Reading the West 2017 – Nominations

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This list is alphabetical by publisher name within categories.
Reading the West Book Awards are announced in 2018,
for books published in calendar year 2017.

For more information about Reading the West, including
a downloadable PDF of winners since 1990, please click here.

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Adult Fiction

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Aaknebaken & Kent


Waltzing with an Echo: A Novel
Dale Lovin
Publication date: August 19, 2017
Hardcover
Fiction / Suspense, Crime
$16.99
ISBN 9781938436284

 

Blackstone Publishing

Nail’s Crossing: A Novel
Kris Lackey
Series: The Bill Maytubby and Hannah Bond Mysteries
Publication date: October 10, 2017
Hardcover  | 224 pages
Fiction / Native American & Aboriginal
$26.99
ISBN 9781470814076

 

Bower House/Conundrum Press

White Plains: A Novel
David Hicks
Publication Date: May 1, 2017, Ship Date: May 1, 2017
Trade Paperback  | 280 pages
Fiction / Family Life
$15.99 USD
ISBN 9781942280392

 

Counterpoint Press

The Widow Nash: A Novel
Jamie Harrison
Publication Date: May 22, 2017
Hardcover  | 352 pages
Fiction / Literary
$26.00
ISBN 9781619029286

 

Gale-Cengage/Five Star


Of Ashes and Dust
Marc Graham
Publication date: March 22, 2017
Hardcover
Fiction / Historical
$25.95
ISBN 9781432833930

 

Granite Peak Press


When They Were Young: A Sam Dawson Mystery
Steven W. Horn
Publication Date: October 27, 2017
Hardcover
Fiction
$27.50
ISBN 9780983589488

 

Leaf Storm Press

Village: A Novel
Stanley Crawford
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Hardcover  | 256 pages
Fiction / Literary
$26.00
ISBN 9781945652950

 

Macmillan/Minotaur Books

Paradise Valley: A Novel
C. J. Box
Series: Highway Quartet
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Hardcover  | 352 pages
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
$27.99
ISBN 9781250051042

 

Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

The Vengeance of Mothers: The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill: A Novel
Jim Fergus
Series: One Thousand White Women Series
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Hardcover  | 352 pages
Fiction / Historical
$26.99
ISBN 9781250093424

 

Penguin Random House/Ballantine Books

Ill Will: A Novel
Dan Chaon
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Hardcover  | 496 pages
Fiction / Literary
$28.00
ISBN 9780345476043

 

Penguin Random House/Knopf

Celine: A Novel
Peter Heller
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Hardcover  | 352 pages
Fiction / Literary
$25.95
ISBN 9780451493897

 

Penguin Random House/G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Vicious Circle
C. J. Box
Series: Joe Pickett Novel, A
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Hardcover  | 384 pages
Fiction / Crime
$27.00
ISBN 9780399176616

 

Penguin Random House/Viking

Days Without End: A Novel
Sebastian Barry
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Hardcover  | 272 pages
Fiction / Literary
$26.00
ISBN 9780525427360

 

The RoadRunner Press

The Bridge Troll Murders
Sheldon Russell
Series: The Hook Runyon Mysteries
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Hardcover  | 340 pages
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
$24.00
ISBN 9781937054274

 

Torrey House Press

Stony Mesa Sagas
Chip Ward
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Trade Paperback  | 395 pages
Fiction / Literary
$17.95
ISBN 9781937226855

 

True to Story Publishing


Remember How It Rained: River Saga Book Two
K. Lyn Wurth
Publication date: January 27, 2017
Paperback
Fiction / Historical
$14.99
ISBN 9781945217029

 

W. W. Norton & Company

Huck Out West: A Novel
Robert Coover
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Hardcover  | 320 pages
Fiction / Literary
$26.95
ISBN 9780393608441

 

W. W. Norton & Company

The Underworld: A Novel
Kevin Canty
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Hardcover  | 256 pages
Fiction / Literary
$24.95
ISBN 9780393293050

 

Water Nymph Press

A Darkness Lit by Heroes: The Granite Mountain-Speculator Mine Disaster of 1917
Doug Ammons
Publication Date: May 6, 2017
Paperback
Fiction / Historical
$22.00
ISBN 9780692900420

 

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Adult Nonfiction

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Blue Star Press

TRANSPLANTS: Eclectic Floral Design 
Antonio Bond
Hardcover  | 224 pages
Art / Mixed Media
$40.00
ISBN 9781944515539

 

BookLocker.com

Gerlach: A Boyhood Story from the Edge of the Black Rock Desert, 1950 to 1952
Richard Phillips Neely
Publication Date: June 2017
Paperback
Black Rock Desert / Nevada
$17.95
ISBN 9781634921053

 

Counterpoint Press

Because It Is So Beautiful: Unraveling the Mystique of the American West
Robert Leonard Reid
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Hardcover  | 320 pages
Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
$26.00
ISBN 9781619029293

 

Graphic Arts Books/WestWinds Press

Gold!: Madness, Murder, and Mayhem in the Colorado Rockies
Ian Neligh
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Trade Paperback  | 196 pages
Social Science / Popular Culture
$15.99
ISBN 9781513260655

 

HarperCollins/HarperElixir

Playa Fire: Spirit and Soul at Burning Man
Stewart Harvey
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Hardcover  | 336 pages
Social Science / Customs & Traditions
$50.00
ISBN 9780062564061

 

High Plains Press

Gathering from the Grassland: A Plains Journal
Linda M. Hasselstrom
Publication Date: September 2017
Hardcover
Memoir / Journal
$29.95
ISBN 9781937147129

 

New World Library

The Spiritual Nature of Animals: A Country Vet Explores the Wisdom, Compassion, and Souls of Animals
Karlene Stange
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Trade Paperback  | 304 pages
Pets
$16.95
ISBN 9781608685158

 

Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons Association

Flying Home: The Colorado Plateau from Above and Below
Craig Childs
Publication date: November 2017
Paperback
Nature / The Colorado Plateau
$24.95
ISBN 9780985600716

 

Pegasus Books

Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon
John Clayton
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Hardcover  | 384 pages
Nature
$27.95
ISBN 9781681774572

 

Penguin Random House/Doubleday

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
David Grann
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Hardcover  | 352 pages
True Crime / Murder
$28.95
ISBN 9780385534246

 

Penguin Random House/Knopf

Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians,
Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands
Roger D. Hodge
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Hardcover  | 368 pages
History / Social History
$28.95
ISBN 9780307961402

 

Penguin Random House/Riverhead Books

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River
David Owen
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Hardcover  | 288 pages
Science / Earth Sciences / Hydrology
$28.00
ISBN 9781594633775

 

Simon & Schuster

Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill
Deanne Stillman
Publication Date: October 24, 2017
Hardcover  | 304 pages
History / United States / 19th Century
$27.00
ISBN 9781476773520

 

W. W. Norton & Company

Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War
Daniel J. Sharfstein
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Hardcover  | 640 pages
History / United States / Civil War Period
$29.95
ISBN 9780393239416

 

W. W. Norton & Company

Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang
David Philipps
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Hardcover  | 368 pages
Nature / Animals / Horses
$27.95
ISBN 9780393247138

 

W.W. Norton/Liveright

American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World
David Baron
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Hardcover  | 352 pages
Science / Astronomy
$27.95
ISBN 9781631490163

 

W.W. Norton/Liveright

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny
Michael Wallis
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Hardcover  | 496 pages
History / United States / 19th Century
$27.95
ISBN 9780871407696

 

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Children’s

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Albert Whitman & Company

Ride On, Will Cody!: A Legend of the Pony Express
Caroline Starr Rose, Joe Lillington (Illustrated by)
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Hardcover | 32 pages
Juvenile Fiction / Historical
$16.99
ISBN 9780807570685

 

The Cowgirl Poet

Pack String Hang-Up: A Mule Trail Tale
Liz Hughey & Son; illustrated by Bonnie Shields
Publication date: October 25, 2017
Juvenile Fiction / Mule Packing
Hardcover
$18.95
ISBN 9781935122630

 

Macmillan Children’s Books/Roaring Brook Press

Grand Canyon
Jason Chin
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Hardcover Picture Book | 56 pages
Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences
$19.99
ISBN 9781596439504

 

The RoadRunner Press

The Prince of the Prairie: The National Mammal of the United States
Written and illustrated by Betty Selakovich Casey
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Hardcover Picture Book | 48 pages
Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Mammals
$20.00
ISBN 9781937054724

 

The RoadRunner Press

The Survivor Tree: Oklahoma City’s Symbol of Hope and Strength
Gaye Sanders, Pamela Behrend (Illustrated by)
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Hardcover Picture Book | 40 pages
Juvenile Fiction / Historical
$20.00
ISBN 9781937054496

 

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Autoboyography
Christina Lauren
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Hardcover  | 416 pages
Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBT
$18.99
ISBN 9781481481687

 

Simon & Schuster/Aladdin

Becky Sauerbrunn
David Seigerman
Series: Real Sports Content Network Presents
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Hardcover | 128 pages
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation
$17.99
ISBN 9781481482172

 

Simon & Schuster/Aladdin

Tamba Hali
David Seigerman
Series: Real Sports Content Network Presents
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Hardcover | 144 pages
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation
$17.99
ISBN 9781481482202

 

Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books

Just Dance
Patricia MacLachlan
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Hardcover | 128 pages
Juvenile Fiction / Family
$15.99
ISBN 9781481472524

 

Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

Bombshell
Rowan Maness
Publication Date: July 4, 2017
Hardcover  | 320 pages
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Dating & Sex
$18.99
ISBN 9781481441643

 

Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

The Chaos of Standing Still
Jessica Brody
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Hardcover  | 416 pages
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Death & Dying
$17.99
ISBN 9781481499187

 

Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

Hellworld
Tom Leveen
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Hardcover  | 304 pages
Young Adult Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense
$17.99
ISBN 9781481466332

 

Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

Welcome to the Slipstream
Natalka Burian
Publication Date: June 1, 2017
Hardcover  | 288 pages
Young Adult Fiction / Family / Parents
$17.99
ISBN 9781507200759

 

Sterling Children’s Books

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
Dusti Bowling
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Hardcover | 272 pages
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Special Needs
$14.95
ISBN 9781454923459

 

 

Posted February 1, 2018