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NEW TITLES


Jeff Biggers
In the Sierra Madre, University of Illlinois Press, 2006 (184 pages, $18.99)
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T.J. Ferguson and Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh
History is in the Land, University of Arizona Press, 2006
Multivocal tribal traditions in Arizona's San Pedro Valley

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George C. Fraser
Journeys in the Canyon Lands, University of Arizona Press, 2005 (225 pages, $19.95)
- Memoir of remote landscapes in Utah and Arizona

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David Brackney
Baja California, Automobile Club of Southern California, 2004
- From the U.S. border to Cabo San Lucas, this excellent guide has been revised and expanded. The guide covers attractions, dining, nightlife and lodging. For those familiar with AAA (American Automobile Association), it comes as no surprise that one of the best features of the book is the excellent maps and driving instructions.
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Joe Cummings
Baja Handbook, Avalon, 2002
- Covering the entire Baja, this fifth-edition handbook is as useful as it is entertaining and educational. Great work!


C.M. Mayo
Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico, University of Utah Press, 2002


Harry W. Crosby
The Cave Paintings of Baja California, Sunbelt Publications, 1997
- Exquisite coffee table book introducing the petroglyphs and cave paintings of Baja. Highly recommended!


Gene Kira
The Unforgettable Sea of Cortez, Cortez Publications, 2000
- The California Outdoor Writers Association awarded the title "best book of the year." It's easy to see why. Kira pays homage to Ray Cannon, who wrote the bestseller The Sea of Cortez which documented the "Golden Age" for Baja.


Bruce Berger
Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California, University of Arizona Press, 2000
- Excellent! This travel narrative is so wonderful that to say too much would be a spoiler, except to say this is a must-read homage to the mysteries of a land once not paved


Serge Dedina
Saving the Gray Whale, University of Arizona Press, 2000
- Subtitled "People, Politics and Conservation in Baja California," Saving the Gray Whale is a candid text, providing an engaging capsule history of whale conservation in Mexico and a timely review of environmental politics.
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SONORAN DESERT


Paul Martin and others, editors
Gentry's Rio Mayo Plants: The Tropical Deciduous Forest and Environs of Northwest Mexico, University of Arizona Press, 1998
- Located in a transition zone between the Sonoran Desert and the tropics, this region is well known for its biodiversity, thanks to a 1942 study by botanist Howard Scott Gentry. Revision of his classic work began before his death in 1993. For researchers, this is a must-read book.

Richard Stephen Felger
Flora of the Gran Desierto and Rio Colorado Delta, University of Arizona Press, 2001
- This massive 700-page tome is the culmination of more than a quarter century of research in the magnificent Sonoran Desert by an eminent desert botanist. The study of more than 500 species of plants includes innovative identification keys to the families, genera and species.

Steven Phillips and Patricia Wentworth Comus, editors
A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, Univerisity of California Press, 2000
- This book is the result of collobaration of staff members at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, an internationally recognized resource center. The book provides answers to many questions about the Sonoran Desert.

Robert Robichaux and David Yetman
Tropical Deciduous Forest of Alamos, University of Arizona Press, 2001
- Subtitled "Biodiversity of a Threatened Ecosytem in Mexico," this book provides rare glimpse of this unique region that abuts the Sonoran Desert. The tropical deciduous forest of the Alamos region is one of the "hotspots" in Mexico and the authors review the natural history, ecology, and taxonomy of local flora and fauna.


Roseann Beggy Hanson
San Pedro River Discovery Guide, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001
- This bioregion is home to nearly 400 species of birds -- more than half of those recorded in all of the United States -- as well as a variety of mammals, amphibians and insects. This book is the definitive guide to the region thanks to the skilled authorship of Roseann Beggy Hanson, who also serves as Director of Tucson-based conservation group Sky Island Alliance. Highly recommended.

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TEXAS/MEXICO BORDER


Roland Wauer and Carl Fleming
Naturalist's Big Bend, College Station: Texas A&M, 2002
- Highly recommended guidebook for one of the border's most interesting parks.


D. Gentry Steele
Land of the Desert Sun: Texas' Big Bend Country, Texas A&M Press, 1998
- Take this photographic tour of the Chihuahuan Desert. Black and white photos capure the rich textures and light of the area. Complementing images are Steele's own text that describes both ecosystems and human history in the region.


GULF OF MEXICO


Bernd Wursig, Thomas Jefferson and David Schmidly
The Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Mexico, Texas A&M University Press, 2000
- Well-written and highly recommended reference volume. This book describes the marine life of the Gulf with numerous color photos and paintings by artist Larry Foster.
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BORDER CULTURE


James E. Snead
Ruins and Rivals: The Making of Southwest Archaeology, University of Arizona Press, 2003

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Ray Gonzalez
The Underground Heart, University of Arizona Press, 2003

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Michael Adler
The Prehistoric Pueblo World, University of Arizona Press, 2000
- Centuries ago the Pueblo People (Anasazi) made their home in what is now the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. From the mid 12th-14th centuries, their civilization was in transition. This book offers an overview of current research and understanding, much of this gained from a 1990 conference held in Cortez, Colorado.

Lawrence A. Herzog
From Aztec to High Tech, Johns Hopkins Press, 2000
- Subtitled "Architecture and Landscape across the Mexico-United States Border, this book is tour-de-force that gives visual explanations of the great changes at the heart of the US/Mexico Borderlands. The book is expertly illustrated with maps and black-and-white photos. Highly recommended.


OUT OF PRINT


Joe Cummings
Northern Mexico Handbook, Moon, 1998
- Spotlights one of the world's most dynamic regions. This is a welcome second edition that expands his original classic.


Ron Mader
Mexico: Adventures in Nature, John Muir Publications, 1997
- This is the classic first and last edition of the guidebook written by the founder of Planeta.com. Much of the text has been recycled into travel guides published on this site.
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