50 Books of the West

 

When did you first feel you’d discovered your True West? Are you still looking for the tools to make that discovery? 

The staff of The Colorado Sun, in consultation with a diverse local group of historians, offers here a starter list as part of our “50 Books of the West,” with the mammoth caveat that your own picks may vary. 

Read the full article HERE!

We couldn't help adding some titles of our own as well. Let us know what you think!

 


 

 

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition By Marc Reisner Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780140178241
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 1993

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West By Wallace Stegner Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780140159943
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 1992

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Sabrina & Corina: Stories By Kali Fajardo-Anstine Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525511304
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Published: One World - April 7th, 2020

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525537212
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2021

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI By David Grann Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Paradise (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804169882
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Published: Vintage - March 11th, 2014

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West By Dee Brown Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780805086843
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 15th, 2007

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse: The Story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI's War on the American Indian Movement By Peter Matthiessen, Martin Garbus (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Peter Matthiessen, Martin Garbus (Afterword by)
$23.00
ISBN: 9780140144567
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 1992

Death Comes for the Archbishop (Vintage Classics) By Willa Cather, Claire Messud (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Willa Cather, Claire Messud (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679728894
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Published: Vintage - June 16th, 1990

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder By Caroline Fraser Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781250182487
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Published: Picador - August 7th, 2018

Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict Over Land in the American West, 1840-1900 By Maria E. Montoya Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780700613816
Published: University Press of Kansas - March 15th, 2005

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West By Stephen E. Ambrose Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780684826974
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 1997

Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America By Gustavo Arellano Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781439148624
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Published: Scribner - April 16th, 2013

The Black West: A Documentary and Pictorial History of the African American Role in the Westward Expansion of the United States By William Loren Katz Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781682752265
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Published: Chicago Review Press - Fulcrum - September 2nd, 2019

Two Years Before the Mast By Richard Henry Dana, Jr., John Seelye (Introduction by), Wes Davis (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Richard Henry Dana, Jr., John Seelye (Introduction by), Wes Davis (Afterword by)
$7.95
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ISBN: 9780451531254
Published: Signet - April 7th, 2009

Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition By John G. Neihardt, Philip J. Deloria (Introduction by), Vine Deloria, Jr. (Foreword by) Cover Image
By John G. Neihardt, Philip J. Deloria (Introduction by), Vine Deloria, Jr. (Foreword by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780803283916
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Published: Bison Books - March 1st, 2014

The Grapes of Wrath By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by) Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

The Monkey Wrench Gang By Edward Abbey Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061129766
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - December 12th, 2006

On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker By A'Lelia Bundles Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780743431729
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Published: Scribner - January 1st, 2002

Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West By H. W. Brands Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541672543
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Published: Basic Books - October 20th, 2020

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights By Gretchen Sorin Cover Image
$28.95
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ISBN: 9781631495694
Published: Liveright - February 11th, 2020

Wild Life on the Rockies By Enos A. Mills Cover Image
$30.75
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ISBN: 9781116234794
Published: BiblioLife - September 29th, 2009

Encounters with the Archdruid: Narratives About a Conservationist and Three of His Natural Enemies By John McPhee Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374514310
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 1977

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History By S. C. Gwynne Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781416591061
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Published: Scribner - May 10th, 2011

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl: A National Book Award Winner By Timothy Egan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618773473
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - September 1st, 2006

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains: Volume 14 (Western Frontier Library #14) By Isabella L. Bird, Daniel J. Boorstin (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Isabella L. Bird, Daniel J. Boorstin (Introduction by)
$9.95
ISBN: 9780806113289
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - December 15th, 1975

Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise from Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile High By Polly E. Bugros McLean Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781607328247
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Published: University Press of Colorado - September 28th, 2018

Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats By Kristen Iversen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307955654
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Published: Crown - June 4th, 2013

The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West By Patricia Nelson Limerick, Ph.D. Cover Image
$18.95
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ISBN: 9780393304978
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 17th, 2006

God is Red: A Native View of Religion, 30th Anniversary Edition By Vine Deloria, Jr., Leslie Silko (Foreword by), George E. Tinker (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Vine Deloria, Jr., Leslie Silko (Foreword by), George E. Tinker (Foreword by)
$24.95
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ISBN: 9781555914981
Published: Fulcrum Publishing - September 1st, 2003

Wilderness and the American Mind By Roderick Frazier Nash, Char Miller (Foreword by) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780300190380
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Published: Yale University Press - January 28th, 2014

The Milagro Beanfield War: A Novel (The New Mexico Trilogy #1) By John Nichols Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780805063745
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - February 15th, 2000

Lonesome Dove: A Novel By Larry McMurtry Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781439195260
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2010

Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West By Hampton Sides Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781400031108
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Published: Vintage - October 9th, 2007

Centennial: A Novel By James A. Michener, Steve Berry (Introduction by) Cover Image
By James A. Michener, Steve Berry (Introduction by)
$24.00
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ISBN: 9780812978421
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 29th, 2007

Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West By Dorothy Wickenden Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781439176597
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Published: Scribner - April 24th, 2012

Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries) By Kent Haruf Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375705854
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Published: Vintage - August 22nd, 2000

The Comanche Empire (The Lamar Series in Western History) By Pekka Hamalainen Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780300151176
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Published: Yale University Press - May 19th, 2009

The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Short Stories By Bret Harte Cover Image
$5.00
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ISBN: 9780486272719
Published: Dover Publications - October 21st, 2015

Colorado Day by Day By Derek Everett Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781646420063
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Published: University Press of Colorado - March 16th, 2020

Westering Women: A Novel By Sandra Dallas Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250781413
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 26th, 2021

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The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West By Megan Kate Nelson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501152559
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Published: Scribner - February 16th, 2021

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Winter Counts: A Novel By David Heska Wanbli Weiden Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062968944
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Published: Ecco - August 25th, 2020

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Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country By Pam Houston Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393357660
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 7th, 2020

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (The Lamar Series in Western History) By Pekka Hamalainen Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780300255256
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Published: Yale University Press - October 13th, 2020

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Half Broke: A Memoir By Ginger Gaffney Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393541540
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 9th, 2021

Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology #24) By Justin Farrell Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780691176673
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 3rd, 2020

All Things Left Wild By James Wade Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982601058
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Published: Blackstone - June 16th, 2020

The Death of Sitting Bear: New and Selected Poems By N. Scott Momaday Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062961150
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Published: Harper - March 10th, 2020

Through a Native Lens: American Indian Photography Volume 37 By Nicole Strathman Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780806164847
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - March 19th, 2020