Southwest Books of the Year
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- Desert Eternal, The: Words and Images
- By Connie Spittler, Robert Spittler. Blurb.com. 79 pp. .
- Personal essays are mixed with photos by the authorís husband to portray their love of the Sonoran Desert and Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. Like many who buy homes on the edge of the desert, they have fallen under its enchanting spell. They are living proof that people and wildlife can share and enjoy the same beautiful landscape. [ ]
- Disappearing Desert: the Growth of Phoenix and the Culture of Sprawl
- By Janine Schipper. University of Oklahoma Press. 144 pp. Index. $19.95.
- A study of different types of development in the Phoenix area explores the cultural basis of suburban sprawl and environmental loss.
- Distant Bugles, Distant Drums: The Union Response to the Confederate Invasion of New Mexico
- By Flint Whitlock. University Press of Colorado. 293 pp. Index. . $22.95.
- Do You Know the Cucuy? = Conoces al Cucuy?
- By Claudia Galindo, Jonathan Coombs. Pinata Books. $$15.96.
- After hearing her grandfather's tales about the Cucuy, a bogeyman who kidnaps bad children, a girl meets him and makes a new friend.
- Dolly & Zane Grey: Letters from a Marriage
- By Lina Elise Grey, Zane Grey, Candace C. Kant. University of Nevada Press. 437 pp. $34.95.
- Readers of Tom Pauly's biography of the iconic western writer (SWBOY Pick 2005) are aware that Grey was a compulsive philanderer whose affairs his wife tolerated and even helped conceal. This fascinating collection of letters provides an intimate, unvarnished account of an unconventional marriage and business partnership based on complementary strengths, mutual love, and (at least on Dolly's part)steely determination and perseverance. Zane Grey, meanwhile, pretty much redefines ordinary concepts of self-absorption and self-indulgence. [ ]
- Double or Nothing: How Two Friends Risked it All to Buy One of Las Vegas' Legendary Casinos
- By Tom Breitling, Cal Fussman. Collins. 243 pp. . $24.95.
- This is a well-written, even sprightly account of how Breitling and Tim Poster became friends starting with Timís offer to pay for lunch when he realized his fellow student was shocked by the cost of an $8 sandwich. How they eventually came to own the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas will be an exciting read for poker players, but those in search of understanding the phenomenon that IS Las Vegas must look elsewhere. [ ]
- Dying to Live: a Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid
- By Joseph Nevins, Mizue Aizeki. Open Media/City Lights Books. 255 pp. $16.95.
- By focusing on the plight of one Mexican border crosser, this book puts a human face and absorbing story on the tragedy of illegal immigration from Mexico into the U.S.