Winner of the 2014 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico (HSNM)
2014 Kansas Notable Book
EDMUND G. ROSS: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist
by Richard A. Ruddy
This first full-scale biography of Ross reveals his importance in the history of the United States.
Winner of the 2014 Southwest Book Design and Production Award for Cover and Jacket Design from the New Mexico Book Association
IMAGINING GERONIMO: An Apache Icon in Popular Culture
by William M. Clements
Clements’s study examines Americans’ changing sense of Geronimo and looks at the ways Geronimo tried to maintain control of his own image during more than twenty years in which he was a prisoner of war.
Winner of the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Fine Art
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Best Book & Arts Category
ART OF THE NATIONAL PARKS: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations
by Susan Hallsten McGarry, Jean Stern, and Terry Lawson Dunn
In Art of the National Parks, seventy painters and sculptors offer distinctive visions of eight of the nation’s most beloved wild lands: Acadia, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion.
Winner of the 2014 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association
by Hakim Bellamy
In his debut collection of hard-hitting poems, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy addresses the issues important to our day—politics, work, and art.
Winner of the 2014 Society of American Archaeology Book Award in the Scholarly Category
LIGHT AND SHADOW: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania
Edited by Michael L. Galaty, Ols Lafe, Wayne E. Lee, and Zamir Tafilica
Employing survey archaeology, excavation, ethnographic study, and multinational archival work, the Shala Valley Project uncovered the many powerful, creative ways whereby the men and women of Shala shaped their world: through dynamic, world-systemic relationships with the powers that surrounded but never fully conquered them.
Winner of the 2014 Thomas McGann Award from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS)
WORKERS GO SHOPPING IN ARGENTINA: The Rise of Popular Consumer Culture
by Natalia Milanesio
Combining theories from the anthropology of consumption, cultural studies, and gender studies with the methodologies of social, cultural, and oral histories, Milanesio shows the exceptional cultural and social visibility of low-income consumers in postwar Argentina along with their unprecedented economic and political influence.
Winner of the 2013 Sarton Memoir Award
by Tanya Ward Goodman
“Goodman writes beautifully. The characters are well drawn, compelling, and convincing. Most importantly, the book has genuine emotional power, which builds as the story unfolds, even though how it will end is understood from the beginning.”—Frank Huyler, author of The Blood of Strangers
Winner of the 2014 Harvey L. Johnson Publication Award from the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies
FOR GOD AND REVOLUTION: Priest, Peasant, and Agrarian Socialism in the Mexican Huasteca
by Mark Saad Saka
During the early 1880s, a wave of peasant unrest swept the mountainous Huasteca region of northeastern Mexico. This account traces the material and ideological roots of the rebellion to nineteenth-century liberal policies of land privatization and to the growth of a radical anarcho-communist agrarian consciousness.
Winner of the 2014 Western Heritage Award for Juvenile Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
GRANDMA'S SANTO ON ITS HEAD / EL SANTO PATAS ARRIBA DE MI ABUELITA: Stories of Days Gone By in Hispanic Villages of New Mexico / Cuentos de días gloriosos en pueblitos hispanos de Nuevo México
by Nasario García
In this collection of bilingual stories about the Río Puerco Valley, where Nasario García grew up, he shares the traditions, myths, and stories of his homeland.
Winner of the 2014 Western Heritage Award for Nonfiction from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
GLOBAL WEST, AMERICAN FRONTIER: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression
by David M. Wrobel
Looking at both European and American travelers’ accounts of the West, from de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America to William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, David Wrobel offers a counternarrative to the nation’s romantic entanglement with its western past and suggests the importance of some long-overlooked authors, lively and perceptive witnesses to our history who deserve new attention.
Winner of the 2013 Southwest Book Awards from the Border Regional Library Association
IN THE SHADOW OF BILLY THE KID: Susan McSween and the Lincoln County War
by Kathleen P. Chamberlain
The Lincoln County War catapulted Susan McSween and a young cowboy named Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, into the history books. As a woman in a man’s story, Susan McSween has been all but ignored. This is the first book to place her in a larger context.
Winner of the 2013 Presidio La Bahia Award
FRONTIER NATURALIST: Jean Louis Berlandier and the Exploration of Northern Mexico and Texas
by Russell M. Lawson
In 1826, Jean Louis Berlandier, a French naturalist, was part of a team sent to explore what is now northern Mexico and the Gulf Coast of Texas. Here, historian Russell Lawson tells the story of this multinational expedition, using Berlandier's copious records as a way of conveying his view of the natural environment.
Winner of the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Poetry
2013 PEN Southwest Book Award Finalist for Poetry
2013 Writers' League of Texas Book Award Finalist for Poetry
2011 Southwest Books of the Year Notable Book
BEGGING FOR VULTURES: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2009
by Lawrence Welsh
The poetry of Lawrence Welsh crosses many borders, from South Central Los Angeles, where he was raised, to El Paso, where he has lived for almost twenty years.
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, History–New Mexico Subject Category
AN ATLAS OF HISTORIC NEW MEXICO MAPS, 1550-1941
by Peter L. Eidenbach
Eidenbach has compiled a collection of New Mexico’s historic maps, navigating through a varied terrain of research and discovery, even securing permissions for colonial-era maps held in special collections with limited public access. This collection, featuring beautifully rendered diagrams of New Mexico’s landscape, allows exploration of the past as seen by that past’s inhabitants.
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Juvenile (grade school to junior high) & Science (including mathematics) Categories
CHILDREN OF TIME: Evolution and the Human Story
by Anne Weaver, Illustrated by Matt Celeskey
Children of Time brings the evolution of human behavior to life through Anne Weaver's scientifically-informed imagination.
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction
A GROWING SEASON
by Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl
“There are no chiles like those grown in the heart of New Mexico. In A Growing Season, Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl bring to life the deeply rooted traditions and wonderfully diverse community that sows and harvests this amazing fruit—even as drought, economic fragility, and human greed threaten it year by year.”—Ann Cummins, author of Yellowcake
Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Arts Category
LANDSCAPE DREAMS, A NEW MEXICO PORTRAIT
by Craig Varjabedian
This collection of elegantly composed black-and-white images by one of New Mexico’s most accomplished photographers, celebrates the state’s captivating physical variety and enduring allure.
Winner of the 2013 Zia Award from New Mexico Press Women
THE SOLEDAD CRUCIFIXION
by Nancy Wood
This gripping novel tells the story of Father Lorenzo Soledad from his boyhood in a Texas bordello to his final day in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Winner of the 2013 Thomas McGann Award from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies
CREATING MEXICAN CONSUMER CULTURE IN THE AGE OF PORFIRIO DÍAZ
by Steven B. Bunker
Steven Bunker’s study shows how goods and consumption embodied modernity in the time of Porfirio Díaz, how they provided proof to Mexicans that “incredible things are happening in this world.”
Winner of the Mexican History Book Prize from the Conference on Latin American History
CUAUHTÉMOC’S BONES: Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico
by Paul Gillingham
In this engaging study, Paul Gillingham uses the revelation of the forgery of Cuauhtémoc's tomb and the responses it evoked as a means of examining the set of ideas, beliefs, and dreams that bind societies to the nation-state.
Winner of the 2012 Silver Past Presidents' Book Award from the Association for Borderlands Studies
WOMEN'S MIGRATION NETWORKS IN MEXICO AND BEYOND
by Tamar Diana Wilson
This study examines the vital role that women's labor and personal networks play, both within Mexico and transnationally, in assisting other women to migrate and in providing support for male family members as well.
Winner of the 2012 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Western Novel from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Selected as a 2012 Kanasas Notable Book
by Thomas Fox Averill
"An artistic masterpiece galloping with classic all-American appeal.”--Library Journal, starred review
Winner of the 2012 Pablita Verde Award for outstanding children's publication from the Historical Society of New Mexico
AMADITO AND THE HERO CHILDREN: Amadito y los Niños Héroes
by Enrique R. Lamadrid with illustrations by Amy Córdova
Recounting the two most deadly epidemics to strike the Southwest, this beautifully illustrated narrative reveals that with tragedy comes heroism, as demonstrated by the children who bravely transported the smallpox vaccine from Mexico's interior to New Mexico in 1805.
Winner of the 2012 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award for outstanding publication in history from the Historical Society of New Mexico
A HISTORY OF NEW MEXICO SINCE STATEHOOD
by Richard Melzer, Robert Tórrez, and Sandra K. Mathews
In this thoughtful work, the authors delineate New Mexico's role in the shaping of the United States by carefully analyzing how the rich histories of the many cultures of the region affected and in turn were affected by influxes of newcomers seeking health benefits, minerals, farms, relaxation, and new beginnings.
Winner of the 2012 Indpendent Publisher ("IPPY") Book Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction (Mountain West)
THE CASE OF THE INDIAN TRADER: Billy Malone and the National Park Service Investigation at Hubbell Trading Post
by Paul Berkowitz
In an intriguing account of whistle-blowing, Berkowitz tells how he bypassed his chain-of-command and delivered his findings directly to the Office of the Inspector General.
Winner of the Zia Award for Outstanding Nonfiction (coffee table book category) from New Mexico Press Women
THROUGH A NARROW WINDOW: Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her Terezín Students
by Linney Wix
Including biographical and art historical information on Dicker-Brandeis, this book sheds light on her roles as an artist, teacher, and heroine behind Nazi lines in the Second World War.
Winner of the Zia Award for Outstanding Nonfiction (history/biography category) from New Mexico Press Women
WEEKENDS WITH O'KEEFFE
by C. S. Merrill
In 1973 Georgia O’Keeffe employed C. S. Merrill to catalog her library for her estate. Merrill, a poet who was a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, was twenty-six years old and O’Keeffe was eighty-five, almost blind, but still painting. Over seven years, Merrill was called upon for secretarial assistance, cooking, and personal care for the artist. Merrill’s journals reveal details of the daily life of a genius.
Winner of the Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association (TOMFRA) Award for be book involving the Spanish colonial history of Texas
THE LATEST WORD FROM 1540: People, Places, and Portrayals of the Coronado Expedition
by Richard and Shirley Cushing Flint
This book examines the environmental and cultural impact of the Coronado expedition while also placing it in the context of what was happening in Mexico as Spain expanded west and north of Mexico City.
Honorable Mention for the Modern Language Association (MLA) Prize in United States Latina/o and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies
THE DARING FLIGHT OF MY PEN: Cultural Politics and Gaspar Pérez de Villagra's Historia de La Nueva México, 1610
by Genaro M. Padilla
In this engaging study Genaro Padilla enters into Villagrá's epic poem of the Oñate expedition to reveal that the soldier was no mere chronicler but that his writing offers a subtle critique of the empire whose expansion he seems to be celebrating.
Winner of the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction
TENGO SED: A Novel
by James Fleming
"A brutal and beautiful book. I read it straight through in one sitting, totally absorbed, deeply touched and frightened at the same time. The writing is taut, edgy, and original with not a wasted word…James Fleming has written a small, tough masterpiece.” —John Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War
Winner of the 2011 WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West
BLOOD DESERT: Witnesses 1820-1880
by Renny Golden
In narrative poems that take us back to New Mexico during the nineteenth century, Renny Golden resurrects the spirits of native people and of those who came West.
Winner of the 2011 A. B. Thomas Book Award from the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies
THE WAR FOR MEXICO'S WEST: Indians and Spaniards in New Galicia, 1524-1550
by Ida Altman
Set within the context of the complex politics of early New Spain in which such prominent figures as Hernando Cortés, Nuño de Guzmán, Pedro de Alvarado, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, and don Antonio de Mendoza vied to fulfill their ambitions in the west and incorporating accounts and testimony reflecting indigenous perspectives, Altman's treatment of the prolonged conquest of New Galicia provides the first full-length account in English of these little-known events and their consequences for Indians and Spaniards.
Winner of the 2010 Nebraska Book Award for fiction
A SANDHILLS BALLAD
by Ladette Randolph
After her life as she knows it is ended by heartbreak, Mary Rasmussen, a strong-willed and independent young ranch woman living in the Sandhills of western Nebraska, suddenly feels that all she has believed in—God, her instincts, the land itself—has failed her, and she abandons her cultural and emotional ties, succumbing to circumstances she thinks she is powerless to control. In a rash decision, she marries a conservative, patriarchal preacher who doesn't understand Mary, the ranching community, or anything beyond his own beliefs.
Winner of the 2010 Robert M. Utley Award from the Western History Association
THE AMERICAN MILITARY FRONTIERS: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900
by Robert Wooster
Robert Wooster's study examines the fundamental importance of military affairs to social, economic, and political life throughout the borderlands and western frontiers. Integrating the work of other military historians as well as tapping into a broad array of primary materials, Wooster offers a multifaceted narrative that will shape our understanding of the frontier military experience, its relationship with broader concerns of national politics, and its connection to major themes and events in American history.
Winner of Foreword Reviews' 2009 Book of the Year Award (environment category)
Winner of the 2010 Arizona Book Award (adult general nonfiction category)
DREAMING THE BIOSPHERE: The Theater of All Possibilities
by Rebecca Reider
"...impeccably researched...Reider sees Biosphere 2’s complicated success and failure as far more than a clash of science and myth or data and personality. She writes a fable of epic dreams burdened by superegos and drama that could not be contained. Riveting, surprising, and in the end devastatingly human, this is a saga for the ages." —Booklist, starred review
Winner of the 2010 Premio Aztlán Literary Prize
SWEET NATA: Growing Up in Rural New Mexico
by Gloria Zamora
As a toddler, Gloria Zamora lived with her maternal grandparents in a rural northern New Mexico village near Mora. Immersed in small-town country life and surrounded by a large family, Gloria absorbed the customs and traditions that connected her to her cultural heritage. Her memoir provides a unique and authentic perspective of the Hispano experience in rural New Mexico.
Winner of the 2010 Arizona Book Award (popular fiction category)
by Warren Perkins
With its ironic humor and earthy realism, Putrefaction Live reveals contemporary reservation life through the eyes of a bright, edgy, and confused young man. Warren Perkins pulls the reader directly into James’s head where his focus on music and his internal contemplations resemble those of a character in a beat generation work.
Winner of the 2010 Spur Award for Best Contemporary Nonfiction from Western Writers of America
THE SECRET WAR IN EL PASO: Mexican Revolutionary Intrigue, 1906-1920
by Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler
Using 80,000 pages of previously classified FBI documents on the Mexican Revolution and hundreds of Mexican secret agent reports from El Paso and Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations archive, Charles Harris and Louis Sadler examine the mechanics of rebellion in a town where factional loyalty was fragile and treachery was elevated to an art form. As a case study, this slice of El Paso's, and America's, history adds new dimensions to what is known about the Mexican Revolution.
Winner of the 2010 Zia Award from New Mexico Press Women
JUNKYARD DREAMS: A Novel
by Jeanette Boyer
Rita Vargas owns an automobile junkyard outside of Santa Fe. Her property abuts a hill with a spectacular view, making the junkyard a magnet for ubiquitous developers. But Rita's land has been in her family for generations, and she doesn't want to sell. Also, her son Parker, a talented artist, uses salvaged pieces from the junkyard for his sculptures. Local wheeler-dealer Leroy Sena has already bought the ridge above Rita's property, and when Leroy sells that land to a small-time landlord and his gallery-owner sweetheart, the stakes are raised.
Winner of the 2010 TOMFRA Book Award (Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association)
THE LIPAN APACHES: People of Wind and Lightning
by Thomas A. Britten
Thomas Britten has scoured U.S. and Mexican archives in order to piece together the tangled tribal history of these adaptable people, emphasizing the cultural change that coincided with the various migrations and pressures they faced. The result is an interdisciplinary study of the Lipan Apaches that focuses on their history and culture, their relationships with a wide range of Indian and non-Indian peoples, and their responses to the various crises and burdens that seemed to follow them wherever they went.
Winner of the 2010 Fr. Paul J. Foik Award from the Texas Catholic Historical Society
MARÍA OF ÁGREDA: Mystical Lady in Blue
by Marilyn H. Fedewa
News of María of Ágreda's exceptional attributes spread from her cloistered convent in seventeenth-century Ágreda (Spain) to the court in Madrid and beyond. Without leaving her village, the abbess impacted the kingdom, her church, and the New World; Spanish Hapsburg king Felipe IV sought her spiritual and political counsel for over twenty-two years. Lauded in Spain as one of the most influential women in its history, and in the United States as an inspiring pioneer, Sor María's story will appeal to cultural historians and to women who have struggled for equanimity against all odds.
Winner of the 2010 Association for Latin American Art Book Award
MOCHE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE IN ANCIENT PERU
by Margaret A. Jackson
In this study, Margaret Jackson analyzes Moche ceremonial architecture and ceramics to propose the workings of a widely understood visual language. Using an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates archaeology and linguistics with art history and studies of visual culture, Jackson looks at the symbolism of Moche art as a form of communication, the social mechanisms that produced it, and how it served to maintain the Moche social fabric.