If you’re still shopping for holiday gifts and looking to support local authors and bookstores, look no further. The News&Guide has compiled a list of 22 book recommendations in honor of Teton County’s license plate prefix. The books, suggested by Jackson Hole Writers and local bookstores, are written by local authors or those with Wyoming ties and cover everyone from the kids to the photographers to the poetry lovers.
‘Ski Run Fun’ by Hannah Navarro
$10-$13.99 from local bookstores, ski resorts, gear shops and directly from Navarro.
Inspired by Navarro’s own children, “Ski Run Fun” offers positivity around winter sports for children and teaches them common ski terms. Ages 2-6.
‘Heaven in Your Bones’ by Caryn Flanagan
$26.99 at CarynFlanagan.com, JH Book Trader and Wilson Book Gallery.
“Heaven in Your Bones” tells the true story of Flanagan’s children coping with grief after the sudden loss of their grandparents and discovering that they will always be with them wherever they go. Ages 3-6.
‘Grizzly 399’ by Sylvia M. Medina
$12.99-$19.99 from GreenKidsClub.com, Images of Nature gallery, JH Book Trader and Wilson Book Gallery.
“Grizzly 399” tells the life story of the famous 24-year-old bear mother in a way that helps children “understand the trials, tribulations and joys of the life of a grizzly bear that has learned to live among humans while mostly steering clear of conflict,” according to the News&Guide’s review. Ages 6-9.
‘Swing Sideways,’ ‘Georgia Rules’ and ‘Lizzie Flying Solo’ by Nanci Turner Steveson
$6.99-$16.99 at local bookstores.
Nanci Turner Steveson’s three upper elementary/middle school novels tell the stories of young girls who learn about friendship, family and loss, often with farms and ponies included.
‘Jackson Hole’s Buried History: The Funerary Landscape Unearthed’ by Earle Layser
$18.95 at The Historical Society, Hungry Jacks, JH Book Trader and Valley Bookstore.
“Jackson Hole’s Buried History” describes the cemeteries and grave sites that are home to Jackson Hole’s pioneers and notable artists, authors, conservationists, cowboys, mountaineers and Olympic athletes.
‘Hunting Teddy Roosevelt’ by James A. Ross
$16.95 at JH Book Trader and Wilson Book Gallery.
“It’s 1909, and Teddy Roosevelt is not only hunting in Africa, he’s being hunted,” reads the Regal House Publishing description. Need we say more about this work of historical fiction?
‘I Can Ski Forever: A Modern Day Jackson Hole Epic’ by Andrew Munz
$26 at local bookstores, Skinny Skis, Pearl Street Bagels, Healthy Being Juicery and AndrewMunz.com.
Local writer, actor and comedian Andrew Munz has compiled a collection of skits, songs and scenes from his four satirical ski town comedies that poke fun at Jackson Hole culture.
‘Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty’ by Tim Sandlin
$11 at JH Book Trader and Wilson Book Gallery.
Set in 2022, Sandlin’s protagonist finds himself in an assisted living home where the “senior citizens yearn for a time when life was fun — 1967, the days of sex, drugs, peace, revolution, rock and roll, and more sex.” So, naturally, they transform the home into their own version of the Summer of Love.
‘Peaks, Politics & Passion’ by Robert W. Righter
Environmental historian Righter tells the story of the preservation of the Teton Mountains — sagebrush plains, rivers and all — illuminating the recent history of Jackson Hole’s beloved national park.
‘Rare as Earth’ by Gregory Zeigler
$19.95 at gzeiglerbooks.com and local bookstores.
This “environmental thriller” shows the effects of extractive industries — from fracking in Pennsylvania to rare earth metal extraction in Utah — while following a team trying to rescue an abducted 14-year-old and her mother.
Phantom of the North: Great Gray Owls of the Tetons and Yellowstone by Steve Mattheis and Katherine Gura
$49.95 at SteveMatheis.com and local bookstores.
“Phantom of the North” showcases Mattheis’s Great Gray Owl photography, including its cover photo that won the Grand Prize in the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.
‘Notes on a Hospitalized Pregnant Woman’ by Claudia Turner
$14.95 at Valley Bookstore.
Turner shares the story of her two-month hospital stay awaiting her daughter’s birth and reflects on “everything from the history of childbirth to witchcraft, introversion, existentialism, Parisian parenting tricks and her husband’s struggles with alcoholism,” according to its description.
‘Between Here and Home’ by Matt Daly
$16 at local bookstores.
Daly’s book of poems “stitches together a narrative through soliloquies from several inhabitants of an imagined rural valley in the American West,” according to its description.
‘Fireworks & Fertility’ by Macye Lavinder Maher
$14.95 at local bookstores.
In this “thrilling tale of seduction, science, and sabotage,” a clinical embryologist discovers her true identity while unraveling mysteries in her workplace and love life.
‘Cowboys and East Indians’ by Nina McConigley
$10.99-12.99 at local bookstores.
This 2014 PEN Literary Award Winner is set in Wyoming and India and explores the immigrant experience and culture clash in the American West through the stories of outsiders.
‘The Legend of Colton H. Bryant’ by Alexandra Fuller
$17 at local bookstores.
Fuller tells the true story of Colton H. Bryant, a “soulful boy with a mustang-taming heart who comes of age in the oil fields and open plains of Wyoming,” according to its promotional description.
‘West: The American Cowboy’ by Anouk Krantz
$75 at local bookstores.
Krantz’s photography showcases the American cowboys and cowgirls, rodeo communities, cattle ranches and the landscape of the Wild West.
‘Painters of Grand Teton National Park’ by Donna L. Poulton, James L. Poulton
$75 at Valley Bookstore.
The Poultons’ book compiles over 400 paintings, drawings and photographs of the Teton landscape and wildlife spanning over 200 years.
‘Billionaire Wilderness’ by Justin Farrell
$27.95 at local bookstores.
“Billionaire Wilderness” offers a look at Teton County, the richest county in the United States, and how the ultra-wealthy and the rural poor coexist and use the natural environment around them.
Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box
$9.99 at local bookstores.
C.J. Box is the author of “The Highway,” the book that the ABC series “Big Sky” is based on, as well as the Joe Pickett series that follows the Wyoming game warden on a series of mystery and murder investigations.
‘The Curmudgeon Chronicles’ by Bert Raynes
$12.95 at local bookstores.
Bert Raynes, who has penned his natural history column “Far Afield” in the News&Guide for decades, compiles notes on not only birds and the natural world but largely on “man’s foibles.”
‘Letters from Jackson Hole’ by Huntley Baldwin
$21.95 at local bookstores.
“Letters from Jackson Hole” offers not only a fun A to Z on Jackson Hole (aprés-ski, bears, Cascade Canyon…) but also watercolor paintings, handwritten comments, suggested hikes, Hole history and more.