What are the best books set in or about Montana?

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    #1The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology

    The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology

    The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology is an anthology edited by William Kittredge and Annick Smith. It contains eight chapters filled with myths, poems, essays and stories about Montana and its literature.


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    Beverly Hopkins
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This book is all you will need to get a good picture of what life was like back when their were American Indians. This will be your new go to source equipped with journal entries to what the day in the life was like in Montana."
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    #2A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

    A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
    A River Runs Through It and Other Stories is a book by Norman Maclean containing two of his novels and one short story. This book was originally published in 1976 and became a bestseller.

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    Sarah Gutierrez
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "A River Runs Through It is a deserved classic. The novels within are beautifully written with compassion, humanity, and an eye for detail. It's deeply spiritual, but in a way that anyone can understand and access. I learned a lot about regret, second chances, and living with empathy. "
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    #3Winter Wheat

    Winter Wheat
    Winter Wheat is a young adult novel written by Mildred Walker. It is the coming-of-age story of Ellen Webb, a girl in the wheat fields of Montana. It has an introduction from James Welch.

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    Russell Simpson
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "The big country of Montana can't help but inspire you. And with that as a powerful backdrop, this book, even though written in the 1940s, delivers a great tale of coming of age when headed off to college and falling in love with someone that makes you look at your experience in a whole new, sometimes stark, way."
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    #4We Pointed Them North

    We Pointed Them North
    We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher is a biography of E.C. Abbott written by Helena Huntington Smith. It had illustrations from Nick Eggenhofer. It is about a Texan cowboy who moved to Montana.

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    Omar Velázquez
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "There's not much known about Montana so I really was curious when I had to find a book about the state. The book We Pointed Them North really had a Montana feel with all the moments with cowboys and ranches."
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    #5Young Men and Fire

    Young Men and Fire
    Young Men and Fire is a nonfiction written by Norman Maclean about the 15-men of the US Forest Service who stopped a fire in the Montana wilderness in August 1949. It won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.

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    Jerry Mendoza
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Young Men and Fire is a very well written outdoor adventure. The drama of the firefight and efforts to save the Montana wilderness are well documented and heroic."
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    #6Letters from Yellowstone

    Letters from Yellowstone

    Letters from Yellowstone is a young adult novel written by Diane Smith about a female botanist who had to fake his gender to join a field study in Yellowstone National Park. It became a Readers' Choice book for Penguin.


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    Howard Delgado
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Letters from Yellowstone is one of the best books set in or about Montana. It is about a botanist who had to pretend to be a guy while she was working in Yellowstone. It is worth reading for sure and it has all sorts of interesting info on Yellowstone Park."
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    #7Breaking Clean

    Breaking Clean

    Breaking Clean is a memoir written by Judy Blunt with the help of Nancy Smith. It became a National Bestseller. It is about the author's experience in the harsh drylands of Montana.


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    Debra Freeman
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "If your looking for a well rounded book about Montanna this is one that you will want to pick up Judy Blunt shares the gift of many about Montana to people that have never been there I found the book flowed very well and i could relate too it "
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    #8Fourth of July Creek: A Novel

    Fourth of July Creek: A Novel

    Fourth of July Creek is a young adult novel written by PEN prize-winning author Smith Henderson about a social worker trying to save an 11-year-old boy from his abusive father while evading the eyes of the FBI.


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    Ruth Carter
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Fourth of July Creek tells a rather conflicting story about a boy that runs away into the wilderness. The story has characters that all just seem so broken and sad. It wasn't a bad book, but a little too cruel for my tastes, cruel and real. "
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    #9Counting Coup

    Counting Coup

    Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn is a non-fiction book written by Larry Colton detailing the Native American influence on a Montana high-school girls' basketball club. 


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    Jason Hamilton
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Counting Coup is a very intense and grabbing novel. I could not put this one down!"
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    #10Saving Grace (Madison Falls)

    Saving Grace (Madison Falls)

    Saving Grace is a novel about an opera singer who flew from one town to the other just to escape her stalker. But seemed like her stalker follows her wherever she goes. This novel is about the test of faith and the danger in life.


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    Zhao Huang
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I wanted to read a book where the setting was in Montana. The book that I found was called Saving Grace and it was such a good read."
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    #11The Big Sky

    The Big Sky

    The Big Sky is an epic adventure novel written by A.B. Guthrie Jr. about a Kentucky man looking for a new life in the Midwest. It was originally published in 1947 and has been adapted into a film.


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    Lawrence Patterson
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I personally found this book a bit dry. Maybe its me, but I'm not sold on this one. Its set in the early 1800's, which I think is my main issue. That's just too early for me. If I'm reading a western (as in set in the west, I want a western, complete with six shooters, cowboys, changing technology like railroads, barbed wire, etc."
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    #12The Whistling Season

    The Whistling Season
    The Whistling Season is an amazing novel written by Ivan Doig that tells the story about three kids who lost their mother. Its pages show us historical details and captivating characters.

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    Bruce Yang
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Whistling Season paints the reader a wonderful picture of prairie life at the turn of the 20th century showing what life was like back then. I have always loved novels that are based at least loosely in history or historical fact. The author introduces us to some authentic and wonderful characters along the way."
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    #13Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

    Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

    Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is a contemporary young adult book by Preston Norton which is about Cliff Hubbard and Aaron Zimmerman who will work together to complete a list of things to do after his near death experience. 


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    Lilu Katama
    Written on October 27, 2018
    "This book is witty, insightful, hilarious, romantic. It's the kind of book that you read and don't forget. The kind of book that means something. Also, it gave me some of the best insults I've ever used. I will say that it's not for the younger end of the YA spectrum, just because it can be crude at times, but it is the book that will make your heart overflow with almost giddy happiness."


Best What are the best books set in or about Montana
1The Last Best Place: A Montana AnthologyBooks 27 Paid
2A River Runs Through It and Other StoriesBooks 25 Paid
3Winter WheatBooks 23 Paid
4We Pointed Them NorthBooks 21 Paid
5Young Men and FireBooks 21 Paid
6Letters from YellowstoneBooks 18 Paid
7Breaking CleanBooks 17 Paid
8Fourth of July Creek: A NovelBooks 14 Paid
9Counting CoupBooks 13 Paid
10Saving Grace (Madison Falls)Books 11 Paid

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