The following is a list of some recently released books that have crossed our desks.
"THE DAILY COYOTE: A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming," by Shreve Stockton, Simon & Schuster, color photos, $23 (nf)
Writer/photographer Stockton is moving from San Francisco to New York City when she falls in love with the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming and settles there. She is given an orphaned coyote pup to raise, and this is the account of her trials and adjustment with living and loving a wild animal. This expands on her daily blog about her experience about love and life in a small Wyoming town.
"THE END: Natural Disasters, Manmade Catastrophes, and the Future of Human Survival," by Marq de Villiers, Thomas Dunne Books, 352 pages, $25.95 (nf)
De Villiers explores the effect we have had on our universe — how people have exacerbated natural calamities and cause new problems. He calls into question our assumption that biodiversity is an important part of our ecology, and explores whether people are able to predict activities deep within the Earth and in the cosmos. "The End" notes the importance of global population in terms of factors affecting climate changes, and how we struggle to reconcile economic growth with environmental responsibility.
"SETTLEMENT," by Christoph Hein, Metropolitan Books, $26 (f)
"Settlement" is the story of Bernhard Haber, who arrives with his family in the provincial East German town of Guldenberg as a boy at the end of World War II. Told by five narrators who know Haber at different times in his life, the tale unfolds from his beginnings as a refugee to his eventual position as leading town burgher.
"VERSES AND VERSIONS: Three Centuries of Russian Poetry," selected and translated by Vladimir Nabokov, edited by Brian Boyd and Stanislav Shvabrin, Harcourt, $40 (nf)
Collected for the first time in one volume, as Nabokov always wished, are his English translations of Russian verse, presented next to the Russian originals and accompanied by brief portraits of the poets. Also included are some of Nabokov's notes on the dangers and thrills of translation.
"FALLEN SKIES," by Philippa Gregory, Touchstone Books, $16 (f)
Released in paperback, this is the story of a doomed marriage between a wealthy war hero, Stephen Winters, and the aspiring singer, Lily Valance, who catches his attention. Lily quickly discovers that Stephen is a man deeply scarred and filled with an unspoken hatred of all women. He is alienated from his home and family, with only the silent comradeship of his shell-shocked mute batman, Coventry. "Fallen Skies" delves into post-war depression, the delicate balance of family, and the stringent rules surrounding society in the 1920s.
"A TENDERFOOT IN COLORADO," by R.B. Townshend, University Press of Colorado, 304 pages, $24.95 (nf)
Richard Baxter Townshend came to the territory known as Colorado in 1869 from Cambridge, England, with $300 in his pockets. This is his account of the people he met and places he visited in the frontier. After starting a cattle ranch near present-day Colorado Springs, he returned to England after he saw homesteaders threatening his way of life. There he told his countrymen the stories that became this volume. This was originally published in 1923.
"NEW MEXICO COLCHA CLUB: Spanish Colonial Embroidery & the Women Who Saved It," by Nancy C. Benson, Museum of New Mexico Press, 156 pages, 96 black-and-white and color illustrations, $34.95 (nf)
This book is divided into three sections: the roots of the embroidery traditions and domestic life in colonial New Mexico; the Arte Antiguo's push in the early 20th century to revive the lost art of colcha; and Esther Lujan Vigil's artistic skills and the renaissance of colcha embroidery today.
(f)=fiction —Compiled by Kari Morandi