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The Big Sky reader
Bailey, Donna. Selections.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Where we live
First St Martin's Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
viii, 252 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Where we live, v. 1. Bozeman, MT : Spring Creek Pub., c1997.

"Thomas Dunne books."
Added Uniform Title:
Big Sky Journal.
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PS648.O88 W48 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From its first issue in the spring of 1994,Big Sky Journalhas rapidly established itself as the premier publication in the West. With offices in Bozeman, Montana,Big Sky Journalleads the region with its unique combination of award-winning prose, poetry and photography. Published five times a year and seasonally focused on fishing and hunting, art and architecture, ranching and rodeo,Big Sky Journalhas become the standard against which other literary work in the Northwest is measured. Now, for the first time,Big Sky Journalhas allowed the best writing from their magazine to be collected in one volume. For years the beauty of the Montana landscape has inspired writers, poets and naturalists. From Norman Maclean'sA River Runs Through Itto the works of Rick Bass, William Kittredge, and Russell Chatham, Montana has proven to be an alluring and powerful subject for writers and readers. Here are the personal reflections on Montana and its people-in stories and essays-from some of the finest writers in America today. The contributors toThe Big Sky Readerattempt to give the reader a sense of the spirit of Montana and its place in western literature. We read of ranches and rodeos, saloons, rivers, fires and the never ending Sky. In the end, this amazing treasury captures a sense of country and home and presents a vivid picture of life in the American West. Not since the landmark publication ofThe Last Best Placehas Montana been so clearly and movingly depicted.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In this anthology of articles that have appeared in the Big Sky Journal since the inception of that magazine in 1992, there are nearly 40 individual articles that combine to provide an intriguing portrait of the American West. Some of these are works of fiction, but the vast majority explore the actual western country and the experiences to be found there. Ranching, rodeos, hunting, fishing, and saloons are a few of the key subjects on which the writers have reflected to provide both the feel and the essence of the country they call home; and major emphasis is on the Montana area. It is a satisfying collection for those who love the area and enjoy reading of its mystique. --Fred Egloff

Library Journal Review

Wetmore, founder of Big Sky Journal, and Jones, its editor, have thoughtfully and affectionately selected some of the best stories and essays written about the American West for this collection. These pieces evoke a feeling of place that permeates the reader's senses. The West is seen in a variety of ways: to William Kittredge, it is "a candy-apple kingdom" as well as a place to hike, fish, be alone, and be with people. It is, as Ralph Beers quotes Edward Abbey, "the most beautiful place on Earth." The personal reflections of each author create a moving vision of a part of America that is much traveled, studied, photographed, and, in this collection, loved. For a more critical perspective on the New West see Timothy Egan's Lasso the Wind (LJ 9/1/98). Highly recommended for all libraries.¬ĎCynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.