Idaho authors pen books on nature and the world’s oldest profession

“Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A Business Doing Pleasure” by Dr. Heather Bransletter (Wallace); The History Press ($21.99)

Once the largest silver producer in the world, Wallace became notorious for labor uprisings, hard drinking, gambling and prostitution. As late as 1991, illegal brothels openly flourished because locals believed that sex work prevented rape and bolstered the economy, so long as it was regulated and confined to a particular area of town. The madams enjoyed unprecedented status as influential businesswomen, community leaders and philanthropists, while elsewhere a growing aversion to the sex trade drove red-light districts underground. Dr. Heather Branstetter’s research features previously unpublished archival materials and oral histories as she relates the intimate details of this unlikely story.

“Listen – Dispatches from Nature” photographs by Pat Stoll (Boise) and poetry by Susan Lowman-Thomas (Boise); Stoll’n Moments ($49.99)

Award-winning photographer Patrick Stoll and gifted poet and naturalist Susan Lowman-Thomas have teamed up to create a book dedicated to the premise that nature speaks to us when we allow ourselves to listen. This limited edition volume of stunning landscape photographs and evocative poetry is meant to be savored like a fine wine.