Selected Works

Essay
Laura Ingalls Wilder, the politicization of her Little House Books, and her passion for wilderness.
On Joyce Carol Oates's preoccupation with violence and victimhood.
The 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre--one of the worst mass murders in American history--was carried out and then concealed by Mormons.
Conservation
"With this book, Fraser does for rewilding what David Quammen did for island biogeography in his seminal "The Song of the Dodo." Fraser uses lucid prose, engaging stories and personal experience to make the ideas accessible and vital to a wide audience."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
History
"Eye-opening...The most powerful and persuasive attack on Christian Science to have been written in this century."--Martin Gardner, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Review
A review of Joyce Carol Oates' Dear Husband, and Little Bird of Heaven
Review of Red Mandarin Dress, by Qiu Xiaolong

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"'A Strange, Bloody, Broken Beauty,'" The New York Review of Books, May 27, 2010

“What are Americans like today?” John Steinbeck set out to answer that question in Travels with Charley, his 1962 travelogue, but it had been a theme of his fiction, as it had been a theme of many works by American writers loosely labeled naturalists. It was not a query of merely local interest. America was to be the world’s great experiment in freedom and self-reliance. How its people adapted to their conditions and expectations—whether they would thrive or wither in the great spaces given to them—could be understood to suggest something about human nature itself. --from The New York Review of Books, 27 May 2010