Southwest Books of the Year
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- 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. [ ]
- 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. [ ]