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Un-Common Raven, The: One Smart Bird
By Diane Phelps Budden. Red Rock Mountain Press LLC. 32 pp. $11.95.
Top Pick
A well researched and well written children's book about ravens.
This book includes facts about where ravens live - the Sonoran desert, their flight patterns, intelligence, curiosity. We learn about raven's characteristics including; they are toolmakers, scavengers, they mate for life,etc.
Written for school age children and includes index, glossary, and bibliography. Excellent choice for student research and grade school homework assignments. []

Under the Eagle: Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker
By Samuel Holiday, Robert S. McPherson. University of Oklahoma Press. 288 pp. $19.95.

Awareness of the contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers has greatly increased in recent years thanks to films and books about their heroic wartime achievements. This book-length oral history by one of the last surviving Code Talkers is unique in that the author presents, in his own words, considerations of the cultural implications that combat, and life in the aftermath of the Second World War, held for Navajo soldiers.
Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas
By Kay Bailey Hutchison. HarperCollins. 384 pp. Index. $27.99.
It’s interesting to learn as one reads Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s history of Texas women that Texas is “a country that became the greatest state in America”; that its character has been shaped by rising up “against the Mexican dictator Santa Anna,” and that “a combination of military action and peace policies … encouraged the Indians to abandon their nomadic ways of life and move onto reservations,” freeing the land for Anglo settlement. In fact, Jane Long is considered the “mother of Texas,” because, in following her husband to Texas to “free it from Spain,” she gave birth to the first white baby born in the newly declared independent republic.
Hutchison’s book presumes a sort of Lone Star manifest destiny with which some readers might find themselves at odds. Nonetheless, she does present a readable book. It’s logically organized, it provides historical context for its twenty-five individual life stories, and it includes the kind of detail that can bring historic characters to life.

Utah's Canyon Country Place Names (2 vols)
By Steve Allen. Canyon Country Press. 474 pp. Index. $99.95.
Top Pick
From Abajo Mountains to Zion and Zwahlen Wash, follow Steve Allen through 4,000 place names of Utah’s canyon country, including Zion, Bryce, Arches, Glen Canyon, Escalante, Canyonlands, and some in Arizona. He has explored many of these places on foot or by car. This beautiful 2-volume set is an armchair explorer’s delight and fascinating invitation to find those secret places named by Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, cowboys, and prospectors. It isn’t much of a plot but it is a whale of a read. Pick a page, any page, and enjoy the fruit of Allen’s 40-year labor. You’ll find new reasons to visit – and love – canyon country. []

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