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30 books about Wyoming

Ronald Scheer "rockysquirrel"
The list author says: "From "The Virginian" to "Brokeback Mountain," Wyoming has been the setting for a wide range of books, both fiction and nonfiction. On this list are novels, short stories, memoirs, history, murder mysteries, geology, and journalistic reporting. All reflect the environment of what Gretel Ehrlich has called "the solace of open spaces.""
Close Range : Wyoming Stories
Close Range : Wyoming Stories
"Fine collection of short stories about cowboys and ranch life, set in Wyoming. Best of the bunch: "Brokeback Mountain." Read also Proulx' "Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2.""
The Virginian
The Virginian
"The classic western (1902) set in Wyoming, that helped establish the cowboy hero in the West of the imagination. Also recommended: Wister's "Salvation Gap and Other Stories.""
Lin McLean
Lin McLean
"Set in 1880s Wyoming, this book's cowboy hero is an early version of Owen Wisterís Virginian, who came along just a few years later and has the same boyish charm and natural nobility. A son of the plains, a man of homespun character, mostly unschooled, but both fiercely egalitarian and gallant."
Pulling Leather: Being the Early Recollections of a Cowboy on the Wyoming Range, 1884-1889
Pulling Leather: Being the Early Recollections of a Cowboy on the Wyoming Range, 1884-1889
"Informative and entertaining cowboy memoir of punching cows and becoming a top hand during the peak of the open rangeland cattle industry in 1880s Wyoming."
Riding the White Horse Home: A Western Family Album
Riding the White Horse Home: A Western Family Album
"Thoughtful and evocative memoir of growing up on a ranch in southeast Wyoming. A chapter on calving season brings to life the day-to-day labors and rewards of stock raising."
The Solace of Open Spaces
The Solace of Open Spaces
"California filmmaker visits Wyoming, decides to stay. Great visual descriptions and appreciative commentary on ranching, cowboys, rodeo, Native Americans."
What You See in Clear Water: Indians, Whites, and a Battle Over Water in the American West
What You See in Clear Water: Indians, Whites, and a Battle Over Water in the American West
"Wyoming journalist follows two decades of legal wrangles over control of the Wind River Reservation watershed. Explores 200 years of the collision between whites and Native Americans in the West."
Where Rivers Change Direction
Where Rivers Change Direction
"Beautifully written memoir by Wyoming writer who grew up on a dude ranch outside of Yellowstone."
Rising from the Plains
Rising from the Plains
"A fascinating journey across Wyoming and eons of  geological time with USGS geologist David Love, personalized with an account of growing up on his parents' ranch in central Wyoming."
Losing Matt Shepard
Losing Matt Shepard
"A thoughtful study of Laramie, Wyoming, and its people, both gay and straight, in the aftermath of Matt Shepard's murder."
When We Were Wolves: Stories
When We Were Wolves: Stories
"An often hilarious collection of short stories set in rural Wyoming. Best of the bunch, the title story about an ice hockey team at the State Pen."
The Meadow
The Meadow
"Beautifully written history of an actual plot of meadowland in the mountains of southeast Wyoming, and the lives of those who have lived there."
Letters of a Woman Homesteader (Women of the West)
Letters of a Woman Homesteader (Women of the West)
"The writings of Elinore Pruitt Stewart (1876-1933), who settled as a homesteader on the frontier in southwest Wyoming."
Shane (American Classics Series)
Shane (American Classics Series)
"The classic story set in a small Wyoming valley in the summer of 1889. Shane, rides into the lives of the Starrett family and becomes their guardian at a time when homesteaders and cattle rangers battled for territory and survival."
The Legend of Colton H. Bryant
The Legend of Colton H. Bryant
"This heartbreaker of a book that tells the story of the 25 years of the life of a young Wyoming man whose life is ended in an oil rig accident. A real coming of age story about real people, real love, and real friendship."
The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery
The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery
"Johnson's good-humored debut novel, is the first of a crime fiction series, set in Bighorn Mountain country. Walt Longmire, the veteran sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo., finds the killer of a man found shot to death near the Cheyenne reservation, while everyone, including Deputy Victoria Moretti, a transplanted Philadelphian, believes he died in an accident."
Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)
Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)
"This is the first of a series of crime fiction novels with C.J. Box's hero Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden, who like all the best mystery protagonists, is stubbornly ready to risk everything when his own personal sense of morality is at stake. But Joe is also a guy who sometimes gets things wrong, and this characteristic of messing up adds a dimension of humanity to the book."
The Drowning Man (A Wind River Reservation Mystery)
The Drowning Man (A Wind River Reservation Mystery)
"Father John O'Malley, head of the Jesuit mission on the Arapaho Wind River Reservation becomes involved when The Drowning Man, a cherished petroglyph, is stolen and held for ransom. The twelfth book in a series."
Try
Try
"Daryl Heatherly, a promising young artist trying to find her place, returns to the country just outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, There she gets involved with J.W. Jarrett, a World Champion rodeo cowboy, and follows him on the circuit. A rodeo romance."
Split Estate: A Novel
Split Estate: A Novel
"After his wife's suicide, a father and his two adolescent children return from New York to the Wyoming ranch where he grew up. There, his mother is surrounded by ranchers selling off the mineral rights to their land."
Badwater
Badwater
"McKinzie's fifth thriller with Antonio "Ant" Burns, on assignment to the Wyoming state police as a special investigator. Ant gets involved in the case of a tourist accused of murdering a local 10-year-old boy in the town of Badwater. McKinzie makes Burns's love of rock climbing an important part of his hero's life."
Fire Flight: A Novel
Fire Flight: A Novel
"A huge forest fire ranges out of control in Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Forest. The fires are fought by brave pilots in ancient air tankers (converted from old passenger airliners) dropping chemical fire retardants and by fire jumpers who fight the fires on the ground. Adventure and romance."
Summer of Fifty-Seven (Softcover)
Summer of Fifty-Seven (Softcover)
"Steve Jonas is 19 years old in the summer of 1957, riding his thumb north and west. He hitches into the two-horse town of Jackson, Wyoming and finds work in the National Park, building a mountain trail. A coming-of-age novel."
Wyoming Wind: A Novel of Tom Horn
Wyoming Wind: A Novel of Tom Horn
"Fictionalized historical account of range detective Tom Horn's murder trial, at the beginning of the 20th century."
Half-Moon and Empty Stars (Lisa Drew Books
Half-Moon and Empty Stars (Lisa Drew Books
"Celebrated defense attorney Gerry Spence writes his first novel, not surprisingly a courtroom drama. The defendant is a Native American accused of murder."
Click: A Novel
Click: A Novel
"This crime fiction novel is set in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains. When a scientist involved in environmental research is murdered, photographer McClary feels that the police are not doing enough to solve the crime. He joins novice reporter Nadia Bzdak and police lieutenant Oldman, an Arapaho, in the search for clues."
Girl Beside Him
Girl Beside Him
"A literary novel exploring the darker side of the human psyche, with a main character involved in an effort to save cougars."
Dead in Hog Heaven (Thea Barlow Series)
Dead in Hog Heaven (Thea Barlow Series)
"Corpses pile up in this crime novel as feature writer Thea Bartow takes up residence in small-town Wyoming. Third in a series."
Heart Mountain: Life In Wyoming's Concentration Camp
Heart Mountain: Life In Wyoming's Concentration Camp
"Historical account of the Japanese-American internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, during WWII."
Snow, Ashes: A Novel
Snow, Ashes: A Novel
"After many years, two life-long friends meet again on a Wyoming sheep ranch, their lives shaped forever by experiences as soldiers in the Korean War."