Southwest Books of the Year
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- Reckoning, The: Triumph of Order on the Texas Outlaw Frontier
- By Peter R. Rose. Texas Tech University Press. 288 pp. Index. Texas Rangers rid the Edwards Plateau of outlaws in this fast-paced and spell-binding real life history of the 1870s. Author Peter Rose makes fact more exciting than fiction in this highly fascinating chapter of Texas history. . $34.95.
- Texas Rangers rid the Edwards Plateau of outlaws in this fast-paced and spell-binding real life history of the 1870s. Author Peter Rose makes fact more exciting than fiction in this highly fascinating chapter of Texas history.
- Remembering Miss O'Keeffe: Stories from Abiquiu
- By Margaret Wood. Museum of New Mexico Press. 63 pp. .
- In her last years renowned painter Georgia O’Keefe relied on housekeepers to help her cook, take walks in her garden, shop, read to her, and even to paint. Margaret Wood, then age 24, was one of these helpers, and she writes lovingly about those days and her employer who became a friend. No dark secrets are told, but the admiring stories buoy the legend, much as one remembers a distant but endearing grandmother. The book fits smoothly in the hand and the stories fit closely in one’s heart. The book deserves an award for its simple, elegant design, including lovely photos of O’Keefe at her home by the author’s father. [ ]
- Retrieving Tribal Memory: Mantids, Ungulates as Symbols of Death and Resurrection, Shamanism, and DNA
- By Mardith Scheutz-Miller. Blue Arts Books. 379 pp. $39.95.
- World-wide in coverage and interpretations Schuetz-Miller’s final chapters, from a lifetime of study, provide many connections to Navajo and Hopi symbolism, as well as to other Pueblo cultures.
- Rim Country Exodus: A Story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making
- By Daniel J. Herman. University of Arizona Press. 408 pp. Index. $60.00.
- Herman continues the exploration of themes of conscience and honor he began in "Hell on the Range" (2010 Top Pick) with this thoroughly researched and confidently written account of Yavapai and Apache (Dilzhe'e) displacement and the impact it had upon Native and Anglo cultures across central Arizona. While scholars will profitably debate Herman's hypotheses regarding resistance, accommodation, and race, general readers are offered a well-told story of the sometimes tragic, and often surprising, ways in which the West was "won." This is revisionist history of the highest order. [ ]
- Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America's Main Street
- By Rick Antonson. Skyhorse Publishing. 359 pp. Index. $16.95.
- To paraphrase Ecclesiastes: “Of the making of books about Route 66 there will be no end!” Here is this year’s submission. And it’s a very good addition. With a friend, Peter Armstrong, and a Mustang ragtop he called Shadow, Antonson set out to drive as much of the original Route 66 as possible. Beginning in Chicago and crossing east to west across both New Mexico and Arizona before ending at the Pacific Ocean, the three of them have high adventures and some low ones too, all of which are recounted with gusto. [ ]
- This is the excellent adventure of two guys who took off from Chicago in a rented, top-down convertible Mustang to explore the length of Route 66. They set out with agreed-upon Rules of the Road: there would to be no GPS or computerized mapping screen, they would not eat the same meal twice and they would stay at motels with the lowest rates. More significantly, they would never shortcut abandoned sections of the road no matter what conditions they encountered. This is where the 2400-mile adventure truly began, as they found themselves on roads that would stall a jeep. The “Mother Road” history provided by the adventurers may encourage readers to pack up and take off on their own before it all disappears. [ ]