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Bancroft Finalists at Premier Reads Book Group

Cover of Margot Mifflin's 2009 book, The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman
Cover of Marsha Weisiger's 2009 book, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country
Cover of Jane S. Smith's 2009 book, Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the

On Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 6-7PM at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch, join us for notable books in recent Western history, including the three finalists for the Caroline Bancroft Prize.

Laurie Spurling and Wendel Cox will be your host and guides to new and provocative books on the American West. Three featured titles for the evening are Jane S.

New Books in Western History (5.20.10)

This past weekend's book and literary pages bring additional reviews of recently released works by Nathaniel Philbrick and John Phillip Santos, first noted here last week, and a review of a new work on a Western mine disaster.

Nathaniel Philbrick's The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, drew more notices last week, including a review in the

New Books in Western History (5.9.10)

The past week has seen a number of reviews of new works of Western history, including several reviews of a new work on the Battle of Little Bighorn, a search for personal family history bridging the Old and New Worlds, and the murderous reality of a border city.

Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick has returned with a new book entitled The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and what are the fi

New Books in Western History (9.7.09)

Recent works reviewed in major newspapers and other outlets, including books on young women crossing cultural lines, wizards of the imagination, and visions of the less-than-angelic history of Los Angeles and its residents, both real or fictional. 

In the Denver Post, Clayton Moore reviews Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age

New Books in Western History (8.9.09)

More reviews of new books for those interested in Western history, including the life, politics, and culture of grapes, peaches, and pluots; sacrifice and influence in an ancient city; and new reviews for books previously noted here ...

In the Los Angeles Times, Nick Owchar reviews Vivienne Sosnowkski’s

New Books in Western History (8.4.09)

This week, a review of reviews of new works in Western history, including a study of a British adventurer’s travels in Colorado; Douglas Brinkley’s examination of Theodore Roosevelt’s passion for preserving nature -- and killing it; and a consideration of the regional and religious foundation of Walmart’s management strategies ...

NewWest offers Traci J.

Julius Shulman | 1910-2009

Julius Shulman, the photographer responsible for iconic images of modernism in California, the West, and the world, died Wednesday at the age of 98.

Examinations of Shulman's life and work have begun to appear, including a lengthy assessment in the 

New Books in Western History: Weeks in Review (7.14.09)

After a break of several weeks, a review of notices of new books of interest to students of the West. And, so, we consider a rapturous and pivotal celebration of Los Angeles reprinted; life on the streets of Portland and San Francisco; a white childhood in black Seattle; and the end(?) of California history ....

In the Los Angeles Times, Richard Rayner reviews a reissue of Reyner Banham’s

New Books in Western History: Week in Reviews (6.9.09)

The last week's newspaper book sections offered a number of new titles related to the American West, including a memoir of disaster, a microcosm of methamphetamine in an Iowa town, and a memoir of horses, their complex master, and contemporary reservation life.

An earlier post introducing IndieBound ('What to Read?

What to Read? What to Read Next?

IndieBound is a website maintained by independent booksellers with frequently updated recommendations for readers with interests in fiction, children's books, and non-fiction works. IndieBound's monthly Next List often features new titles with a Western outlook, and June's Next List is no exception.

Each Next List includes featured titles, new books in paperback, and a list of notable works.