wants nothing more than to leave his family's Arizona sheep ranch and go to college, but his father insists that he take over the ranch instead. Then his father is killed in an accident, and Matt discovers that he is not the heir to the ranch. So he travels to the French Pyrenees from which his father and grandparents came to settle the questions about his legacy. Instead, he discovers a vast Basque family and a mystery that drove his father to America and still festers in the mountain village. As Matt resolves the mystery of his family, he also discovers his Basque roots and learns the nature of love of family, responsibility, and the tension between individual desires and the needs of a community. Matt's journey to manhood takes place in a vividly depicted landscape populated by lively, memorable characters. This is the powerful story of a young man's search for an identity that encompasses two cultures and one complex, scattered family. Martin Etchart is director of the creative writing program at Phoenix College. He has written screenplays and another novel, The Good Oak (University of Nevada Press). "Etchart deftly captures the pastoral setting, elegantly contrasting this with the family suffering that Matt uncovers." -Publishers Weekly "This is a fine, charming, terrific story about a fascinating culture, and the value of family and knowing where they—and thus you—come from." -Booklist "…A unique coming of age tale that shouldn't be overlooked." -Midwest Book Review "This is a beautiful and compelling novel. Its focus on Basque culture, while compelling and authoritative and interesting in itself, also serves as a thematic underpinning for the larger questions that concern the novel. The writing is beautiful throughout, evocative of landscape and weather and animal life. One of the best novels I have read in several years." -Mary Clearman Blew, author of Jackalope Dreams 
Price: 20.90 USD
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7 HAYMAN, BONNIE; CABELLO, ANDREA ALESSANDRA (EDITOR). Tina Modotti's Mexico: A Tale Of Love & Revolution.
Floricanto Press, Mountain View. 0915745402 / 9780915745401 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Hayman situates Modotti (1896-1942) profoundly within her social period from her emigration to San Francisco to a full-fledged member of the intellectual wing of the Mexican Communist Party. She became the lover of Cuban revolutionary Julio Antonio Mella and when he was murdered, Modotti became the main suspect. When the Mexican president was assassinated, she was accused and deported. She returned to Mexico many years later and lived alone in a small cottage until her mysterious death in a taxi at age 46. Octavio Paz claimed that Modotti belonged "more to the history of passions than to the history of ideologies." 
Price: 37.95 USD
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8 LANG, SUSAN. Small Rocks Rising (a Novel).
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2002. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In 1929, Ruth Farley, a fiercely independent woman, homesteads a tract of land in a beautiful canyon in the Southern California desert. Determined to live on her own terms and to be free of troubling human attachments, Ruth initially rejects the help of the miners and cowboys who are her neighbors and struggles to develop the homestead on her own. Gradually, however, Ruth learns that survival is a far more complicated and dangerous business, and the entrapments of love sweeter, and more binding, than she had ever imagined. Determined to take possession of her land, Ruth must first face the consequences of her own stubborness and sensuality, and of mindless and terrible violence, as well as a bitter fight to stay alive through a harrowing and isolated winter. Only then, her hard-won wisdom forged in unbearable grief and wrenching physical trials, can she truly become part of the land she loves so intensely. Ruth Farley is a character of exceptional complexity—a liberated woman in a time when most women were tied to the home; a joyously sexual woman in a culture where most women merely "did their duty" for the men in their lives; a contradictory, self-centered, alienated woman who ultimately learns the true nature of love and community. Glory Springs, the site of Ruth's homestead, is a place of wondrous natural beauty; it is also, as we follow Ruth's tenuous search for peace and wisdom, a place that we recognize, that we, too, seek within our hearts. Small Rocks Rising is a novel of stunning richness and beauty, of memorable characters and unforgettable insight into a woman's secret and passionate soul. Susan Lang grew up on her mother's homestead in a remote canyon nearly as wild as her fictionalized valley. As an instructor of English at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona for over twenty years, she founded and still directs the Southwest Writers Series, and in 1995 she founded the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing. "Small Rocks Rising is a rare and needed treasure—a book about a woman in the midst of the male myth of the American West." —Kate Horsley "With an unconventional pioneer woman as its heroine, Lang's earnest, nostalgic debut novel explores the satisfactions of learning how to tame the wilderness. A homesteader in the 1920s, independent-minded Ruth Farley stakes her claim to a Southern California canyon, optimistically renaming her parcel of land Glory Springs. As she struggles to clear the land for building, a hard-to-move boulder becomes a metaphor for the struggles she faces in coping with querulous fellow homesteaders, dangerously aggressive men and her dawning romantic feelings for a local Indian. The desire for freedom pervades this tale of woman against environment freedom from oppressive social conventions and particularly from other people's ideas of femininity. Lang's writing can be fluid and evocative, especially when she's describing the landscape and the practical challenges of living in the wilderness. . . . Readers who enjoy frontier history or rebellious heroines will find satisfaction in Ruth's determination 'to make her way like a man was allowed to do' and in Lang's knowledgeable depiction of homesteading life." —Publisher's Weekly, April 2002 "The rocks, the spring, the deer and other inhabitants of the mountain, the weather itself are characters in this unusual and compelling narrative of a young woman's struggle to survive and flourish in the wilderness that others want to deny her." —Marge Piercy "Susan Lang's Small Rocks Rising should take its rightful place alongside masterpieces like Mari Sandoz's Old Jules and Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose, moving tales of those stubborn pioneers who were nearly beaten down by the harsh and arid plains of the West." —John Shannon 
Price: 16.15 USD
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9 LAXALT, ROBERT. Dust Devils: A Novella.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 1997. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
An action-packed story set during the violent and conflict-ridden days of the early 20th century, Dust Devils takes place in the rugged mountains and deserts of Eastern California and Northern Nevada. Ira Hamilton, the teenage son of rugged Indian-hating rancher John D. Hamilton, wins the bronc-riding competition at a local rodeo and comes away with a special prize: a beautiful Arabian colt. But the horse is soon stolen by Hawkeye, a notorious local rustler. Accompanied by Cricket, a young Paiute who has been his closest companion since infancy, Ira vows to retrieve his prize. On the way, Ira must find the courage to overcome the challenges of nature and outlaw, and to love the woman of his choice. This vivid tale will thrill readers with its authentic depiction of Nevada's lonely back country, its hardy ranchers, and its native peoples. Ira Hamilton's adventure shows us the last days of the Old West, when cowboys, sheepmen, and Indians still struggled to survive and overcome their long-standing animosities, and violent men rode boldly and unhindered across the harsh landscape. Robert Laxalt grew up in Carson City, Nevada. He attended Santa Clara University in California and later graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. He joined the staff of the University of Nevada in 1954, serving first as director of News and Publications and later as director of the University of Nevada Press, which he founded. He was named a Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor and was the first occupant of the Distinguished Nevada Author Chair. The author of seventeen books and many national magazine articles, his work has received international critical acclaim. He lived in Washoe Valley until his death in 2001. "A superbly written coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of a frontier—and its people—in transition." -Booklist "A tight little story, and superbly American as well." -—Kirkus Reviews "Robert Laxalt is one of the few living masters of the short novel, and Dust Devils is an impressive example of his achievement in this demanding form. In presenting the dramatic story of a youth's search for a rustler, he offers an authentic, unforgettable picture of life in the Old West." -Myrick Land, coauthor of A Short History of Reno Dust Devils was chosen as one of the New York Public Library's 1998 Books for the Teen Age and selected by the ALA as one of the 71 Best Books for Young Adults for 1999. 
Price: 15.20 USD
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University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Gregorio, the Basque smuggler, has grown old in his profession. He is searching for a man with the necessary qualities of daring and cold judgment to take over his business—smuggling contraband over the frontier that divides France and Spain. Gregorio believes he has found such a man in Nikolas. Before the smuggler makes his decision, he demands one final test of Nikolas which will force him to choose between bettering his station in life and losing his respectability. Nikolas's decision is forged by what happens on a dramatic and violent night passage across the Pyranees, and the retributions that follow. Robert Laxalt grew up in Carson City, Nevada. He attended Santa Clara University in California and later graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. He joined the staff of the University of Nevada in 1954, serving first as director of News and Publications and later as director of the University of Nevada Press, which he founded. He was named a Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor and was the first occupant of the Distinguished Nevada Author Chair. The author of seventeen books and many national magazine articles, his work has received international critical acclaim. He lived in Washoe Valley until his death in 2001. "A Cup of Tea in Pamplona is a great story by one of our country's best storytellers." -- Charles Kuralt 
Price: 17.10 USD
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11 MONREAL, DAVID. Cinco De Mayo: An Epic Novel.
Floricanto Press, Mountain View. 0915745488 / 9780915745487 
Three-time award winner writer, Monreal brings life to the passionate, heroic, and inspiring events that led to the Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May, 1862. His well researched and well written historical novel brings in all the characters who played a vital role in Cinco de Mayo. He bring us Benito Juarez and Porfirio Diaz, the Commander of the Cavalry, who was destined to become President of Mexico; and the young General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), who chose Puebla as the place to stop the French invading forces of Napoleon III, under the command of General Lorencez. Zaragoza prevailed against the better trained French military officers and battle proven French African troops. Monreal's assiduous preoccupation with historical accuracy and factual details about Zaragoza's personal and public life and military career moved him to read all that has been written in English, Spanish and French sources; led him to avidly explore Puebla-Zaragoza, the site of the Battle; to meet Zaragoza's proud descendants in search of the little known family story; and to converse with well known expert historians about what he learned. Monreal's novel is colorful, exciting and most certainly inspiring. Most highly recommended. 
Price: 24.65 USD
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12 MUJICA, BARBARA. Far From My Mother's Home.
Floricanto Press, Mountain View. 0915745283 / 9780915745289 s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Examines the realities of highly mobile societies in which individuals or even entire populations move from one locale to another either to escape danger or to seek solutions to problems. Nearly all her characters are in one way or another torn from their familiar surroundings - their "mothers' homes". Some, such as Dona Francisca, are strangers in their own lands, isolated by circumstances. The exploration of the different ways in which these chracters relate to each other and to the demands of thier environment provides a unifying thread. 
Price: 18.05 USD
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13 TROY, ROBIN. Liberty Lanes.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Liberty Lanes is a bowling alley in a small Montana town where a senior bowling league meets three times a week. Nelson Moore, one of the bowlers, has recently become a local hero by saving a teammate from choking on a happy hour chicken bone. Now he must deal with his newfound fame while coping with the early stages of dementia. This is an engaging and often moving novel about a group of senior citizens bound together by old friendships and romances, and by their determination to live life to its fullest. Senescence is not for sissies, but these characters show us that it is still a time to love, dream, and explore their own potential. Robin Troy is associate professor of English and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University. She has an MFA from the University of Montana and is the author of another novel, Floating. "In this celebration of the dignity of everyman and everywoman, Troy grants her characters the gift of recognition and imbues them with an admirable, quiet heroism." —High Country News "The quality of Robin Troy's writing is very strong—direct, unpretentious, and insightful. I read the book with delight." —Mary Clearman Blew, author of Jackalope Dreams "Liberty Lanes is a transcendent story about the power of love and friendship. You're never too old to discover the wonders of love. A tender and moving tale, a joy to read." —Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red 
Price: 20.90 USD
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