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Southwest Book Reviews

Monthly reviews on books of the Southwest from Anne Cummins

Published: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:38:22 GMT



Wed, 12 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In 2006, Beth Alvarado published a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, "Not A Matter of Love." A graduate of Stanford and a writing teacher at the University of Arizona, her second book is just out with the University of Iowa Press. Ann Cummins has this review:

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Dispatches from the Republic Othernes

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

I've heard it said that these days, there aren't any travelers only tourists. The tourist collects memories. The traveler engages the world and comes home changed. Judging from the essays and poems in Dispatches from the Republic of Otherness, Laura Kelly is a pilgrim of the old order, one for whom the road is a path to self-discovery.

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The Lonely Polygamist

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Ann Cummin's reviews Brady Udall's The Lonely Polygamist

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Angle of Repose

Tue, 17 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Iconic western author Wallace Stegner won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Angle of Repose." The Modern Library Board selected it as one of the best hundred novels of the 20th century. In this latest Southwest Book Review, Flagstaff author Ann Cummins has an appreciation.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Host: In his debut novel, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," bestselling author Jamie Ford tells a version of Romeo and Juliet as it played out in Seattle's immigrant communities during World War II. Ford is one of the keynote speakers at this weekend's Northern Arizona Book Festival in Flagstaff. Ann Cummins has this latest Southwest Book Review.

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A Volume of Friendship

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In the 1920s, the women's suffrage movement changed the course of history for American women. Two political pioneers were in the thick of it, Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway. They were also great friends. Their letters have been collected in a new book: "A Volume of Friendship." Ann Cummins has this month's Southwest Book Review.

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Flood Song

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Award-winning poet Sherwin Bitsui grew up in a tiny town on the Navajo reservation, but he's gaining attention for his work around the world. In his latest book Flood Song, Bitsui uses powerful imagery to evoke a changing southwestern landscape. Ann Cummins has this month's Southwest Book Review.

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Cheyenne Madonna

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma writer Eddie Chuculate's award-winning short stories about contemporary Cheyenne and Creek Indians have just been collected in a new book, "Cheyenne Madonna." Flagstaff novelist Ann Cummins believes it's worth a read--even two. Here's Cummins with this month's Southwest Book review.

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Ann Cummins (and two Flagstaff students) recommends Holiday Kids' Books

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The Arizona Library Association has selected Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac, as this year's One Book Arizona for kids. But three other books were close contenders. Ann Cummins discusses them -with a little help in this Southwest Book Review holiday round-up.

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Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

In 2006, LA Times journalist Judy Pasternak published a series of award-winning articles about uranium mining in Monument Valley, on the Navajo Nation. Now she has a new book - "Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed." Ann Cummins has this review.

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Percival's Planet

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Twenty-five years after astronomer Percival Lowell started chasing a phantom planet on the other side of Neptune, a young man from Kansas first photographed Pluto. In a new novel, Michael Byers fictionalizes the true story. Ann Cummins has this review.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The city of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University are encouraging a mass reading of the same book - Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Ann Cummins recommends a read also. Cummins has this Southwest Book Review.

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Day out of Days

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Day out of Days is the latest from actor/writer Sam Shepard. The book is a glimpse inside the Pulitzer Prize winner's head. The stories, poems and logs from his travels through the southwest are taken from dozens of leather-bound notebooks Shepard has carried with him over the years. Ann Cummins has this month's Southwest Book Review.

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The Butterflies of Grand Canyon

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 04:00:00 GMT

For her July Southwest Book Review Ann Cummins recommends a romantic summer novel set at the Grand Canyon. In her fifth book, Flagstaff novelist, river-runner, and hiking guide Margaret Erhart, teases her readers about the sweet silliness of human affairs in the face of nature's magnitude.

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Keepers of the Windclaw Chronicles

Fri, 18 Jun 2010 04:00:00 GMT

For our latest Southwest Book Review Ann Cummins recommends a summer series for young adults: Seth Mueller's Keepers of the Wind Claw Chronicles. The second book The Day of Storms has just been released.

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Desert Riverman, The Free-spirited Adventures of Murl Emery

Fri, 14 May 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Murl Emery wore many hats including beaver trapper, cattle rustler, bootlegger, ferryman, prospector, truck driver, inventor, miner, aviator and mechanic. But he was best known as the lead boatman during the construction of Hoover Dam. For this month's Southwest Book Review, Ann Cummins reviews Robert Wood's biography of Emery called Desert Riverman.

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Wyatt Earp's Tombstone Vendetta

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 04:00:00 GMT

People have long had a fascination with Wyatt Earp who had the reputation for being the West's toughest and deadliest gunman. For this month's Southwest Book Review writer Ann Cummins enlisted the help of her husband, an Earp fanatic, who had a different take on Glenn Boyer's Wyatt Earp biography.

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Going Through Ghosts

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 04:00:00 GMT

A 2009 winner of Flagstaff's Viola award for artistic excellence, author Mary Sojourner has a new novel about gambling, murder, friendship and love in a small Nevada town. Writer and professor Ann Cummins has the latest Southwest Book Review.

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The 19th Wife

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Early followers of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith faced many challenges, none more radical than the practice of polygamy as a path to Heaven. In his latest book, David Ebershoff tells the story of one woman's crusade against plural marriage. Ann Cummins gives her take as part of KNAU's monthly Southwest Book Reviews.

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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 05:00:00 GMT

On April 22, 2004, former Arizona Cardinal, Patrick Tillman, was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. In his latest book, Where Men Win Glory, The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, Jon Krakauer examines the murky circumstances of Tillman's death. Ann Cummins has this review.

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Ann Cummins recommends children's books for the holidays

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Competing in the children's book market has been called a "bunny eat bunny world." But the holidays are upon us. In her December review, writer Ann Cummins leaves the bad bunny books to another time, and offers a word of praise for three picture books guaranteed to please the younger set.

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If I Die in Juarez

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 05:00:00 GMT

For the plot of her novel, "If I Die in Juarez," Stella Pope Duarte draws from recent history: the serial murders of young women. Writer and Northern Arizona University creative writing professor Ann Cummins has this review.

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Putrefaction Live

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Flagstaff physician Warren Perkins goes outside his comfort zone with his debut novel Putrefaction Live. For James Claw, the hungry soul at the heart of the book, redemption is a guitar, the music a tune from the edge of civilization. Writer and creative writing professor Ann Cummins has this review.

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Border Crosser over the top

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

There's a theme park in Mexico where you can get a feel for what it's like to cross the border illegally. No kidding. You can hire a real Coyote. Even get busted by fake border guards. The park is called Migrant Mountain, and Journalist Johnny Rico went there to research his new book, Border Crosser. Writer and Northern Arizona University creative writing professor Ann Cummins has this review.

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