Books: Midnight Yarn

THE GRAND TETONS by Margaret Sanborn Putnam; 320 pages; $10.95

Seen from a distance, as the early French trappers saw them, the great peaks justify the name the voyageurs used: Les Trois Tetons, the three breasts. Close up, mirrored against Jackson Lake, they suggest nothing except themselves: one of the world's paradisiacal sights. Even now, as 3 million visitors pass through Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming each year, the mountains seem pristine in their remoteness, and most travelers go by knowing little of the rich mountain history. Margaret Sanborn corrects that ignorance with...

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