Reviews for Leaning on the Wind


"Marty’s thorough research and eloquent storytelling, coupled with his personal connections to this land and most certainly his strong opinions, make the history and culture of southern Alberta, especially the nuances of the pioneer and ranching set, come alive . . . Through it all, Marty reminds us [that] the land of the chinook is a remarkable place, as unique and powerful as the great deserts of the American Southwest, the jungles of the Amazon Basin or the plains of Africa."

Rocky Mountain Outlook

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“[F]ine writing and absorbing narrative”

—Maggie Siggins, the Globe and Mail


“Surely one of the best books about Alberta ever written.”

—Kevin Connolly, Equinox magazine


“These essays are so vital, so vibrant, so full of life, you just want to jump up and down for joy."

Edmonton Journal