The best of books from the Indy's 2016 reviews

Most of the nearly 100 poems in Jim Harrison's Dead Man's Float are reflections on aging.

(Books)   Dec 29, 2016

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Darby's Jon Turk on adventure, revolution, and Crocodiles and Ice

Writer, adventurer and part-time Darby resident Jon Turk began his adult life as a scientist, having earned a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1971.

Dec 15, 2016

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Dana Fitz Gale explores the glances that bind in Spells for Victory and Courage

It's not unusual for short fiction to focus on the bonds and rifts between lovers, family members and friends.

(Books)   Dec 15, 2016

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A century thick

Allen Morris Jones nails life and death on the Breaks

A Bloom of Bones, the second novel from Bozeman writer Allen Morris Jones, opens with as gruesome a scene as you'd find in any work of crime fiction.

(Books)   Nov 23, 2016

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Blood from the Stones

"Rich Cohen's The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones recounts the band's complex history with razor-sharp humor and mind-blowing details."

Rich Cohen had a fever.

(Books)   Nov 17, 2016

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The proper vehicle

Checking in with writer/musician Willy Vlautin, who reads from his latest, The Free, Shakespeare & Co. on Wed., Nov. 16

Author and musician Willy Vlautin has published four novels.

(Books)   Nov 10, 2016

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On location

Shot in Montana surveys the state of the art

I'm a fan of obscure facts and I'm obsessed with minutia.

(Books)   Nov 3, 2016

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Pete Fromm returns to the nonfiction wilderness

Twenty-five years have passed since Pete Fromm spent, without any prior wilderness experience, seven months alone in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness guarding salmon eggs.

(Books)   Oct 13, 2016

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Unhook your eyes

Megan McNamer's debut looks between the spaces

The central image in Megan McNamer's Children and Lunatics may be a moving train, flowing through Missoula like a river.

(Books)   Oct 6, 2016

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Uncertain terms

Maile Meloy returns to the Montana Book Festival with a grownup story about kids gone missing

Maile Meloy has spent the last year "down a deep hole," she says, finishing her latest novel.

Sep 15, 2016

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Bonefish dreams

Inside Chris Dombrowski's elusive Body of Water

The book is called Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Alluring Fish (Milkweed, 2016).

(Books)   Sep 15, 2016

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Wild at heart

Bozeman's David Quammen talks Yellowstone and writing an entire issue of National Geographic

This year, National Geographic marked the centennial of the National Park Service by running several parks-related stories, culminating in an all-Yellowstone issue in May. Bozeman's David Quammen, a contributing writer to the magazine and author of the award-winning book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, was involved in early discussions on how to approach the issue.

(Books)   Sep 8, 2016

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Test of time

James Lee Burke completes trilogy with Jealous Kind

Somewhere along the way James Lee Burke changed.

(Books)   Aug 25, 2016

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Roadside color

Montana Curiosities gets 10 new stories

There's almost nothing more captivating than stories of survival—especially when they take place on the stark landscapes of the West.

(Books)   Jul 28, 2016

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Imperfect truths

Light and dark in Joe Wilkins' When We Were Birds

Joe Wilkins' words unspool down the page like the highway runs off forever into the empty spaces of Montana's Big Dry, the eastern reaches of the state where he was born and raised.

(Books)   Jul 14, 2016

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The Finisher

Chad Dundas talks wrestling history, razzle-dazzle and writing Champion of the World

In his debut novel, Champion of the World, author Chad Dundas imagines a cast of characters living at the turn of the 20th century when sports and, in particular, professional wrestling was experiencing major changes.

Jul 6, 2016

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Miles wide

Fifty-Six Counties offers a bittersweet tribute

I've always been fascinated by the number 56, at least as it relates to the number of counties in my native state of Montana.

(Books)   Jul 6, 2016

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Away they go

Dan Flores talks coyote avatars and hunting history

Dan Flores has had quite the year.

(Books)   Jun 23, 2016

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America bound

The Sympathizer rises above an off-the-boat story

The Vietnam War produced a staggering number of literary works.

(Books)   Jun 16, 2016

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Mysterious spaces

Blurred lines in David Allan Cates' poetry debut

When taking a first stab at fiction, diehard poets kill at crafting individual sentences.

(Books)   Jun 9, 2016

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Riding the wave

William Finnegan talks laissez-faire childhood, Missoula influences and his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir

In 1999, New Yorker writer William Finnegan jumped into a tour van with Missoula punk band The Sputniks and documented his first-person adventures on their journey to Manhattan for the magazine.

May 26, 2016

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Stunt course

Daredevils skillfully navigates religious zealotry

While growing up in rural western Montana in the '70s and '80s, I recall several kids from families who just seemed a little ... weird.

(Books)   May 19, 2016

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No doormat

Danica Winters on getting strong women in Harlequin

Missoula's Danica Winters is best known for writing Harlequin romances, but her most recent book, Smoke and Ashes (part of a "Montana's Bravest...and Hottest" series), takes on an unusual issue for that genre.

(Books)   May 12, 2016

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Slow burn

The Actor captures coming-of-age in 1970s Montana

Every year I read through piles of excellent new novels released from solid writers.

(Books)   May 5, 2016

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Story lines

Where Jim Harrison ends and Minstrel begins

A mere 25 days after The Ancient Minstrel's March 1 release, Jim Harrison died of a heart attack at his winter home in Patagonia, Ariz. I had recently scoffed on social media at the idea of people mourning the deaths of celebrities they never met, yet Harrison's passing hit me hard.

(Books)   Apr 28, 2016

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