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Fifty-Six Counties

Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey

— by Russell Rowland

Montana has a long and celebrated tradition of artful, reflective nonfiction. From Joseph Kinsey Howard’s Montana: High, Wide, and Handsome to K. Ross Toole’s Montana: An Uncommon Land, and our own Montana: Then and Now by Aaron Parrett, we’ve been gifted with a series of erudite and sharp-eyed guides to help us see who we are. To this eminent list we can now add Russell Rowland’s Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. More
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El Paso Twilight a Novel by Rick DeMarinis

El Paso Twilight, a Novel

— by Rick DeMarinis

On the border country between Mexico and the United States, literature can barely keep up with the bad news. An exception is the new novel from Rick DeMarinis, El Paso Twilight. A study of political manners and debauchery mas­querading as pulp fiction, DeMarinis shows us a world inhabited by the likes of Luther Penrose, a 290-pound, drug-dependent nov­elist with marital fidelity problems, and Luther’s old army buddy, J. P. Morgan, an insurance fraud investigator who has reluctantly agreed to lend his friend a hand. With wry humor and scalpel-sharp sensibilities, El Paso Twilight marks a splendid return to form from one of most applauded authors in the American West. More


Tom Connor’s Gift
(mad grief, mad love, and a crooked road home)

by David Allan Cates

A recently-widowed doctor, stunned by grief, retreats to a cabin on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. Inside she has a puppy and a stack of letters from an old lover. Outside, there’s a bear. As she revisits her letters, we come to see, through Tom Connor’s eyes, the dusty, broken alleys of Central America during the war years. The two narratives taken together explore themes of life-long love, about what we can see only when we are ready to see, and how hope can grow in the darkest of places. More

Grow, by Stephen Grace

Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement

— by Stephen Grace

What do a rapper, a returned soldier, a reformed gangster, a grandmother, a petroleum geologist, a bestselling author, and a microchip engineer have in common? They are all wresting control of food from an industrial system responsible for a plague of poor personal and planetary health. In Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement, Stephen Grace embarks on a journey of discovery to understand what motivates these urbanites working to reinvent the way we feed ourselves. More

Backlist Titles

Montana Then and Now

— by Aaron Parrett

When Montana Territory was established in 1864, it was a land of teepees and ramshackle cabins, of lawless vigilantes and miners scraping out meager livings. More



— by Paul Zarzyski

There are so few writers who can make us smile even as they’re breaking our hearts. With 51, his first book in more than six years, Paul Zarzyski gives us…More


Blue Horse, Red Desert

— by Tom Russell

Known to American audiences primarily through his music, singer-songwriter Tom Russell is every bit as talented on…More



— by Fred Haefele

From working as a timber faller and a tree doctor to profiling environmental protestors and parsing through his own preoccupations…More

Steering with my Knees, by Paul Zarzyski

Steering with my Knees

— by Paul Zarzyski

If you know poetry in the West, you know the work of Paul Zarzyski. You know the electricity running through his verse, his punch-line crescendos…More

Metroliner, by Toby Thompson


— by Toby Thompson

An essential companion to Riding the Rough String, his previous collection of personal essays and profiles, Metroliner explores…More

High and Inside, by Russell Rowland

High and Inside

— by Russell Rowland

With wit and compassion, sharp humor and startling insight, author Russell Rowland gives us not only a portrait of fame and addiction, but also an indispensable glimpse into the character of the modern West. More

Riding the Rough String, by Toby Thompson

Riding the Rough String: Reflections on the American West

— by Toby Thompson

From one of the most highly-regarded journalists in America comes this unique series of profiles, meditations, essays, and explorations. For more than fifty years, Toby Thompson…More

Snow Leopards Tale, by Thomas McIntyre

The Snow Leopard’s Tale

— by Thomas McIntyre

There are a few creatures left in the world who live still untamed, prowling through the rocks, blinking slowly at the encroaching civilization far below. On China’s Bountiful Black Mountain, a snow leopard hunts alone, artifact of a vanishing age. More

A Quiet Place of Violence: Hunting and Ethics in the Missouri River Breaks , by Allen Morris Jones

A Quiet Place of Violence: Hunting and Ethics in the Missouri River Breaks

— by Allen Morris Jones

In this landmark work, Allen Morris Jones spends a year exploring one of the wildest ecosystems in North America, hunting and examining the philosophical issues of blood sport. More

120 Songs, by Tom Russell

120 Songs

— by Tom Russell

Singer, songwriter, painter, essayist…Tom Russell’s is known as one of the most compelling performers in the world and is recognized as a master American lyricist. More


Montana Bookstore Readers

More than ninety-five celebrated Montana authors donated their fiction, poetry, and personal essays to An Elk River Books Reader: Livingston and Billings Area Writers, A Fact & Fiction Reader: Missoula Area Writers, and A Country Bookshelf Reader: Bozeman Area Writers. More