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Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson is the host and producer of "The Write Question" on Montana Public Radio.

"You don’t really know a place until you have seen the heartbreak behind it, and sometimes that heartbreak makes the picture a little less pretty. . . The confines of my small town, the heaviness of the stories of the people within it, was something I thought I could erase if I ran far enough away. " -- Elsie Wipplinger

The Colorado River is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the U.S.–Mexico border where the river runs dry. Learn more from David Owen on this episode of The Write Question.

"Clovis is a lyrical tale set in the New West where the interests of oil companies clash with the need to preserve and record the artifacts left by long gone inhabitants of the land. In this novel, Hanna and her archeological compatriots are hired by CanAm Oil Company to assess the impact of an oil line on historical native sites. The complex relationships between her and her co-workers fascinate. The lush descriptions of the natural beauty she encounters are seductive. This is truly a wonderful look into the unique personality of people who choose to make a living doing field work.

"So much of my life is the consequence of fleeting chance and strange brews of circumstance, of pamphlets landing at my feet or of lingering in university hallways to overhear words I shouldn’t have. What’s so maddening and exhilarating about it all is that I can never tell the eclipses from the avalanches until I’m either parked on the side of the highway or buried under the snow." -- Luke Larkin

A Book For Everyone On Your Holiday Shopping List
Sarah Aronson

Mara Panich-Crouch, a bookseller at Fact and Fiction Bookstore in Missoula, joins us to review books and make some holiday book recommendations for everyone on your shopping list.

Below you'll find 11 of the 28 books recommended in this program. To hear more, click the link above, or subscribe to our podcast.

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