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// By jim mahaffie

Wild Sugar: Seasonal Sweet Treats Inspired by the Mountain West
Lindsey Johnson

From her ranch in Freedom, Wyoming, Lindsey Johnson delivers this lifestyle cookbook of seasonal desserts and sweet treats, innovative table settings, and serving ideas. These are combined with fun stories of animal antics, holidays, her family’s adventures, and Wyoming life.  

Ranger of the Lost Art: Rediscovering the WPA Poster Art of Our National Parks
Doug Leen

As a young Park Service ranger, Doug Leen stumbled on an old poster of Grand Teton National Park in an abandoned barn in the Tetons. That discovery began a quest to find and preserve the art created for national parks during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration. Over a long career as a health provider in rural Alaska, staff dentist at the South Pole, and Pike Place Market dentist in Seattle, he has recovered and today reproduces dozens of these distinctive works. 

A Gentle Rain of Compassion 
David R. Shlim, MD 

A compelling memoir from an incredibly accomplished travel physician, this adventure tale shares the author’s time practicing medicine in the Himalayas. In the Himalaya, Dr. Shlim found an amazing spiritual connection to the region and to Buddhism, and was a personal witness to medical mysteries and hard-to-explain events. Among many accomplishments, the author ran a travel medicine clinic in Kathmandu for 15 years, offered free medical care at a Tibetan monastery, and also served as a tour doctor for the Rolling Stones.

Images of America: Jackson Hole 
Scott Morris

The book covers the valley’s Indigenous peoples and the first fur trappers, then the early settlers and ranchers who created an economic base and frontier village. Before long came big game hunters, then the skiers to Mount Snow King. Two national parks to the north and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort grew the area into the major recreational hub it is today—all of which is chronicled in this book. JH