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New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

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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
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 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, $18.99)

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)

 

Albuquerque Map


by Rand McNally Maps

  • MAP

A road map of Albuquerque and surrounding neighborhoods. (SWU160, $5.99)

Santa Fe Map

Santa Fe Map


by MapEasy

  • MAP

A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque. (SWU16, $6.95)

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)

The Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona

The Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona


by Dave DeWitt

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

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. (SWU489, $29.95)

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)

Telling New Mexico: A New History

Telling New Mexico: A New History


by Marta Weigle

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

This extensive volume presents New Mexico history from its prehistoric beginnings to the present in essays and articles by fifty prominent scholars from a variety of disciplines. (SWU273, $29.95)

Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico, A Sense of Place


by Barbara Buhler Lynes | Lesley Poling-Kempes | Frederick Turner

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

A catalogue of O'Keeffe paintings pairing 20 original images with modern photographs of the landscapes depicted by the curator of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. (SWU186, $49.95)

In Search of the Old Ones, Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest

In Search of the Old Ones, Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest


by David D. Roberts

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

An exuberant, engaging account of archaeological adventures in the desert Southwest. Roberts investigates the factors that may have led to the demise of the Anasazi civilization and looks into longstanding controversies. (USW157, $16.00)

Indian Arts of the Southwest

Indian Arts of the Southwest


by Susanne Page

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 143 PAGES

Featuring color photographs of the basketry, pottery, weaving, jewelry, and carvings of 200 noted artists, this book is both a collector's guide and cultural history of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo peoples and other native peoples. (SWU485, $19.95)

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, $21.95)

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)

The Last Cheater's Waltz, Beauty and Violence in the Desert Southwest


by Ellen Meloy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A naturalist's travels through the desert Southwest of her youth, reflecting on native peoples, landscape and ecology. Meloy explores Los Alamos, Trinity National Historic Landmark, and White Sands Missile Range -- including the impact of the laboratory and bomb testing on the environment. (USW292, $17.95)

Los Alamos, A Novel


by Joseph Kanon

  • MYSTERY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 517 PAGES

A thriller set in Los Alamos in the 1940s. (USW293, $7.99)

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, $13.95)

The Man Who Killed the Deer

The Man Who Killed the Deer


by Frank Waters

  • LITERATURE
  • 1942
  • PAPER
  • 266 PAGES

A heartfelt tale of a Pueblo Indian in New Mexico. Waters captures the difficult position of his protagonist Martiniano, straddled between his tribe and white society. (USW265, $12.95)

New Mexico Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species

New Mexico Wildlife, An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy fold-up card featuring color illustrations of common plants, animals and reptiles of New Mexico. (SWU203, $6.95)

The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945


by Ferenc Morton Szasz

  • SCIENCE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 233 PAGES

A concise and vividly written history of the Manhattan Project, focusing on the Trinity Site. (HSC18, $21.95)

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)

Wild Plants of the Pueblo Province, Exploring Ancient and Enduring Uses

Wild Plants of the Pueblo Province, Exploring Ancient and Enduring Uses


by William Dunmire | Gail Tierney

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An accessible guide to the diverse plant communities of the Pueblo people. (USW09, $22.50)

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