Deanne Stillman


Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill


Deanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer. Her books include Blood Brothers (Ohioana Book Award winner, starred Kirkus review, “best of the West 2018,” True West Magazine))Desert Reckoning (winner of the Spur and LA Press Club Awards for nonfiction, an Amazon editor’s pick, based on a piece in Rolling Stone), and Mustang, a Los Angeles Times “best book of the year.” In addition, she wrote the cult classic, Twentynine Palms, a Los Angeles Times bestseller that Hunter Thompson called “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” She writes the “Letter from the West” column for the Los Angeles Review of Books and her plays have been produced and won prizes around the country. She is a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert MFA Low Residency Creative Writing Program, where she teaches nonfiction.

Praise for Deanne Stillman

One of the greatest gifts of this book is how Deanne Stillman is able to open our hearts to people we might otherwise judge or dismiss...One can’t help but be filled with gratitude and awe toward Deanne Stillman — her clear eye, the depth of her research, her brave and compassionate imagination. She takes us on a journey as full of desolation and grandeur as the desert itself.
— Gayle Brandeis, Los Angeles Review of Books, on DESERT RECKONING
A must-read.
— Rolling Stone on DESERT RECKONING
Stillman explores, with exquisite detail, the broken families and failed strivings of her two protagonists…. Through the lens of a griping true crime story, this beautifully written, humane book preserves the history of a remarkable and very American place and its people.
— Publishers Weekly on DESERT RECKONING
In this epic history of wild horses, journalist and author Stillman traverses her longtime beat and passion, the American West, for a detailed look at 400 years of New World history.... The story of these beautiful, symbolic animals is certain to evoke passionate reactions in many readers, especially history buffs, animal lovers, farmers and politicians.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review) on MUSTANG
Like the best nonfiction writers of our time (Jon Krakauer and Bruce Chatwin come to mind), Stillman’s prose is inviting, her voice authoritative and her vision imaginative and impressively broad.
— Los Angeles Times on MUSTANG
Powerful… Stillman’s talent as a writer makes this impossible [to stop reading], to the mustang’s benefit.
— Orion on MUSTANG
Brisk, smart, thorough, and surprising.
— Atlantic Monthly on MUSTANG