Bethany Maile - Anything Will Be Easy After This

Bethany Maile - Anything Will Be Easy After This
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 7:00pm


Join Bethany Maile as she discusses her book, Anything Will Be Easy After This, a memoir about growing up in the American West. 

This event will take place Thursday October 29, 2020 at 7pm MST. 

Event is FREE and open to the public. 


Registration link HERE


Bethany Maile had a mythological American West in mind when she returned to Idaho after dropping out of college in Boston, only to find a farm-town-turned-suburb instead of the Wild West wonderland she remembered. Haunted by what she had so completely misremembered, Maile resolved to investigate her attachment to the western myth, however flawed.

Deciding to engage in a variety of “western” events, Maile trailed rodeo queens, bid on cattle, fired .22s at the gun range, and searched out wild horses. With lively reportage and a sharp wit, she recounts her efforts to understand how the western myth is outdated yet persistent while ultimately exploring the need for story and the risks inherent to that need. Anything Will Be Easy after This traces Maile’s evolution from a girl suckered by a busted-down story to a more knowing woman who discovers a new narrative that enchants without deluding.

Event address: 
180 North 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702
Anything Will Be Easy after This: A Western Identity Crisis (American Lives ) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496220219
Availability: On Our Shelves Now in Boise or Caldwell
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2020

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