RAVE REVIEWS FROM BIG NAMES IN HISTORY AND LITERATURE:
From Carolyn Brucken, PhD, Chief Curator, Autry National Center of the American West:
"As a young girl, Patricia Nell Warren discovered that magical word 'verisimilitude' and its secret trick of bringing a feeling of truth to the world of fiction. In this collection of writings, Warren builds on her deep roots in the blended heritages of the West to bring such a feeling of life and truth to both the history of the American West and its present moment. She never lets us lose sight of the actual people who lived and made the West."
From William R. Handley, Western historian, editor of The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon (University of Nebraska Press):
"The American West's fascinating and often unexpected realities come alive in this beautifully rendered collection of essays and stories that range from the ranch to the metropolis and from economics to sexuality. Infused with Patricia Nell Warren's lifelong experience and love of the region, My West is a clear-eyed, occasionally critical, and always attentive view of the West's cultures, character, and challenges. We are fortunate to have this accomplished writer as our guide."
From Paula K. Beswick, director of The Bozeman Library Foundation, quoted in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle 6/10/2011:
"The Foundation is pleased to have acclaimed author Patricia Nell Warren at the Library for a reading. With eight books of hers in our collection, including the New York Times bestseller The Front Runner, she is a true Montana treasure."
From Ann Bannon, landmark author of the still-popular 60s' series, The Beebo Brinker Chronicles:
"If you love getting lost in magical storytelling, you know the work of Patricia Nell Warren, one of the most beloved authors of the past 50 years. A daughter of the West herself, she has been learning it and loving it from childhood on, both as a vast and spellbinding landscape and as her personal space. Its history and people inform the air she breathes, and she has been writing about them most of her life. ...Her particular West has a universal appeal that embraces all of us."
From Felice Picano, bestselling author of Like People in History and many other books, in Out in Print:
"As Warren makes clear early in her preface, this book is about her West, and not the West of movies and cliché bestsellers. If she has any peers in what she knows and writes of, it would be Larry McMurtry, Annie Proulx and perhaps Louise Erdich. Like them, in her novels, and now in this compendium, she extends our own knowledge deep into this least truly understood part of America... .Warren's My West is much more than worthwhile."
From Amos Lassen of Lambda Literary, top Amazon reviewer:
"Whenever Patricia Nell Warren has a new book out it is reason to celebrate. Not only is she a gifted author but she is the kind of person that one is proud to count among those who have brought about change. Now with "My West", she...charms with the beauty of language and her own experiences. Warren covers almost every topic and this is quite simply an amazing reading experience.... She is above all else a Westerner and her love for the West is totally obvious in almost every sentence. I love the diversity here and whether she writes about making hay or sexual orientation, Warren captures the reader."
From Mykola Dementiuk, Lammy-winning author and reviewer for the Rainbow Awards:
"A beautiful book of essays on the West, talks about Life not gayness, not just movie Cowboys and Indians fighting it out but actual people building their lives for themselves on a day to day basis. Warren looks at everything, old time haying, horse teams, forage plants, bobcats, Oriental rugs, etc., etc. Her wealth of knowledge is encyclopedic but never does she intrude by showing off. I followed after her, like a schoolboy desperate to grasp and learn all I could. The book was a delight to read, her language, her easy poise was enchanting, her talk of cities — New Orleans, Los Angeles, etc.— was almost hypnotic as the book simply held you enthralled by its knowledgeable simplicity. A sheer delight."