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The Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona
Expert on chili peppers and spicy foods, Dave DeWitt (aka "the Pope of Peppers") blends Southwestern culinary history with 130 authentic recipes and cooking techniques in this tantalizing collection of fiery, flavorful dishes from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
New Mexico, A History
This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.
Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality
First published in 1937, this story reveals the spiritual awakening the New York socialite experienced through Taos, the Pueblo Indians and Indian Tony Luhan, whom she later married.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
This illustrated introduction provides an in-depth look at the ancient cultures that first inhabited the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest. Organized chronologically, it features hundreds of maps, mostly black-and-white photographs and site diagrams.
Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies
A history of herbal remedies and medicines developed by the Aztecs and other Native American tribes, many still used in Mexican-American households today. Includes hundreds of herbal treatments.
Recreational Map of New Mexico
A very good fold-out map of New Mexico.
Garden in the Dunes
Our narrator, a precocious girl named Indigo from a nearly extinct Native American tribe, is adopted by a well-intentioned rich naturalist and his depressed wife. A thematically rich novel that illuminates the ways the two cultures interact with nature.
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds, Arizona & New Mexico
A pocket guide to the birds of Arizona and New Mexico, featuring a two-page spread for each species with a clear color photograph, a range map and excellent descriptions of field marks, behavior, habitat and viewing sites.
Portrait of an Artist, A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
Lisle shows how O'Keeffe was both changed and inspired by her Southwestern surroundings in this insightful biography of Georgia O'Keeffe.
OM Yoga, A Guide to Daily Practice
Clear and concise, Cindi Lee's superb guide uses easy-to-follow illustrations to show poses.
Moon Handbook New Mexico
This comprehensive guide is packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, culture and destinations throughout New Mexico.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
Some of the best work of Jack Parsons, a longtime and accomplished Southwest photographer, is compiled in this full-color coffee table book. Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces.
New Mexico Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species
A handy fold-up card featuring color illustrations of common plants, animals and reptiles of New Mexico.
Wild Plants of the Pueblo Province, Exploring Ancient and Enduring Uses
An accessible guide to the diverse plant communities of the Pueblo people.
Enchantment and Exploitation, The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range
A study of the cultures in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman's Sourcebook
Originating from the creation myths of Native American cultures across the continent, these 21 goddess stories are written with obvious affection and an emphasis on the power of nature and the feminine.
The Spell of New Mexico
A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.