There are just some things you take with you into a new year. And one of them is the Southwest Books of the Year: Best Reading in 2014 list made possible by and in collaboration with the Pima County Public Library, Friends of the Pima County Public Library and the Arizona Historical Society, Arizona State Library.
If you have an unquenchable appetite for good reading, you will devour this list with relish in 2015!
To get started, why not pick up a copy of the newly published (2014), The Wives of Los Alamos, a psychological thriller and retelling of a little known story of the Second World War set in Northern Arizona.
Or dive into some of the Old West’s fascinating characters with Tom Horn in Life and Legend, an Arizona scout, packer, cowboy and lawman turned ruthless range detective who is said to answer the question “How do you earn a living?” by replying, “I kill men.”
Up for a true murder mystery? When a young woman’s body was discovered in a wash just north of Phoenix, an unwavering investigator by the name of Sam Rush followed the trails through Flagstaff, Winslow, Holbrook and out onto the Navajo Reservation. Read about the search for a motive in The Quiet Streets of Winslow.
Looking for something less dicey and a little more relaxing? Capture the Magic: Train Your Eye, Improve your Photographic Composition is a book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental photographer and journalist, Jack Dykinga and he shares the “how-to’s” of capturing award winning photos. Illustrations of his works are primarily of the Southwest.
There are some great picks for kids, too! From the funny and riveting story of My Pet Rattlesnake to the more fascinating scientific childrens’ read on how to track and study gila monsters in southwest Arizona’s Saguaro National Park: Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard.
Whatever your fancy, there is something for just about everybody. Here is a partial list of some of the top picks to get you started in the exploration of Arizona:
The Quiet Streets of Winslow by Judy Troy
Riding Behind the Padre: Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border by Richard Collins
Fetch the Devil: The Sierra Diablo Murders and Nazi Espionage in America by Clint Richmond
The King and Queen of Comezon by Denise Chavez
Tom Horn in Life and Legend by Larry D. Ball
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit
Bad Country by C.B. McKenzie
Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland by Spencer R. Herrera
The Horse Lovers: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs by H. Alan Day with Lynn Wiese Sneyd
The Morenci Marines: A Tale of Small Town America and Vietnam War by Kyle Longley
Among Unknown Tribes: Rediscovering the Photographs of Explorer Carl Lumholtz by Bill Broyles, Ann Christine Eek, Phyllis La Farge, Richard Laugharn and Eugenia Macias Guzman
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