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Observatories of the Southwest: A Guide for Curious Skywatchers
By Douglas Isbell, Stephen E. Strom. University of Arizona Press. 192 pp. Index. $21.95.

Eight grand observatories span the Southwest and can be visited by amateur astronomers and the public with the help of this very handy guidebook.
Odes to Anger
By Jason L. Yurcic. West End Press. 57 pp. $11.95.
Want to know what the young men down on the corner are feeling? These brawling poems by an angry young man explore their pain in its many faces. Topics range from his daughter to the department of corrections to self-analysis to jobs. The author strives to learn to accept himself, and we each know readers could find some self-revelation in these honest pages. In poem 4 of the section “Walking into my mind,” Yurcic writes “I just traded poetry/ My poetry/ For a bottle of Gatorade/ On a hundred-degree day/ How beautiful is that.” Indeed. []

Oh Ednacita!
By Edna Ortega, Sharon R. Takerer. E T Nedder Pub. $10.00.

Ednacita learns to cook from her talented Abuela and Tia, and becomes known for her own wonderful way with food.
Once Around the Block = Una Vuelta a la Manzana
By José Lozano. Cinco Puntos Press. $16.95.

This is a bilingual (English/Spanish), alliterative (English), alphabet book.
One True Theory of Love
By Laura Fitzgerald. New American Library. 344 pp. $14.00.
Meg Clark, the single mother of a precocious nine-year-old, has every reason to believe that "men are idiots" until she falls head-over-heels for Tucson's handsome assistant manager. The reappearance of her long-gone ex-husband and revelations about her father test Meg's "hokey-pokey" theory of giving your all in life, but love wins out. Fitzgerald knows her subject matter and her audience. This well-crafted sophomore effort, after "Veil of Roses," should win her new fans. Tucsonans will particularly enjoy her spot-on descriptions of the Sam Hughes and University neighborhoods. []

Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish
By Martin Santiago, Quirino Santiago, Cynthia Weill. Cinco Puntos Press. $14.95.
Top Pick
Delightful jacaranda-wood carvings by Quirino and Mártin Santiago guide us on an exploration of opposites in this charming bilingual book. “Asleep, Dormido, Awake Despierto…” the meaning of its simple text is augmented by engaging, often comic, animal forms. The Santiago’s carvings convey much more than a sense of opposites; exuding such personality and character that children and their adults will also have the opportunity to explore such concepts as silly, sly, alert, scary, and … art. []

Wood sculptures from Oaxaca, Mexico illustrate this bilingual book of opposites.
Other Men's Horses
By Elmer Kelton. Forge. 272 pp. $24.99.
A young Texas Ranger learns a lot about frontier justice, and domestic relations, as he follows a beautiful woman across West Texas in search of her fugitive husband. Kelton passed away earlier this year. This well-crafted frontier saga, with its honestly drawn characters and gentle wisdom, reminds us why he will be missed. []

The greatest Western writer of all time sends Texas Ranger Andy Pickard to solve an anything-but-routine case of horse thieving in West Texas.
Outdoor Spaces in the Southwest
By Damon Lang, Darlene Claire Preussner. Schiffer Publishing. 160 pp. $39.99.
Landscape designer Lang shares his promotional vision of how to fill barren residential space with backyards with opulent swimming pools, expensive eye-candy, elaborate lawnscapes, and mega-BBQs tended by a hired chef. If you feel at home in Las Vegas, you’ll understand Lang’s concepts. OMG. Many of us would settle for human faces or a fresh breeze, birdsongs or a starry sky. []

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