Reading the West

About Reading the West

The Reading the West Book Awards are sponsored and promoted by independent booksellers across twelve western and mid-western states. The awards honor the best fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in one of the states, or created by an author or artist living or working in the region. The awards, given to books published in the previous calendar year, celebrate the spirit of the west and the rich variety of writing in and about this region, and reflect the extraordinary diversity of the reading public.

Vote HERE if you have read any of the books on the 2020 shortlist.

Below are listed the 2020 Reading the West shortlist picks.
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ADULT FICTION
Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How to Do by Pete Fromm
Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan
The River by Peter Heller
Cherokee America by Margaret Verble
Lot by Bryan Washington

ADULT NARRATIVE NONFICTION
Down From the Mountain by Bryce Andrews
Lakota America by Pekka Hämälainen
Big Wonderful Thing by Stephen Harrigan
Shadowlands by Anthony McCann
The Rise of Wolf 8 by Rick McIntyre
Aloha Rodeo by David Wolman and Julian Smith

ADULT PHOTOGRAPHY, ART, ILLUSTRATED NONFICTION
America’s Holy Ground by Brad Lyons and Bruce Barkhauer
Fire Ghosts by Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan
The Warrior’s Tools by Eric Smith
In a Rugged Land by James Swensen
National Geographic: Atlas of the National Parks by Jon Waterman

YOUNG ADULT
Red Dove, Listen to the Wind by Sonia Antaki, illustrated by Andrew Bosley
A Song for the Road by Rayne Lacko
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

YOUNG READERS
Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
What I Saw in Rocky Mountain by Julie Gillum Lue, photographs by Christopher Cauble
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorrell
Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
Howl: Another Look at the Big Bad Wolf by Ted Rechlin

PICTURE BOOK
What Riley Wore by Elana K. Arnold, illustrated by Linda Davick
Just Like Rube Goldberg by Sarah Aronson, illustrated by Robert Neubecker
The Day Punctuation Came to Town by Kimberlee Gard, illustrated by Sandie Sonke
The Little Snowplow Wishes For Snow by Lora Koehler, illustrated by Jake Parker
Unicorn Day by Diana Murray, illustrated by Luke Flowers

EATING THE WEST
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier by Ree Drummond
Ama by Betty Hallock and Josef Centeno
Centennial Celebrations: A Colorado Cookbook by the Junior League of Denver
The Peached Tortilla by Eric Silverstein
The Prairie Homestead Cookbook by Jill Winger

ADVOCACY AWARD
Migrating to Prison by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Deep Creek by Pam Houston
Headed Into the Wind by Jack Loeffler
Grinnell by John Taliaferro
Mni Wiconi: Water is Life by John Willis

Sabrina & Corina: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525511298
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Published: One World - April 2nd, 2019

A Job You Mostly Won't Know How to Do Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640091771
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 7th, 2019

Trinity Sight Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781538556726
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - October 1st, 2019

The River: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525521877
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Published: Knopf - March 5th, 2019

Cherokee America Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781328494221
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 19th, 2019

Lot: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525533672
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2019

Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328972453
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 16th, 2019

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (The Lamar Series in Western History) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300215953
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Published: Yale University Press - October 22nd, 2019

Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780292759510
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2019

Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781635571202
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 2nd, 2019

The Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog Cover Image
By Rick McIntyre, Robert Redford (Foreword by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781771645218
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Published: Greystone Books - October 15th, 2019

Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062836007
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Published: William Morrow - May 28th, 2019

America's Holy Ground: 61 Faithful Reflections on Our National Parks Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780827200753
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Published: Chalice Press - April 30th, 2019

Fire Ghosts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781938086717
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Published: George F Thompson Publishing - December 3rd, 2019

The Warrior's Tools: Plains Indian Bows, Arrows & Quivers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937054830
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Published: Roadrunner Press - March 19th, 2019

In a Rugged Land: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and the Three Mormon Towns Collaboration, 1953–1954 Cover Image
$38.79
ISBN: 9781607816287
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Published: University of Utah Press - December 5th, 2018

National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks Cover Image
$65.00
ISBN: 9781426220579
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Published: National Geographic - November 19th, 2019

Red Dove, Listen to the Wind Cover Image
By Sonia Antaki, Andrew Bosley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781947159129
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Published: One ELM Books - October 15th, 2019

A Song for the Road Cover Image
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Published: Sparkpress - August 27th, 2019

There's Something about Sweetie Cover Image
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 14th, 2019

The Great Unknowable End Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 19th, 2019

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062824110
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 8th, 2019

Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus, Volume 2 Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454933298
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 17th, 2019

What I Saw in Rocky Mountain: A Kids Guide to the National Park Cover Image
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Published: Riverbend Publishing - April 15th, 2019

Indian No More Cover Image
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Published: Tu Books - September 24th, 2019

Dear Sweet Pea Cover Image
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 1st, 2019

Howl: A New Look at the Big Bad Wolf Cover Image
$22.14
ISBN: 9781591522461
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Published: Rextooth Studios - March 26th, 2018

What Riley Wore Cover Image
By Elana K. Arnold, Linda Davick (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481472609
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Published: Beach Lane Books - August 27th, 2019

Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines Cover Image
By Sarah Aronson, Robert Neubecker (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481476683
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 12th, 2019

The Day Punctuation Came to Town (Language is Fun! #2) Cover Image
By Kimberlee Gard, Sandie Sonke (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781641701457
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Published: Familius - August 1st, 2019

The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow Cover Image
By Lora Koehler, Jake Parker (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536201178
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Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2019

Unicorn Day Cover Image
By Diana Murray, Luke Flowers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492667223
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - June 4th, 2019

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062561374
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - October 22nd, 2019

Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen (Mexican Food Cookbooks, Tex-Mex Cooking, Mexican and Spanish Recipes) Cover Image
By Josef Centeno, Betty Hallock, Ren Fuller (Photographs by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452155869
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 1st, 2019

Centennial Celebrations: A Colorado Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780960394692
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Published: Favorite Recipes Press (FRP) - August 1st, 2019

The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781454931218
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Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - May 7th, 2019

The Prairie Homestead Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Heritage Cooking in Any Kitchen Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250190192
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 2nd, 2019

Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620974209
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Published: New Press - December 3rd, 2019

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

Headed Into the Wind: A Memoir Cover Image
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - September 15th, 2019

Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631490132
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Published: Liveright - June 4th, 2019

Mni Wiconi/Water Is Life: Honoring the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and Everywhere in the Ongoing Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty Cover Image
By John Willis, Terry Tempest Williams (Foreword by), Shaunna Oteka-McCovey (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781938086663
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Published: George F Thompson Publishing - November 19th, 2019