Traci J. Macnamara worked as the About.com Survival Skills Topic Guide during this timeframe and wrote more than 100 articles on topics ranging from emergency shelters to animal encounters. She also wrote many, many book reviews for High Country News, Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, Sacramento News & Review, the About.com Contemporary Literature site, and NewWest

2011
No bones about it: two books on the disappearing Everett Ruess." A review essay on David Roberts’ Finding Everett Ruess and Philip Fradkin’s Everett Ruess, High Country News, 19 September 2011.  


“An Interview with Jenny Shank: Writer, Baseball Fan, and Author of The Ringer.NewWest, 28 March 2011. 

Haute Coffee, Cool Beans: Leadville coffee roaster Travis Colbert is passionate about a good cup of joe, and the community that comes along with it.” Vail Daily, 20 December 2011.

 

Backcountry Getaways: Vail Valley residents seek out more remote mountain escapes.” Vail Daily, 21 December 2011.

About.com Contemporary Literature

October 2011
Review of Aleph, by Paulo Coelho

August 2011
Review of The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta

June 2011
Review of State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett

May 2011
Review of Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell

February 2011
Review of Spark: How Creativity Works, by Julie Burstein

January 2011
Review of Caribou Island, by David Vann

2010
Notes from a Wyoming Sheepwagon.” A Review of Claiming Ground by Laura Bell, High Country News, 7 June 2010. 

A Dark and Disjointed Journey." A review of Day Out of Days by Sam Shepard, High Country News, 15 February 2010. 


“From Missouri to Montana, On Foot. ” A review of Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains by Patrick Dobson, NewWest, 19 March 2010. 

About.com Contemporary Literature

November 2010
Review of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, by Steven Johnson
 

October 2010
Review of Before you Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, by Danielle Evans
 

June 2010
Review of Broken: A Love Story, by Lisa Jones
 

April 2010
Review of Imperfect Birds, by Anne Lamott 
 

January 2010
Review of Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, by Elizabeth Gilbert

2009

Angel or Devil?” A review of No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns, with Nils Johnson-Shelton, Sacramento News & Review, 26 March 2009. 

 

All-American Books.” A review of Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America by Jay Parini, Sacramento News & Review, 8 January 2009. 

“Wolf Man: Shaun Ellis Tells of His Life in an Idaho Wolf Pack.” A review of The Man Who Lives with Wolves by Shaun Ellis, with Penny Junor, NewWest, 25 December 2009. 

“White-Water Drama.” A review of In the Heart of the Canyon by Elisabeth Hyde, NewWest, 18 September 2009. 

“Tracing One Woman’s Footsteps, Seeing Colorado in a New Way.” A review of Following Isabella: Travels in Colorado Then and Now by Robert Root, NewWest, 17 July 2009. 

“Mountain Moguls.” A review of Triple Cross by Mark T. Sullivan, NewWest, 5 June 2009. 

 
"The Nation's Highest Honor." A review of The Nation’s Highest Honor by James Gaitis, NewWest, 15 May 2009. 

“Breaking Her Silence.” A review of Things I’ve Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi, Rocky Mountain News, 8 January 2009. 

About.com Contemporary Literature

December 2009
Review of Changing My Mind, by Zadie Smith 
 

November 2009
Review of Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby
 

October 2009
Review of The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009, ed. Elizabeth Kolbert
 

September 2009
Review of The Winner Stands Alone, by Paulo Coelho
 

August 2009
Review of The Blue Notebook, by James A. Levine
 

July 2009
Review of The Angel’s Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
 

May 2009
Review of The 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, edited by Laura Furman
 

April 2009
Review of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, by Wells Tower
 

February 2009
Review of The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008, edited by Jerome Groopman, M.D.
 

January 2009
Review of The Nation Guide to the Nation, by The Nation editors

2008

"Mountain Girls." Summit Magazine, Spring 2008. 

Over the Edge.” A review of Near Death in the Mountains, edited by Cecil Kuhne, Sacramento News & Review, 14 August 2008. 


Still Smokin.’” A Review of When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris, Sacramento News & Review, 3 July 2008. 


Physics, schmisics!” A review of Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku, Sacramento News & Review, 24 April 2008. 


Real food for thought.” A review of In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, Sacramento News & Review, 7 February 2008. 

“‘Lace' a finely textured novel—and rare story of self-publishing success.” A review of The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry, Rocky Mountain News, 7 August 2008. 


“A detective assumes the identity of her look-alike in new summer sizzler.” A review of The Likeness by Tana French, Rocky Mountain News, 10 July 2008.


“New-era ‘Arabian Nights’ weaves bygone stories into mosaic of modern culture.” A review of The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine, Rocky Mountain News, 17 April 2008.


“Wildly inventive novel melds science, love.” A review of The Invention of Everything Else, by Samantha Hunt, Rocky Mountain News, 22 February 2008.

About.com Contemporary Literature

December 2008
Review of Hurry Down Sunshine, by Michael Greenberg
 

August 2008
Review of Man in the Dark, by Paul Auster
 

July 2008
Review of Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World, by David Maraniss
 

June 2008
Review of House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family, by Paul Fisher
 

April 2008
Review of A Wolf at the Table, by Augusten Burroughs
 

April 2008
Review of My Revolutions, Hari Kunzru
 

February 2008
Review of Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes, by Mark J. Penn
 

January 2008
Review of Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, by David Michaelis
 

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TRACI J. MACNAMARA

writer | editor | educator