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June 2022

Read the West Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer draws on her experience as botanist, Native American and mother. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kimmerer holds to the idea that we have much to learn from plants and animals about living in reciprocal relationship with the world around us. Through a braid of memoir, scientific writing and indigenous storytelling, Kimmerer shows how other living beings — asters and goldenrod, corn and beans, and salamanders, strawberries and pecan trees — teach…

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July 2022

Read the West Book Club: Yellow Bird

When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. When Lissa learns that a young white oil worker, Kristopher “KC” Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. Her pursuit of Clarke…

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August 2022

Read the West Book Club: Rise of Wolf 8

Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves — but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves. Wolf 8 struggles at first — an unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully and even defending…

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September 2022

Read the West Book Club: Empire of Shadows

In a radical reinterpretation of the 19th century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history — the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the "civilizing" of the frontier. It charts a course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry…

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