The American West on The Point

This morning on WCAI we talked books about the American West. Clearly we could do an entire year of books about the American West! So many books, so little time, as they say. Author Peter Abrahams joined us and Kathryn Eident sat in for Mindy Todd. If you missed the show, you can listen online anytime!

Kathryn’s Pick

The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Peter’s Picks

Chet and Bernie mystery series by Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams!)

The Journals of Lewis and Clark edited by Bernard DeVoto

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Money and the Power: the making of Las Vegas and its hold on America by Sally Denton and Roger Morris

My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

Print the Legend: the life and times of John Ford by Scott Eyman


Jill’s Picks

The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

When Women Were Birds: fifty-four variations on voice by Terry Tempest Williams

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the technological wild west by Rebecca Solnit

My Faraway One: selected letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz

Sorrow of the Earth: Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull and the Tragedy of Show Business by Éric Vuillard

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

When Esther Morris Headed West, Women, Wyoming, and the Right to Vote by Connie Nordhielm Wooldrige, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Where I Was From by Joan Didion

“John Wayne: a love song” in Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

No time for, but you should really read! The Meadow by James Glavin, West by Carys Davies, and Cowboys Are My Weakness: stories by Pam Houston.

Listener Picks

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Recommended by Steve Junker before we went on the air!)

Old Jules by Mari Sandoz

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

This House of Sky by Ivan Doig

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig


2 comments on “The American West on The Point

  1. Denise Backus says:

    I’m rereading Ivan Doig: This house of Sky and Last bus to Wisdom. Set in MN.wonderful

    1. Jill Erickson says:

      Thanks for the suggestions! We’ll add them to the list.

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