New Works with the flavor of the Northern Rockies

There is a freshet of new releases in regional literature this spring, in a wide variety of genres.  Some of the books are by local or nearly local authors, and some are set on an Idaho stage.

rugged mercy

Rugged Mercy by local author Robert Wright is the historical biography of Dr. Wright, the author’s grandfather, who practiced medicine in the Wood River Valley during the mining era through the sheepherding heydays.  The award-author’s previous book The Evolution of God was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2010.  He will be speaking at the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference this summer.

The Shelter Cycle by Peter Rock is set on the Idaho/Montana border and deals with two friends who grew up together in a remote survivalist encampment, and how they deal with society (or Boise) in later years.  The author’s previous book, My Abandonment, was also set in the Northwest wilderness, and both come with excellent reviews.


A Serpent’s Tooth is the new Craig Johnson mystery in the Longmire series set in Absaroka County near the Big Horns in Wyoming.  The book will be released in late spring, just as season 2 of the television series based on the same character begins.  Craig Johnson will also be speaking at the SVWC this summer.

Breaking Point, the new book in the Joe Pickett series by C. J. Box, shares the Wyoming setting from the perspective of a Forest Service ranger in roughly the same neck of the woods, but a much different flavor.

Works Cited  Idaho author Brandon K. Schrand (Enders Hotel) writes a memoir using key well-remembered books to mark various coming-of-age passages.

City of Rocks is another western by Michael Zimmer, just released this last fall.  The book is based in part on surviving transcripts from the American Legends Collection (ALC) created in 1936 as part of the Federal Writers Project of the WPA.

The Beautifully Worthless by Lambda award winner Ali Liebegott is a re-issue of her first prose/poetry book about an impulsive road trip from Brooklyn to ‘Camus’, Idaho.  It is definitely not a travelogue.

godforsaken idaho

Godforsaken Idaho: Stories by Shawn Vestal () takes the checkered history of Idaho and Mormonism head on in powerful vignettes.

The River’s Song by Jim Satterfield is rerelease of an 1870’s era western adventure that stretches from the Milk River country through the Missouri Breaks and into the Bitterroot and Lolo Pass.  There is a June release date for Satterfield’s new suspense novel Saving Laura, set in a cocaine-dusted ski area in Aspen, Colorado, in 1979.

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  1. In the Regional History Department, we have an oral history interview with Cynthia “Dotty” Wright, Dr. Robert H. Wright during which she reminiscences about her life as a small town doctor’s wife. She was 95 when she passed away in 1980. Ellwood Werry, her nephew, had a few words to say about the Doctor in his interview as well. ~Sandy RHD

  2. Above should read: “…Cynthia “Dotty” Wright, wife of Dr….” 😦

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