Welcome back to the Reading Road Trip here on Book Riot. We’re traveling the country through literature and making sure you have an ample amount of titles to read no matter where your next adventure takes you. Be sure to check out the entire road trip here.
“Go west, young man, go west and grow up with the country,” said Horace Greeley (presumably). Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico: this is the American west. The land of rivers, mountains, and deserts; new opportunities and hope. The place where so many risked their lives to come not much more than a century ago. It’s the wide open skies of Montana, the fields of Idaho, the remote towns of Wyoming, the mountains that join Utah and Colorado, the strip of Las Vegas, and the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico that make this diverse region such rich soil to plant the following stories in. Be sure to add your favorite titles of the west to the list!
These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton
This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind by Ivan Doig
Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg
The Milagro Beanfield War by John Treadwell Nichols
Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
Iona Moon: A Novel by Melanie Rae Thon
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thomas
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean