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Lonely Planet – Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

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Yellowstone has Teeth – A Memoir of living in Yellowstone by Marjane Ambler

Few people have experienced Yellowstone National Park like Marjane Ambler.  She lived there with her husband as part of a tiny community who worked in the National Park through the long, cold Winters.  She tells a true and otherwise hidden story of the delights and dangers of the Park – everything from bison and bear attacks to dealing with avalanches and the practicalities of living in this harsh environment.  It makes compelling pre trip reading and gives you an interesting perspective if your trip is in the benign Summer months.

Death in Yellowstone:  Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park by Lee H. Whittesley

True stories are always the best and this book has a whole host of them.  It’s worth preparing yourself for the dangers that one of the wildest places on earth presents before you make the trip there.  Grizzly bear attacks, hot springs accidents – it’s all there.  Sensible travellers should be able to navigate their way through it all pretty easily though – so don’t let it put you off!

The Spirit of Indian Women – edited by Judith Fitzgerald and Michael Oren Fitzgerald

A fascinating account of how the indigenous population lived.  Do make the time to read it if you can.

I picked up two good book recommendations on my travels:

Letters from Yellowstone and Wilderness and the American Mind.  I am particularly interested in the latter – it is all about how the Americans use creation of the National Parks to establish an identity for themselves. without any historic sites/cathedrals etc.  You have to have something that says what you are all about and the National Parks do that for Americans. They manage them absolutely brilliantly – fortunately for us!

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