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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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The West: An Illustrated History

The West: An Illustrated History

by Ken Burns | Geoffrey C. Ward

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

The lavish illustrated companion to the PBS series with essays from seven renowned writers and historian. (USW674, $27.99)

Crazy Horse, A Life

Crazy Horse, A Life

by Larry McMurtry

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

The story of Sioux warrior Crazy Horse, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lonesome Dove." McMurtry blends history, biography and a dose of good storytelling in this short, thought-provoking biography. A volume in the excellent "Penguin Lives" series. (USW205, $14.00)

Yellowstone Wildlife

Yellowstone Wildlife

by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PLASTIC CARD

This handy plastic card illustrates the birds, mammals, fishes, amphibians and reptiles of Yellowstone. We also carry its companion, Yellowstone Trees & Wildflowers (Item USW501). (RKY88, $5.95)

Compass Guide Wyoming

Compass Guide Wyoming

by Nathaniel Burt | Don Pitcher

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Handsomely produced, illustrated and informative, this compact guide covers the history, nature and attractions of Wyoming in detail, including a long chapter on Yellowstone. (USW61, $21.95)

 
Yellowstone National Park Map

Yellowstone National Park Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2011
  • MAP

A visitor's overview map of the park at a scale of 1:126,000 with good topographic relief. (USW32, $11.95)

Cowgirls: Women of the American West

Cowgirls: Women of the American West


by Teresa Jordan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 309 PAGES

The story of the western woman, past and present, is intimately recounted through the words of the women themselves. (USW13, $19.95)

Crazy Horse and Custer, The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors

Crazy Horse and Custer, The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors


by Stephen Ambrose

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 483 PAGES

Renowned historian Stephen Ambrose offers up another chapter in the story of America in this portrait of two powerful men. He parallels the life of Crazy Horse, the great leader of the Oglala Sioux, with that of General George Armstrong Custer, the man he defeated at the battle of Little Bighorn. (USW136, $17.00)

The Carving of Mount Rushmore

The Carving of Mount Rushmore


by Rex Alan Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 415 PAGES

An engrossing account of the carving of Mount Rushmore, its sculptor Gutzon Borglum and others involved in the creation of the monument. With 50 black-and-white photos. (USP07, $22.95)

The Cowboy at Work, All about His Job and How He Does It

The Cowboy at Work, All about His Job and How He Does It


by Fay E. Ward

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

In this classic, an old-time cowboy colorfully describes every detail of the working cowhand's life and job. Captivating reading for working cowboys and illustrated with 600 drawings and diagrams by the author, this book is also as indispensable for the dude ranch wrangler as it is for the armchair bronc-buster and anyone interested in cowboy life. (SWU473, $24.95)

The Look of the Old West


by William Foster-harris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER

The fashions and feel of the Old West from the end of the Civil War through the 1890s. (SWU477, $19.95)

The Solace of Open Spaces

The Solace of Open Spaces


by Gretel Ehrlich

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 131 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A loosely organized travelogue and meditation on the high plains of Wyoming. While Ehrlich writes of ranchers, cowboys and weather, the real star of this lyrical celebration of Wyoming is the landscape itself. (USW67, $15.00)

Great Plains

Great Plains


by Ian Frazier

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

A marvelously digressive, wide-ranging account of 25,000 miles worth of travels criss-crossing throughout the Great Plains, combining first-rate reportage and history. (USW172, $16.00)

Lost in My Own Backyard

Lost in My Own Backyard


by Tim Cahill

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Cahill mixes tales of walks, hikes and treks with history, lore and gee-whiz wonder in this celebration of America's first national park. (USW430, $16.95)

Miles from Nowhere

Miles from Nowhere


by Dayton Duncan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Touring the American West from the Rio Grande to the Cascades in a GMC Suburban, covering more than 30,000 miles, Duncan paints a vivid, perceptive portrait of frontier life in contemporary America. (USW675, $19.95)

The Oregon Trail, Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life

The Oregon Trail, Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life


by Francis Parkman | David Levin

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 504 PAGES

The original, 19th-century account by the great American historian and romantic, based in part on the author's wanderings on the Oregon Trail through the plains of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas. (USW369, $16.00)

Wapiti Wilderness

Wapiti Wilderness


by Margaret Murie | Olaus Murie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Margaret and her biologist husband (who did the illustrations for the book) write of a winter, and especially the elk, at a ranch in Jackson Hole. They alternate chapters, mixing tales of work as a field biologist with stories of life in the region, where they lived for 37 years. (USW68, $24.95)

Blood Meridian, or The Evening Redness in the West

Blood Meridian, or The Evening Redness in the West


by Cormac McCarthy

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 337 PAGES

McCarthy's tale of a young man's involvement with a gang of marauding bandits, set in the glory days of the Wild West, is based on real events along the Tex-Mex border in the 1840s. (SWU31, $15.95)

Close Range: Wyoming Stories

Close Range: Wyoming Stories


by E. Annie Proulx

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

Proulx's brilliantly-drawn characters personify the loneliness, harsh beauty and wild nature of Wyoming in this luminous collection, which includes the story "Brokeback Mountain." (USW349, $15.00)

A Naturalist's Guide to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park

A Naturalist's Guide to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park


by Frank C. Craighead, Jr.

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A memoir and classic natural history of the wildlife of Jackson Hole and the Tetons by a celebrated local biologist, organized week-by-week throughout the year. (SWU168, $18.95)

Decade of the Wolf, Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

Decade of the Wolf, Returning the Wild to Yellowstone


by Douglas Smith | Gary Ferguson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Biologist Smith (Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project) and nature writer Ferguson look at the 10 years since the re-introduction of wolves to Yellowstone. (RKY90, $16.95)

Mountain Time, A Yellowstone Portrait

Mountain Time, A Yellowstone Portrait


by Paul Schullery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

A former ranger, Schullery writes with depth and grace on the natural history of Yellowstone National Park, its wildlife, rangers and visitors in this classic collection of essays, originally published in 1984. (USW392, $19.95)

Rising from the Plains

Rising from the Plains


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

McPhee's elegant and accessible essays show the geology of the Rockies through his travels with U.S. Geological Survey scientist David Love. (USW18, $16.00)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Ken Burns | Dayton Duncan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Now in a paper edition, this lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system. (USA356, $32.50)

Yellowstone Country, The Enduring Wonder

Yellowstone Country, The Enduring Wonder


by Seymour L. Fishbein

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An overview of Yellowstone presented in the National Geographic style, featuring spectacular color photographs, maps and good travel information. (SWU76, $16.00)

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