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Place All Our Own, A: Lives Entwined in a Desert Garden
By Mary Irish. University of Arizona Press. 213 pp. Index. $28.29.
Mary Irish believes that a personís home landscaping loudly announces who lives there and how they relate to plants and neighbors. She planted all manner of aridland delights in her own yard near Phoenix, making it not only a favorite place to be but part of family. She shares her experiences with plants, her philosophy of learning to coexist with birds, animals, and bugs, and her considerable love of gardening, to which most of us can relate. A delightful story well-told leaving us primed for the next native plant sale. []

Playing With Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West
By Polly Aird, ed, Will Bagley, ed, Jeff Nichols, ed. Arthur H. Clark Company. 496 pp. Index. $45.00.
Voices of Dissent adds volume 13 to the documented history of Mormonism, "Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier" and like the others, is meticulously researched. Here are the detailed diaries of three men and one woman each of whom had a wide range of beliefs, opinions, and complaints about the church, its leaders, and the direction it had taken toward building the ideal society. In addition to the four diaries, the editors have included an introductory history of Mormonism and an afterword that sums up various forms of dissension in the church. []

Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Choice in 20th Century Arizona
By Mary S. Melcher. University of Arizona Press. 364 pp. $50.00.
It is hard to believe that at one time in Arizona, doctors were tried and jailed for performing abortions. Though Melcher discusses the history of women's health in Arizona this could be quite true for the country at large. Her research, which includes oral histories, cover ethnicity, culture, income, laws, and geography. She particularly notes that continuing into the 21st century, discussion of women's rights has become a hot-button and complex political issue. []

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