I believe the fence, unlike the Berlin Wall, is to keep Aliens out not to keep U.S. Citizens in!
Darrell James has written an wonderful book. I just finished reading this book and stay up past my bedtime doing it, but it was such a good storyline that it was worth it. I cannot waite to see where Darrell takes Del in the next installment.
This review was absolutely scintillating and the book even more. Also, I found that he has a website at http://mcilroywritingservices.com which other readers may enjoy as a biographical companion.
Thank you for the wonderful, insightful review so richly deserved by this moving book.
I had the pleasure of attending Jeff Guinn's discussions at the Festival of Books the last two years. Very interesting guy, as were the other panelists. They seems to be a group of modern historians writing in a "Stephen Ambrose-esque" style. That is, writing a story of history in an eminently readable way yet backing that story with major research. Have been looking forward to this book coming out and will be at the book signing.
Hear Susan Cummins Miller read at Other Voices Reading Series this Friday, Apr 8th at 7:30 p.m., at Antigone Books. More info:
My new novel "The Miraculous Plot of Leiter & Lott" is now available in all ebook formats, and is set in Tucson and Dubai. --Jonathan Lowe
I ran into Jim Kristofic's "Navajos Wear Nikes" while searching for basketball references for a book I am writing on hoops. While Kristofic's book mentions basketball only in passing, I was not disappointed with the content. It is exciting to read. I was most impressed with the interplay of languages (Navajo, English) and the fun Jim and his schoolmates had communicating. It's an outstanding book from a great publisher, University of New Mexico Press. The book should do well in New Mexico because a good part of the Rez is in the state and the basketball teams dominate the state tournament in Albuquerque every year in several small to middle-sized school divisions.
All of us brothers and sisters, inheritors, of the one God!
Micky, while I see where you're coming from, the fact is that words are living objects, and their meanings change. Anglo, according to Webster's, means "a white inhabitant of the United States of non-Hispanic descent." http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/…
I havn't read the whole article, but I intend to. Just reading the first paragraphs, I notice the word anglos. I have to inform, that just because we're white, doesn't mean we're anglos. Some of us are Gaelic, Slavic, Gaulic, Germanic, Scandinavian, Spanish, and so on. Tucson expatriate, Micky Smythe
Thanks for the great reveiws. Some subjects for an enterprising Chattaqua actor here.
Students, scholars and other Cimarron Sea wayfarers should include on their book shelves:
•The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck and E.F. Ricketts, New York: Penguin, 1941, a perennial favorite read of mine. The literary giant was the first to sound the alarm of industrial fishing in the Sea of Cortez during his coastal hugging cruise with biologist Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to the Upper Gulf.
•Tales from Tiburon: An Anthology of Adventures in Seriland, Neil B. Carmony and David E. Brown, eds. Phoenix: Southwest Natural History Association, 1983, another perennial favorite. Seasoned editors of the Southwest, Carmony and Brown present an intriguing anthology of Tiburon Island’s adventures, disasters, and ethnology.
•People of the Desert and the Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians by Richard Stephen Felger and Mary Beck Moser, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1985, is the go-to, must have reference of the Comcáac, (Seri people), their arts, language, traditions, and the biogeography of the Sea of Cortez and the sear reaches of the midriff islands and the gulf coast desert.
This is a funny and touching book. I'm glad it is getting some press.
I felt this review was undermined by the sweeping and unfair generalizations of this comment.
"Of course, to criticize a mass-market paperback for paper-thin characterizations is like picking on a jock for lacking brain cells. T"
If interested in purchasing Bloom, you may find it locally at Antigone Books on 4th Avenue, or online at http://www.simmonsbuntin.com/bloom. For a signed copy, please contact me at www.simmonsbuntin.com/contact.
I was nineteen years old when my Jim Thompson addled brain stumbled upon Red Line. Since then, I've read everything by the man I could get my hands on. He's one of the great treasures of our city and one of the very few people I'll read just because his name is on the byline or dust jacket. I wish someone would put together the magazine pieces more thoroughly. Like Joseph Mitchell and AJ Liebling, he's put forth some of the best writing, not just journalism, but writing this country has seen from the 80s, 90s and aughts. I worry that he'll never get his due. To my mind, he belongs up there with McCarthy, Stegner and Harrison and a few of the only people who really understand what it means to live in the West. Maybe this will get the ball rolling whilst he's still among us.
Can't wait to pick this one up! So excited to see Deborah Morgan listed. She takes the reader with her on all of her journeys through the pages.
Too bad Tucson politicians let historic neighborhoods in the downtown be bulldozed. The downtown here holds little attraction to my family. We are used to Albuquerque's Old Town, which has a beautiful plaza and old historic church surrounded by many interesting shops, and nearby museums, and free parking to top it off. We shopped a lot there, considering we were not tourists and lived there.Albuquerque's old town isn't just a tourist draw--it's part of locals' lives. Weddings, powwows, free concerts and festivals all year round, etc, all reason to go there. Tucson just doesn't have a lively, historic center like Albuquerque's Old Town.
Well deserved review. Thanks.
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