Read our review of Phillips' bookIf MTV's The Real World ever decided to shoot a show in 1870s Kansas, the result would look something like Scott Phillips' "Cottonwood." Brazen, bold and graphically funny, the novel portrays the growth of a fictional Kansas frontier town in an entirely refreshingly light. The central figure in "Cottonwood" is Bill Ogden, a man with a weakness for liquor and ladies. When mysterious business tycoon Marc Leval waltzes into town with his beautiful wife, his plans for development give hope to Cottonwood residents. However, with the growth of a railroad comes the demise of human spirit, and soon the townsfolk are entangled in unforeseen trouble.