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// By jim mahaffie

Will Take You Home: One Woman’s Obsession to Save Them All 
Rebecca Cupcake Tinnes 

More than 20 years ago, the author discovered a nearby high-kill animal shelter, and then founded the nonprofit Animal Adoption Center, a no-kill shelter, in Jackson Hole. Her collection of rescue stories is hilarious, enlightening, and deeply meaningful for anyone who loves animals and wants to help them. 

Angle of Repose  
Greg Von Doersten

Jackson-based photographer Von Doersten, known locally as “GVD,” has been on assignment around the world for clients ranging from The New York Times to Outside and The North Face. But it’s not surprising that his first fine-art photography book, published in late 2022, features images exclusively of Jackson Hole and the surrounding mountains. He says that some of his most fulfilling work has been shooting in the Tetons. If you find yourself drawn to specific images in this book, know that each is also available to purchase as a fine art print. 

Images of America: Earthquake Lake
Ellen Butler & Kaitlin Johnson

One of many fascinating historic events in the region is the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake, which was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the Rockies.  Campers were stranded by an 80-million-ton mudslide, new geysers appeared, roads were destroyed, and a new lake, Earthquake Lake, was formed along the Madison River. This book captures the event and its aftermath.

Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
Ted Kerasote

Fifteen years ago, Jackson writer Kerasote published this national bestseller about his relationship with a once-wild dog he met while camping in a Utah desert. He named the young dog Merle, and training became mutual. Ted showed Merle how to live around people and wildlife, and Merle taught Ted about a dog’s intelligence and communication skills. JH

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