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By Kathleen Papajohn. Martin Sisters Publishing. 272 pp. $16.95.

Mystery and murder in Phoenix, Arizona in the year 2195.
Matrons and Maids: Regulating Indian Domestic Service in Tucson, 1914-1934
By Victoria K. Haskins. University of Arizona Press. 230 pp. Index. $50.00.
Haskins looks in detail at the Federal program that placed Native American women, in this case mostly O’odhams, in menial and household jobs with the intended purpose of integrating them into white culture. The overseers of this process were local anglo women. Known as “outing” this little-known program made American white women activists in the acculturation process, albeit in a small way. This thorough study is not easy reading, but it adds an important element to our understanding of southwestern history. []

McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona, The: An O.K. Corral Obituary
By Paul Lee Johnson. University of North Texas Press. 380 pp. $29.95.
“Of making of many books, there is no end...”–Ecclesiastes 12:12. Insert “about the O.K. Corral shootout” and you have a perfect, modern Arizona restatement. And yet, the McLaury story (Tom and Frank were killed by the Earps and Holliday in the shootout) makes an interesting tale. Nearly 70 pages of endnotes and bibliography attest to Johnson’s care and diligence in investigating the victims and the aftermath of what is, arguably, the best known event in Arizona history. []

Men on the Heber-Reno Sheep Trail
By Cindy Shanks. Authorhouse. 52 pp. $20.29.

Educator and Children's author Shanks offers the fourth and final title in her series about the historic Heber-Reno Sheep Trail.
Mexico & Mexicans in the Making of the United States
By John Tutino. University of Texas Press. 320 pp. Index. $55.00.
It is about time we had a comprehensive history of Mexico and the United States to help us understand how citizens of two countries living side by side since Colonial times have participated in various ways along in addition to the role Mexico has had in shaping the United States. John Turtino, Professor of History, Georgetown University, is joined by seven colleagues to present this important scholarly history. []

Mickey the Sheep Dog
By Cindy Shanks. AuthorHouse. $18.95.
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In this charming picture book, Mickey, a border collie who works the sheep on the Heber-Reno sheep trail, tells the story of how he, his mom, dad and brothers herd 2000 sheep for 220 miles up to Greer, AZ, in the White Mountains. Mickey talks about his dad, Champ, who is hard working and very smart, Chispa, his mom, who is expecting puppies soon and his three brothers, Chochie, Duke and Azul. The journey to the White Mountains is a lengthy trip full of dust, rattlesnakes and cactus, but Mickey and his family push on and herd the sheep through fields, around fences and through gates to their destination. Mickey ends his story by saying, “We are strong… work hard… love our handlers and herders and they love us too.” Dog lovers will especially enjoy sharing Mickey’s adventures on the sheep trail. []

Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy
By Miguel Antonio Levario. Texas A&M University Press. 195 pp. Index. $38.95.

Contemporary border tensions are put into historical context in this scholarly look at specific and sometimes bloody events on the Texas-Mexico line. It provides depth to any discussion of policies and laws, and forms a rich resource for discussion.
Million Heavens, A
By John Brandon. McSweeney's. 272 pp. $24.00.
A seamless blend of magical realism and New Age sensibility propels this engaging tale of lost individuals searching for meaning in their lives as they orbit the Albuquerque hospital where a child musical prodigy lays in a mysterious coma. A lone wolf prowls the night observing human goings on, while a dead musician explores the nature of creativity from the afterlife. Amazingly, Brandon holds tight on the reins of his ensemble cast, as his facile pen draws readers into a world of small victories in ordinary lives. []

Mission San Xavier: A Story of Saints and Angels, Art and Artists/Una Historia de Santos y Angeles, Arte y Artistes
By Edna San Miguel. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press. 72 pp. $19.95.
San Miguel’s wonderful colorful illustrations decorate this bilingual book, which is essentially divided into two parts. The first half of the book provides an outline of the Mission’s building and meaning and second half, which is more detailed, includes a timeline of forty dates ranging from 1692 (when Kino arrived at Bac) to 2011 (noting the continuing efforts to secure funding for restoration and repairs). Also included is an account of the ongoing preservation and restoration of both the building and its art. The volume concludes with a “Gallery of Saints” and a floor-plan noting the location of more than fifty images. []
Artist Edna San Miguel brings the flavor and force of San Xavier Mission in vibrant color and charming descriptions based upon her personal experiences there. The book has wonderful touches: bilingual texts, a timeline of the mission’s history, glossary, map of the mission, and tribute to the conservators. A wise choice for a gift book. []

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