New book looks at the beauty –and brutality - of ranching

Jan 6, 2014

"I had achieved a rare thing: I was living at the center of my heart's geography."

Bryce Andrews grew up in Seattle but childhood visits to a family friend's ranch in Montana began a love affair with ranching that carried him back to Montana to live and work full-time as a ranch hand.

Author and ranch hand Bryce Andrews
Credit Bob Howell

He landed on the sprawling Sun ranch between Ennis and Yellowstone National Park, at the edge of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.
    What he learned there - about ranching, about himself and about wild things like wolves - is the focus of his new book "Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West."
    In this feature interview, Andrews talks with News Director Sally Mauk about falling in love with ranching at an early age on the Zentz ranch near Billings, and about the beauty - and brutality - of the profession.

[Author Bryce Andrews will be featured at a publication party and signing of his new book, January 7th,  from six to eight pm at the Top Hat in Missoula.]