by K. Olson (former Meridian resident); Archway Publishing ($11.99)
Forty-five-year-old Gus Henderson has climbed to the top of the ladder in the corporate world, makes good money and is considered successful according to the outside world. But there is just one problem: Gus is not happy. While searching for something that will leave him less lonely and more fulfilled, Gus stumbles across a newspaper ad for a remote shack for rent in the hills. Gus has just found his answer.
A short time later, Gus leaves everything he knows and settles into the dilapidated shack, where he soon becomes one with nature on his quest to find purpose in his life. While learning to live in the present, Gus embarks on a journey of self-discovery where not only his life changes, but also the lives of those around him as he faces tragedy, embraces unexpected discoveries and uncovers a powerful message.
‘Wildfire West: Wildland Firefighting Pictorial’
by Mike McMillan (Boise); Spotfire Images Press ($44.95)
Wildfires in America’s West are burning bigger. With 20 percent fewer federal firefighters in place to fight them than a decade ago, the wildfire workforce on both small and massive fires is more dependent than ever upon contractors and state and local firefighters.
“Wildfire West: Wildland Firefighting Pictorial” — by a veteran photographer and firefighter — is a book made from the inside-out, from the viewpoint of those answering this unique call to duty. It is a visual record of success and loss during McMillan’s long career. Documented with SLR cameras using color-slide and digital formats, these photographs show readers how fires are fought today in America’s wildfire West.
by Eric E. Wallace (Eagle); Rabbit Creek Creative ($16.95)
In this diverse anthology, meet a respected Alaskan minister who is asked to talk down a suicidal jumper on a day that he has begun to doubt his faith; a grieving widower sucked into a tornado; a rising opera star with a life-changing secret; a retired teacher fretting about what lurks beneath her historic home; a clock repairer whose perfectly ordered life is knocked off balance by a book club meeting; a tapestry artist seeking inspiration in the Galapagos Island and finding much more; a 15-year-old piano prodigy torn between the keyboard and the boxing ring; and a prominent doctor who desperately wants one of his diagnoses to be wrong.
With settings from Alaska to Ecuador, from Iowa to Idaho, from South Carolina to Vancouver Island, here are seven dramatic and entertaining stories by award-winning writer Eric E. Wallace, the author of “Undertow.”
‘The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage Through the Frontier Northwest, 1859-62,’
edited by Paul D. McDermott, Ronald E. Grim and Philip Mobley; Mountain Press Publishing Company ($38)
Twelve top Western historians — including Idaho historian Keith C. Petersen and Idaho native Major Ryan L. Shaw — have collaborated to produce this wide-ranging examination of the famed Mullan Road — the 624-mile military wagon road built between Fort Walla Walla, Washington Territory, and Fort Benton, in the future state of Montana. The essays in Part 1 discuss John Mullan the man, his education and his preparation for the massive undertaking he would lead between 1859 and 1862. In Part 2 the contributors trace the challenging experiences of Lt. Mullan and his crew during the road’s construction, section by section and season by season. Finally, the writings in Part 3 examine specific aspects of the expedition, including survey methods used, maps and illustrations made, Mullan’s experiences with the Native Americans along the route, the economic impact of the road when completed and even the precise yet lyrical language Mullan used in his official report.
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