Southwest Books of the Year
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- Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker
- By Ellen Buie Niewyk. Southern Methodist University Press. 208 pp. Index. . $35.00.
- Bywaters left his archive of southwestern drawings, paintings, and prints to Southwestern Methodist University. In addition to a brief biography, the volume contains reproductions of his work with a detailed description of each item. He was a skillful illustrator and leader of what became known as the Dallas Nine. In addition to teaching duties at SMU, he also directed the Dallas Museum of Art for some 20 years. The coffee table-sized book belongs in every southwestern repository and art museum for the use of both artists aned scholars. [ ]
- Jim Burns' Arizona Birds: From the Backyard to the Backwoods
- By Jim Burns. University of Arizona Press. 239 pp. Index. . $16.95.
- The last thing you or I need is another bird book on the shelf. But I bought this one with my own money, for it features wonderful discussions and stories about Arizona’s birds. As the author notes, it is a “before and after” book, not a guide to identifying or finding birds. It is for evenings beside the fireplace or summer days under the cooler, when birds themselves are sitting out the heat. The author writes an Arizona Republic column called “Bird is a Verb,” and his prose is enthusiastically wiry and mobile. It will tell you more about the birds you already know, as well as those you may want to meet. Well done, well done. [ ]
- John Ringo: King of the Cowboys: His Life and Times from the Hoo Doo War to Tombstone
- By David Johnson. University of North Texas Press. 366 pp. Index. . $29.95.
- Johnson draws on significant new research to correct errors and flesh out details presented in his 1996 study of the legendary cowboy/outlaw whose life and mysterious death continue to spark debate. Hardcore Wyatt Earp and Tombstone scholars will appreciate Johnson's meticulous attention to sources and his careful dissection of conflicting theories about happenings in Texas and southeastern Arizona. Still, it's a measure of Ringo's historical legacy that he casts a shadowy figure even in his own biography. [ ]
- Journey Through Northern Arizona, A
- By Victoria Clark. Schiffer. 128 pp. Index. $24.99.
- A native Arizonan Clark provides reproductions of at least 200 postcards showing Arizona people and places arranged in subject groupings (for example, the Hopi, the Painted Desert, Flagstaff and Hoover Dam) with captions that include the identity of the scene, the name of the publisher and a suggested range of dollar values.
- Juan the Bear and the Water of Life=La Acequia de Juan del Oso
- By Juan Estevan Arellano, Enrique R. Lamadrid, Amy Cordova. University of New Mexico Press. $$17.95.
- Recounts the birth and youth of the prodigiously large and strong Juan del Oso who, legend has it, built the acequias in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.