Lasso the Wind

“Sprawling in scope, Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present.” 

-The New York Times

A free-wheeling tour of the American West in all it quirky glory, with all its iconic scenery and many unknown tales in between.  The author goes from America’s oldest continuously inhabited community – the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico – to the high kitsch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  A unique blend of travel writing, historical reflection and passionate polemic.

Winner of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

What People are saying


“The writing is simply wonderful. From the opening paragraph, Egan seduces the reader.”  

-The Arizona Daily Star Weekly


“A Western breeziness and love of open spaces shines through Lasso the Wind…Thewriting is simple and evocative.” 

-The Economist


“Fine reportage…honed and polished until it reads more like literature than journalism.” 

-Los Angeles Times


“Egan again demonstrates his considerable skills…This is an immensely entertaining and informative tour…He has a dazzling ability to capture a place or a person in telling words and details.” 

-The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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