Mountain Blood

Will Baker
Selected by Annie Dillard

Looking back on the American West as a place and a state of mind


“Extraordinarily splendid writing. . . . Mountain Blood captures the independent spirit and sensibility of the American West.”

“Strong prose writing in the tradition of A River Runs Through It—writing which does not strain to be literary, but which instead evokes a vivid world of people and events.”
—Annie Dillard

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The recollections and yarns, historical meditations and reportage brought together in Mountain Blood display a sensibility formed by the harsh, outlandishly beautiful terrain of the American West. Will Baker’s tales range from Nebraska to Peru and tell of a boy’s first trout, a bar brawl over a woman, and the vise-like grip of gold over all of the Americas. They spring from an imagination shaped by wild, circuitous mealtime stories of prospectors and from the bitter history of a place where suburban ranch houses dot the vast sweep of land once hunted by the Lakotah.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction

Page count: 192
15 b&w photos
Trim size: 6 x 9


List price: $19.95

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Will Baker (1935–2005) was a professor of English at the University of California, Davis. His books include Backward: An Essay on Indians, Time, and Photography and Tony and the Cows: A True Story from the Range Wars.