If there's a single writer who best captures who we are at this time and in this place, it's Tucsonan Chuck Bowden. He's our most honest American writer. Bowden holds up a cracked mirror to both himself and us, and he's unafraid to describe what he sees there, warts and all. A shelf of his books includes a classic book on water in the Southwest, and volumes of personal history, natural history, true crime and essays, among others. He's spent the past several years telling the story of the U.S.-Mexico border--the drugs, the immigration, the violence--and he actually gets to the truth behind these issues, a place where the pundits fear to tread.