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// by Jim Mahaffie


The Ski Town Fairytale

Sam Morse & Ryan Stolp

Burnt-out vet student Sophie follows a dream to stop “adulting” and move to Jackson to live the life and ski bottomless powder. She quickly bumps into some harsh realities. Stolp is creator of the “Lift Lines” comic, which appears in the Jackson
Hole Daily. Morse is an editor-at-large for Teton Gravity Research.


There and Back: Photographs from the Edge 

Jimmy Chin

This is the Wilson-based adventure photographer, filmmaker, and mountaineer’s first collection, with more than 200 amazing pictures of people, places, and some of the most accomplished climbers and outdoor athletes in the world.


The Diary of a Dude Wrangler 

Struthers Burt 

Founder of the Bar BC Ranch, Burt chronicles what it was like to build, live on, and entertain visitors at the now-historic dude ranch in Jackson Hole. Originally published in 1924, this book is
a fascinating glimpse into Wyoming life back
in the day. 


Cockeyed Happy: Ernest Hemingway’s
Wyoming Summers with Pauline 

Darla Worden

Self-proclaimed to be Hemingway obsessed, Sheridan-raised writer Worden tells the story of Ernest Hemingway and his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, during their Wyoming and Jackson Hole summers from 1928 to 1939. A photo of Hemingway at the Last Chance Saloon in Big Horn, Wyoming, first piqued Worden’s curiosity—and began this book. JH

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