September Book Selection: The Big Rock Candy Mountain


If you haven’t read anything by Wallace Stegner, you’re in for a treat. His prose is lush and sweeping. I also highly recommend his essays, particularly the collection, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West. We’ll meet in late September or early October.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book from Amazon.

Bo Mason, his wife, Elsa, and their two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks out his fortune-in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running through the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest. In this affecting narrative, Wallace Stegner portrays over three decades in the life of the Mason family as they struggle to survive during the lean years of the early twentieth century.

Stegner was also an active environmentalist and much of his non-fiction writing deals with the importance of preserving wild places. Here is some good information about Wallace Stegner. Read the “Wilderness Letter” at the bottom of the page in the tan box.

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