Southwest Books of the Year
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- We Will Secure Our Future: Empowering the Navajo Nation
- By Peter Iverson, Peterson Zah. University of Arizona Press. 196 pp. Index. $17.95.
- This book is the result of conversations over time between Peterson Zah, Special Assistant to the President of ASU and Regents Professor Peter Iverson on Indian issues and concerns. Zah recently resigned his position at ASU and returned to “Navajo,” as he calls the Nation, to work with some of the challenges the reservation faces today. Zah and Iverson met in the Labriola National American Data Center over a period of several years to record the many sessions that make up this biography. A transcript and audio version will be available at the Center in the near future. This is a fine record of contributions that Zah has made to Native students in Arizona and to the Navajo Nation over the years. [ ]
- When Law Was in the Holster: The Frontier Life of Bob Paul
- By John Boessenecker. University of Oklahoma Press. 464 pp. Index. $34.95.
- Boessenecker fills a huge void in law enforcement history with this meticulous biography of the Pima County sheriff and U.S. marshal who maintained order in southern Arizona during the tumultuous heydey of the Earp brothers and Geronimo. In chronicling Paul's adventurous life as a whaler, gold rush miner, and peace officer, Boessenecker provides ample evidence supporting the claim that his larger-than-life subject was "one of the great lawmen of the Old West." Readers will especially relish Boessenecker's fascinating description of the no-holds-barred world of frontier politics. [ ]
- Whose Tail on the Trail at Grand Canyon?
- By Midji Stephenson. Grand Canyon Association. $12.95.
- A mom and dad and their two children visit the Grand Canyon and watch as various animals hop and run away from them as they hike the trail. They try and guess whose tail they see on the trail, while readers try and guess, too, by observing the back end of the animal as it disappears around the next page. This entertaining hike down the Canyon is written by Midji Stephenson, a retired children’s librarian and volunteer at the Grand Canyon National Park with illustrations by the very talented artist, Kenneth Spengler. [ ]
- Wild Tongues: Transnational Mexican Popular Culture
- By Rita Urquijo-Ruiz. University of Texas Press. 217 pp. Index. $55.00.
- Using examples from twentieth-century Chicana and Latina theatre, scholar Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz shows how stage characters helped form and turn social opinion in both the US and Mexico. Never underestimate the power of entertainment to move ideas.
- Wineslinger Chronicles, The: Texas on the Vine
- By Russell D. Kane. Texas Tech University Press. 205 pp. Index. $29.95.
- Kane leads readers on a breezy tour of Texas wine country from its Spanish birthplace in the Rio Grande Valley to the Big Bend and high plains, the Cross Timbers along the Red River, the central Texas hill country, and the Gulf Coast. While taking a Texan's pride in his state's fifth ranking among US wine producers, he is also a realist who underscores the concerns of the growers he interviews that the fate of their business ultimately depends on Texas's capricious climate. For aficianados who want to learn more about wine culture in the Lone Star State, Kane includes a list of participating wineries in the Texas Department of Agriculture's "Go Texan Program," complete with website addresses. [ ]
- With Blood in Their Eyes
- By Thomas Cobb. University of Arizona Press. 224 pp. $24.95.
- Cobb’s clever dialog does not mask the fact that his characters, real historical figures, are crude, sometimes Quixotic, and uneducated men. Based on a 1918 shootout in remote southeastern Arizona, the event itself and the manhunt that followed are often so graphically described that you might think the author had been part of it. But not content to simply describe gruesome events, Cobb provides the background that lets us see how this murderous event came to be. If you like realism in your fiction, this novel is as good as historical fiction gets! [ ]
- This historical novel is based on the true story of the Power family of Graham County, AZ, who, in 1918 were assaulted at dawn in their cabin by members of the sheriff’s department. Survivors, two brothers seriously wounded and a hired man, flee to Mexico. The bulk of the action is their heart-stopping journey. Unbelievably, the dialogue among these tough, gritty, uneducated men is lyrical and the characters are clearly differentiated. Cobb reveals what was behind the early morning massacre in flashbacks. This is an absolutely riveting account. [ ]
- Woman in Both Houses, A: My Career in New Mexico Politics
- By Pauline Eisenstadt. University of New Mexico Press. 192 pp. Index. $27.95.
- Eisenstadt has written a memoir, concentrating on her experiences as the first woman to serve in both houses of the New Mexico legislature, 1985-2000. A lifelong Democrat, she comes across as deeply committed to her districts and justice but also open-minded toward differing points of view, and as a pragmatist willing to lose a battle in order to win a war. Like many memoirs, it is heavy on family/professional photos, and names and issues unfamiliar and of little interest to a reader outside of New Mexico; but she writes clearly and convincingly, particularly as a woman in what is still largely a man’s world. [ ]
- Writings of Eusebio Chacon, The
- By Francisco A. Lomeli, ed, A. Gabriel Melendez, ed. University of New Mexico Press. 273 pp. $45.00.
- As the editors note, Chacon’s literary production was not large and any interest it generated in his lifetime ended with his death in 1948. With a law degree from Notre Dame he returned to Trinidad, CO, just north of his hometown of Presidio in northern New Mexico. Over the next 50 years he produced a small literary output. Here are four novelettes and twenty-some short stories as well as poems and letters, in both their original Spanish with English translations. All are very much a "product of their times." [ ]