Panther Gap, by James A. McLaughlin

Staff Pick

Laughlin’s ambitious and sweeping novel focuses on a reclusive family living in an isolated wilderness oasis in Colorado. For over a generation, the father and his two children have been on their own, learning to be one with nature—to the extent that Bowman even believes he can inhabit other animal spirits. But when the brothers stand to inherit a fortune, they risk having their refuge invaded by society and all its dangers. Without sacrificing its epic blend of homage to the undisturbed natural world and sensitive exploration of the human legacy on the land, the book ratchets the momentum into a taut, fast-paced thriller.                                        

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ISBN: 9781250821003
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 4th, 2023

The New Wilderness, by Diane Cook

Staff Pick

Cook's novel is a virtuoso exploration of humanity's relationship to nature. Set in a futuristic America where the entire population lives in a giant, polluted, smog-ridden city-state, the narrative focuses on Bea,  a young mother hoping to save her sick child, Agnes. Along with 18 others, the pair volunteer to move into the Wilderness State--a vast western territory that has been closed to humans--as nomadic hunter-gatherers. Timely and expansive, Cook's fiction will change the way you see nature.


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ISBN: 9780062333131
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Published: Harper - August 11th, 2020

Better Luck Next Time, by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Staff Pick

Part comedy and part Western, Johnson's novel unfolds in 1938 Reno, Nevada, on a dude ranch for wealthy women looking to get legally divorced. Emily and Nina are two such guests, and during one memorable summer they become inseparable from Ward, a young cowboy, whose perspective shapes the narrative. As he recounts the trio's various hijinks, adventures, and the passion that would alter their lives forever, the novel sparkles with brilliant, witty dialogue, romance, and plot twists.



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ISBN: 9780062916365
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Published: Mariner Books - January 5th, 2021