April Staff Picks

A few members of the Black Rock & Sage staff have some great book recommendations for the month of April. Check them out below!

Jeff Howard, Editor-in-Chief:


Winter Count by Barry Lopez is a masterful collection of short fiction that deals with themes of wilderness and environmental history, and is quite possibly one of the best books I’ve read this year. Lopez’s searing imagery inscribes itself on the mind, leaving a series of indelible and painful impressions that will not leave you alone. His short story “Buffalo” is about as haunting a story as I can remember reading. Reading his book took me back to an opportunity I had in Logan, UT, to hear Lopez read. In his closing remarks he said that one thing we need to be doing is taking care of each other, and that push for increased emotional proximity and connection between ourselves, as well as between ourselves and the environment, I feel, is a guiding principle in Lopez’s writing. A beautiful book.


Susan Goslee, Faculty Advisor: 

House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchinson. Tremendous!






Anelise Farris, Poetry Editor: cover ec

The Girls by Emma Cline is a beautifully written book about the group of young girls that amassed around Charles Manson in the 1960s. The chapters alternate between the present day life of one of the girls and the past as she is remembering it. This is a book I could not put down, and it made for perfect spring break reading. If you are looking for a quick read that is also poetically written and brutally honest, I definitely recommend reading The Girls.


Christopher Swensen, Prose Editor:
Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence is a fantastic historical narrative combining Renaissance Europe with the history of India and the Mogul empire. Its a Scheherazade narrative that includes everything from Niccolo Machiavelli as a main character to a cameo from Dracula himself as the historical Vlad the Impaler. This is a great read for lovers of history and imaginative fabulist storytelling.

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