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Tainted Mountain
By Shannon Baker. Midnight Ink. 345 pp. $14.99.
Readers of romance-fiction who want their heroines tough, their heroes ruggedly handsome and their geographical settings accurate will enjoy Baker’s tale of a ski lift in northern Arizona that is in serious trouble; too little snow, too much interference from in-laws and too much hostility from the nearby Hopi tribe. []

Telling Border Life Stories
By Donna M. Kabalen de Bichara. Texas A&M University Press. 238 pp. Index. $60.
Humanities professor Donna M. Kabalen De Bichara shares with us a detailed discussion of four female autobiographers – Jovita González, Cleofas Jaramillo, Eva Antonio Wilbur-Cruce, and Mary Helen Ponce – who were rooted in the Southwest borderlands. She argues that they “merit a deep analysis of purpose and perspective,” as well as applause for using autobiography, a genre that traditionally excluded women. Bonus discussions involve literary criticism and the form of autobiography. The book is the latest in the Rio Grande/Río Grande Borderlands Culture and Traditions series. []

Texas Chili? Oh My!
By Patricia Vermillion. Texas Christian University Press. 40 pp. $21.95.
The Texas version of 'The Three Little Pigs'.
Trickster Coyote is the villain and three little armadillos as the three pigs.
I like the bright yellow textured end papers in the book and I liked the story line but didn't care for the illustrations. Too cartoonish.
Not recommended. []

The NIght Detectives: A David Mapstone Mystery
By Jon Talton. Poisoned Pen Press. 250 pp. $14.95.
Historian-turned-sleuth David Mapstone and his partner, former Maricopa County sheriff Mike Peralta, hit the shimmering Phoenix freeways in an adrenaline-fueled hunt for the killers of a high-priced call girl. Talton, a former Arizona Republic columnist, knows the urban desert terrain and delivers scathing commentary on twenty-first century Phoenix in this tightly plotted thriller delivered in lean, muscular prose. A side-trip to San Diego allows Talton to make some biting comparisons. Fans of this popular series will not be disappointed. []

They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth
By Daniel Hernandez. Simon & Schuster. 224 pp. $17.99.
Daniel Hernandez, the young political intern who provided first aid to Congressional Representative Gabrielle Giffords after her shooting,steps forward to tell his story.
Written with a teen audience in mind but would be appreciated by adults as well. []

Time and Time Again: History, Rephotography, and Preservation in the Chaco World
By Peter Goin, Lucy R. Lippard. Museum of New Mexico Press. 224 pp. Index. $39.95.
The Ancient Puebloan culture of the larger Chaco World, including Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, provides a fascinating look at both ancient history and living people and places. In this book writer Lucy Lippard and photographer Peter Goin discuss the meaning of time, the purpose of repeat photography, and the advisability of preservation and restoration of archaeological sites such as Chaco and Mesa Verde. The final chapter is titled “No Conclusions.” []

Time of Change, A
By Aimee Thurlo, David Thurlo. Forge Books. 352 pp. $24.99.
The Thurlo team’s novels, more than 30 published so far, but who’s counting, are set in Navajo country. Over the years the storylines have shifted from what we might call “straight mysteries” (e.g., the Sister Agatha series) to mysteries that also qualify as romances. In this latest, a soldier comes home for his murdered father’s funeral and finds himself working with an old flame who has been his father’s best employee. When the police seem less than interested in finding the killer, these two try to do what the cops don’t care about, and there’s that old attraction too! Slick writing make this a page-turner. []

Tracking the Texas Rangers: The Twentieth Century
By Harold J., Jr. Weiss. University of North Texas Press. 320 pp. Index. $29.95.

Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art
By Harry W. Greene. University of California Press. 296 pp. Index. $29.95.
Top Pick
If for one moment you have been intrigued by the lizards and snakes of our Southwest, then you’ll be fascinated by Harry Greene’s book on the joys of being a field biologist. With affable humor and abiding curiosity, he takes us on collecting trips, wisely explains the latest theories, and asks how we can not only co-exist with wild animals but appreciate them as neighbors. Part memoir, part classroom, part adventure, Tracks and Shadows takes us from detailed looks at the habits of reptiles to enticing discussions of predator and prey, nature and loss, science and discovery. Billed as an “eccentric meditation on natural history,” this is a rousing and satisfying tribute to wild things. []

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