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Edmund G. Ross
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.

Imagining GeronimoWinner 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.

Art of the National ParksWinner 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.

SwearWinner 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.

Light and ShadowWinner 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.

Workers Go Shopping in ArgentinaWinner 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.

Leaving TinkertownWinner 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

For God and RevolutionWinner 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.

Grandma's Santo on Its HeadWinner 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.

Global West, American FrontierWinner 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.

In the Shadow of Billy the KidWinner 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.

Frontier NaturalistWinner 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.

Begging for Vultures 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.

Atlas of Historic NM Maps Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, History–New Mexico Subject Category 

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.

Children of Time 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.

A Growing Season Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction

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

Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait Winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Arts Category

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.

Soledad Crucifixion Winner of the 2013 Zia Award from New Mexico Press Women

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.

Creating Mexican Consumer Culture Winner of the 2013 Thomas McGann Award from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

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.”

Cuauhtemoc's Bones 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.

Women's Migration Networks Winner of the 2012 Silver Past Presidents' Book Award from the Association for Borderlands Studies

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.

rode Winner of the 2012 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Western Novel from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

elected as a 2012 Kanasas Notable Book

by Thomas Fox Averill
"An artistic masterpiece galloping with classic all-American appeal.”--Library Journal, starred review

Amadito and the Hero Children 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.

History of New Mexico Since Statehood Winner of the 2012 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award for outstanding publication in history from the Historical Society of New Mexico

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.

Case of the Indian Trader 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.

Through a Narrow Window 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.

Weekends with O'KeeffeWinner of the Zia Award for Outstanding Nonfiction (history/biography category) from New Mexico Press Women

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.

Latest Word from 1540Winner 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.

Daring Flight of My PenHonorable 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.


Tengo SedWinner of the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction

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 

Blood DesertWinner 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. 

The War for Mexico's WestWinner 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.

Sandhills BalladWinner of the 2010 Nebraska Book Award for fiction

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.

American Military FrontiersWinner 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.

Dreaming the BiosphereWinner 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

Sweet NataWinner 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.

Putrefaction Live

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.

Secret War in El Paso

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.

Junkyard Dreams

Winner of the 2010 Zia Award from New Mexico Press Women

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.

Lipan Apaches

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.

María of Ágreda

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.

Moche Art and Visual Culture in Ancience Peru

Winner of the 2010 Association for Latin American Art Book Award

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.