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Santa Fe Reflections
By Steve Larese. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.. 127 pp. $24.99.
Here are stunning photos of Santa Fe and surrounding areas including the Pecos ruins and the village of Chimayo, some miles distant. Curiously neglected are nearby pueblo villages and the Santa Fe opera a popular and notable event. Missing is an index. []

Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Border
By Jan Brewer. Broadside Books. 225 pp. $25.99.

Arizona’s governor defends SB 1070, the state’s controversial illegal immigration bill, and describes her ongoing conflict with the Federal government and the liberal media. Introduction by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Sebastian's Neighborhood: A Hummingbird's Story
By Barbara Kurtz. Desert Publishing. $11.00.
A very cutsey story of a little hummingbird who is either called, Sebastian or Sabastian. I guess the publisher or printer couldn't decide how to spell his name.
He is a Costa's hummingbird growing up in an aviary. The educational story is told in a conversational style aimed towards kindergartners - third grade.
The author did her research and photography at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. []

Sedona & Red Rock Country
By Kathleen Bryant. Rio Nuevo Publishers. 64 pp. $9.95.
There is no doubt that Sedona is Red, winter, summer, fall, and in the springtime. Sixty-four pages in glorious color tell something about the prehistoric residents, the forests, gurgling streams, wild life, and the movies filmed against the towering pillars of red sandstone. []

Singing Bowl, The
By Joan Logghe. University of New Mexico Press. 128 pp. $19.95.
The Singing Bowl by Joan Logghe. University of Nevada Press.
Logghe, a New Mexican now, though she makes it clear her birthplace is elsewhere, is in no-way a regional poet. On one page the city of Baghdad and the Gulf War might face across the gutter (a bookmaker’s term) Glorieta, NM and San Antonio, TX. Even the humorous, or at least “light hearted” poems have provocative images; this is poetry to ponder and reread.

Slow Moving Dreams: A Novel
By Tom Hardy. TCU Press. 175 pp. $22.95.
Hardy writes from experience, growing up in West Texas, being a high school teacher and coach, and then a hospital administrator in Austin. Tom, embroiled in ugly hospital politics, decides to attend cousin Son’s funeral in his birthplace. As the miles unwind, the memories take over. The cousins, mostly now elsewhere, gather to celebrate Son, who chose to live the challenging but rewarding cowboy life. The life seems idyllic, but a dark skeleton emerges during the long weekend. This is a wonderful celebration of a bygone way of life, a criticism of modern stupidity, laced with humor and drama. []

Sonora Noose, The
By Jackson Lowry. Berkley Books. 275 pp. $5.99.
Set in 1880s southern New Mexico territory, this action-packed western pits Deputy Marshal Mason Barker against murderous, blood-lustful Mexican bandits led by the Sonoran Kid. Barker’s life is complicated by a bad back, addiction to painkillers, lack of money and a rebellious teenage son. Descriptions of rough terrain, climate, lawlessness and barroom scenes jibe with historical accounts, but what makes this novel stand out are the multi-faceted characterizations, especially those of Barker and the US Army and Buffalo soldiers who help him in his quest. []

Southwest Colors
By Andrea Helman. Rio Chico. $12.95.
Top Pick
This captivating picture book contains ten, beautiful, color photos of desert scenery and wildlife that provide the basis for lessons about the magenta color of the Calliope hummingbird's throat feathers, the bright blue of a Steller's Jay, the glorious yellow of aspen leaves, and much more. Each large color photo is accompanied by a column of text giving information about the featured animal or plant. Every page of this dramatic photographic picture book could stand alone as a striking piece of art.

Southwest Comfort Food: Slow and Savory
By Marilyn Noble. Rio Nuevo Publishers. 145 pp. Index. $16.95.
The yum-in-tum recipes in this nicely-done book are created by braising, barbecuing, smoking, roasting, and in slow cookers. It is an attractively produced book containing enough compelling photographs to send one directly to the kitchen to create a Spicy Southwest Leg of Lamb or Arroz con Leche y Chocolate. []

Southwest Table, The: Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona
By Dave DeWitt. Lyons Press. 275 pp. Index. $29.95.
The author here defines Southwestern cuisine as presented in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, areas most influenced by the combination of Native American and northern Mexican cookery. Each section is organized with its own Table of Contents and history of Native foods and cooking in the area. It is a slick, well produced volume that is a joy to browse.. []

Spider Woman's Gift: Nineteenth-Century Dine Textiles
By Joyce Begay-Foss, Marian E. Rodee. Museum of New Mexico Press. 95 pp. $24.95.
The subtitle reveals the subject but not the high quality of the colored close-up photographs of these classic textiles and basketry of the 1800s. Interpretive essays explain the history, process, and the individual pieces; especially interesting is the essay from the Dine prospective, which considers Navajo weaving not to have been taught by the Pueblos but rather as a gift from Spider Woman, and sheep not having been brought by the Spanish but also a gift from Spider Woman and Changing Woman. This book is a clearly and beautifully presented introduction to these arts.


Spy's Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, A
By E.B. Held. University of New Mexico Press. 95 pp. Index. $19.95.
Cold War nostalgia buffs in particular will enjoy this handy guide to espionage in the Land of Enchantment. Held, himself a former CIA operative, introduces readers to Zook's Drugstore, where KGB agents met to plot the murder of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City, drop points and clandestine meeting places for American turncoats (including Los Alamos physicist Klaus Fuchs and David Greenglass, the brother of Ethel Rosenberg), and the home of accused Chinese spy Wen Ho Lee. Maps, then-and-now photographs, and the author's informed commentary provide context and atmosphere. []
Spying is indeed dangerous business according to the author a retired CIA Clandestine Operations Officer for the United States government. A tourist stopping at Häagen Dazs in Santa Fe might be amazed to learn that KGB operatives planned the 1940 assassination of Leon Trotsky in that spot. Things heated up in 1942 when the secret Manhattan Project was established in Los Alamos and as it turned out, some of the scientists working on the Atomic Bomb were spies, Klaus Fuchs among them. The spy business, we learn is a complex undertaking, there are CIA and FBI keeping an eye on the KGB sometimes successfully, sometimes not. It is not hard to believe that perhaps today, some secret rendezvous is taking place close to the statue of Bishop Lamy in front of St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe. []

Strong at the Break
By Jon Land. Forge. 348 pp. $25.99.
Beginning with a 20 year old scene in Midland when Caitlin watched her Texas Ranger father kill three armed men, this page-turner jumps to the present. Caitlin, herself now a very successful Texas Ranger, must find and face the son of one of those men killed in 1990; a son who is now leader of an organization that threatens the nation, even the world. []

By Robert Julyan. University of New Mexico Press. 293 pp. $21.95.

A fictionalized, often humorous account of the strategies employed by the denizens of Sweeney, New Mexico to keep their small town alive.
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