Bad Dirt by Annie Proulx 4th Estate $205 Annie Proulx delivers a collection of short stories filled with the wild west misfits of her adopted home, Wyoming. There's Cheri Wham, who married the sociopathic school bully and is raising a herd of beer-swilling children. Gilbert Wolfscale farms turkeys and adorns them with cranberry Thanksgiving necklaces to outdo the plastic-wrapped supermarket birds with their 'breasts like Las Vegas strippers'. Creel Zmundzinski is a fish and game warden who finds he can dispatch poachers to hell via a magic hole in the ground. Amanda Gribb rents Florida alligators to run off cattle grazing illegally on her land. Then, there are the men who grow beards competitively; Bible classes where students wonder 'What Kind of Furniture Would Jesus Pick?'; and a talking badger who's convinced that a rancher's wife is in love with him.