Southwest Book Reviews

Southwest Book Reviews
4:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KNAU's SW Book Reviewer Becomes the Reviewed: Mary Sojourner's '29'

Credit Torrey House Press

In KNAU's latest Southwest Book Review, the reviewer - Mary Sojourner - becomes the reviewed. Sojourner's latest novel 29 has just been released. It tells the story of Nell Walker, a woman navigating a cycle of despair after losing her heart - and her job as a high-powered corporate executive - all at once. She flees Los Angeles and ends up in the small desert town of Twenty Nine Palms in a battle against energy developers who are threatening sacred lands. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris spoke with Mary Sojourner about blending her passions for writing and environmental activism into the pages of 29.

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Southwest Book Reviews
2:26 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Sherwin Bitsui's "Flood Song"

Credit Copper Canyon Press

"Flood Song" is the second book by writer Sherwin Bitsui. The collection of post-modern poems is both lyrically fragmented and linguistically stunning and combines the author's experiences living on and off the Navajo Nation, where he was born. In KNAU's latest Southwest Book Review, commentator Mary Sojourner says "Flood Song" is a gorgeous collision of images.

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Southwest Book Reviews
4:35 am
Tue July 29, 2014

KNAU's Latest Southwest Book Review: Small Rocks Rising, By Prescott Author Susan Lang

Small Rocks Rising, by Prescott author Susan Lang.
Credit University of Nevada Press

It's 1929, and the first thing Ruth Farley does when she arrives at her homestead in a Mojave Desert canyon is to climb out on a pinon branch and rip down a rusted tin can wired there.

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Southwest Book Reviews
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

KNAU's Southwest Book Review: 'Yellowcake'

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.

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Southwest Book Reviews
4:02 am
Fri May 9, 2014

KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Cold Deck

Credit University of Nevada Press

Cold Deck 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 Cold Deck is poignant, gritty and kept her reading well into the night.

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Southwest Book Reviews
8:17 am
Fri May 17, 2013

KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Pam Houston's, Contents May Have Shifted

Author, Pam Houston

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, Contents May Have Shifted, the true story of an imaginary character named Pam Houston.

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Southwest Book Reviews
5:19 am
Tue February 19, 2013

KNAU's Latest Southwest Book Review: Little Raw Souls

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, Little Raw Souls. And in KNAU's latest Southwest Book Review, writer Ann Cummins calls the collection "a gem".

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Southwest Book Reviews
5:51 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A Few Southwest Book Suggestions for Young Readers

Need a gift for a young reader? Arizona’s Book Reviewer, writer Ann Cummins has a few suggestions that have a southwestern flair.

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Southwest Book Reviews
4:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Southwest Book Review: "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey

Title page and frontispiece, Riders of the Purple Sage, Zane Grey, Harper and Brothers, 1912.

Did you know the great western writer Zane Grey started out as a dentist?

His father was a dentist. 

The old man sternly disapproved of writing as a profession, so Zane wrote secretly at night.

He was prolific!  Published over 90 books.  

Wonderfully descriptive books about fishing trips all over the world. 

Books about baseball—he played in the semi-pros. 

Books about his ancestors who settled Zanesville, Ohio.

And, of course, he wrote westerns.

They made him famous.

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Southwest Book Reviews
4:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Book Review: Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell

We’re half-way through summer, but there’s still time for the young reader in your life to pick up a good book. 

Arizona Public Radio’s Ann Cummins recommends Kepler’s Dream, by Juliet Bell.

It’s about a girl from Seattle who spends a hot, lonely summer in New Mexico…until she discovers a mystery.

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