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.""
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."