If things were different, I would be in the Rockies now, posting new photos and finally reviewing Patricia Nell Warren's fine essay collection My West: Personal Writings on the American West -- Past, Present and Future, which she sent me several months ago.
In the same way her classic novel The Front Runner shattered stereotypes of gay athletes, her nonfiction is a major myth-buster. Felice Picano says, "As Warren makes clear early in her preface, this book is about her West, and not the West of movies and cliché bestsellers. If she has any peers in what she knows and writes of, it would be Larry McMurtry, Annie Proulx and perhaps Louise Erdich. Like them, in her novels, and now in this compendium, she extends our own knowledge deep into this least truly understood part of America..." Mykola Dementiuk agrees, "...not just movie Cowboys and Indians fighting it out but actual people building their lives for themselves on a day to day basis. Warren looks at everything, old time haying, horse teams, forage plants, bobcats, Oriental rugs, etc., etc. Her wealth of knowledge is encyclopedic but never does she intrude by showing off... A sheer delight." Amos Lassen concludes, "She is above all else a Westerner and her love for the West is totally obvious in almost every sentence. I love the diversity here and whether she writes about making hay or sexual orientation, Warren captures the reader."