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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire

by Edward Abbey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

One of the great works on the value of the desert, eloquent and laugh-out-loud funny. Although Abbey writes specifically about his experiences as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, his message is universal. (DES02, $16.00)

The Spell of New Mexico

The Spell of New Mexico

by Tony Hillerman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 105 PAGES

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. (USW134, $16.95)

Moon Handbook New Mexico

Moon Handbook New Mexico

by Zora O'Neill

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

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. (USW613, $19.99)

Recreational Map of New Mexico

Recreational Map of New Mexico

by GTR Mapping

  • 2010
  • MAP

A very good fold-out map of New Mexico. (USW209, $3.95)

 
Bandelier National Monument Map

Bandelier National Monument Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A detailed map of Bandelier National Monument at a scale of 1:29,000. (USW142, $9.95)

Santa Fe Map

Santa Fe Map


by MapEasy

  • 2005
  • MAP

A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque. Size: 18x27 inches. (SWU16, $5.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque

Eyewitness Top Ten Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring the best natural and cultural attractions of the region. (USW482, $14.00)

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest


by Stephen Plog | Amy Elizabeth Grey

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

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. (USW131, $26.95)

If Mountains Die, A New Mexico Memoir

If Mountains Die, A New Mexico Memoir


by John Treadwell Nichols | William Davis

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER

A visual survey of Taos old from the perspective of a 30-year Taos resident, who's still as in love with the land now as he was when the book was first published in 1979. (USW216, $19.95)

New Mexico, An Interpretive History

New Mexico, An Interpretive History


by Marc Simmons

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

A history of New Mexico following its path from Spanish conquest to statehood. (USW219, $17.95)

Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City

Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City


by David Grant Noble

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A revised edition of of this classic history of Santa Fe to the mid-nineteenth century, featuring essays by ten scholars and hundreds of archival photographs, drawings and maps. (SWU15, $19.95)

The Great Taos Bank Robbery

The Great Taos Bank Robbery


by Tony Hillerman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Nine indelible tales of life in New Mexico by the great newspaperman and author of the terrific series of mysteries set on the Navajo Nation. (USW132, $17.95)

Cities of Gold, A Journey Across the American Southwest in Coronado's Footsteps


by Doug Preston

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

On horseback through the American Southwest. (SWU85, $24.95)

Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality

Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality


by Mabel Dodge Luhan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

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. (USW127, $24.95)

Portrait of an Artist, A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

Portrait of an Artist, A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe


by Laura Lisle

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Lisle shows how O'Keeffe was both changed and inspired by her Southwestern surroundings in this insightful biography of Georgia O'Keeffe. (USW221, $37.95)

Death Comes for the Archbishop

Death Comes for the Archbishop


by Willa Cather

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES

Based in part on the life of Bishop Jean Baptiste L'Amy, this classic novel of missionary life in New Mexico is rich in the texture of Old Santa Fe and New Mexican landscapes. (USW79, $14.00)

The Laughing Boy

The Laughing Boy


by Oliver La Farge

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 193 PAGES

An ethnographer and archaeologist, La Farge captures the flavor of the landscapes and ways of life in Northern Arizona in the early 20th century in this Pulitzer Prize-winning short novel. (USW240, $14.95)

The Milagro Beanfield War

The Milagro Beanfield War


by John Treadwell Nichols | Rini Templeton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 456 PAGES

A charming novel about struggles between farmers and water barons in a small New Mexican town. It went from a local favorite to a cult classic to a major motion picture. (USW222, $21.00)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the American Southwest. (SWU14, $22.00)

Southwestern Desert Birds

Southwestern Desert Birds


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-out, laminated guide to the birds of the desert Southwest, with illustrations of almost 150 species. Kids will enjoy this identification guide, too. (SWU42, $6.95)

Southwestern Desert Life

Southwestern Desert Life


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A pocket-size, fold-out guide to the life of the desert Southwest. (SWU43, $6.95)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird. (USW418, $19.95)

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