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How to Cuss in Western by Michael P. Branch
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How to Cuss in Western by Michael P. Branch
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Aug 28, 2018 | ISBN 9781611804614

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“It’s not easy to live in the high desert of the American West—it requires an eye for the sparest sort of natural beauty, a robust sense of humor that can help one weather the inevitable indignities and hardships that accompany life in such a landscape, and, yes, even a special class of regionally-inflected swear words. In How to Cuss in Western, Michael P. Branch once again offers his readers a companionable journey into the remote places he loves so we might share in the unique joy and humor he finds there.”—S. M. Hulse, author of Black River 

“Not long ago Mike Branch was a respected academic, one of the founders of ecocriticism, before he shed that old skin and emerged anew as a kind of Thoreau in Groucho glasses. That emergence has been a delight for readers, who find both laughter and wisdom in the words of this western ranter, perched high in his desert home in Nevada, up on Ranting Hill, where he worships a divine troika of family, humor, and place.  In his always-engaging essays, we encounter sage and pronghorns, juniper and sandstone, but also garden gnomes, the art of wheel waving, casual strolls to California, Muppets, and a deep meditation on flatulence.  A book that could proudly sit on any western shelf next to Austin’s or Abbey’s.”—David Gessner, author of All the Wild That Remains

“By turns hilarious and thought-provoking, Branch’s collection will not disappoint.”—Publishers Weekly

“Branch pours IPA, rye whiskey, and a frequent ‘tumbler of sour mash’ while breathing satisfaction for the domestic life. His gift for humor arises in well-turned phrases and ironic scenes.”—The Spokesman-Review 

“Michael Branch is a master of iconoclastic irony and gifted with a unique and compelling storytelling style that will keep the reader’s riveted attention throughout.”—Midwest Book Review

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