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Deanne Stillman’s latest book is the “Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History,” ...


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Republicans Adopt ‘Rosemary’s Baby Exception’

According to Republican insiders, party elders have reportedly capitulated to nationwide demands for moderation in the party’s controversial anti-abortion platform.

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A Book Runs Through It

It’s not often that we learn of books that have motivated people to act and it’s even more out of the ordinary to hear of three such books at the same time—and how each played a role in the same public event. 

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The Battle of the Little Bighorn and Our War Against the Wild

Native Americans join the armed forces in the highest per capita figures of all ethnic groups in this country, defending to the end the place where they were once wild and free.

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An Open Letter to the Arizona State Legislature: Don’t Stop Now!

Dear Arizona State Legislature: Lately you’ve been taking a lot of criticism for “going too far.” Actually, as a constituent and natural-born U.S. citizen who takes our rights and privileges very seriously, I don’t think you’ve gone far enough.

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A Day at the Races

This is about horses and how they saved my family’s life, and how, one day, I would come to repay the favor.

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California and the Rapture-Ready Candidacy of Newt Gingrich

California may be a blue state in terms of voting patterns, but it’s very involved in red state politics, if you consider the role of evangelical voters.

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Richard Nixon’s Rosebud: Defrocked President Went Wild for Horses

Dec. 15 marks the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, a landmark piece of legislation signed into law by Richard Nixon.

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Deanne Stillman
Deanne Stillman
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Deanne Stillman’s latest book is the “Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History,”  based on her Rolling Stone article, “The Great Mojave Manhunt,” which was a finalist for a PEN journalism award and appears in “Best American Crime Writing 2006.” Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a beautifully written, humane book” and Kirkus Reviews describes it as “lyrical and intense.” In addition, Rolling Stone has named it as a “must-read for the summer.”

In addition, she has written the widely acclaimed “Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West,” a Los Angeles Times “Best Book of ‘08,” winner of the California Book Award silver medal for nonfiction, and recipient of great reviews in the Atlantic Monthly, Economist, Orion, NPR’s On Point, and may other publications. A chapter of “Mustang” is currently in development for a film starring Wendie Malick. 

Deanne is also author of “Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave,” which Hunter Thompson called “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” It was an L.A. Times bestseller and “Best Book ’01,” is included in college literary nonfiction courses around the country and is now out in a new, updated edition. 

Deanne’s work is widely anthologized, and her plays have won prizes in festivals around the country. She is a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program.

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