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Essential Reading Package-EXUSW205

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST. Buy these 5 items as a set for $102 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Desert Solitaire

DES02
Edward Abbey
Touchstone
1990
303
0671695886
PAPER
Natural History
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.00

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

USW157
David D. Roberts
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1997
271
0684832127
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest

USW632
Jon Ortner (Photographer)
Welcome Books
2016
248
1599621312
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This unprecedented collection of photographs explores the diverse canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, including Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Arches. The 200 color photographs are accompanied by quotations by authors and explorers.
$45.00

The Southwest Inside Out, An Illustrated Guide to the Land and its History

USW345
Thomas Wiewandt, Maureen Wilks
Mountain Press Publishing Company
2010
208
1879728060
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An outstanding guide to understanding the geomorphology of the Southwest, featuring the author's color photographs of canyons, dunes and other landforms.
$24.95

USA Southwest, Southern Rockies Map

SWU21
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
1
3828302483
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of the American Southwest at a scale of 1:3,000,000 with roads, parks and topography.
$9.95

Moab Map Pack

USW701
Trails Illustrated
Trails Illustrated
2008
1
1597752150
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A set of detailed topographic Moab South and North maps at 1:70,000 & 1:35,000. GPS compatible and printed on waterproof and tear resistant paper.
$24.00

Eyewitness Guide Southwest USA and National Parks

SWU147
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
304
1465441123
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This thorough, gorgeously illustrated guidebook provides an excellent overview of the Southwest, its history, traditions, cultures and sights.
$23.00

Lonely Planet Southwest USA

SWU99
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
576
1742207367
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, detailed practical guide to traveling in the American Southwest.
$24.99

Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations

SWU514
Lois Ellen Frank
Ten Speed Press
2002
208
1580083986
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Photographer Lois Ellen Frank spent four years documenting the culinary techniques used on reservations throughout the Southwest, compiling her discoveries into this handsome book, rich in photos and recipes.
$35.00

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

SWU489
Dave DeWitt
National Book Network
2011
288
0762763922
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
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 Ar
$29.95

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest

USW131
Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
Thames & Hudson
2008
224
0500286930
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.95

Colorado Plateau, Wild and Beautiful

USW756
John Annerino
Farcountry press
2014
120
156037585X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A coffee table tribute to the geological wonderland of "Red Rock Country." Award-winning photographer and writer John Annerino takes us through the echoing canyons, towering hoodoos and cliff dwellings of the region’s beautiful parks and reserves.
$32.95

Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest, An Archaeological Guide

USW217
David Grant Noble
Northland Publishing
2015
304
1589799372
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
The fourth edition of Noble's indispensable guide to the archaeology of the American Southwest.
$19.95

Indian Arts of the Southwest

SWU485
Susanne Page
Rio Nuevo
2008
143
1933855177
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

The Lost World of the Old Ones

USW787
David Roberts
W. W. Norton & Company
2016
352
0393352331
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A fascinating look at prehistoric civilization in the Four Corners region. Roberts goes deep into the Southwest backcountry to find yet-undiscovered ruins of the Ancestral Puebloans, known by their modern descendants as The Old Ones.
$16.95

The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Southwest

SWU291
Nik Wheeler, Joan Tapper
Thames & Hudson
2009
208
0500514682
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
With hundreds of photographs, essays and travel information on 30 historic towns and distinctive communities throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada Utah and western Colorado, both well-known and remote, including Bisbee, Ouray, Moab and Sedona.
$40.00

Finding Abbey

DES15
Sean Prentiss
University of New Mexico Press
2015
216
0826355919
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A young writer sets off across the country in search of the hidden desert grave of environmental writer Edward Abbey. Along the way he contemplates the meaning of home, interviews Abbey's closest friends and unravels the complicated legacy of the great man.
$24.95

Revenge of the Saguaro, Offbeat Travels Through America's Southwest

USW327
Tom Miller
Consortium
2009
256
1933693606
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Tom Miller's digressive, witty and willfully eccentric account of travel and obsession in the American Southwest (originally published as Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink) captures the spirit of his beloved homeland.
$14.95

The Sound of Mountain Water, The Changing American West

USW852
Wallace Earle Stegner
Vintage Books
2017
288
0525435433
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Written over 25 years, this collection of essays, memoirs, letters and speeches by great conservationist Wallace Stegner is divided cleanly into sketches of the Western environment and thoughts on the literature of the American West. Originally published
$16.00

Gathering the Desert

USW120
Gary Paul Nabhan
University of Arizona Press
1985
209
0816510148
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
An ecologist with a particular interest in the origins of foodstuffs, Nabhan interweaves ethnography, biochemistry, natural history and journalism in this well-written account of desert cultures and botany in the American Southwest.
$22.95

Mountain Islands and Desert Seas, A Natural History of the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands

USW660
Frederick R. Gehlbach
University of Arizona Press
1993
0890965668
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
An authoritative, illustrated introduction to the region from the lower Rio Grande to the Sonoran Desert.
$24.95

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert

USW398
Terry Tempest Williams
Vintage Books
2002
240
0375725180
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A series of lyrical, thoughtful essays on the power and beauty of the Red Rock Wilderness of southern Utah, including Grand Staircase, Canyonlands, Glen Canyon, Moab and the Great Basin.
$15.95

Travelers Guide to the Geology of the Colorado Plateau

SWU32
Donald L. Baars
University of Chicago Press
2002
296
0874807158
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A clearly written survey of the geology of the Four Corners region.
$25.00

A Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country

USW289
David Williams, Gloria Brown (Illustrator)
Falcon Press
2013
225
0762780711
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact field guide to the wildlife of the high desert of the Colorado Plateau and the nine national parks of the region. Williams includes an overview of the history, geology and ecology of the high desert along with basic information on identifying common plants and animals.
$24.95

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

SWU14
Peter Alden
Alfred Knopf
1999
448
067944680x
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the American Southwest.
$22.95

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

FG09
Jon Dunn
National Geographic
2017
592
1426218354
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages.
$29.99

Scats and Tracks of the Desert Southwest

SWU61
James Halfpenny, Todd Telander (Illustrator)
Falcon Press
2015
192
1493009931
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
An essential pocket guide to tracks, scats and signs of not just the mammals of the region but also the reptiles, amphibians and birds. Each of the species gets a double-page spread with line drawings of the animal, scat and track, range map, and description.
$12.95

Southwestern Desert Birds

SWU42
Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh
Waterford Press
2001
1583550917
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$7.95

Southwestern Desert Life

SWU43
Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh
Waterford Press
2000
1583551247
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A pocket-size, fold-out guide to the life of the desert Southwest.
$7.95

For Kids

How We Crossed the West

PNW40
Rosalyn Schanzer
2002
48
0792267265
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The adventures of Lewis and Clark are recast for ages 6-10 in this National Geographic picture book depicting the explorers and the people, wildlife and landscapes they encountered.
$7.95

Walker of Time

USW160
Helen Hughes Vick
Roberts Rinehart Publishers
1993
205
0943173809
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Two Hopi teens travel back 750 years to their ancestral home, visiting the world of the Sinagua people.
$13.95

The Butterfly Dance

SWU25
Gerald Dawavendawa
Abbeville Publishing Group
2001
32
0789201615
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
To bring rain to the parched land of the Southwest, a young Hopi girl and her family, part of the "Rabbit Clan," perform the "Butterfly Dance." This tale depicts the characters as animals in wonderful illustrations.
$14.95

When Clay Sings

SWU103
Bird Baylor
Aladdin Books
1987
32
0689711069
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Bird Baylor's book, first published in 1972, endures as a remarkable evocation of the southwestern landscape and its ancient inhabitants. Tom Bahti illustrated; ages 4-8.
$7.99

The Desert is Theirs

SWU106
Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
Aladdin Books
1987
32
0689711050
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Baylor sweetly conjures the desert and its residents, both human and animal, in verse in this Caldecott Honor Book for younger readers, featuring large, evocative watercolor paintings.
$7.99

Digging Into Southwest Archaeology

SWU114
Susan E. Goodman, Michael Doolittle (Photographer)
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2000
48
0689838913
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This illustrated book documents a field trip to Crow Canyon, where the class digs and learns about the environment and the Pueblo people.
$14.99

Navajo Long Walk, The Tragic Story of a Proud People's Forced March from Their Homeland

SWU131
Shonto Begay (Illustrator), Joseph Bruchac
2002
64
0792270584
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A shameful chapter of American policy, the Navajos' forced relocation in the 1860s, is introduced to a new generation of readers in this handsomely illustrated history. Ages 9-12.
$18.95

North American Desert Life Coloring Book

SWU230
Ruth Soffer
Dover Publications
48
0486282341
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Featuring 40 ready-to-color illustrations of the Gila monster, kit fox, prairie dog and other animals, as well as cactus and plants of the desert southwest.
$4.99

The Higher Power of Lucky

FRN737
Susan Patron
Atheneum
2006
144
1416901949
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The orphaned 10-year-old Lucky and her dog, HMS Beagle, make their way in Hard Pan, California (population 43) in this 2007 Newbery Medal-winning novel for ages 9-12. Among the pleasures of this intricate novel 0(with winning small town characters) is the desert southwest setting.
$17.99

Here Is the Southwestern Desert

SWU252
Anne Coe (Illustrator), Madeleine Dunphy
Perseus
2006
32
0977379566
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A poem celebrating the Sonoran desert's biodiversity accompanied by lovely paintings of its flora and fauna. From the Web of Life series.
$9.95

Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp

USW599
Denise Fleming
Harry N. Abrams
2008
40
0805078924
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Sent off to Cowboy Camp, the lonely pooch is nervous at first, but his worries disappear as he paints, plays ball, and helps with the campfire. Fleming's intensely hued pulp-painting illustrations display Buster's transformation from house dog to cowpoke in all its humorous detail.
$16.95

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

NAT183
Layton, Neal (Illustrator), Nicola Davies
Candlewick Press
2009
64
0763641278
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
From Antarctica's emperor penguins to the bacteria inside bubbling volcanoes, animals have adapted and survived in conditions that would quickly kill a human. Discover how they do it in this colorful, illustrated primer for ages 8-12.
$7.99

The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day

USW663
Joan Tapper
Thames & Hudson
2010
160
0500288720
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A time-traveler's guide to exploring and surviving in the Wild West of 1880, including sites, saloons, gunfights, people to meet (like Buffalo Bill) and people to avoid (including Billy the Kid and Geronimo). Fun for the whole family!
$18.95

Geology of the Desert Southwest, Investigate How the Earth Was Formed With 15 Projects

USW689
Cynthia Light Brown
Independent Publishers Group
2011
128
1936313405
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This activity book, geared towards ages 9-12, takes a different approach to combing the subjects of geology and physical geography with 15 fun projects.
$15.95

Geronimo

USW742
Richard Spilsbury
Steck Vaughan
2013
48
141095367X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a Native American warrior in the American Southwest? Follow along with Geronimo as his writes about his rise to power and life on the battlefield with this installment in the fun Hero Journals series.
$9.95

Let's Explore... Desert

DES16
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
48
1786573148
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Part of Lonely Planet’s "Let’s Explore..." series, this sticker activity book takes explorers ages 5 to 8 on safari with fascinating facts, puzzles and plenty of pages to color and complete.
$9.99

More Books

The Desert Year

USW652
Joseph Wood Krutch
University of Iowa Press
2010
272
1587299011
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Joseph Wood Krutch celebrates the austere beauty, rugged plants and many animals of American Southwest in this classic account of his first year in Arizona, winner of the 1954 John Burroughs Medal for a Distinguished Book of Natural History -- and as enchanting today. With 33 original illustrations by Rudolf Freund.
$19.95

The Tecate Journals, Seventy Days on the Rio Grande

SWU483
Keith Bowden
Mountaineers
2007
320
1594850771
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An adventure, report from the frontlines of immigration and engaging account of travel, Bowden's account of the first trip 1,896 miles the length of the Rio Grande is gripping reading.
$17.95

Georgia O'Keeffe

ART139
Lisa Mintz Messinger
Thames & Hudson
2001
192
0500203407
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An illustrated survey of Georgia O'Keeffe and her art in the World of Art series.
$14.95

Facing Southwest, The Life and Houses of Jon Gaw Meem

USW696
Chris Wilson
W. W. Norton & Company
2005
178
0393731758
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An exploration of the life and work of the influential Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem.
$35.00

Appetite for America, Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West One Meal at a Time

USW695
Stephen Fried
Bantam Doubleday
2011
518
0553383485
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The life of the founding father of the nation’s service industry, Fred Harvey, and how he helped shape American culture and history for three generations.
$18.00

Rock With Wings

USW786
Anne Hillerman
HarperCollins
2015
304
0062270516
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this chilling Navajo Tribal Police procedural, detectives Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito divide in order to conquer -- nearly simultaneously a woman goes missing and a drug bust is horribly botched. The couple heads back to Navajo territory for their toughest cases yet.
$27.99

36 Hours Guide, USA & Canada Southwest and Rocky Mountains

NAM81
Barbara Ireland
Taschen
2013
128
383654203X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Filled with recommendations from The New York Times' travel column, this well-curated guide to the Southwest is organized in a day-by-day, hour-by-hour format. A great way to inject cool, quirky and inspired experiences into every moment.
$14.99