I grew up in Mammoth Hot Springs, at the north end of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.  My parents worked for the Park Service, and I spent about 15 years living full-time in Yellowstone and 4 years living there in the summers and coming back for Christmases.

Since then, I’ve joined the Park Service as a seasonal worker, and I’ve worked as a ranger at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park (just south of Yellowstone) for the summers of 2010, 2011, and 2012.  Jackson, Wyoming has a fabulous library, and Grand Teton has many fabulous trails; the confluence of these two features creates ideal reading situations:

lazing at the Signal Mountain beach (Grand Teton NP), reading Soñar en Cubano by Cristina García

I give you a list of books that I first read in Wyoming, either as a kid in Yellowstone or now as a Ranger in Grand Teton (books that I carry with me as talismans in order to read as many times as possible are also included in this post)

Abbey, Edward: Desert Solitaire

Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin

Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice

Bryson, Bill: A Walk in the Woods

Dunnett, Dorothy: Checkmate

Dunnett, Dorothy: King Hereafter

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby

Gabaldon, Diana: Drums of Autumn

Gabaldon, Diana: Echo in the Bone, An

Gabaldon, Diana: Fiery Cross, The

Gabaldon, Diana: Lord John and the Private Matter

García, Cristina: Soñar en Cubano

Kerr, Peter: Mañana, Mañana

King, Stephen: It

Kristof, Nicholas, and Sheryl WuDunn: Half the Sky

McEwan, Ian: Atonement

McKinley, Robin: Beauty

Obrecht, Téa: The Tiger’s Wife

Olson, Sigurd: Listening Point

Ostler, Nicholas: Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Penman, Sharon: Here Be Dragons

Pinker, Stephen: The Stuff of Thought

Strauss, Susan: The Passionate Fact: Storytelling in Natural History and Cultural Interpretation

Thoreau, Henry David: Walden

Tolkein, J.R.R.: The Return of the King

van Matre, Steve & Weiler, Bill: The Earth Speaks

Vargas Llosa, Marío: El Paraíso en la otra esquina

Winchester, Simon: The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary


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