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Books

Craig Child's "House of Rain"

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The greatest “unsolved mystery” of a the American Southwest is the fate of the Anasazi, the native peoples who in the eleventh century converged on Chaco Canyon (in today’s northwest New Mexico) and built a flourishing cultural center, a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. Their accomplishments-in agriculture, art, commerce, and engineering-were astounding.By the thirteenth century, however, the Anasazi were gone from the region. Vanished. What brought about the rapid collapse of their civilization?

Craig Childs draws on the latest scholarship, as well as on a lifetime of adventure and exploration in the most forbidding landscapes of the Southwest, to frame the question in a whole new light. House of Rain is a feat of historical detection, an enthralling revisionist portrait of American prehistory, a new landmark work in the literature of ancient Native American culture.

Craig Childs-naturalist, adventure, and frequent contributor to National Public radio’s Morning Edition =lives in the West Elk Mountains of Colorado. His weekly acclaimed books include The Secret Knowledge of Water, Soul of Nowhere, The Way Out, The Animal Dialogues and Apocalyptic Planet.

Singular Intamacies

"Danielle Ofri, an attending physician at Bellevue...writes movingly of the human connections between doctor and patient. [Singular Intimacies is] a cohesive narrative of a compassionate and perceptive doctor's development....

She share her feats, her humiliations, her failures, her uncertainties, her growing competence, and her triumphs. What is unmistakable, however, is that long before becoming a thoroughly trained and skilled physician, Ofri was already a singularly caring woman, aware of her patients as real-live fellow human beings." KIRKUS REVIEWS

The Ancient Child

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The Ancient Child by M. Scott Momaday One paragraph in Momaday’s book, seems to me, to describe our area of the American Southwest more than any other piece of literature. I was lucky enough to hear Momaday present this book at Ft. Lewis some years back when it was a new release. Momaday told the audience that while he was writing in Amherst, Massachusetts he would, often for a break, visit the Emily Dickinson museum.

One of Emily Dickinson’s dresses on display is a long white dress with the third button down missing. The main character in this book is Grey who when she goes into trances will be wearing a long white dress with the third button down missing.

Spider Woman's Daughter

Anne Hillerman in collaboration with her husband photographer Don Strel published "Tony Hillerman's Landscapes" in 2009. The Silver River Adobe Inn is almost in this book as Anne and Don stayed with us while finding the photograph of the San Juan River viewed on pages 116 and 117. In 2010 Anne and Don again collaborated to publish "Gardens of Santa Fe", which includes David's cousin's home on pages 105 through 108.

Anne now has continued in her father's foot steps allowing the reader who has followed Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn for years to continue enjoying mysteries which take place on the Navajo reservation.

In Spider Woman's Daughter, Jim Chee’s wife, Police Officer Bernadette Manuualito continues to deliver the color of the Navajo Nation, its landscape and culture. Retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn is brought into the investigation which deals with an old mystery which holds the clue to solving this new mystery.
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