Welcome to Phyllis Barber's website (and, by the way, the above quote is in response to How I Got Cultured: A Nevada Memoir, cited in 2012 as one of the top five books written about Las Vegas)



In June 2017, the historical novel, THE CAMEL AND THE THIRD WIFE, formerly titled ADABABA AND THE THIRD WIFE, was named a semi-finalist in the LEAPFROG FICTION CONTEST (four finalists, five semi-finalists, and 22 honorable mentions among 410 entrants). It will be published by the University of Nevada Press in Spring of 2020--the story of camels in the Southwest (helping to build a military road which later became Route 66), an abolitionist, a Mojave Indian, a polygamist and his third wife.

In 2016, Barber won a lifetime award from the Smith-Pettit Foundation and the Association for Mormon Letters for OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MORMON LETTERS. She also won the O. MARVIN LEWIS AWARD in 2015 for best essay in WEBER: THE CONTEMPORARY WEST--"Great Basin DNA" (Autumn, 2014), about ownership of her sensibility: the desert or the farm/ranch lands of Idaho and Wyoming. Another new Barber essay, "Bounty," can be found in the  anthology, Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front, History Press, 2014.

Barber's last book, TO THE MOUNTAIN; ONE MORMON WOMAN'S SEARCH FOR SPIRIT, was released from Quest Books in 2014. It is the story of the author's twenty-year hiatus from Mormonism and her visits with shamans in Peru and Ecuador; Tibetan Buddhist monks in North India and Tibet; a variety of Baptist congregations in Arkansas, Missouri, Utah, and South Carolina; megachurches; charismatic Christian congregations, travels with godddess worshipers in the Yucatan, and much more. The book's purpose is to demonstrate how we can not only tolerate a variety of ideas in the spiritual realm, but can learn from their wisdom.

Two of the essays in this collection were cited as Notable in Best American Essays: "Sweetgrass" in 2010 and "The Knife Handler" in 2011. "The Knife Handler" was also cited as Notable in Best American Travel Writing 2011.

"At The Cannery," another essay in this collection, won the Best of Dialogue Award for Essay (Eugene England Memorial Essay Award), 2009.


 Official book trailer on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=phyllis+barber+to+the+mountain