Category Archives: Western Lit

Green Shorts, Charles Manson, and Literature and Conservation in the West

This piece originally appeared in The Wildlife News. Ten years ago I read Michael Chrichton’s novel State of Fear. While far from his best work, it was his usual roller coaster of a techno-thriller. And, rather strangely, it was blatantly … Continue reading

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Two Good Men

Two men stand silhouetted against an  sublime sunset, scholars perhaps, contemplating their place in the cosmos.  Such is the cover image,suggested by author Scott Abbott, by 19th -century German Romantic landscape painter, Caspar David Friedrich.  Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a … Continue reading

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Why Culture Matters

The day I realized I am a Westerner, I was in New York City. I was visiting family in my hometown and bent down to talk to my three-year-old in what felt like a miniature grocery store aisle. Crouching among … Continue reading

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Let Them Paddle, by Alan S. Kesselheim – Review

Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water by Alan S. Kesselheim My rating: 4 of 5 stars In middle age the notion of doing what you love and then figuring out how to make a living at it … Continue reading

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Prisoner of Zion, by Scott Carrier – Review

Prisoner of Zion: Muslims, Mormons and Other Misadventures by Scott Carrier My rating: 5 of 5 stars As we hone our strategy and niche at Torrey House Press (THP), I am thinking a lot about the West, and the land, … Continue reading

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House of Western Lit and Literature and the Environment

The news that J.K. Rowling’s latest fiction title had sold only 500 copies in the months it was out before the word leaked that she was the author using a pseudonym left us feeling a strange mix of hope and … Continue reading

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New Strategy

We are very pleased to announce that Torrey House Press is joining ranks with Minnesota based  Consortium Books Sales and Distribution in order to gain a greater distribution of our titles.  This change marks the end of a one year … Continue reading

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