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Mar 13, 2007, 4:06pm

What books have you enjoyed about Arizona? I love the Tony Hillerman mysteries, and I have a fun book about some early settlers called Chicken Every Sunday. Of course there is Arizona Hiways, the magazine. My grandmother gave me a book called The Famous Cactus Book by Reg Manning. My three year old son used to get hysterical when I read that to him.

Mar 13, 2007, 9:04pm

Chicken Every Sunday, reminds me of home. I'll have to check it out. Thanks cappi.

Avr 3, 2007, 10:23pm

Here is good one on the some of the history of Arizona - Tombstone : An Iliad of the Soutwest

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Avr 5, 2007, 11:46am

I enjoy most of the works of Tony Hillerman but a few years back I discovered the Joana Brady mysteries by J.A. Jance most of which take place in Cochise County in Southern Arizona. Some of these stories are very good.

Avr 9, 2007, 3:06pm

I enjoyed the David Cole series, about Laura Winslow, the Hopi cyberhacker . There are, I think, 7 books in the series. Interesting, shady, down on the border types of characters.

Avr 9, 2007, 6:10pm

I enjoy the Winslow series, too.

Avr 9, 2007, 6:11pm

Jance's Joanna Brady series is one of my favorites, and the setting has a lot to do with it. If you've read the books in the series, you can find your way around Bisbee, which shouldn't be that surprising because Jance grew up there.

Modifié : Mai 9, 2007, 7:46pm

"I, Jack Swilling" is a fascinating biography of the founder of Phoenix. He was a rough and tumble man who helped make the West "wild". It is available from the Scottsdale Public Library.

Avr 26, 2007, 12:15am

Thanks for the suggestion. Been interested in reading about him. Don

Mai 11, 2007, 5:14pm

I too enjoy the Hillerman books and the Jance books (Joanna Brady series). Mostly I read these for the regional settings since I don't get back "home" very often. I've been reading the "Ella Clah" series by the Thurlos (Aimee and David) and find them to be quite entertaining. They take place on the Navajo Nation. They don't seem to be quite as descriptive of the region as the Hillerman books though.
Terri B.

Juin 27, 2007, 12:01pm

MrsLee, I haven't thought about Reg Manning in a long time! I always looked forward to his illustrations as I was growing up. Cool!

Juin 29, 2007, 11:42pm

I recently bought the book by Reg Manning, What Is Arizona Really Like?. I had intended to give it to my young niece, but liked it so much I kept it! However, although it has been through many reprintings, it doesn't seem to have been through updatings. It is still very entertaining but I wish the data had been corrected.

Juil 30, 2007, 1:25am

Has anyone read Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides? Manifest destiny, exploration of New Mexico and Arizona, John Fremont, Kit Carson, Navajos, and never a dull moment. So far my favorite line is when General Kearny, leader of the U.S. Dragoons conquering force, crosses along the Gila River on his way from Valverde, NM to San Diego, CA, and says: "It surprised me," he wrote, "to see so much land that can never be of any use to man or beast." He must not have run into any contractors....

I'm really enjoying it so far, and am the fourth to read it among our little Tucson book exchange group (I had to call in blood and thunder myself even to make fourth after all the raving about it.)

Août 1, 2007, 8:56am

nbmars. I read Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West several months ago. One of the very best books on the topic of the opening of the Far West. Very well written.

Jan 4, 2008, 2:14pm

We are getting ready for our annual pilgrimage to Santa Fe, Taos, and Los Alamos, so I was looking for good books to take along. I found that the Santa Fe Library has a great website on Southwest books, with lists including "Most popular Southwest Titles," "New Mexico Mysteries," "Recent Southwest Fiction" and more. The website is at

Jan 24, 2008, 5:31pm

Well, this is really a post about "Southwest" reading.... We went to every bookstore we could while in New Mexico, found many interesting local titles, and spent more money than necessary at our favorite bookstore, "Bookworks" in Albuquerque. But the award for Most Amusing Bookstore-Sort-Of had to go to the Kit Carson Museum gift shop in Taos. All they had were a couple of mugs, a couple of postcards, and then 8 gazillion copies of Blood and Thunder. It's a great book, and I'm glad they had something of interest to offer (even though there was not another soul in the museum) but one wonders what they did before Hampton Sides wrote his book!

Mai 4, 2016, 10:17am

Not always "about" Arizona, but taking place in Arizona, I love High Tide in Tucson, The Bean Trees, Pigs in Heaven, and Animal Dreams all by Barbara Kingsolver.

I also loved The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey.

Déc 24, 2016, 8:11am

>2 cappi: not sure if anyone is still on this group but if you want a great memoir to read thats funny, well written, and gives you the history of south east AZ along the way, you gotta read this!