Monday, April 1, 2019

Six top books about unfamiliar places

Barry Lopez is the author of two collections of essays, several story collections, Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award, Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist, and Crow and Weasel, a novella-length fable. His new book is Horizon.

One of the author's six favorite books about unfamiliar places, as shared at The Week magazine:
The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840–60 by John D. Unruh Jr. (1979).

Many of us are still unfamiliar with the historical undercurrents of our own country as well as those of foreign lands. Unruh's meticulously researched history of western migration exposes the folklore shaping much of what has been written about the American West — but also suggests that cherished lore masquerading as authentic history can be found in every country.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue