Here's a sampling of High Plains titles on Wyoming and the West: history, outlaws and lawmen, women, poetry, memoirs, and other perspectives of the West. For more information click on the image of the book.
Follow the Boys of Company K to Wyoming during the Civil War.
The inside story of the life of Butch Cassidy.
Poems that will change the way the world looks at women in ranching.
A side of the military you never read about—the official U.S. Army Laundresses.
Did Tom Horn commit the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell for which he was hanged?
The story of the horse that became the symbol of Wyoming
A risky living from Indians and explorers.
A road trip for a cause...on a donkey.
The West found in Linda Hasselstrom’s poems is neither the mythical
Old West nor the New West of ranchettes and trophy homes. Hasselstrom’s
aria is set to the rhythms of the authentic West, laced with lyrical realism,
and distilled to the sharp crispness of a plains morning.
Here you’ll find the night heron whose “slender beak descends,
a sudden hammer on a silver spine.” You’ll “give yourself
sunsets…in shades of pink and gold” while “long tatters
curl eastward like discarded ribbons.”
Also available on CD or cassette read by the author!
“These poems speak out of the western experience,
old and new, with an unmistakable voice. Nobody writes better than Linda
Hasselstrom about the grinding chores, economic instability, and deep satisfactions
of contemporary ranching. …Hasselstrom goes beyond branding and mending
the old west and the new cohabit uneasily."
Rylander, Dancing Back the Cranes
“[The book’s] themes transcend the western
landscape. Her writing is raw and unpretentious…the voice of a woman
who has learned while living, and has something to say."
“Pithy, forthright, uncompromising…[those
words] fall short short.…you are never far from the High Plains when
accompanying Linda Hasselstrom through her poetry."
Row to Hoe
Linda M. Hasselstrom writes, ranches, conducts writing retreats, and hosts a botanic garden on the South Dakota ranch homesteaded by her grandfather in 1899. She writes, "I am a perpetual student of American Western history, culture and ecology. I write to learn. My primary job is writing about the territory I love, including not only the land but its inhabitants, human and otherwise, and their stories." Hasselstrom holds an MA in American Literature.
She is the author of a host of books on the plains including essays, memoirs, poetry, and the text for a photography book. She is also the co-editor, with Gaydell Collier and Nancy Curtis, of three collections of work by women from the plains, Leaning into the Wind, Woven on the Wind, and Crazy Woman Creek, all published by Houghton Mifflin.
Bitter Creek Junction was the winner of the Western Heritage Award (Wrangler) for Poetry and was a WILLA award finalist from Women Writing the West.
Video of author reading poem "Where the Stories Come From":
Video of author reading poem "Make a Hand":
Winner, Western Heritage Award, National Cowboy Museum
Finalist! Women Writing the West Willa Award, 2001
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