Southwest Book Reviews http://knau.org en KNAU's Southwest Book Review: 'Yellowcake' http://knau.org/post/knaus-southwest-book-review-yellowcake <p>Ann Cummins’ 2007 novel “Yellowcake” is set in the uranium country of northern Arizona and New Mexico. In the book, the Flagstaff-based author presents two families struggling with the complex fallout of the mining life. In KNAU’s latest Southwest Book Review, Mary Sojourner says “Yellowcake” is a compelling work by an author who captures humanity at its most personal level.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Mary Sojourner 49029 at http://knau.org KNAU's Southwest Book Review: 'Yellowcake' KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Cold Deck http://knau.org/post/knaus-southwest-book-review-cold-deck <p><em>Cold Deck </em>is the latest novel by Nevada-based writer H. Lee Barnes. Set in Las Vegas, it chronicles the life of a single father, struggling to raise his children and keep his life from spiraling out of control in "Sin City". In KNAU's latest Southwest Book Review, Mary Sojourner says <em>Cold Deck </em>is poignant, gritty and kept her reading well into the night.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Mary Sojourner 47072 at http://knau.org KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Cold Deck KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Pam Houston's, Contents May Have Shifted http://knau.org/post/knaus-southwest-book-review-pam-houstons-contents-may-have-shifted <p>It's hard to put a label on author Pam Houston's books. The prize-winning writer blends together fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Houston will be in Flagstaff this weekend headlining the Northern Arizona Book Festival. In KNAU's latest Southwest Book Review, writer Ann Cummins reviews Houston's latest novel, <em>Contents May Have Shifted, </em>the true story of an imaginary character named Pam Houston.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 15:17:20 +0000 Ann Cummins 31516 at http://knau.org KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Pam Houston's, Contents May Have Shifted KNAU's Latest Southwest Book Review: Little Raw Souls http://knau.org/post/knaus-latest-southwest-book-review-little-raw-souls <p>Colorado Book Award winner Steven Schwartz has said that in a fast-paced world "fiction restores us" to a softer place in our lives. Schwartz has just published his third short story collection, <em>Little Raw Souls</em>. And in KNAU's latest Southwest Book Review, writer Ann Cummins calls the collection "a gem".</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:19:00 +0000 Ann Cummins 27431 at http://knau.org KNAU's Latest Southwest Book Review: Little Raw Souls A Few Southwest Book Suggestions for Young Readers http://knau.org/post/few-southwest-book-suggestions-young-readers <p>Need a gift for a young reader? Arizona’s Book Reviewer, writer Ann Cummins has a few suggestions that have a southwestern flair. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:51:00 +0000 Ann Cummins 24941 at http://knau.org A Few Southwest Book Suggestions for Young Readers Southwest Book Review: "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey http://knau.org/post/southwest-book-review-riders-purple-sage-zane-grey <p>Did you know the great western writer Zane Grey started out as a dentist?</p><p>His father was a dentist.&nbsp;</p><p>The old man sternly disapproved of writing as a profession, so Zane wrote secretly at night.</p><p>He was prolific!&nbsp; Published over 90 books. &nbsp;</p><p>Wonderfully descriptive books about fishing trips all over the world.&nbsp;</p><p>Books about baseball—he played in the semi-pros.&nbsp;</p><p>Books about his ancestors who settled Zanesville, Ohio.</p><p>And, of course, he wrote westerns.</p><p>They made him famous.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Ann Cummins 19151 at http://knau.org Southwest Book Review: "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey Book Review: Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell http://knau.org/post/book-review-keplers-dream-juliet-bell-0 <p>We&rsquo;re half-way through summer, but there&rsquo;s still time for the young reader in your life to pick up a good book.&nbsp;</p><p>Arizona Public Radio&rsquo;s Ann Cummins recommends <em>Kepler&rsquo;s Dream, </em>by Juliet Bell.</p><p>It&rsquo;s about a girl from Seattle who spends a hot, lonely summer in New Mexico&hellip;until she discovers a mystery.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Ann Cummins 16684 at http://knau.org Book Review: Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell Book Review: The Mad, Crazy River http://knau.org/post/book-review-mad-crazy-river <p>It&rsquo;s April.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re dreaming of white water rapids, vermillion cliffs, and death taunting summer fun, I&rsquo;ve got a book for you: Clyde Eddy&rsquo;s <em>A Mad, Crazy River</em>.</p><p>Mr. Eddy was no seasoned river man.&nbsp; He was a New York office worker.&nbsp;&nbsp; But he&rsquo;d spent his honeymoon at the Grand Canyon, and there he found <em>his</em> river. &nbsp;It was a river with a reputation.&nbsp; Scores of boaters had died trying to navigate it.&nbsp; John Wesley Powell beat it in 1869.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Ann Cummins 12988 at http://knau.org Book Review: The Mad, Crazy River Sky Harbor--a Review http://knau.org/post/sky-harbor-review <p>A ghostly father leads his living son through weeds to an owl&rsquo;s hiding place.&nbsp; The owl spreads its wings, taking father and son in.&nbsp; &nbsp;This is the final image in Miles Waggener&rsquo;s new poetry collection, <em>Sky Harbo</em>r.&nbsp; Sounds like the ending to a good ghost story, doesn&rsquo;t it? &nbsp;Indeed it is.&nbsp; Ghosts of one sort or another inhabit these spooky but brilliant poems.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:54:44 +0000 Ann Cummins 9305 at http://knau.org Sky Harbor--a Review Southwest Book Review: Giving a Child the Gift of Reading http://knau.org/post/southwest-book-review-giving-child-gift-reading <p>This fall, the writer Ann Patchett did something radical.&nbsp; She opened a bookstore.&nbsp; This goes against the trend. The indie bookstores are practically extinct. I miss Flagstaff&rsquo;s old landmarks, McGaugh&rsquo;s Newsstand on Aspen, Aradia Books just across the tracks.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m glad we&rsquo;ve still got Starlight Books on Leroux.</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:21:03 +0000 Ann Cummins 6298 at http://knau.org Southwest Book Review: Giving a Child the Gift of Reading