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Jenny Shank

High Country News

Colorado, United States

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Past articles by Jenny:

The incarcerated women battling wildfires — High Country News – Know the West

In ‘Breathing Fire,’ Jaime Lowe uncovers the benefits and drawbacks of California’s inmate fire program. → Read More

The shooting at my King Soopers also destroyed a haven of warmth and inclusion

What happened at the grocery store wounded a part of Boulder that feels as if it’s already dying. → Read More

Go on a literary road trip through the Golden State — High Country News – Know the West

From California dreaming to California realities, here are five books to escape with when you’re stuck at home. → Read More

An Irish Blessing for 2019

May the wind be always at your back and of insufficient speed to require creation of a Category 6. May the gerrymander in which your home lies be a... → Read More

A voice for the overlooked (The view from the hedges) —

Writer Jonathan Evison flips the American Dream narrative upside-down. → Read More

The Second Coming of Christ in southern Idaho (Learning the hard way) —

A new memoir reflects on an isolated, religious upbringing in a survivalist Mormon family. → Read More

Saints and sinners in the Southwest (Sinners' Paradise) —

A new book explores the dark characters that make the wide-open West their home. → Read More

Cycles of violence and forgetting (A history of violence) —

Two books examine the relationship people have with painful family histories. → Read More

Exploring rural California’s contradictions —

Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel tells the story of a tough teenage girl’s survival. → Read More

What a doctor learns after a life’s work (A doctor for the vulnerable) —

A pediatrician reflects on his work in Navajo Nation. → Read More

How Technology Becomes ‘Irresistible,’ And What We Can Do to Resist

In 2015, a video of a group of sorority sisters at an Arizona Diamondbacks game went viral. The young women relentlessly took selfies while flipping their hair, making faces, and showing each other their phones. Presumably, a baseball game was taking place, but they hardly knew it. → Read More

Love, loss and nuclear reactors (Ticking bombs) —

Two new books explore the perspectives of women during the West’s nuclear boom. → Read More

How I Got My Productivity Groove Back With Internet Restriction Apps

I never thought it could happen to me. For years, while everyone else was walking around hunched over their smartphones, looking like they were a few drawings to the left on the March of Progress human evolution illustration, I walked upright, my flip phone buried somewhere in my bag, out of sight... → Read More

7 New Story Collections to Savor in 2016 — Barnes & Noble Reads

Is life, as the famous quote would have it, like a box of chocolates? Not necessarily, but a good story collection is: full of surprise, variation, and occasionally some very unexpected contents. I consider short stories to be members of an entirely different species than novels, with their own dist → Read More

The Year in Reading: Print Books, Magazines, Newsletters Hold Their Own In 2015

In the 17 years following the introduction of e-book readers in 1998, digital reading has brought about enormous changes in the bookselling, publishing, and reading landscapes. → Read More

Where to Start Guide: Toni Morrison — Barnes & Noble Reads

The incomparable Toni Morrison looms large in American literature. She's the only living American novelist who has won the Nobel Prize in literature, and only the second American female writer to ever win it. Other honors for her 11 novels include the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal o → Read More

Where to Start With: T.C. Boyle — Barnes & Noble Reads

I'm such a T.C. Boyle fan I've interviewed him three times for three different newspapers—several of which no longer exist. It's not surprising that the energetic Boyle has outlasted many other writers, publications, and institutions. He's the author of 25 books, from 1982 debut → Read More

Where to Start Guide: Don DeLillo — Barnes & Noble Reads

The National Book Foundation has announced that Don DeLillo will receive its 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards on November 18. Previous recipients of this lifetime achievement award include Philip Roth, Arthur Miller, Ray Bradbury, and Toni Mor → Read More

Overlooked author Lucia Berlin gets brought back to the light —

'A Manual for Cleaning Women,' her posthumous book of stories, reveals a formidable talent. → Read More

Overlooked author Lucia Berlin gets brought back to the light —

'A Manual for Cleaning Women,' her posthumous book of stories, reveals a formidable talent. → Read More