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Es Verdad (Is It True)
By Lottie C. Devine
A story of a family and early day life in Arizona
The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd
By Jana Bommerbach
"They said she was a cold-blooded murderer." - "They said she was a butcher." - "They took forty years of her life." - "The truth at last."
Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison
By Gary L. Stuart
In "Last Rampage" When convicted murderer Gary Tison broke out of an Arizona prison with the help of his sons in 1978, it was an embarrassment to the state. Then it became a nightmare. Tison and his gang murdered six people before they were stopped near the Mexican border. Clarke's story of that manhunt is a chilling account of both cold-blooded murder and astonishing corruption within the state penal system. "Last Rampage" is a tale of criminal ruthlessness that has been called the "In Cold Blood" of the American West. Twenty years later, overtaxed law enforcement and overcrowded prisons can only make us wonder if such an incident could happen again.
Freemasonry: An Introduction
By Mark E. Koltko-Rivera
From Goodreads: An experienced Freemason and award-winning psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the core meaning and practices of Freemasonry for the new generation of people interested in joining the order, and those who are simply curious in the wake of recent media coverage.
Lessons with Horses
By Randy Helm
Randy Helm was raised on a ranch in Arizona. He went on to become a police officer, chaplain and pastor. In 2012 he was hired to develop and supervise the wild horse inmate program for Arizona State Prison. Randy developed a program to train convicted felons who had never touched a horse, to effectively gentle and train horses that had never been touched by a person. Getting the past behind you, The power of "one thing", Faith, Learning from failure and Overcoming abuse are just a few of the lessons in this book. The training program and the transformation in horses and inmates has been featured in local, national and international news and documentaries including ABC, NBC, Animal Planet and USA Today.
Going Back to Bisbee
By Richard Shelton
Richard Shelton first came to southeastern Arizona in the 1950s as a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. He soon fell in love with the region and upon his discharge found a job as a schoolteacher in nearby Bisbee. Now a university professor and respected poet living in Tucson, still in love with the Southwestern deserts, Shelton sets off for Bisbee on a not-uncommon day trip. Along the way, he reflects on the history of the area, on the beauty of the landscape, and on his own life.
These Is My Words
By Nancy Turner
A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon—from child to determined young adult to loving mother—she shares the turbulent events, both joyous and tragic, that molded her, and recalls the enduring love with cavalry officer Captain Jack Elliot that gave her strength and purpose.
Call Him Mac: Earnest McFarland, The Arizona Years
By Gary L. Stuart
In "Call Him Mac," Gary L. Stuart renders a nuanced portrait of a young, ambitious, restless, and smiling man on the verge of becoming a political force headed for the highest levels of governance in Arizona and America. Mac's unparalleled political success was fermented during his early Arizona years, the bridge that brought him to his future as an approachable and likeable statesman of Arizona politics.
- University of Arizona Press
Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?
By Tish Rabe, Illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Josh Mathieu
The Cat In The Hat's Learning Library books introduce beginning readers to important basic concepts about the world we live in.
- Random House Publisher
Forced To Abandoned Our Fields: The 1914 Clay Southworth Gila River Pima Interviews
By David DeJong
During the nineteenth century, upstream diversions from the Gila River decreased the arable land on the Gila River Indian Reservation to only a few thousand acres. As a result the Pima Indians, primarily an agricultural people, fell into poverty. Many Pima farmers and leaders lamented this suffering and in 1914 the United States Irrigation Service assigned a 33-year-old engineer named Clay "Charles" Southworth to oversee the Gila River adjudication. As part of that process, Southworth interviewed 34 Pima elders, thus putting a face of the depth of hardships facing many Indians in the last 19th century. The interviews cover decades of Pima history and reveal the nexus between upstream diversions and Pima economy, agriculture, water use, and water rights. These interviews suggest that is was not the triumph of Western civilization that displaced Pima agricultural economy but the application of a philosophy of economic liberalism that prevented the Pima from building on their own successes.
- University of Utah Press
Stealing The Gila: The Pima Agricultural Economy and Water Deprivation, 1848-1921
By David DeJong
By 1850 the Pima Indians of central Arizona had developed a strong and sustainable agricultural economy based on irrigation. For a brief period of about 3 decades, the Pima Indians were on equal footing with their non-Indian neighbors. As immigrants settled upstream from the Pima villages, they deprived the Indians of the water they needed to sustain their economy.
This book shows a particular egregious example of a common story in the West: the flagrant local rejection of Supreme Court rulings that protected Indian water rights.
- University of Arizona Press
Price: 24.95 (paperback)
When Clay Sings
By Byrd Baylor, Illustrated by Tom Bahti
Pieces of broken pots are scattered over the desert hillsides of the Southwest. The Indians there treat them with respect - "Every piece of clay is a piece of someone's life," they say. And the children try to imagine those lives that took place in the desert they think of as their own.
- Aladdin Paperbacks
Grazing the Sonoran Desert
Arizona's Deadliest Gunfight:
Draft Resistance and Tragedy at the Power Cabin
Heidi J. Osselaer (Signed by author)
Images of America - Florence, AZ
Published in partnership with the Arizona Historical Foundation. Preserving Florence's unique heritage was a compelling reason for this book. The team of authors, all affiliated with the Pinal County Historical Society, included more than 200 black & white photographs in the preservation of stories from the past.
Camp Florence Days
A World War II Prisoner of War Camp
By Ralph A. Storm
True account of a young American soldier in his post as a guard at Camp Florence, a POW camp in Arizona for Italian and German prisoners during World War II, The author also worked as a guard at the Poston internment camp for Japanese Americans.