Southwest Book Reviews

The 19th Wife

Feb 11, 2010

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. David Ebershoff's The 19th Wife is an ambitious book. A good book. It might have been great had it been a little less ambitious.

Flagstaff, AZ – 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.

Flagstaff, AZ – 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.

Flagstaff, AZ – 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.

Putrefaction Live

Oct 15, 2009

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.