The Weekender Effect by Robert William Sandford

I started reading this book right around the time that the federal government gave the green light to the Glacier Discovery Walk in Jasper National Park. Although the book is about the devastating effects of superficial “weekender” citizenship on small mountain town culture, I felt this quote right near the beginning was apt:

The mountain West is different from the rest of the country – and from most of the rest of the continent – in that it is not what we constructed out of the landscape that most deeply and enduringly defines us as a people. It is not what we built that truly makes us unique as a culture, but what we saved.

It’s a charged and emotional quick read, and you can get it on iTunes here.