Lisa Schnebly Heidinger was the Spring 2021 Writer in Residence at Apache Junction Public Library. Below, she shares some of her favorite works by Arizona and Western authors. Click the link in each title to read more and request the book from the Pinal County Library System.

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Double Wide by Leo Banks
WATCH: Our library staff interviews Leo Banks.

Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist: The Life and Legacy of Edward Abbey by James Bishop

Blue Desert by Charles Bowden
WATCH: Bill Broyles and Bruce Dinges talk about Charles Bowden’s life, work, and legacy.

Funeral Hotdish by Jana Bommersbach

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko (2013 Southwest Book of the Year Top Pick)

Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey

The Desert Year by Joseph Wood Krutch

High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver

Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge

Phoenix: The History of a Southwestern Metropolis by Bradford Luckingham

Tortillas, Tiswin, and T-Bones by Gregory McNamee (2017 Southwest Book of the Year Top Pick)
WATCH: Gregory McNamee talks about Arizona in literature.

Arizona Kicks on Route 66 by Roger Naylor

Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life By a New England Woman by Martha Summerhayes