Rare and Collectible Recent Acquisitions

February 9, 2023

Welcome to Back of Beyond Books’ recent acquisitions list. While we specialize in books of the American West, these listings will run the gamut of genres.

Today’s list features a baker’s dozen of books from a variety of genres including Western and Native Americana, geology, and natural history as well as a few National Park and travel pamphlets.

Books are subject to prior sale and may be held for one week. Any item is returnable within two weeks for a full refund. Dealer discounts and institutional billing are available for all books we offer. We also buy collections and maintain want lists.

See the list here.

If you are interested in any of the books on this list, please call us at 435-259-5154 or send an email to store@backofbeyondbooks.com.

February has absolutely flown by! What are your favorite books you've read this month??

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We know, we know. You're on the edge of your seat for this week's staff pick. Well, here it is! This week, a review of Marian Engel's "Bear," from Matthew!

"Bear"
By Marian Engels

"Lou is a young librarian commissioned with inventorying an old colonel's estate. Upon her arrival at the family's island, she's prepared for a quiet summer, perhaps unearthing family secrets. She's not prepared for a bear. In the shed & on a leash, but that doesn't last long as Lou develops a connection, first with "it," then "him." And then, her own leash loosens. Everyone tells you "Bear" is that controversial 1976 Canadian novel with bestiality. What surprised me was how many other things it's about. How someone learns to love solitude, as something different from loneliness. How to love yourself, tenderly, after being taught (or forced to learn) love as an aggressive force. It's also about legacies, and settler colonialism, and deploys irony to explore it in the most fascinating ways. It's very funny, too within its 122 pages. And in its short time, it never renders any easy metaphor about the wilderness, which is brilliant."

- Matthew
 
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