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101 MEN AND WOMEN OF NEW MEXICO
101 Men and 101 Women Who Contributed to New Mexico's History
By Betty Woods

These 101 men and 101 women who made history in New Mexico are people of adventure and challengers of destiny. The early ones explored and pioneered in this land of paradox. Between the years of Fray Marcos de Niza and the “Moon Men” is a vast pageant of history played by the men and women appearing in this book. With rocket speed we span the centuries from 1536 to those as they fly to the moon. The purpose of this little book is to acquaint you quickly with those men and women whose accomplishments left a deep imprint on New Mexico. To a great extent New Mexico is what it is today for their having been here. You’ll find their names chiseled on cliffsides, in ancient ruins, in journals and in modern news media. And you will meet for the first time some humble people whose stories have never been recognized before. All these people, the known and unknowns, in their very special experiences merit your acquaintance.

Betty Woods was a long-established writer whose articles on the American Southwest appeared in national magazines. For 26 years her “Trip of the Month” ran in New Mexico Magazine to take readers to interesting parts of the state.


Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-913270-58-5
26 pp.,$14.95


ADAM'S HEART
A Novel of Recovery
By Mark Conkling

A tragic SIDS death, a childhood accident that killed his mother, and his double addiction could not destroy Adam Young’s successful journey through hope, recovery, and the renewal of his marriage and family.

Adam Young, a builder and general contractor from Albuquerque, is addicted to opioids and alcohol. His marriage to Maria falls apart one day when he is the only one present to the SIDS death of their daughter, Ava. Although ruled a “crib death” by the medical examiner, Maria believes Adam was impaired and could have done more to save Ava. Will their marriage end? One Saturday, when Maria is away with her friend, Adam takes his seven-year-old son Lucas on an errand and runs his truck off the road, nearly killing them both. He is cited for DUI and goes with Lucas to the ER. They meet Dr. John Warnock, who treats Lucas’s broken arm and talks with Adam about his DUI, his opiate addiction to prescription pain pills, and his alcoholism. Adam later goes to Dr. Warnock’s office, and there, in the waiting room, he meets Lola Jenkins, a drug representative who is also a professional escort, cocaine addict, and part of a blackmailing ring. She lures Adam, and other doctors, into sexual escapades that are photographed for extortion by a gang also involved in child trafficking. While in detox, at the urging of Dr. Warnock, his friend Ryan takes advantage of Maria’s grief and sleeps over at her house a couple of nights—until Maria regains her senses. When moving out of Ryan’s apartment, where he was staying, Adam finds a pair of Maria’s blue panties in Ryan’s laundry, abruptly ending their friendship. Were her panties a trophy? There is hope for Adam’s recovery, but the battle is not over. Pitfalls and twists keep his addiction on the edge of his search for a new life. Includes Readers Guide.

Mark Conkling, PhD, is a former University Professor of philosophy and psychology, a retired ordained Methodist minister, a General Contractor, a Real Estate Broker, and a writer. Mark Conkling’s “Blues” novels explore ways that spiritual forces found in nature and in other people can transform broken lives. Prairie Dog Blues, Dog Shelter Blues, Killer Whale Blues, and Honey Bee Blues, all from Sunstone Press, show how hope and love can heal our deepest wounds. In addition to the four novels in the “Blues” series, he is the author of various short stories and Adam’s Heart, a bittersweet novel of recovery.

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Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-470-3
258 pp.,$36.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-389-8
258 pp.,$26.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-688-1
258 pp.,$4.99


ADOBE HOUSES FOR TODAY
Flexible Plans for Your Adobe Home, New and Revised
By Laura Sanchez and Alex Sanchez

“…a wealth of information about the history and techniques associated with the use of adobe.” --Library Journal
“…a fascinating wealth of information and lore.” --The Bookwatch
“Helpful for anyone buying, building, or remodeling an adobe house as well as for contractors, drafters, and real estate brokers.” --Book News
“…argues by example that adobe construction need not be a costly luxury reserved only for the wealthy.” --Su Casa
“…at last, a book written by authors who understand solar and thermal mass!” --Adobe Builder

Order from Sunstone: (505) 988-4418

Since Adobe Houses for Today first appeared, interest in energy efficiency has exploded. Showing the pathway to smaller, solar tempered, easy-to-heat homes using adobe, one of the world's most energy efficient building materials, makes this book about adobe houses not only for today, but also for tomorrow. Adobe Houses for Today features 12 plans for compact, beautifully proportioned adobe homes in modern and traditional styles. The illustrated text shows how the basic houses, designed for today's smaller families, can be expanded and adapted to fit readers' own budgets, family sizes, style preferences, and building sites.

After a brief look at adobe's history, Adobe Houses for Today surveys adobe's advantages as a building material, illustrates adobe construction, and gives an eye-opening tour through the facts and fantasies of energy conservation. The heart of the book details the plans, using them as examples of design techniques that increase livability and control costs in any house. The book and its minimal-cost construction drawings are valuable, enjoyable tools for those buying, building, or remodeling a house. With this new edition, which includes an additional chapter with stories from people who have built the houses, construction drawings are now available for some of the expanded versions.

Author and journalist LAURA SANCHEZ previously ran a drafting business specializing in adobe houses. She called it quits sometime after the 250th set of plans but maintains an abiding interest in designing the very best, most cost-effective houses possible.

ALEX SANCHEZ, who grew up building houses, has taught courses in adobe construction and solar energy. He heads the renowned computer-aided drafting program at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus.

Sample Chapter
Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=NL0xLIU4mA8C
Email: alex@unm.edu

Hardcover:
8 1/2 X 11
ISBN: 978-1-63293-274-7
230 pp.,$36.95

Softcover:
8 1/2 X 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-662-8
230 pp.,$29.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-109-1
230 pp.,$9.99


ADOBE UP CLOSE
The Beauty of Buildings Made of Mud
By Marcia Johnson

An adobe dwelling is a delight because all of its parts come together. The approach—the portal or the patio—has an appeal because the materials feel natural. The door welcomes one and the floor inside, the walls, the ceiling are compatible. The textures and materials make sense as expressions of a building that grew organically. Adobe Up Close invites you to take a good look at all the aspects of adobe buildings. There are so many variations of the components that create the recognizable New Mexican mystique. Adobe Up Close lets you see inside the houses you pass by as you walk the streets of Taos and Santa Fe. Learn how the indigenous roots, going back hundreds of years, have led to contemporary interpretation. Feel how tactile working with mud is. Feel the dirt under your fingernails. Feel how just the right amount of water makes the dirt malleable. You will love the result as generations have.

Marcia Johnson has returned over and over to areas covered in the book—drawn to their qualities much as the Taos artists were. Her library is well stocked with fiction and non-fiction set in northern New Mexico. She earned a BA in philosophy cum laude from The Colorado College.

Photographer Michael Gamer was a staff photographer for the Navajo Tribal Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. His work has been exhibited in art shows throughout the west and is held in private collections. Some of his photographs are archived in the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library.


Hardcover:
11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-435-2
78 pp.,$45.00

Softcover:
11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-353-9
78 pp.,$29.95


AGELESS ADOBE
History and Preservation in American Southwestern Architecture
By Jerome Iowa

“…highly recommended for architectural studies collections and supplemental reading lists.” --Reviewers Bookwatch

“Ageless Adobe is one of those few manuals that actually succeeds in eliminating the mystery and guesswork for the do-it-yourselfer.” --Albuquerque Journal Magazine

“This book is great for getting a sense of where adobes came from and how they’re being preserved and updated now.” --Farmington Daily Times

“Carefully and clearly written, without the clutter of jargon, this is a book anyone interested in Southwestern houses should include in a personal library.” --The Santa Fe Reporter

The American Southwest possesses an extraordinary depth of cultural heritage and much of its history is preserved in its architecture. Particularly prominent in the region’s man-made landscape are the historic structures made from the earth itself--adobe. Attention has turned to ways of preserving and maintaining the old buildings of the Southwest partly because of the growing national interest in historic preservation. However, in the Southwest there has also been an increased awareness of the inherent viability of native architecture. Adobe structures present unique challenges and require special treatment and until now, much of that information has been unpublished.

AGELESS ADOBE provides practical details on methods of preservation and maintenance for old adobe buildings. The over 200 illustrations in the book along with directions on “how-to” will enable the do-it-yourself home owner as well as the professional architect or contractor to plan and carry out renovation. The author presents solutions to the problems of keeping an historic structure intact while repairing it and making it 20th century livable. The issue of energy conservation is discussed at length and the premise of the book is that historic integrity does not have to be sacrificed for energy efficiency. Rehabilitation is always preferable, usually possible and often more profitable than demolition.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=kLP2NdaA-VAC

Hardcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-1-63293-342-3
158 pp.,$36.95

Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-034-3
158 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-124-4
158 pp.,$9.99


ALL IN A DAY’S RIDING
Stories of the New Mexico Range
By Stephen Zimmer

A collection of stories from the works of Western writers with introductory essays by Stephen Zimmer.

“The desire to convey authentic and credible portrayals of the western cattle range and its people in its formative years guided Steve Zimmer in choosing to collect and illuminate real, remembered experiences of times and places in the West that was. If the aim is an authentic depiction of cowboys, cowgirls, and early western cattle ranching, how better to find it than by consulting the testimonies and recollections of people who were there and took part in the great western migration, or who just lived lives on horseback, caring for animals, fixing fence, taking in wide and beautiful spaces and knowing the satisfaction of hard work well done? This is what may be said of those whose writings are related in this collection. The stories the writers tell are from their own experience, or as told to them by contemporaries.” (From the Foreword by David L. Caffey, author of Frank Springer and New Mexico and The Santa Fe Ring)

Stephen Zimmer comes from four generations of West Texas cattle ranchers. Beginning in 1976 he spent twenty-five years as Director of Museums at New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch. He has been studying the history of the New Mexico cattle frontier for more than thirty years. He has driven through or ridden horseback in all kinds of weather over the land where outfits ran cattle in the last decades of the 19th century in order to better understand what life was like for the men and women who worked the range. He lives outside of Cimarron, New Mexico on his Double Z Bar Ranch where he writes about western art and cowboy life. His articles have appeared in Cowboy Magazine, Western Horseman, New Mexico Magazine, and Wild West among others. Parker’s Colt: A Novel of New Mexico Ranch Life and Cowboy Days, Stories of the New Mexico Range, were also published by Sunstone Press.


Hardcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-478-9
162 pp.,$32.95

Softcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-360-7
162 pp.,$18.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-638-6
162 pp.,$4.99


ALL THE GLITTERS IS OURS
The Theft of Indian Mineral Resources
By Roberta Carol Harvey, A Citizen of the Navajo Nation

This book centers on the wars American Indians fought to counter the theft of Indian copper and lead in the Great Lakes region and gold and silver in the Pacific Northwest, the Black Hills, the Great Plains and the Southwest by the invasive flood of white settlers and military forces.

U.S. General Pope in 1878 stated that it was absolutely imperative that Indian Nations realize the United States’ premeditated and calculated determination to dispossess the “savage” and occupy his lands and that “it is certain that the larger part of the country claimed by him will, in some manner, pass into the possession of the white race.” The insatiable drive for a continental empire resulted in the iron triangle of the federal government, the military and big business working in concert to steal Indian mineral lands. They knowingly and willfully unleashed the pioneer vigilantes to commandeer Indian resources. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs J.Q. Smith wrote in 1876: “Wherever an Indian reservation has on it good land, or timber, or minerals, the cupidity of the white man is excited, and a constant struggle is inaugurated to dispossess the Indian, in which the avarice and determination of the white man usually prevails.” “Every art, trick, and device of the unscrupulous land pirate is resorted to,” admonished Colonel Preston. Yet it was brutal warfare, massacres, disease, and starvation that decimated Indian populations, leaving them destitute, to be replaced by industrial tycoons, timber barons, mineral magnates, and capital investors profiting from the “savages’” minerals in the bowels of the Earth.

The author, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is an attorney and historian. She holds BA, MBA and JD degrees from the University of Denver and is a lecturer on Indian law related to policy, land, water and natural resources. She is committed to Indian sovereignty, ending assimilation policies and promoting accurate education. She is also the author of The Earth is Red: The Imperialism of the Doctrine of Discovery; The Eclipse of the Sun: The Need for American Indian Curriculum in High Schools; The Iron Triangle: Business, Government, and Colonial Settlers’ Dispossession of Indian Timberlands and Timber; Warrior Societies: A Manifesto; and Social Contributions of Colorado’s American Indian Leaders For the Seven Generations to Come, all from Sunstone Press.


Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-629-5
776 pp.,$52.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-633-2
766 pp.,$44.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-731-4
776 pp.,$5.99


AMERICA’S SECRET WEAPON
Navajo Code Talkers of World War II
By Ann Stalcup

For a long time Ann Stalcup has been fascinated by the role that the over 300 Navajo Code Talkers played in the Pacific during World War ll. Although all the facts are true, this story is a fictionalized account of the Code Talkers—America’s Secret Weapon. There is increased urgency in telling their story in a way that young people, as well as adults, can understand and appreciate. The author interviewed four of the original “talkers” in Arizona and New Mexico before writing this book and was impressed with their courage, graciousness, and desire to share their story. For twenty-three years following the war, their unbroken code had remained a secret. Not even their families were permitted to know the part they had played in fighting the war. This inspiring story focuses for the most part on one man, but it is the experience of every code talker’s dangers and triumphs. Recognition of their contribution was a long time coming.

As a teenager the author planned for a career in ballet or art. Unable to decide between the two, she became an educator in England, Canada, and California. Ann Stalcup is the author of seventeen books, fifteen of which are nonfiction. All but two are for children of various ages while two work equally well for both adults and children. She has also written numerous articles and stories for children’s magazines. Fifteen of her books were inspired by the over 150 countries she has visited.


Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-176-4
60 pp.,$16.95


ANNA’S 1918 HOME FRONT DIARY
By Richard D. Rands, a Grandson

With Annotations About Oswin Percival Rands, Her Future Husband Who Was Serving in the U.S. Army in France

Order from Sunstone: (505) 988-4418

The year 1918 was a year of wars overseas and unrest at home, punctuated with a worldwide pandemic. Anna Lund was an independent-thinking twenty-year old living in Salt Lake City, Utah. There an old Civil War Army camp, Fort Douglas, had become the training base for regiments of soldiers heading for the trenches of France during the first World War. She bought war bonds, marched in parades, knitted socks, made bandages, and helped feed troops coming through on the trains headed for ports on the east coast. Anna kept a daily diary that recounted befriending the young men, away from home for the first time, who were headed off to an unknown fate. She wrote it like it was—the amusements with her friends, the frustration of unrequited love, the concern for those in the trenches, the sorrow for those at home and abroad who died amid the pandemic. This true story, as written by Anna in her diary, is rich in history as told by someone in the thick of it and enhanced by the compiler’s supplemental research. It juxtaposes Anna’s life with events in the life of her future husband, then serving in the 107th Ammunition Train, mostly in France. At first, her decisions focused on herself: Who would she let court her? What new frock would she sew for the next movie date, the next dance, the next stroll through the nearby park? Would she marry a soldier? As the year evolved, she knew she would never see most of the soldier boys again. She also might never see her sailor brother Billy again. As her thoughts evolved across the year, her hopes evolved as well. She longed to be part of the massive effort to encourage the homeward-bound soldiers who had given so much to secure a free Europe and a free America.

Richard Rands was a war baby, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, shortly before his dad was shipped off from Colorado’s Peterson Field to England as a B-17 engine mechanic during WWII. After the war he spent his childhood years living in the Mojave Desert where his dad worked on jet engines at Muroc Air Force Base (AFB), now Edwards AFB. Later he grew up in Southern California, gradually migrating eastward from Inglewood to Glendora. He spent his entire university education at University of California Berkeley during the 1960s earning a BS in Operations Research and an MBA. Upon graduation he began a fascinating career working in the computer industry for Hewlett-Packard with assignments in Palo Alto, California, then Singapore, Malaysia, France, and England, covering nearly twenty years. Subsequently he spent another twenty years involved in computer hardware and software for various companies in northern California, ultimately retiring as CEO of Computers for Marketing Corporation in San Francisco. He served as president of several professional marketing research societies in the Bay Area. After retirement, he earned an Advanced Certificate in English Genealogy Research (PLCGS) from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies through the University of Toronto, Canada, and is past president of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group. Currently, he is active in volunteering, teaching and presenting at genealogical societies and conferences, Family History Centers, and Senior Centers throughout Northern California. He is a co-author of the genealogy book Family History Documentation Guidelines, and the author of The Last Organization System You’ll Ever Need for Your Genealogy Stuff. Richard and his wife, Janet Brigham, reside in Auburn, California.

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Hardcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-404-8
226 pp.,$34.95

Softcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-319-5
226 pp.,$19.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-622-5
226 pp.,$4.99


ARIZONA ACROSS 400 YEARS
Stories from a Colorful Past
By John Philip Wilson

A collection of episodes, from the earliest European explorations of Arizona in the 1500s to the early twentieth century, that includes both little-known and more familiar events.

These fourteen non-fictional accounts relate to Arizona from the time of the first visit by Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado in 1540 to the frustrated claim of a would-be homesteader in the early 1900s. Between these we meet a series of military visitors, the railroad dreams of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, adventures and encounters by early-day travelers, and characterizations of Fort Yuma and Tucson by persons who were not among their admirers. Two young boys helped to turn aside the mayhem brought on by the last Apache raid in 1886, and less than a decade later Arizona farmers began raising a new type of livestock—ostriches. The glowing success of oil drillers in Texas and California encouraged Arizona entrepreneurs to explore for black gold as well. The results proved elusive. These and other stories helped establish the state’s colorful history.

The author is an archaeologist and historical researcher, now retired after ten years with a state museum and another twenty-eight years contracting for clients that included utility companies, mining and engineering businesses, Native American tribes, and several state and federal agencies. Among his published books are When the Texans Came, Missing Records from the Civil War in the Southwest; Islands in the Desert, A History of the Uplands of Southeastern Arizona; Peoples of the Middle Gila, A Documentary History of the Pimas and Maricopas, 1500–1945 and New Mexico Episodes, Stories from a Colorful Past, the latter from Sunstone Press. He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


Hardcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-425-3
108 pp.,$32.95

Softcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-335-5
108 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-629-4
108 pp.,$6.99


ARTS AND CRAFTS PROJECTS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
By Nancy Krenz and Patricia Byrnes

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Order from Sunstone: (800) 243-5644

This book has a threefold purpose: to build cultural appreciation, to present workable art projects and to utilize inexpensive and indigenous materials of the American Southwest. This illustrated guide shows how to make interesting, educational and fun projects with and for children at the elementary level, ages 5 to 12. The authors know their business and have carefully calculated each lesson—making sure that the procedures are directed toward a satisfactory goal. Their methods have been put to the test and the results are self-evident as one reads the basic and well-planned instructions. Projects include a corn husk doll, sand painting, candle holders, tin craft, a musical instrument, paper flowers, and basket weaving as well as recipes, Mexican songs and dances and Indian games. Index.

Nancy Krenz has a Masters Degree in art education from the University of New Mexico and was an elementary school teacher for seven years. Her interest in art and culture was enhanced by teaching “art in the bush” to teachers for two summers in Sierra Leone, West Africa, with the International Teach Corps.

Patricia Byrnes is a native New Mexican and has a BS Degree from the University of New Mexico. Her interest in arts and crafts stems from a need to provide an outlet for her children and she also found it good therapy for her one handicapped child.


Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-1-63293-119-3
160 pp.,$24.95


THE BEETHOVEN BOOMERANG
A Megan Crespi Mystery Series Novel
By Alessandra Comini

A black student is shot dead during a demonstration claiming “Beethoven Was Black” in Bonn’s historic Münsterplatz with its majestic monument to the Bonn-born composer. Attending a Beethoven jubilee conference in the city is retired professor turned art crimes detective Megan Crespi with her American colleague and Beethoven expert, Will Meridian. During their symposium on the composer one of the participants is also killed. Who is the assassin or assassins and why do the murders continue? The cast of characters and suspects Megan is confronted with include Bettina Brentano, ambitious conductor of the Bonn Classical Philharmonic, Oskar van der Fresser, founder of the Beethoven und Du Museum in Vienna, Dr. Seide Sammlerin, over-protective director of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Tobias Neidisch, Beethovenhalle night guard with a chip on his shoulder, Dr. Li Shutong, with a singular background relating to Beethoven in China, Leopold Weissknab, white supremacist student studying at Bonn University, Louis van Hoven, a self-declared direct descendant of Ludwig van Beethoven, Clemens Karl von Masuren, beloved conductor of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and Takuto Nisemono, conductor and composer once considered “the Beethoven of Japan,” now disgraced but defiant and scheming a come-back.Megan’s pursuit of Beethoven-related criminal activity extends to a cruise ship bound for China and additional deaths. Can justice prevail? Includes Reading Guide.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press as well as The Fantastic Art of Vienna, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Schiele in Prison. Comini’s travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, extend from Europe to Antarctica to China and are reflected in her Megan Crespi Mystery Series: Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Kokoschka Capers, The Munch Murders, The Kollwitz Calamities, The Kandinsky Conundrum, and The Mahler Mayhem. All Comini’s scholarly books are available in new editions from Sunstone Press as is the entire Megan Crespi Mystery Series.

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Website: http://www.alessandracomini.com
Email: acomini@smu.edu

Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-341-6
390 pp.,$34.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-309-6
390 pp.,$26.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-603-4
390 pp.,$3.99


BEYOND HIS MERCY
A Civil War Novel
By Johnny Neil Smith and Susan Cruce Smith

"A deftly written, entertaining, and ultimately thought provoking read, 'Beyond His Mercy' is unreservedly recommended..." --The Midwest Book Review

Order from Sunstone Press: (505) 988-4418

The American Civil War claimed and destroyed lives, stealing fathers and sons from those they loved. The horror caused many returning to cry out for death. They carried the festering scars of battle and were unable to overcome the torment of their souls. This is the story of Thomas Wilson, a soldier who returns home haunted by the destruction and devastation he both witnessed and caused. Although his regiment respects and reveres him as a sharpshooter, each man he has killed condemns him to a life of terrifying dreams and troubled days where forgiveness can never be obtained. Neither the love of his family nor the affection of a woman with sparkling dark eyes and soft black hair can chase his war demons away, for he is beyond mercy. Includes Readers Guide.

As a child Johnny Neil Smith often sat at his grandparents’ fireplace listening to stories of their parents’ struggles while pioneering south Mississippi in the eighteen hundreds. Now a retired educator with an ardent interest in early American history, Smith weaves the stories he heard as a child into all his novels. In Beyond His Mercy, he tells the story of his great-great grandfather, Lott Williams, who located the children of his murdered son-in-law and deceased daughter who lived in Cass County, Texas, and who then brought his grandchildren to live with him in Mississippi. In all of Smith’s writings, he captures the emotions behind the events that were passed down to him from his grandparents. His wife, Susan Cruce Smith, also a retired educator, takes his stories and brings them to life by adding spiritual meaning, literary style, and a woman’s perspective. They are also the authors of Beyond the Storm, and Johnny Neil is the author of Hillcountry Warriors and Unconquered, all from Sunstone Press.

Sample Chapter
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Hardcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-232-7
280 pp.,$28.95

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-187-0
280 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-523-5
280 pp.,$4.99


BEYOND THE STORM
A Novel of a Mother’s Faith and Her Son’s Trials
By Johnny Neil Smith and Susan Cruce Smith

The year was 1864. The freezing winds off Lake Michigan swept across the snow laden grounds and through the cracks of a building that held Southern prisoners in Camp Douglas, Illinois. Huddled with the other prisoners, John mulled over the reasons he had enlisted, even after his father had forbidden it. He knew the only real reason was to protect his best friend Frankie, who had enlisted first but never even bothered to show up at the station when the recruits left for war. Shivering, he wondered if he would ever see his family again or especially the girl he had loved since childhood. John realized that nothing but an act of God could deliver him from this hell on earth. Includes Readers Guide.

Johnny Neil Smith, a retired educator in Mississippi and Georgia, taught Mississippi, Georgia, American and World History. Smith has written three previous novels, Hillcountry Warriors which received praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Unconquered which was a finalist in the Georgia Writer Association’s Author of the Year, and Beyond His Mercy with Susan Cruce Smith. Four of his great grandfathers served in the Confederate Army, and he has long been fascinated with the Civil War. His knowledge of that war and Federal prison Camp Douglas in Chicago, Illinois has made Beyond the Storm true to the times. The main character, John Wilson, was named after his grandfather and many of the accounts of battle and prison life relate to his great grandfather, Joseph Williams, who lost an arm in the battle for Atlanta and was sent to Camp Douglas. Susan Cruce Smith, also a retired educator, has given the book a woman’s perspective and added many of the Biblical and scriptural insights.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-233-4
250 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-560-0
250 pp.,$4.99


BLOOD GUILT
First in the Salinas Trilogy
By Robert Franklin Gish

This novella of becoming traces the growth of a young bi-racial woman’s struggles in life and love, marriage and motherhood as she leaves the home she must leave only to be drawn back by the forces of destiny. (SEE MOVE/TV TREATMENT BELOW)

In this first in The Salinas Trilogy, Nina Lucero discovers that blood guilt has its consequences as she fights her way to self reliance, escaping from the multicultural, Pentecostal confines of a rural upbringing in southern New Mexico. Whether in butchering prize farm animals for food, hunting deer in the nearby Manzano Mountains with her war-vet uncle, warding off the lecherous attacks of neighboring twin brothers, or protecting herself from combative school-girl rivals, violence and blood map the way of Nina’s individuation. Marriage to a delusional pastor caught up in snake worship offers her only tragic respite from the perverse darkness engulfing her spirit and the historic Native American and Hispanic ruins just beyond her father’s sheep ranch. She has the stuff to save herself and her children, but will she? Are divorce and a move to Albuquerque the answers? Will the soothing strains of her brother’s enchanting guitar and her mother’s fateful courage help? Atonement must come for Nina and her family but so must even more catastrophic blood guilt. Includes Readers Guide.

Robert Franklin Gish is the author of numerous works of fiction, memoir, biography, and essays. He teaches writing at the University of New Mexico where he is a distinguished alumnus and an emeritus scholar and professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa and former Director of Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University. Gish is a member of the Authors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild, and Western Writers of America. He is also an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. His previous book for Sunstone Press was Twilight Troubadour.

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THE BRAHMS BUST
A Megan Crespi Mystery Series Novel
By Alessandra Comini

In Vienna, upsetting mishaps occur when a Bruckner/Brahms four-part concert series under the baton of a woman conductor turns deadly.

After visiting the nineteenth-century German/Texan sculptor Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, art crimes detective Professor Megan Crespi identifies an unknown bust of the young, beardless Johannes Brahms in a local antique store, and happily acquires it. Two days later she speaks on Brahms and the Visual Arts in his birth city of Hamburg. She continues to Vienna where she is to lecture on Gustav Klimt and Music and attend a controversial concert series that juxtaposes Austrian-born Anton Bruckner symphonies with those of German-born Brahms. As partisans bicker, the conductor Agatha Endlich encounters growing threats with violent consequences. Suspects include conductors Brahms-lover Lukas Eifer and Bruckner-fanatic Christian Begeist as well as their devious cohorts. Descendants and ancestors of the world-famous Wittgenstein family of Vienna play a role. After the revelation that Brahms produced a secret work in a genre totally unassociated with him, Megan attempts to discover the score that has been hidden for over one hundred and fifty years. Will she be successful? Includes Readers Guide.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press as well as The Fantastic Art of Vienna, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Schiele in Prison. Comini’s travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, extend from Europe to Antarctica to China and are reflected in her Megan Crespi Mystery Series: Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Kokoschka Capers, The Munch Murders, The Kollwitz Calamities, The Kandinsky Conundrum, The Mahler Mayhem and The Beethoven Boomerang. All Comini’s scholarly books are available in new editions from Sunstone Press as is the entire Megan Crespi Mystery Series.

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A BROTHER'S PEACE
A Novel of Relationships
By Jan G. Linn

A debut novel by a well-known author, teacher, and pastor.

Families are messy because relationships are. The Strange family of Castle Cove, North Carolina is no different. Three brothers grow up with the same parents who love them equally and provide for them generously because they can, yet each brother turns out different. Harrison, the oldest, takes over the family sawmill business. Sonny, the middle one, goes down the rabbit hole of alcoholism, while Sydney, the youngest, becomes an Episcopal priest who is determined to save his brother from himself, driving a wedge between them that finally forces him to confront his own humanity, including his unconscious white privilege endemic to small town southern life he has always taken for granted. Caught in the tension between the demands of truth and the resilience of hope, the Strange family saga will make you laugh and cry as you experience the power of storytelling at its best. Includes Readers Guide

Jan Linn is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a graduate of the University of Richmond where he was a member of the school’s Areopagas Honorary English Society, attended Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from Christian Theological Seminary (Magna Cum Laude) where he was elected to the Theta Phi Honorary Religious Society, and has done further graduate study at Princeton Theological Seminary. His professional positions include Chaplain and Associate Professor at Lynchburg College in Virginia and Professor of the Practice of Ministry at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He has also served as a congregational pastor. As a writer, Jan has had nineteen non-fiction books published, including What’s Wrong With The Christian Right, Evangelicalism and The Decline of American Politics, and Unbinding Christianity: Choosing the Values of Jesus over the Beliefs of the Church. He writes a popular blog, “Thinking Against the Grain: Honest Talk about Religion, Politics, and Social Issues,” at linnposts.com. A Brother’s Peace is his first novel.

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BROTHERS OF LIGHT
The Penitentes of the Southwest
By Alice Corbin Henderson

Introduction to this edition by Lynn Cline.

In New Mexico, during Lent and Holy Week each year, the Penitent Brotherhood enacts a primitive Passion Play, which in its traditional ritual of self-torture represents a curious survival of the Middle Ages. Much lurid journalism has been devoted to the Penitentes, but in this sympathetic account by Alice Corbin Henderson, an eye-witness, the ceremonies are presented in their true aspect, with the historic background and reason for the survival clearly indicated. From this it appears that the religious custom of self-inflicted penance was introduced into the Southwest as early as 1598 by the Franciscan priests who accompanied Don Juan de Oñate and his soldiers and colonists on their way to the permanent settlement of the province of New Mexico—originally embracing all of our present Southwest. From that day the customs then inaugurated have been traditionally observed by the humble descendants of the Conquistadores.

Alice Corbin and William Penhallow Henderson lived in New Mexico and know its people and its colorful landscape intimately. The striking illustrations in black and white that appeared in the original 1937 edition are an integral part of the text of this new edition.

Also included in this edition along with an introduction by Lynn Cline is “Alice Corbin, An Appreciation” from New Mexico Quarterly Review in 1949, an article by Marc Simmons from The Santa Fe New Mexican, and a review of the book from New Mexico Quarterly at the time of publication of the original edition in 1937 by T. M. Pearce.

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BUDDHIST WISDOM FOR BEGINNERS
A Guide from A to Z
By Victor M. Parachin, M. Div.

A basic introduction to the philosophies and practices of Buddhism as well as ways to incorporate them into daily life.

The West is experiencing a widespread phenomenon of spiritual boundary crossing. A majority of Christian denominations are undergoing a sharp decline in membership and participation. At the same time, interest in Buddhism is expanding, capturing the attention of women and men who seek a spiritual path without the restrictive nature of dogmas and doctrines. Increasingly they are turning to Buddhist wisdom, which offers them inspiration and information for increasing happiness and making suffering less frequent. From the very beginning and continuing into the present era, Buddhism has consistently sought to help people cultivate kindness and compassion toward all beings while developing inner peace and outer joy. Some examples of this come directly from the Buddha who said, “You are what you think. All that you are arises from your thoughts. With your thoughts you make your world. Perform those actions you will never regret: actions that will ripen into future joy and delight. A tamed mind brings happiness.” This book is a primer for readers who seek to experience Buddhist wisdom, which can guide them toward greater awareness and awakening. Includes a Readers Guide.

Victor M. Parachin is a Buddhist meditation teacher, Vedic Educator, and Yoga instructor. He directs the Tulsa Yoga Meditation Center. A graduate from the University of Toronto (M. Div), he is the author of a dozen books about Eastern spiritual practices including Think Like The Buddha: 108 Days of Mindfulness (Hohm Press) and Eastern Wisdom For Western Minds (Orbis Publishers).


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CAMPS AND CAMPSITES OF THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC) IN NEW MEXICO 1933–1942
By Dirk Van Hart

The impact of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on New Mexico is often forgotten, mainly because the subsequent cataclysm of World War II erased it from the public’s consciousness. This book is designed to document the state’s ninety CCC sites (camps) where 55,000 young men (including 32,000 state residents) actually worked and lived during the grim Great Depression of the 1930s. The impact of the CCC on the state and the nation is incalculable. This book details where the camps were located, how to recognize the sites today, and how to appreciate them in context.

Dirk Van Hart earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology and began a professional career as a petroleum geologist in 1965. During the next two decades a gypsy life took him and his family to residences in Oklahoma, Texas, California, Guatemala, and Ecuador. In 1986 a career change brought him to Albuquerque, New Mexico. For the next seventeen years he worked as a geologist in Italy and Belize, and also for a short while as a student high-school teacher in Albuquerque, and as a contractor to Sandia National Laboratories working on characterization of the geology of Kirtland Air Force base. After semi-retirement in 2003 he worked for five years as a geological consultant until final retirement. In 1998 he began his twenty-year affiliation with New Mexico’s only alumni chapter of ex-CCC “boys” (as they were called), and was the chapter’s president for the last fifteen years. He learned firsthand about the CCC, its achievements, its men, and its enormous impact on the “Greatest Generation.” The “boys” are now all gone. This book is his tribute to them. Van Hart is also the author of Old New Mexico Route 44 from Sunstone Press.


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CASTLE OF SAND
A Distant World Holds the Key to Mankind’s Survival
By Steven M. Bates

In this novel, it’s up to seven uploaded consciousnesses to save the human race after a pathogen kills everyone on Earth.

A powerful pathogen is killing every inhabitant of Earth. Amid the chaos, an experimental spaceship designed as an ark is prepared for departure. After it transports Maria Ramos and six other people to a mysterious planet, they learn that their minds have been uploaded as digital consciousnesses and that all other passengers died during the journey. It’s up to these seven minds to save the human race. The ark contains frozen human tissues that can be used to grow colonists. But after the ship’s AI transfers the surviving consciousnesses into robots, some of them plot to steal and inhabit some colonist bodies and destroy the rest, even if it means that humanity dies out. After Maria’s murder, a community of mixed human and native blood develops, but it faces its own extinction event. Clues for survival come from a planet-wide AI created by an ancient civilization, astounding messages from a distant source, and an intriguing traveler who seems to know much about Maria and her long-ago efforts to promote sentient life. Castle of Sand is a compelling and inspirational exploration of what it means to be human.

Steve Bates’ first novel, Back to You, a humorous science fiction story in the mold of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, was released in 2021. More than a dozen of his science fiction short stories have appeared in periodicals such as Perihelion and Kzine. He has appeared on several television programs, including the “New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough,” as well as dozens of radio programs. His nonfiction book, The Seeds of Spring, Lessons from the Garden, was published in 2010. It earned an award from the Garden Writers Association and won an International Book Award. He was a reporter and editor for The Washington Post as well as other newspapers, magazines, and the web. He won numerous writing awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award for business journalism and an investigative reporting award for coverage of riots in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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CATS
By Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson, Author and Illustrator

A humorous, accurate account of the instincts and habits of cats for young readers.

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Wild cats, tame cats, alley cats, barn cats--all kinds of cats fill the pages of this science picture book for younger readers. It grew out of years spent by the author in studying cats and keeping them as pets. The physical characteristics of cats, their instincts and habits are described and explained. There is an interesting section on how to play with a kitten or cat, what kind of den to construct and directions for making it. There are rules for raising healthy, happy cats--how to feed them, keep their quarters clean, and train them. In the last part of the book, the author takes up the whole cat family--lions, tigers, cheetahs, and their cousins--and he ends with a brief history of our pets as we know them today. The amusing and informative pictures on every page not only illustrate the text, but provide a wealth of additional information. Younger children will find endless entertainment in the pictures, and there is no age limit to those who will enjoy the informal, authentic text.

Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson wrote his first book at the age of eight. Called Animal People, it started like this: “This book is for children who are interested in animals and birds. It has verey good pictures in it and children can understand it verey easily.” He later learned to spell, and wrote and illustrated over twenty books for children with “verey good pictures” that they could understand. Young readers everywhere are glad he did.

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THE CHISEL-TOOTH TRIBE
By Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson, Author and Illustrator

A practical and comprehensive account of squirrels, beavers, rabbits, prairie dogs, etc., including their habits, appearance, and activities.

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Here, in a comprehensive and extremely readable volume, the author-artist whose many nature books are favorites with children gives an absorbing account of little animals equipped with chisel-like teeth for gnawing including their habits, appearance, and activities. The world of this army of small mammals is one which most of us could observe for ourselves if we wished to. No one reading these lively chapters about the squirrels, beavers, rabbits, prairie dogs, etc., could ever again take them and their interesting ways for granted.

In his simple, inimitable style, known to many readers through such books as Cats, Starlings, Coyotes, Goats, The Wonder World of Ants, The Grasshopper Book, Horns and Antlers, Turtles, Stooping Hawk and Stranded Whale, and Pinto’s Journey, Mr. Bronson provides a humorous and informative text, enhanced by many detailed drawings.

Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson wrote his first book at the age of eight. Called Animal People, it started like this: “This book is for children who are interested in animals and birds. It has verey good pictures in it and children can understand it verey easily.” He later learned to spell, and wrote and illustrated over twenty books for children with “verey good pictures” that they could understand. Young readers everywhere are glad he did.

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CHÁVEZ
A Distinctive American Clan of New Mexico
By Fray Angelico Chavez

The examination of the origins and history of the Chávez Clan in New Mexico.

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He has been called a renaissance man and New Mexico's foremost twentieth-century humanist by biographer Ellen McCracken. Any way you measure his career, Fray Angélico Chávez was an unexpected phenomenon in the wide and sunlit land of the American Southwest. In the decades following his ordination as a Franciscan priest in 1937, Chávez performed the difficult duties of an isolated backcountry pastor. His assignments included Hispanic villages and Indian pueblos. As an army chaplain in World War II, he accompanied troops in bloody landings on Pacific islands, claiming afterwards that because of his small stature, Japanese bullets always missed him.

In time, despite heavy clerical duties, Fray Angélico managed to become an author of note, as well as something of an artist and muralist. Upon all of his endeavors, one finds, understandably, the imprint of his religious perspective. During nearly seventy years of writing, he published almost two dozen books. Among them were novels, essays, poetry, biographies, and histories.

All true aficionados of the American Southwest's history and culture will profit by collecting and reading the significant body of work left to us by the remarkable Fray Angé1ico Chávez. Sunstone Press is now bringing back into print some of these rare titles.

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THE CIVIL WAR IN NEW MEXICO
By F. Stanley

New Foreword by Marc Simmons.

Taking nineteen years of research by the author, this is the story of the Civil War as the Volunteers of New Mexico lived and fought it. One chapter deals with the scene in Washington, DC, ten years before the first gun was fired at Fort Sumter; another chapter deals with the Texas claim to all the area of New Mexico bordering the Rio Grande and the near war with the United States over Santa Fe County, Texas. The last chapter gives the alphabetical list of all the New Mexico Volunteers from A to Z as found in the records of the War Department. The author included this list in order to enable any relatives to trace the war record of the heroic men who fought at Valverde, Peralta, Santa Fe, Glorieta, Pigeon’s Ranch, and the Indian campaigns.

The march of the Colorado Volunteers and the California Column is completely covered as well as the work of these men during the war years. The New Mexico Volunteers were unjustly maligned by Edward Canby, the author said, and authors ever since have echoed his sentiments without investigating the facts. This book corrects many misconceptions that may be useful to all interested in the Civil War in New Mexico.

Includes bibliography.

“An easterner by birth but a southwesterner at heart, Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola had as many vocations as names,” says his biographer, Mary Jo Walker. “As a young man, he entered the Catholic priesthood and for nearly half a century served his church with great zeal in various capacities, attempting to balance the callings of teacher, pastor, historian and writer.” With limited money or free time, he also managed to write and publish one hundred and seventy-seven books and booklets pertaining to his adopted region under his nom de plume, F. Stanley, The initial in that name does not stand for Father, as many have assumed, but for Francis, which Louis Crocchiola took, with the name Stanley, at the time of his ordination as Franciscan friar in 1938. All of F. Stanley’s titles have now reached the status of expensive collector’s items.

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THE CORONA YEAR DIARY OF SIGURD BERGMAN, MD
A Novel
By Joseph A. Bonelli

A fictional diary of a medical doctor and his reflections on Covid-19.

Dr. Sigurd Bergman is a psychiatrist with twenty years of experience in various areas of psychiatric practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also an amateur epidemiologist. As the Covid-19 pandemic rages, he keeps a diary of local events mixed with expert analysis of medical protocols for treating Covid. He compares Nevada and California death rates, predicts we will not see the end of Covid for several years, and suggests genetic testing of the fatally susceptible, in anticipation they will not respond to vaccines. Dr. Bergman discovers secrets neither the nation’s top doctors nor our presidents knew. He concludes that the pandemic is more than a medical problem with viruses; it is a mental health epidemic, a psychiatric emergency, of massive proportions due to widespread individual and systemic hysteria. The 10% positive rate for Covid testing means only one person in ten has the bug and nine out of ten are suffering from mild to severe hysteria, yet no one acknowledges this. He sees the national increase in insomnia as another indicator of his diagnosis. It seems like Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Just as no one noticed the Emperor was nude, so no one but Bergman notices that Covid-19 is cyclical, not seasonal, coming in predictable (and ever larger) waves of two or three months. He feels that encouraging everyone, even those with no symptoms, to get tested, slowed down discovery of positives and fueled the surge, the equivalent of shooting ourselves in the foot. His conclusion: hysteria caused political leaders to needlessly shut down the economy and close schools, ended the ascending career of at least one politician, and made a scapegoat of a president. He determines that next time we must have learned from these lessons.

Joseph A. Bonelli holds a Bachelors degree in Comparative World Literature from the University of Southern California and a Masters degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. He has worked in policy analysis evaluation and regulatory writing in Washington, DC and for the State of California. He has been a child protective services supervisor, substitute teacher, and medical social worker. He is also the author of the novels Congo Ape Kitabu and The Cassandra Group, the biographies The Caballero from Catalonia: The Life of Juan Duval and Bruce Lakofka, The People’s Artist; and 769 Movies You Must See Before Your 100th Birthday.

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COWBOY IN THE ROUNDHOUSE
The Political Life of Governor Bruce King
By Bruce King as told to Charles Poling

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Bruce King towered over the political landscape of New Mexico in the last half of the twentieth century. Born the son of a homesteader in the tiny Santa Fe County farm-and-ranch community of Stanley, King decided in seventh grade to be governor of New Mexico. The story of how he accomplished that goal—three times!—plays out against the tremendous transformations occurring in the society, culture, politics, and business of New Mexico since World War II. When King won his first Santa Fe County Commission seat in 1954 at age 29, running for office was a down-home affair. Politics was personal. But as he served in office and climbed the political ladder toward his lifelong ambition, New Mexico changed. The state’s population shifted away from the rural communities to the rapidly expanding cities, while the once-dominant agricultural interests in the legislature yielded to the emerging urban voting blocs. Meanwhile, the challenges of governing grew ever more complex. King’s well-recognized skills of mediation and conciliation helped him lead the state through a time of often-bewildering change. This book is rich with colorful stories as King recalls the major events of his career and conveys the human side of campaigning, governing, political deal-making, and sparring with the press. He also talks about his friendships and encounters with many of the leading national and state political figures of our time, including President Bill Clinton, President Ronald Reagan, President Jimmy Carter, Senator Pete Domenici, and then Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. A classic tale of political intuitions spiced by New Mexico flavor as unique as Hatch green chile, Cowboy in the Roundhouse is lively reading. As famed mystery writer Tony Hillerman writes in his introduction to the book, “While I count myself among the many who wanted Bruce King to write an autobiography, I doubt if any of us had much hope he’d get around to doing it. Now he has and it’s even better than we’d expected.”

Charles Poling is a journalist and author who could not remember a time when Bruce King was not governor. Poling writes fiction and true stories about the history, business, politics and daily life of New Mexico. He currently makes his home in Placitas, where the past, present, and future blend together and resonate with the peculiar harmony and dissonance known as New Mexico.

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COWBOYS, RANCHING & CATTLE TRAILS
A New Mexico Federal Writers' Project Book
By Ann Lacy and Anne Valley-Fox, compilers and editors

Stories from New Mexico field workers in the Federal Writers’ Project in New Mexico between 1935 and 1939.

Was life on the range in the 1880s and 1890s anything like the hard riding, hard working, hard drinking shoot ‘em up images that moviegoers saw in old Westerns? Yes—and then some, the authentic documents in this collection tell us. Cowboys, sheepherders, ranchers and all those around them in Territorial New Mexico were engaged in constant life-and-death struggles. They battled with each other and with Indians. They endured blizzards, fires, drought, floods, disease and stampeding cattle. In one account, on the morning after Comanche Indians stole all their cattle, James Chisum told his daughter, “Cheer up, Sallie, the worst is yet to come.”

Also included in this collection are reports of cooperation and glimpses of daily happiness: the simple pleasure of riding the range; camaraderie during roundups; hot meals dished out from the chuck wagon; cow camp entertainments; trips to town for fandangos; a sheepherder resting beneath the constellations and his breakfast of burrañiates. There are also high-spirited narratives describing the taming of a good steer, adventures along the cattle trails, the retrieval of mavericks and the roundup of mustangs.

If the stories in this collection seem familiar, they are also surprisingly fresh. Luckily for the rest of us, field workers in the Federal Writers’ Project (a branch of the government-funded Works Progress Administration, or WPA, later called the Work Projects Administration), loved to listen and record as much as their subjects liked to talk. The resulting stories from 1935 to 1939 are rich in detail and human spirit. This collection also includes local newspaper articles, reports from New Mexico governors on the state of the livestock industry, cowboy poems, square dance calls, descriptions and drawings of cattle brands, glossaries of cowboy terms and the names of ranches in Colfax County.

Cowboys, Ranching & Cattle Trails is the fifth volume in the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project book series. Previous titles are Outlaws & Desperados, Frontier Stories, Lost Treasures & Old Mines and Stories from Hispano New Mexico.

Ann Lacy, an artist and researcher/writer, has lived in New Mexico since 1979. She works on projects related to New Mexico history, culture and environment issues. She is the recipient of a City of Santa Fe Heritage Preservation Award.

Anne Valley-Fox, writer, poet and researcher, is co-editor of the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book series. Her fourth volume of poetry is How Shadows Are Bundled (University of New Mexico Press, 2009).

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COYOTES
By Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson, Author and Illustrator

A humorous, accurate account of the almost human habits of the American coyote for young readers. Many illustrations by the author.

“This book is for kids who want to know all about coyotes, and it’s filled with lots of information. How their fur grows, why the tail is so bushy, how and why the teeth are aligned, are just a few of the topics covered. One interesting tidbit: ‘With brown tints on the short hair of his face and legs he is altogether like the dusty earth and half-dried grasses of the prairie. Thus, he can almost vanish by standing still.’ When coyotes bark, they are sending messages to other coyotes. The book is illustrated, letting much of the information come alive. A chart shows the different ways a coyote hunts; another shows how coyotes stay alive when they are the ones being hunted. The book is thorough enough for a young person, 8 through 11, to use for a school report.” (“Book Chat,” Enchantment)

A coyote is a very smart kind of wild dog. A coyote does not want to live the way a tame dog does, with someone to feed him and give him a home. He wants to dig his own den, hunt his own supper, staying wild and very free.

Young and older people alike, whether they have seen coyotes or not, will be delighted with this animal who can sing bass and tenor at the same time, who builds his house with a chimney for ventilation, and who “cooks” food for his very young babies.

In this natural science picture book, Wilfrid Bronson writes of the almost human habits of this freedom-loving American animal with the same simplicity and authenticity which mark all his work. Fully illustrated with accurate and humorous drawings.

Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson wrote his first book at the age of eight. Called Animal People, it started like this: “This book is for children who are interested in animals and birds. It has verey good pictures in it and children can understand it verey easily.” He later learned to spell, and wrote and illustrated over twenty books for children with “verey good pictures” that they could understand. Young readers everywhere are glad he did.

This book continues The Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson Legacy Series from Sunstone Press.

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CREATE A YOGA PRACTICE FOR KIDS
Fun, Flexibility, and Focus
By Yael Calhoun and Matthew R. Calhoun

“A creative and charming yoga book that will inspire kids and parents. Lovingly crafted and clearly written ways to share the ageless benefits of yoga.” --Lilias Folan, author of "Lilias! Yoga Gets Better With Age"

“Making the practice of yoga simple is not easy. But the authors have done just that, providing an inspiring and upbeat book that will not only charm children but also educate and support their teachers.”.--Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, yoga teacher since 1971, and the author of six books, including "30 Essental Yoga Poses"

“This informative book utilizes many YogaKid® concepts and offers useful suggestions for creating class sequences, scripts to help you teach and other fun techniques to enjoy with the children in your life.” --Marsha Wenig, author of "YogaKids: Educating the Whole Child Through Yoga"

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What allows kids to use a lot of energy, make funny noises, relax, and learn to focus all at the same time? Yoga! While many yoga books present individual poses, this book explains how to create a flowing yoga practice that will hold kids’ interest while providing the benefits of yoga.

Here is a handbook for anyone--including parents, teachers, and kids--who wants to develop a fun yoga practice. In addition, the book provides ideas for yoga games, yoga at a wall, more relaxation games, and five-minute classroom yoga.

YAEL CALHOUN, M.Ed., M.S., is an author and educator who has been studying yoga for 15 years. Yael lives in Utah with her husband and three sons, who have shared their yoga practices with her from the start.

MATTHEW R. CALHOUN is a certified children’s yoga teacher and holds three certifications in hypnotherapy. He created yoga programs for children at the Chicago Yoga Institute and at Onward Neighborhood House. Matthew lives in New York City.

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Email: yael3@comcast.net

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CREATIVE TOURISM, A GLOBAL CONVERSATION
How to Provide Unique Creative Experiences for Travelers Worldwide
By Rebecca Wurzburger, Tom Aageson, Alex Pattakos, and Sabrina Pratt, Editors

A book indispensable for those who value tourism and travelers.

Tourists all over the world welcome unique creative experiences that enrich and inspire them when they travel. This is called “Creative Tourism,” and it is different from other types of tourism. But why is it needed, and how does one go about developing it? You'll find answers to these questions and more in this book which is based on and draws from the proceedings of a Santa Fe & UNESCO International Conference on Creative Tourism. Held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, from September 28 to October 2, 2008, this first-of-a-kind conference brought together delegates from sixteen countries around the world to engage in a global conversation about how best to leverage the tourism sector for community and economic development. In other words, how tourism can best be organized and practiced to enhance economic benefits to cities, provinces, and countries globally.

Conceived, in large part, through the efforts of members of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, the conference was designed to bridge theory and practice, as well as provide a forum for sharing ideas and best practices. In this book you will find not only a collection of essays by some of the “thought pioneers” in the emerging and still evolving field of Creative Tourism, but also a wide array of resources, including many practical examples and illustrations of Creative Tourism in practice from around the world.

At a time when activities and initiatives aimed at promoting tourism in a competitive economy have become essential, the notion of Creative Tourism captured in this book offers a life line that cannot and should not be ignored. Creative Tourism: A Global Conversation should be required reading for all tourism and community/economic/cultural development professionals, artists, elected and appointed public officials, and tourists who are seeking destinations that offer customized, creative, experiential, authentic, and meaningful experiences that are tied to the uniqueness and “spirit” of a place.

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DARK REVELATION
A Scott Hunter Mystery
By Myron Beard

Psychologist Scott Hunter is enlisted by his friend Detective Miguel Montez to assist in solving the gruesome homicide of a high profile and well-respected community leader and the complexity of the crime leads Scott to take a risk that stands to undo both the investigation and his professional career.

An anonymous caller makes a late-night report to the police that there is a lifeless body lying on the stage of the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe. Upon arriving, the body of Paul Austin is discovered. He was a beloved and well-regarded counselor, motivational speaker, and founder of the Community of Revelation. He had been murdered under very strange circumstances at the site of one of his favorite speaking venues. Because of their previous work together, psychologist Scott Hunter is again enlisted by his friend, Detective Miguel Montez, to help solve this gruesome and perplexing homicide. As Scott investigates the events and people surrounding Austin’s murder, he encounters unexpected and surprising aspects beneath the surface of an ostensibly well-thought of community. He is further shocked to learn about the exploitation of some very vulnerable people that happen to be among Santa Fe’s most wealthy and well-known citizens. Because of the high profile of these individuals, Scott knows that he needs to tread very carefully. Many twists, turns, and suspects emerge, turning the investigation upside down before the villain is ultimately identified. The complexity of the crime leads Scott to take a risk that stands to undo both the investigation and his professional career. Includes Readers Guide.

Psychologist, consultant to executives, and educator, Myron Beard is the product of a family with one hundred years of history in Santa Fe. He has a particular interest in the psychology of exceptionally successful psychopaths and their ability to effectively manipulate others for their own personal gain. He has lived in Denver since 1991. He is the author of three previous books: The DNA of Leadership: Creating Healthy Leaders and Vibrant Organizations; The DNA of Physician Leadership: Creating Dynamic Executives; and M & A Integration: CEOs Field Guide to the Art & Process of Effective Merger Integration; and from Sunstone Press, Santa Fe Deception, a Scott Hunter Mystery.

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THE DEAD GO FAST
A Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery
By James C. Wilson

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Santa Fe artist Jimmy Mackey wakes up in his studio on Canyon Road with a massive hangover. His morning gets worse when a police cruiser pulls into his parking lot next to a strange car and even worse when police find a dead woman in the trunk of the car. The dead woman turns out to be the estranged wife of the Santa Fe mayor. The ultra-sensitive case winds up in the hands of retiring police detective Fernando Lopez, the only detective with enough experience to conduct the politically fraught investigation. Lopez interviews Mackey and the artists who were drinking at Jimmy’s studio the night of the murder, all deeply suspicious with flimsy alibis. He also interviews the mayor in a tense scene at City Hall. When Mackey flees Santa Fe, Lopez chases him across northern New Mexico––from haunted Ghost Ranch to the counterculture city of Taos, where he finds Mackey hiding at the home of one of his ex-wives. Before Mackey can be arrested he is shot and killed by two assassins. Suddenly the Police Chief and the Mayor want Lopez to close the case, since the main suspect is now dead. When Lopez refuses, the two assassins come after him. Lopez senses a cover-up. The case takes a surprising turn at the end, which forces Lopez to rethink his idea of justice. Includes Readers Guide.

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of eleven previous books, including Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History and Santa Fe, City of Refuge, An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture in addition to Peyote Wolf, Smokescreen, and Ghost Canyon in the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series.

On the cover: Roadside cross at Santa Rosa de Lima, near Abiquiu, New Mexico.

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DEATH AT LA OSA
A Pueblo Tribal Police Mystery Novel
By Jack Matthews

The search for a prehistoric turquoise mine, murder, pueblo ceremonialism, a bookshop, and sheepherders and horsemen form a contemporary novel set in the high country of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. (SEE MOVIE/TV TREATMENT BELOW)

North of Taos, New Mexico, an unidentified murder victim wearing a belt with a turquoise buckle of rare dendrite quality is discovered on the edge of the Tulona Reservation. Tribal policeman Richard Tafoya takes charge of the investigation to determine the identity and killer. Tafoya meets Forest Service biology specialist Janet Rael as he follows leads from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the Navajo Reservation in the west. Within a social interplay of Puebloan, Hispano, and Anglo cultures, Tafoya searches for the kill site to unravel the strange numbers on the back of the turquoise stones. The Tulona Pueblo’s ceremonies of racing and pole climbing on Feast Day provide a mystical overlay to the chase. With the aid of a Navajo medicine man and a cartographer with the Bureau of Land Management, Tafoya and Janet discover not only the prehistoric turquoise mine, but also the killer. Along the way they brave high mountain altitudes, desert mesas, National Forests, and sharp changes in weather from desert heat to snow and rain. Includes Readers Guide.

Jack Matthews is a former professor of history and anthropology. An outdoorsman and mountaineer, he completed archaeological field school at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, New Mexico. He conducted field trips to northern New Mexico, climbed the Truchas, Pedernal, and San Mateo Peaks, and wrote about the environmental influence on Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. Currently, he observes forests and mesas and trades “the old way” with his Puebloan friends.

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THE DEATH OF BILLY THE KID
Facsimile of Original 1933 Edition
By John William Poe

New Foreword by Marc Simmons

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Many years after the death of Billy the Kid, Deputy John William Poe, who was just outside the door when Sheriff Pat Garrett killed him, wrote out the whole story, which was published in a small edition. Later, in 1933, this first-hand account was offered to a larger public with an introduction by Maurice Garland Fulton, who lived for years among the scenes of Billy the Kid’s wild career.

While certain statements made in the book by Poe are controversial, his account is a valuable document for anyone interested in Billy the Kid. Sunstone Press is pleased to offer this complete reprint of the 1933 edition along with a new forward in its Southwest Heritage Series.

JOHN WILLIAM POE was born in 1850 and died in 1923. Early in his life he was impressed by the novels of Sir Walter Scott and developed a desire to seek adventures out West. After working as a farm hand, on a railroad construction crew, and a buffalo hunter, he wound his way into law enforcement and eventually became a deputy for Sheriff Pat Garrett. After the incident with Billy the Kid, Poe was elected sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, married, and after retiring as a lawman, settled in Roswell, New Mexico where he was a businessman until his death.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-344-7
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DESPERADOS OF NEW MEXICO
By F. Stanley

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Desperados of frontier days in the United States command a certain amount of attraction. The frontier desperado was a rugged individualist stamped and marked not by environment but by circumstance. Some of the seventeen men in this book have been pushed off the pages of their day by Billy the Kid, Clay Allison and Dave Rudabaugh. But “badmen” they all were—some with colorful lives that more often than not came to abrupt and inglorious ends. So here they are, in addition to the three mentioned above: William Coe, Dick Brewer, Jim Greathouse, Tom Pickett, J. Joshua Webb, Porter Stogden, Rattlesnake Sam, Gus Mentzer, Baca of Socorro, Dick Rogers, Joe Fowler, Vicente Bilba, Black Jack Ketchum, and even David Crockett, according to F. Stanley. This new edition in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series includes a new foreword by Marc Simmons, an excerpt from F. Stanley’s biography by Mary Jo Walker, and a tribute to F. Stanley by Jack D. Rittenhouse (also from the biography). Bibliography.

“An easterner by birth but a southwesterner at heart, Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola had as many vocations as names,” says his biographer, Mary Jo Walker. “As a young man, he entered the Catholic priesthood and for nearly half a century served his church with great zeal in various capacities, attempting to balance the callings of teacher, pastor, historian and writer.” With limited money or free time, he also managed to write and publish one hundred and seventy-seven books and booklets pertaining to his adopted region under his nom de plume, F. Stanley, The initial in that name does not stand for Father, as many have assumed, but for Francis, which Louis Crocchiola took, with the name Stanley, at the time of his ordination as a Franciscan friar in 1938. All of F. Stanley’s titles have now reached the status of expensive collector’s items.

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DEVIL ON CANYON ROAD
A Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery
By James C. Wilson

The murder of a homeless man and reports of a red-faced prowler seen on Canyon Road trigger rumors of the Devil loose in Santa Fe, but Private Investigator Fernando Lopez discovers more sinister threats from anti-immigrant politicians and the Sinaloa Cartel from Mexico.

After the murder of a homeless man in downtown Santa Fe, Private Investigator Fernando Lopez is visited by a local artist who claims to have seen the Devil on Canyon Road. Lopez is dubious, but rumors continue to spread as more Santa Feans see a red-faced beast in the area. When a second homeless man is murdered, Lopez decides to investigate. The case quickly becomes more complicated––and dangerous––when a violent anti-immigrant movement called Take Back Our Streets wants to use the murders as a pretext to ban immigrants and homeless people from the streets of the city. Lopez discovers troubling information about the leaders of the movement, information that links them to the murders. Meanwhile, sightings of a red-faced beast continue on Canyon Road. Lopez decides to stalk the so-called beast and pursues it to an old Forest Service building on Upper Canyon Road. The building is being rented by Ricardo Aragon, a Mexican painter who, Lopez discovers, is on the run from the Sinaloa Cartel of Mexico. Unwittingly, Lopez finds himself up against the Sinaloa Cartel, the Take Back Our Streets movement, and the Devil on Canyon Road. Includes Readers Guide.

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of thirteen previous books, including Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History and Santa Fe, City of Refuge, An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture in addition to Peyote Wolf, Smokescreen, Ghost Canyon, The Dead Go Fast and Painted Skull Ranch in the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series.

Cover art by Virginia Maria Romero.

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DICHOS
Proverbs and Sayings From The Spanish
By Charles Aranda

English/Spanish. Proverbs and Sayings from the Spanish Including Rhymes, Riddles, Beliefs and a Bibliography

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Sayings and proverbs are priceless verbal traditions for all to share. And everyone has a favorite. They are unique because in a few words, a deeply serious message can be woven. It is impossible to read proverbs and sayings without learning something important, and perhaps feeling that each one was written especially for you. The proverbs and sayings in this book cause a glow that makes you want to return to them again and again. Also included are rhymes (chiquillados), riddles (adivinanzas), beliefs (creencias) and a bibliography. The Spanish/English text is set in dictionary format

for easy reading. A must for those interested in Spanish culture.

Charles Aranda was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico and, after serving as a Captain in the Korean War, attended Highlands University where he earned a Master’s Degree and was, for many years, an educator in New Mexico schools.

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DISTURBING ART LESSONS
A Memoir of Questionable Ideas and Equivocal Experiences
By Eli Levin

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Some art lessons can inspire. Others are useless or even harmful. Eli Levin has written an amusing recollection of his art-student years and subsequent development. We witness his struggles to overcome the clichés and bombast so prevalent in the art world from 1950 to 1990. From every lesson the author hopes to find something useful, even occasionally a moment of insight. In the form of an artist’s memoir, this book concentrates on the difficult question what can artists learn? It is a close study of the crises and breakthroughs that make up the lifetime effort of one particular artist to develop his personal vision.

Eli Levin is one of New Mexico’s best-known living, working artists. Starting his career in Santa Fe in 1964, he became recognized for his paintings of local night life. While returning often to his Social Realist roots, his work has also explored mythology, still life, landscape and the nude. The son of novelist Meyer Levin, he has written art reviews and taught art history. He hosts two artist’s gatherings, a model drawing group since 1969 and The Santa Fe Etching Club since 1980. Levin studied painting with Raphael Soyer, George Grosz and Robert Beverley Hale among others, and has Master’s degrees from Wisconsin University and St. John’s College. He is also the author of Santa Fe Bohemia, The Art Colony, 1964–1980, and Why I Hate Modern Art, both from Sunstone Press.

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THE EARTH IS RED
The Imperialism of the Doctrine of Discovery
By Roberta Carol Harvey

Historical and legal analysis of doctrine of discovery and how it facilitated the loss of indigenous lives, land, game and valuable natural resources.

In 1823, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, based on his analysis of custom, not precedential law, proclaimed the “Doctrine of Discovery” as the supreme law of the land in the case, Johnson v. M’Intosh. This “doctrine” held that whichever European nation first “discovered” land, then not ruled by a Christian prince or people, could claim ownership. From President Washington on it was a foregone conclusion that America’s legacy was a continental empire. Indigenous people in this New World, as it was called, were a mere obstacle to be eliminated or moved out of the way of colonial settlers in their westward expansion from coast to coast.

The Johnson case followed Chief Justice Marshall’s earlier opinion in 1810 that states owned all of the land within their boundaries, regardless of whether it was inhabited by indigenous peoples. It led the southern states to sell indigenous land, pass legislation incorporating it into their counties and abrogate indigenous national sovereignty. The federal government faced the real threat of these southern states seceding from the union if their land-grabbing was thwarted. Transforming indigenous peoples to tenants on their land made it easier to breach solemn treaties the government had entered into with sovereign polities. It made it possible to acquire millions and millions of acres of land.

What followed was the loss of indigenous lives, land, game and valuable natural resources, along with the federal government imposing brutal economic sanctions and destructive assimilation policies. Thus, the United States acquired an empire at fire sale, rock-bottom prices, or without compensation at all, facilitated by Chief Justice Marshall’s decisions in two heinous, feigned cases.

The author, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is an attorney and historian. She holds BA, MBA and JD degrees from the University of Denver. She is a lecturer on Indian law related to policy, land, water and natural resources. She is committed to Indian self-determination, ending assimilation policies and accurate education of our youth.


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THE ECLIPSE OF THE SUN
The Need for American Indian Curriculum in High Schools
By Roberta Carol Harvey

American Indian students’ right to have their history, culture and social contributions included in high school civics studies is contrary to one state’s law and the arguments made in this book are rooted in a sacred commitment to protect Indian children.

In 1998, Colorado state lawmakers mandated that American Indian history and culture be included in the curriculum of high schools in Colorado, based on the persistent efforts of Comanche State Senator Suzanne Williams. In 2003, they broadened the law mandating that in order to graduate students must satisfactorily complete a civil government course which includes the history, culture and social contributions of Indians and other groups. Yet tens of thousands of students graduate each year in the state without learning any of the information that is mandated in that single state graduation requirement. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission noted in 2018 that the “lack of appropriate cultural awareness in school curriculum focusing on Native American history or culture” can (1) be harmful to American Indian students; (2) contribute to a negative learning environment; (3) be isolating and limiting; (4) trigger bullying; and (5) result in negative stereotypes across the board. In Colorado, 81% of American Indian students don’t meet state math benchmarks, 85% don’t meet state science benchmarks, and 70% don’t meet state English language benchmarks. Colorado’s continuing neglect of Indian students by excluding anything Indian from their education is harmful. The state is denying Indian students’ rights to see themselves in their education, which is necessary to ensure their academic success. The arguments made in this book are rooted in a sacred commitment to protect Indian children.

The author, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is an attorney and historian. She holds BA, MBA and JD degrees from the University of Denver and is a lecturer on Indian law related to policy, land, water and natural resources. She is committed to Indian self-determination, ending assimilation policies and promoting accurate education. She is also the author of The Earth is Red, The Imperialism of the Doctrine of Discoveryand The Iron Triangle from Sunstone Press.


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EGON SCHIELE
New Edition
By Alessandra Comini

The short life and startling works of Expressionist artist Egon Schiele (1890–1918), are examined within the cultural context of early 20th-century Vienna.

Egon Schiele was a meteor that flashed across the galaxy of Viennese art at the beginning of the last century. Although he lived only twenty-eight years—dying quite suddenly of influenza in 1918 just as World War I came to an end—he left a stunning pictorial oeuvre. Schiele's obsession with sexuality, his own and that of others, made him at once a voyeur and a participant in that sexual imperative which Freud was concurrently plumbing with such unsettling results. The disturbing revelations of Schiele's unmasking portraiture and of the new science of psychology disclosed a collective cultural anxiety during the last years of the crumbling Austrian empire. Schiele was disturbingly dualistic: his provocative explorations of erotica with their startlingly modern sensibilities do not prepare the viewer for the tenderness revealed in his lyrical landscapes and mostly unpeopled town scenes. These emit a haunting loneliness and are related to an obsession with pathos expressed in the artist’s melancholy allegories and existential portraits.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press as well as The Fantastic Art of Vienna, Gustav Klimt, and Schiele in Prison. Comini’s travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, also from Sunstone Press, extend from Europe to Antarctica and are reflected in her Megan Crespi Mystery Series: The Munch Murders, Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Kokoschka Capers, The Kollwitz Calamities, and The Kandinsky Conundrum, all published by Sunstone Press.

“The best book on the Viennese wunderkind so far and maybe forever.” —John Canaday, The New York Times

“Alessandra Comini brings a keen eye and passionate spirit of engagement to the art of Egon Schiele. Her original research and scholarly insights illuminate the work and life of this quintessential Austrian artist.” —Renée Price, Director, Neue Galerie New York, Museum for German and Austrian Art

On the Cover: Death and Maiden (Self-Portrait with Walli), 1915 K. 207, oil on canvas, Courtesy Österreichische Galerie, Vienna.

Website: http://www.alessandracomini.com
Email: acomini@smu.edu

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-448-2
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EGON SCHIELE'S PORTRAITS
By Alessandra Comini

NEW EDITION

Egon Schiele was a meteor that flashed across the galaxy of Viennese art at the beginning of the last century. Although he lived only twenty-eight years—dying quite suddenly of influenza in 1918 just as World War I came to an end—he left a stunning pictorial oeuvre. Schiele’s obsession with sexuality, his own and that of others, made him at once a voyeur and a participant in that sexual imperative which Freud was simultaneously plumbing with such unsettling results. The disturbing revelations of Schiele’s unmasking portraiture and of the new science of psychology disclosed a collective cultural anxiety during the last years of the crumbling Austrian empire. As a seer into the souls of his sitters, Schiele redefined portraiture in the age of Angst.

Alessandra Comini is University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University, where she taught for thirty-one years after having served on the faculty at Columbia University for ten years. She is the author of eight books, one of which, Egon Schiele’s Portraits, was nominated for the National Book Award. The Republic of Austria extended her its Grand Decoration of Honor in 1990. This is her third book on the artist; she has also published Schiele in Prison, an extended essay and English translation of the 1912, makeshift diary Schiele kept during his twenty-four days in a provincial prison cell—a forgotten cell which she discovered and photographed in 1963. The cell is now part of a Schiele Museum in the village of Neulengbach. Her 2014 Megan Crespi mystery novel, Killing for Klimt, is followed by The Schiele Slaughters.

“The best book on the Viennese wunderkind so far and maybe forever.” —John Canaday in The New York Times Book Review

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Email: acomini@smu.edu

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-199-3
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ETERNITY AT THE END OF A ROPE
Executions, Lynchings and Vigilante Justice in Texas, 1819–1923
By Clifford R. Caldwell and Ron DeLord

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Since 1819 over 3,000 souls found their personal “eternity at the end of a rope” in Texas. Some earned their way. Others were the victim of mistaken identity, or an act of vigilante justice. Deserved or not, when the hangman’s knot is pulled up tight and the black cap snugged down over your head it is too late to plead your case.

This remarkable story begins in 1819 with the first legal hanging in Texas. By 1835 accounts of lynching dotted the records. Although by 1923 legal execution by hanging was discontinued in favor of the electric chair, vigilante justice remained a favorite pastime for some. The accounts of violence are numbing. The cultural and racial implications are profound, and offer a far more accurate, unbiased insight into the tally of African-American and Hispanic victims of mob violence in the Lone Star State than has ever been presented. Many of these deeds were nothing short of morbid theater, worthy of another era.

This book is backed up by years of research and thousands of primary source documents. Includes Index and Bibliography.

Clifford R. Caldwell is recognized as an accomplished historian, author and researcher on the American West. He is an expert in period firearms, and has conducted extensive research on the Texas cattle trails, trail drivers and cattle kings. Cliff is the author of a dozen non-fiction history books, and volunteers some of his time doing research for the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas.

Ron DeLord served as a patrol officer and detective from 1969 to 1977. In 1977, he was one of the founders of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) and was elected its first president. After thirty years as president, he is currently serving as special counsel. Ron is a licensed Texas attorney and is a nationally recognized police labor official, lecturer, and seminar leader. He is the author of numerous works on labor law as well as Texas history.


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THE FABULOUS FRONTIER, 1846-1912
Facsimile of the Original 1962 Edition
By William A. Keleher

Recapturing the atmosphere of Territorial days, this 1962 extensively annotated edition of a Southwestern classic focuses on southeastern New Mexico, where "murder was a common offense" and stagecoach robberies were "nothing to get excited about." The delineation of this last, lively frontier begins in 1846 and ends in 1912 with New Mexico statehood.

Here are the deeds, lives and legends of the colorful men who figure in New Mexico history. The lucky ones: John J. Baxter who struck it rich at White Oaks, Tom Wilson and Uncle Jack Winters of the Homestake claim, Jack Martin who brought water to the Jornada del Muerto and started the desperate struggle among stockmen culminating in the Lincoln County War, and the cattle king John S. Chisum. The land grabbers: Charles B. Eddy, accused of acquiring a county through coercion; the Denman gang dedicated to frightening settlers from their hereditary holdings; and Tom Catron, political boss and land-office man who owned more than a county. Writing men: Washington Matthews, Territorial army surgeon who told about the Navajo; Hubert Bancroft, prolific historian; Adolph Bandelier, pioneer anthropologist; Charles Lummis, the journalist who publicized life in the Territory through travel books; and Lew Wallace, Territorial governor who wrote "Ben Hur." The frontier newsmen: "Ash" Upson, chronicler of Billy the Kid; Major Bill Caffrey of White Oaks' "Lincoln County Leader"; Emerson Hough who mined his Western experiences for many a yarn; and Eugene Manlove Rhodes, beloved cowboy of the big circulation magazines.

New appraisal is given Albert B. Fall, who with Doheny, another old timer, figured in the Teapot Dome affair. Not neglected are such celebrated frontiersmen as Patrick Garrett, nemesis of Billy the Kid, and Albert J. Fountain, who, with his little son, a buckboard and high-stepping team, disappeared from the face of the earth. All these and many more live again in accurate eye-witness accounts that make this a prime source book on the old West.

William A. Keleher (1886-1972) observed first hand the changing circumstances of people and places of New Mexico. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he arrived in Albuquerque two years later, with his parents and two older brothers. The older brothers died of diphtheria within a few weeks of their arrival. As an adult, Keleher worked for more than four years as a Morse operator, and later as a reporter on New Mexico newspapers. Bidding a reluctant farewell to newspaper work, Keleher studied law at Washington & Lee University and started practicing law in 1915. He was recognized as a successful attorney, being honored by the New Mexico State Bar as one of the outstanding Attorneys of the Twentieth Century. One quickly observes from his writings, and writings about him, that he lived a fruitful and exemplary life. He is also the author of "Turmoil in New Mexico," "Violence in Lincoln County," "Maxwell Land Grant," and "Memoirs," all from Sunstone Press.

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THE FANTASTIC ART OF VIENNA
Great and Timeless Paintings from a Realm of Laughter and Light, of Brooding and Darkness
By Alessandra Comini

“Comini is one of the most compellingly readable art historians writing today.” —Publishers Weekly

Art, music, literature, and science in Vienna at the turn of the last century presented a series of wrenching dualities: reality and illusion, sexuality and death, the external world and the internal self. Celebrated art historian Alessandra Comini explores in a lively, authoritative text the demonic origins of the 1000-year-old Habsburg Empire, easternmost outpost of Christendom against the dreaded Ottoman Turks. Escape from death encouraged a flight from reality and a predilection for the fantastic. Strauss waltzes inspired a collective escapism while a conquering Napoleon entered the city—twice. Vienna’s fantastic heritage inspired composer Arnold Schönberg, author Hugo von Hofmannsthal, physician Sigmund Freud, and invigorated the work of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Anton Romako, Gustav Klimt, Alfred Kubin, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, and the Fantastic Realism of Arnulf Rainer and Friedrich Hundertwasser.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press as well as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Schiele in Prison. Comini’s travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, also from Sunstone Press, extend from Europe to Antarctica and are reflected in her Megan Crespi Mystery Series: The Munch Murders, Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Kokoschka Capers, and The Kollwitz Calamities, all published by Sunstone Press.

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FERAL EYE OF THE BLACKBIRD
A Journey Reveals the Power of Reason
By John Katsoulis

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Two men are kidnapped, sent to an African diamond mine to complete an equipment installation, and must find a way to escape. They’ll revive a temple and keep their mouths shut, or be killed. It’s 1994, near the end of the Rwandan war. Robert’s a privileged kid with anger issues. He must reconcile his old life, where everything is easy and nothing matters, with his new one as a forced laborer. It’s easier said than done. He’s plagued by his inner demon—the blackbird—the violent temper he must control. Logos, his mentor, is known as the man who can fix any mining equipment in the field. He’s done things for governments he no longer remembers, and he must conquer a trauma, or it will destroy him. His talent, reputation, and dark past have made him the target of the kidnappers. The mysterious Consortium has stalked him for years. The guide, Mr. K.K., tells them they’ll work to the brink of death. Why? Only one man in the world is capable of the “special installation” to make the owners rich again—Logos. In the nothingness of the bush, they experience a new and dark world. Villagers are forced to work at gunpoint, subjugated by a hierarchy of Masters and Workers, alive since the Belgian Congo. Logos and Robert will play with nothing to lose or die as slaves. The jungle keeps secrets. They’re about to find out why. Includes Readers Guide.

John Katsoulis is a Greek-American writer concerned with world affairs. He has researched government structures and their effects on society, business, and the common man. He travels to enhance the depth of his work. He is a graduate of the University of Miami (MBA).

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FIVE GUYS IN A BEETLE
The Grandest Grand Tour—Europe, 1963
By Thomas Tierney with Maureen A. Tierney

This travel memoir, about a group of college buddies exploring 1963 Europe, provides the backdrop for a journey of self-discovery that ignites the bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime.

They wore white shirts, dark suits, some had crew cuts...all found themselves adrift in a strange new world. Five American college boys, for some their first time outside of their native Illinois, squeezed into a Volkswagen in the summer of l963. Minus the technical wizardry of GPS, smartphones, and today’s numerous apps, they took off—as novices—relying on the now outdated services of the American Express office for news from home. Little did they know that their journey through post-war Europe would provide a treasure-trove of experiences that would have a lasting influence on their lives. This one trip not only opened their eyes to the culture, tastes and customs of Europe, but it became the source of laughter, shared memories and multiple group reunions for decades to come. The five guys came of age that summer. All became folks you would like to know and be friends with.

Thomas Tierney is a composer-lyricist. He wrote the music for ELEANOR—An American Love Story at Ford’s Theatre in Washington and many other U.S. theatres—and NARNIA, based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (London and New York—and more than 1000 productions worldwide). His musical The Year of Living Dangerously was produced in concert by Manhattan’s popular nightclub Feinstein’s/54 Below and in 2020 it was live-streamed. Other shows: Jungle Queen Debutante (New York’s NAMT Festival and Seattle’s Village Theatre in Issaquah); Off-Broadway’s Pets!; The Dream Team at Goodspeed Opera; Tommy Tune’s one-man musical Ichabod; Diamond and the North Wind; and ZACK HILL and the Rocket Blaster Man Adventure. He composed six shows for TheatreWorks/USA and AT&T’s theme song for Disney’s EPCOT Center. For TV he did the music for two episodes of NBC’s Emmy Award winning Unicorn Tales and he has written many corporate shows. Tom has performed his own music at Lincoln Center and at the White House and has won numerous ASCAP awards.

Maureen A. Tierney began life in New York’s Greenwich Village and remains true to her New York roots. She started her business career as an Editor at AT&T for an employee magazine. Maureen graduated from Pace University and went on to become a District Manager at AT&T, a Dean at Fordham University Graduate School of Business and headed her own management consulting company for fifteen years. She met Tom considerably after his travels abroad. They have been married for some forty plus years. It has been a joy for her to help bring this travel journal to life.

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THE FRENCH COMANCHE
A Novel
By Stanley T. Noyes

A boy’s tutor retells his search for the boy for seven years after he is kidnapped by the Comanches in this historical novel set in the late 1700s.

Arsène, the young son of the governor of French Louisiana, disappears in a blizzard on a trading trip in Comanche territory in 1789. For seven years, Jean-Pierre, the boy’s tutor and guardian at the time of his disappearance, searches for him on trading trips into comanchería. At last he finds him, only to discover that he has become a Comanche warrior now known as Amabate (The One Without A Head). Amabate returns to Fort St. Jean Baptiste de Natchitoches, Louisiana Territory, for a reunion with his father, but cannot be convinced to stay. “I am Comanche!” he exclaims.

Over the years, Amabate makes unannounced visits to his father’s home, sometimes with Comanche friends and relations, always painted and dressed as a warrior. Meanwhile, Amabate has joined a small band of “wolves,” braves who pledge never to back away from a battle as they roam the plains and ranges west into the mountains of New Mexico. Later he takes three wives and eventually he becomes White-Bear, a respected Comanche chieftain.

As an elderly man, Jean-Pierre tells the story of Arsène and his two worlds in a colorful combination of French, Comanche, Spanish, and English. He reflects on the verities of human relationships, his love for Arsène and for Arsène’s father, for the Comanche girl who was for a time Jean-Pierre’s wife, for his French wife, and for his Comanche “brothers.” Set in an authentic historical framework, the narrative explores the mores of two distinct cultures between the 1780s and the 1820s. We learn about the commerce of their days: stolen and traded ponies, war parties, battles with the Osage, love trysts, acts of bravery and revenge, prescient leaders, and prophetic dreams. The French Comanche is grounded in the dramatic sweep of history. The traders’ lives are affected by the French and Indian Wars, the American and French revolutions, Napoleon Bonaparte’s annexation of La Louisiane, and the Louisiana Purchase by the United States. The Comanches, ranging outside of “civilization,” are vulnerable to weather, illness, trade, enemy raids, and, as White-Bear foretells toward the end, the influx of American settlers.

Stanley T. Noyes grew up in California and was a writer, educator, and art’s administrator. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Ruhr campaign in a reconnaissance troop. They crossed the Rhine ahead of U.S. forces and later liberated slave labor camps. He was awarded the Bronze Star. When he returned he attended the University of California, Berkeley where he met and married fellow student Nancy Black in 1949 and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees. For sport he rode bareback horses and bulls in rodeos in California and Nevada. Later Stan taught college at Cal extension and California College of the Arts. He lived in France with his family for about six years.

They moved to Santa Fe in 1964 and he taught at the College of Santa Fe, and briefly at the University of New Mexico. He later was a program director for the New Mexico Arts Division. Stan was a published author of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, notably Los Comanches, The Horse People, 1751–1845, a history of the Comanche Indians now from Sunstone Press in a new edition. Noyes was an avid hiker in the mountains of New Mexico often accompanied by his wolf hybrids. He spent many summers hiking the Pyrenees with his family and close French and Spanish friends.

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FROM THERE TO ETERNITY, ALZHEIMER’S AND BEYOND
By F. Harlan Flint

This is the story of the end of life journeys of two dissimilar but treasured people. One was the author’s wife, Chris, who joined him on a path that brought them close to the community of people whose ancestors were among the first European settlers of New Mexico. The other, his friend, Baudelio, was the last of a long line of pioneers who found a home in the high country of northern New Mexico. The story had its final act for Chris and Baudelio at close to the same time but in far different ways: hers from the anguish of Alzheimer’s, his from the slow decline after a lifetime of hard work. Other characters are the people met along the way and the places where they came together. One place was Santa Rita, the ephemeral Hispano community where they built a straw bale cabin. Another was the roadside café in a small town on the way to and from the remote cabin.

F. Harlan Flint was born in Rhode Island. He attended Swarthmore College and then the University of New Mexico, where he earned his law degree after three years in the Army. He and his wife, Chris, were always proud that they met in the Triangle Bar, a student hangout on the edge of the university campus. After law school the family moved to Santa Fe, where Flint first served as an Assistant Attorney General and then as General Counsel for the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission. He then left for a career as a corporate executive before returning home to New Mexico. He is also the author of Hispano Homesteaders and Journey to a Straw Bale House, both published by Sunstone Press.


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FRONTIER STORIES
A New Mexico Federal Writers' Project Book
By Ann Lacy and Anne Valley-Fox, compilers and editors

Frontier stories of the Old West from writers in the Federal Writers’ Project in New Mexico between 1936 and 1940.

Between 1850 and 1912, the year New Mexico was granted statehood, the Territory of New Mexico was a wild and dangerous place. Homesteaders, cowboys, ranchers, sheepherders, buffalo hunters, prospectors, treasure hunters and railroad men pushing the borders of the western frontier met with resistance from man and animal alike. Native Americans, who had lived on the land defending their boundaries and way of life for centuries, reacted to the wave of outsiders in various ways. The agrarian Pueblo peoples along the Rio Grande largely kept to themselves. Apache, Navajo and Ute tribes sometimes attempted to co-exist with the newcomers but most often they fought against encroachment. Anglo and Mexican outlaws ran roughshod across the frontier and there was no shortage of bears, wolves, mountain lions, blizzards and bad water to unsettle the newcomers. This collection of frontier stories vividly illustrates the range of struggles, triumphs and catastrophes faced by settlers who hoped to tame the land and inhabitants of Territorial New Mexico.

Between 1936 and 1940, field workers in the Federal Writers’ Project (a branch of the government-funded Works Progress Administration, or WPA, later called Work Projects Administration) recorded authentic accounts of life in the early days of New Mexico. These original documents, published here as a story collection for the first time, reflect the conditions of the New Mexico Territory as played out in dynamic clashes between individuals and groups competing for control of the land and resources.

Frontier Stories, the second in the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book Series, features informative background and historic photographs. Forthcoming books in the series include collections on mining and buried treasure, Hispano folk life, and cattle trails and ranching.

Ann Lacy, co-editor of the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book series, has lived in New Mexico since 1979. She has been an Artist-in-Residence in the New Mexico Artists-in-the-Schools Program and a studio artist exhibiting her work in museums and galleries. She has worked as a researcher and writer for Project Crossroads, specializing in New Mexico history and culture, since 1987. She received a City of Santa Fe 2000 Heritage Preservation Award.

Anne Valley-Fox, co-editor of the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book series, is a poet and writer who has worked for two decades as a writer/researcher for Project Crossroads. Her publications include Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life through Writing and Storytelling, Sending the Body Out, Fish Drum 15 and Point of No Return. How Shadows Are Bundled is her latest collection of poems.

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GENDERQUEER
A Story from a Different Closet
By Allan D. Hunter

Derek is a girl. He wasn’t one of the boys as a kid. He admired, befriended, and socialized with the girls and always knew he was one of them, despite being male. That wasn’t always accepted or understood, but he didn’t care—he knew who he was. Now he’s a teenager and boys and girls are flirting and dating and his identity has become a lot more complicated: he’s attracted to the girls. The other girls. The female ones.

This is Derek’s story, the story of a different kind of male hero—a genderqueer person’s tale. It follows Derek from his debut as an eighth grader in Los Alamos, New Mexico until his unorthodox coming out at the age of twenty-one on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.

This century’s first decade saw many LGBT centers and services rebranding themselves as LGBTQ. The “Q” in LGBTQ is a new addition. It represents other forms of “queer” in an inclusive wave-of-the hand toward folks claiming to vary from conventional gender and orientation, such as genderqueer people. People who are affirmatively tolerant on gay, lesbian and transgender issues still ask “Why do we need to add another letter to the acronym? Isn’t anyone who isn’t mainstream already covered by ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ or ‘bisexual’ or ‘trans’? I’m all in favor of people having the right to call themselves whatever they want, but seriously, do we need this term?”

Derek’s tale testifies to the real-life relevance of that “Q.” This is a genderqueer coming-of-age and coming-out story from an era long before genderqueer was trending.

Allan D. Hunter lived in New Mexico from 1973 to 1984 before emigrating to New York to become a gender activist. He received a degree in Women’s Studies and graduate degrees in Sociology and Social Work and worked with psychiatric patients’ rights groups and gender identity support groups. He later served as elder abuse case worker in the Bronx. His truncated academic career included publication of a short but groundbreaking theory piece, “Same Door Different Closet: A Heterosexual Sissy’s Coming-Out Party” in a peer-reviewed journal, “Feminism & Psychology.” The original manuscript for this book received an award in a Cisco Writers Club competition.

Allan is available to lecture on gender issues and share his personal story at universities, LGBTQ organizations, and other venues. He also frequently blogs on these topics. For more information, please visit the author's website at www.genderkitten.com.

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GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, A PRIVATE FRIENDSHIP, PART I
Walking the Sun Prairie Land
By Nancy Hopkins Reily

"Thoroughly researched and referenced, the book includes anecdotes and excerpts from letters as well as black & white photos of the artist and colleagues, and line-drawn maps." BOOK NEWS

Not "...some stuffy academic tome that seeks to uncover secrets about the artist, it's a loving book written by O'Keeffe's friend, Nancy Reily" SANTA FE REPORTER

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The time is 1887. From any window in Georgia O’Keeffe’s Sun Prairie, Wisconsin birthplace home she only saw the Wisconsin prairie with its traces of roads veering around the flat marshlands and a vast sky that lifted her soul. At twelve years of age Georgia had a defining moment when she declared, “I want to be an artist.” Years later from her east-facing window in Canyon, Texas she observed the Texas Panhandle sky with its focus points on the plains and a great canyon of earth history colors streaking across the flat land.

Georgia’s love of the vast, colorful prairie, plains and sky again gave definition to her life when she discovered Ghost Ranch north of Abiquiu, New Mexico. She fell prey to its charms which were not long removed from the echoes of the “Wild West.”

These views of prairie, plains and sky became Georgia’s muses as she embarked on her step-by-step path with her role models--Alon Bement, Arthur Jerome Dow and Wassily Kandinsky.

In this two-part biography of which this is Part 1 coverying the period 1887-1945, Nancy Hopkins Reily “walks the Sun Prairie Land,” as if in Georgia’s day as a prologue to her family’s friendship with Georgia in the 1940s and 1950s. Reily chronicles Georgia’s defining days within the arenas of landscape, culture, people and the history surrounding each, a discourse level that Georgia would easily recognize.

NANCY HOPKINS REILY was a classic outdoor color portraitist for more than twenty years and has taught portrait workshops at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas where she had a one-woman show of her portraits. Her advance studies included an invitational workshop with Ansel Adams. Reily graduated from Southern Methodist University and lives in Lufkin, Texas. She is also the author of “Classic Outdoor Color Portraits” and “Joseph Imhof, Artist of the Pueblos,” both from Sunstone Press.

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GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, A PRIVATE FRIENDSHIP, PART II
Walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch Land
By Nancy Hopkins Reily

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The time is 1946. From Georgia O’Keeffe’s old hacienda sitting on a bluff in Abiquiu, New Mexico, she could see my aunt and uncle, Helen and Winfield Morten’s property across the Chama River. Georgia had begun the restoration of her property. The Mortens, in the final stages of purchasing land along the Chama River, had recently completed their restoration of another old hacienda they called Rancho de Abiquiu.

As one of few Anglos in the Chama River valley, Georgia ventured over to Rancho de Abiquiu to introduce herself and a private friendship resulted with the Mortens and their family. In this close family circle, Georgia revealed herself and proved that beneath her bare face there was more to her than just an artist of legendary proportions.

Nancy Hopkins Reily spent many of her childhood days walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch land. She explored the canyons, the White Place, Echo Amphitheater, the mountains, and the Chama River by walking the trails worn by earlier moccasined feet. In a seamless, clear, and straightforward narrative of excerpts from their lives, Reily presents Georgia in a time-window of her age. The book features Reily’s youthful experiences, letters from Georgia, glimpses of the family’s memorabilia and photographic snapshots—all gracefully woven into the forces of the contemporaneous scene that shaped their friendship. In addition, there are insights into the land’s beauty, times, culture, history and the people who surrounded Georgia, as well as many minute details that should be remembered and which are often overlooked by others when they speak of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Nancy Hopkins Reily was born in Dallas, Texas, and attended Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi, for one year. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.B.A. in Retail Merchandising. Since childhood she has divided her time between Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. At a young age, the colorful New Mexico landscape captured her heart and gave her a sense of place. She continues to enjoy its beauty. Reily makes her home in Lufkin, Texas.

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GHOST CANYON
A Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery
By James C. Wilson

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Park Ranger Pete Chavez is murdered in an ancient ruin at Chaco Canyon as he makes his nighttime security check. Santa Fe Police Detective Fernando Lopez is sent to investigate and soon realizes there may be a connection between the Chavez murder and the murder two days earlier of an eccentric Santa Fean by the name of Tom Flynn, whose grandfather had worked for Richard Wetherill during the first archaeological excavations of the ruins at Chaco Canyon. In Flynn’s ransacked house Detective Lopez finds a journal written by Flynn’s grandfather detailing a cache of jewelry and artifacts hidden by Wetherill somewhere in or near the ruin of Pueblo Bonito. On orders Detective Lopez teams up with Patricia Begay, an FBI agent of Navajo descent. Moving between Santa Fe and the 1,200-year-old necropolis at Chaco Canyon, they find themselves embroiled in a violent world of greed and murder. Their jobs are made more difficult by ancient superstitions and mysterious sightings in the canyon. In order to solve the case Fernando must follow a dangerous trail of enigmatic clues left by the killer or killers and steer a treacherous course between modern science and a 1,200-year-old world of ghosts. Includes Readers Guide.

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of nine previous books, including Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History, in addition to Peyote Wolf and Smokescreen, in the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series.

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GOATS
By Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson, Author and Illustrator

A practical and comprehensive account of goats, their merits and characteristics of the major breeds and why they are valuable to us.

Here, in a comprehensive, practical, and extremely readable volume, an author-artist whose many nature books are favorites with children gives an absorbing account of goats—the countries from which they came originally, the merits and characteristics of the major breeds, the reasons why they are especially valuable to us, and the methods of raising them for pets or for profit. He describes the most scientific way to house, feed, and care for either a herd of goats or for a single goat.

In addition to practical information on raising goats, Mr. Bronson gives fascinating background material about them and their place in history. The reader discovers, for instance, that traces of some of the early legends and superstitions about goats are still to be found in our language today. From Pan, the half-goat god of the ancient Greeks who had the mischievous habit of startling travelers in lonely places, comes our word “panic.” Then we learn that in pagan times communities would confess their sins annually to a goat, which was later allowed to escape to the wilderness, supposedly taking the sins with it; hence our word “scapegoat.”

In his simple, inimitable style, known to many readers through such books as Cats, Starlings, Coyotes, The Wonder World of Ants, The Grasshopper Book, Horns and Antlers, The Chisel-Tooth Tribe, and Turtles, Mr. Bronson provides a humorous and informative text, enhanced by detailed drawings on nearly every page.

Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson wrote his first book at the age of eight. Called Animal People, it started like this: “This book is for children who are interested in animals and birds. It has verey good pictures in it and children can understand it verey easily.” He later learned to spell, and wrote and illustrated over twenty books for children with “verey good pictures” that they could understand. Young readers everywhere are glad he did.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=1QuweR4mv30C&printsec=frontcover&dq=9780865347748&hl=en&ei=dyHQTs_Y

Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-612-7
64 pp.,$32.95

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7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-774-8
64 pp.,$16.95


GRANDMOTHER TELLS A STORY
Mimbres Children Learn Responsibility
By Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel

Little One’s eyes are round and his mouth open as he and his cousins listen to stories told by their grandmother. Stories about Coyote and Roadrunner, Turkey and Turtle, and exciting tales from the Mimbres world are shared with delight. Tall Boy was attacked by a bear. Little One was almost bitten by a rattlesnake. A mountain lion is high up in a tree, watching Sleeps Too Much. Grandmother helps the village children develop their creativity and imaginations, connect to their history, their traditions, their families, and each other through stories. The children learn good character traits and cultural values through stories that will be told and retold, passing them down through generations. In this story the Mimbres children learn to take responsibility to tell their own amazing stories. This is the sixth book in a series to teach good character traits. Teachers, librarians, parents, and children of all ages will enjoy this pictorial narrative.

Twin sisters, Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel are dedicated to helping children learn to have respect for the individual and cultural differences of all people. Carilyn is a member of the ‘Friends’ group and supports the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo, New Mexico, and the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site (MCHS) in Mimbres, New Mexico. Marilyn is the education coordinator for the MCHS, where she gives tours to school children and adults, focusing on the increasing need to preserve and protect southwest New Mexico’s cultural heritage. Born and raised in New Mexico, these sisters have the utmost respect for native cultures both past and present. Their previous books in the “Mimbres Children” series, Old Grandfather Teaches a Lesson, Talks All Day Has the Courage to Speak, Hits With His Fist Gives a Helping Hand, Thinks a Lot Has Her Head in the Clouds, and Runs Like The Wind Stops in her Tracks, all published by Sunstone Press.


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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-350-8
92 pp.,$16.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-635-5
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THE GRANT THAT MAXWELL BOUGHT
Facsimile of Number 225 of the Original 1952 Edition
By F. Stanley

The History of the Maxwell Land Grant in New Mexico and Colorado. Includes bibliography.

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The Maxwell Land Grant was an immense parcel of land in New Mexico and Colorado with a history that began when the area was a colony of Spain and ended only in the twentieth century. In this volume, published originally in an edition of 250 numbered and signed copies, F. Stanly (pseudo. Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola) takes on the task of telling the complex story.

In his foreword, Stanley says: “Look in vain for another section of land in the nation that produced so much comment from the press or absorbed the attention of the entire world. Because of this bit of land a Supreme Court Justice almost lost his life; a president of the United States wanted to horse-whip a man; a minister was looked upon as a killer; a cattle man became a killer; vigilantes rode into the night burning and killing; and the Anti-Grant War was waged in two states taking more lives than the Lincoln County War that brought Billy the Kid his fame.”

Stanley has been faulted for his scholarship and for stylistic flaws that are probably reflections of the speed it took him to publish the amazing number of books and pamphlets he produced. His narrative is chatty and anecdotal, with few of the accoutrements of establishment history. Still, he has mined newspapers, trial transcripts, and a variety of documents to produce a broad account of the area. He includes chapters on ghost towns as well as “living” towns, the railroads, Indians on the grant, and a full chapter on Clay Allison, whom Stanly regarded as a more interesting character than Billy the Kid. The original edition is probably the scarcest of Stanley’s books.

“An easterner by birth but a southwesterner at heart, Father Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola had as many vocation as names,” says his biographer, Mary Jo Walker. “As a young man, he entered the Catholic priesthood and for nearly half a century served his church with great zeal in various capacities, attempting to balance the callings of teacher, pastor, historian and writer.” With limited money or free time, he also managed to write and publish one hundred and seventy-seven books and booklets pertaining to his adopted region under his nom de plume, F. Stanley, The initial in that name does not stand for Father, as many have assumed, but for Francis, which Louis Crocchiola took, with the name Stanley, at the time of his ordination as Franciscan friar in 1938. All of F. Stanley’s titles have now reached the status of expensive collector’s items.

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Softcover:
8 1/4 X 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-652-9
284 pp.,$50.00


THE GRASSHOPPER BOOK
By Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson, Author and Illustrator

A detailed description and explanation of grasshoppers and their relations for young readers.

See PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK below.

The author introduces his fascinating book about grasshoppers and their relations by pointing out the error of Aesop’s fable which compares the grasshopper unfavorably to the ant. “Actually,” he says, “the grasshopper is no more a ner’er-do-well than the ant; it simply does the things it has to for a happy and successful life.” He then shows how grasshoppers and the other related insects—crickets, katydids, etc.—are equipped for life and how they act from birth to death. Particularly interesting are in the incidents and examples that were drawn from the author’s observation of his own collection of grasshoppers, crickets and katydids that he kept in cages. As in Sunstone’s other books by Wilfrid Bronson, the text in this book for young readers is in large, clear type, and there are many illustrations on each page.

Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson wrote his first book at the age of eight. Called Animal People, it started like this: “This book is for children who are interested in animals and birds. It has verey good pictures in it and children can understand it verey easily.” He later learned to spell, and wrote and illustrated over twenty books for children with “verey good pictures” that they could understand. Young readers everywhere are glad he did.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=h1mLlVVFPUsC

Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-519-9
136 pp.,$34.95

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7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-690-1
136 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-489-4
136 pp.,$5.99


THE GREAT AMERICAN TURQUOISE RUSH: 1890–1910
By Philip Chambless and Mike Ryan

The story of the largest organized effort to mine turquoise in U.S. history.

Order from Sunstone Press: (505) 988-4418

The Great American Turquoise Rush was the period of the largest concerted effort to mine, process and market turquoise in the history of the United States. It started when traditional markets for the clear sky blue Persian turquoise closed and the east coast jewelers, who controlled the jewelry trade in the United States, were forced from necessity to reappraise the quality of turquoise from the southwest. The efforts to control this new market were begun in New Mexico but would expand into other states. This is the true story of that time, largely forgotten or remembered only from oral tradition.

Philip Chambless has lived in the mountains outside Grants, New Mexico since the 1970s and is a full time turquoise prospector, lapidary and jewelry designer. He has researched this period of the history of turquoise for more than twenty years.

Mike Ryan retired from a thirty-year career as a financial advisor, author and teacher in 2011 and reawakened a passion for turquoise first begun in the 1970s. He is the author of Asset Allocation and the Investment Management Process and The Colors of Money: Finding Balance, Harmony and Fulfillment with Money.

On the cover: Original equipment and turquoise from the Cerrillos Tiffany mine. Studio Seven Productions/Douglas Magnus.


Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-166-5
244 pp.,$40.00

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-165-8
244 pp.,$26.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-498-6
244 pp.,$19.99


GROWING UP AND LOOKING OUT
My Life From Laguna Pueblo to Albuquerque
By Katherine Augustine

The story of Laguna Pueblo native Katherine Augustine in her own words, as well as a collection of stories she learned as a child and personal observations of Pueblo feast days and public ceremonies.

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Katherine Augustine is an extraordinary person. This book tells Katherine’s story in her own words. It is drawn entirely from a selection of her writings in various publications, complete copies of which are available in archives in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The book is in two parts. The first, “My Life From Laguna Pueblo to Albuquerque” is Katherine’s autobiography from her childhood to the start of her nursing career. The second, “Tales My Grandmother Told Me and Being Laguna,” is a collection of Laguna Pueblo stories she learned as a child and personal observations of feast days and public ceremonies. For over thirty years she wrote stories about her life and observations of growing up at Laguna Pueblo, along with articles on current events, for several publications; these included the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center newsletter Pueblo Horizons, a column for the now defunct evening newspaper the Albuquerque Tribune, articles for the Albuquerque Laguna Colony Newsletter, and Round the Roundhouse, the New Mexico State Employees newsletter. Photographs in the first section are from Katherine’s family album, while images illustrating stories from Laguna Pueblo are derived from photographs of prehistoric art in the collection of Paul R. Secord.

Katherine Augustine grew up on the Laguna Indian Reservation in New Mexico in the 1930s and was raised by a beloved grandmother. In the 1940s she lived in a boxcar in Gallup, New Mexio with her parents and five siblings. Her father worked for the railroad and during a summer vacation from the Albuquerque Indian Boarding School she worked as a Harvey Girl. Following graduation from high school she went to nursing school in Ganado, Arizona, became a registered nurse, and had a long career as a nurse in Albuquerque. She has won numerous service awards, served on numerous community boards, and has been and is a volunteer for a variety of community organizations.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-179-5
74 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-514-3
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GUNS OF THE LINCOLN COUNTY WAR
By Clifford R. Caldwell

A concise tutorial and reference work dealing with the firearms available, and used, during the Lincoln County War.

Order from Sunstone: (505) 988-4418

Beginning with the Horrell War of 1873 and continuing through Billy the Kid’s death at the hands of Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881, the author describes, in detail and with photographs, the actual firearms that were available to the combatants during the era. The typical historians’ shelves are crammed with volumes about and the Lincoln County War in New Mexico, Billy the Kid, Sheriff Pat Garrett, John Henry Tunstall and Sheriff William Brady. But in Guns of the Lincoln County War the reader will learn the facts about the firearms of the period and those weapons used in the epic battle on the Rio Bonito river in southern New Mexico. This book will expand the knowledge of the ardent enthusiast as well as the accomplished historian. The book is easy to understand and follow for those unfamiliar with weaponry, but is thorough and descriptive enough to capture the interest of those who are. Includes bibliography, glossary of terms, dates of manufacture, and index. Without question this is the only reference work of its kind in print.

Clifford R. Caldwell has cultivated his interest in western history since boyhood. After a stint in United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, he retired from a successful thirty-five-year career working for several Fortune 500 corporations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and is the author several books and published works including Dead Right, The Lincoln County War; A Day’s Ride From Here, Volume I: Mountain Home, Texas; A Day’s Ride From Here, Volume II: Noxville, Texas; John Simpson Chisum, The Cattle King of the Pecos Revisited, and his most recent works Texas Lawmen 1835–1899, The Good and the Bad; Texas Lawmen 1900–1940; Robert Kelsey Wylie; Forgotten Texas Cattle King; and Eternity at the End of a Rope: Hangings, Lynchings, and Vigilante Justice in Texas. He is recognized as an accomplished historian and researcher on the American West and period firearms, having conducted extensive research on the Texas cattle trails, trail drivers and cattle kings. He is a past member of Western Writers of America, Inc., and the Texas State Historical Association. When not writing, Cliff does research on a volunteer basis for the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas. He and his wife live in the Hill Country of Texas, near Kerrville.


Hardcover:
8 1/2 X 11 Illustrated, Color
ISBN: 978-1-63293-281-5
104 pp.,$45.00

Softcover:
8 1/2 X 11 Illustrated, Color
ISBN: 978-1-63293-245-7
104 pp.,$35.00


GUNS, SNAKES, AND SPIRIT ANIMALS
Stories from the Field of Archeology
By Polly Schaafsma and Mavis Greer

Behind the scenes adventures in archeological field research and travel from the American West and Mesoamerica.

Real-life dramas lurk behind the more familiar formal and structured content of archaeological literature. These untold tales reveal the personal experiences of the authors and the events encountered in the course of many decades of archaeological field work and travels throughout the Northern Plains, the American Southwest, and Mesoamerica. Some of them describe threatening encounters between landowners, stakeholders, and a public unsympathetic to archaeological pursuits. Close calls and drug-runners add to the potential risk of visiting rock art sites near the US/Mexican border. Other accounts explore the challenges of conducting rock art field work in adverse and demanding physical and social contexts. While these personal adventures are often shared between archaeologists over a beer, at parties and conferences, or around the campfire, they are seldom written down. Here are a few of these stories.

Polly Schaafsma is a Research Associate at the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her primary research interests are the art and cosmologies of the indigenous American Southwest and Mesoamerica. Her books include Indian Rock Art of the Southwest, and she is volume editor of Kachinas in the Pueblo World and New Perspectives on Pottery Mound Pueblo.

Mavis Greer is an archaeological consultant based in Wyoming. Her research interest is pre-contact archaeology of the Northern Plains of North America, with a focus on rock art, which is reflected in her publications in journals and book chapters. She is co-editor of Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes.


Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-473-4
170 pp.,$38.95

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-329-4
170 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-624-9
170 pp.,$5.99


GUSTAV KLIMT
New Edition
By Alessandra Comini

An examination of the decorative symbolism of Viennese painter Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) in his portraits, allegories, and landscapes and their relationship to the sexual imperative addressed by Sigmund Freud.

Austria’s most influential and revered artist at the beginning of the last century was Gustav Klimt (1862–1918). Master of three genres—allegory, portraiture, and landscape—his alluring imagery, decorative colors, and sinuous line seduce the eye and stir the mind. His landscapes are studded with opulent symbols of regeneration and fecundity, while his philosophical allegories enact and question the eternal recurrence of life and death. During an age of lingering societal repression, Klimt’s riveting, sumptuous portraits of society women delivered an unmistakable and urgent message of sensuality. In this landmark study of Klimt and the cultural climate of imperial Vienna, Comini discusses the “reverse” parallel between Freud’s revelation of the supposed erotic content of dream symbols and Klimt’s obscuring of the manifest content—the sexual imperative—through cumulative and symbolic ornament. Her text brings a startling new dimension to the compelling art of a very private man.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press as well as The Fantastic Art of Vienna, Egon Schiele, and Schiele in Prison. Comini’s travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, also from Sunstone Press, extend from Europe to Antarctica and are reflected in her Megan Crespi Mystery Series: The Munch Murders, Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Kokoschka Capers, The Kollwitz Calamities, and The Kandinsky Conundrum, all published by Sunstone Press.

“…valuable for scholars and Klimt lovers alike and an essential item for museums and libraries.” —Dr. Felizitas Schreier, President, Verein Gedenkstätte Gustav Klimt, Vienna

“Highly readable, impeccable in its scholarship, and pioneering in its interpretations, Alessandra Comini’s Gustav Klimt has been an invaluable introduction to the Austrian artist for years. More than any other author, Comini has shaped our perception of Klimt and his place in Vienna’s cultural life around 1900.” —Reinhold Heller, Professor of Art History and of Germanic Studies emeritus, The University of Chicago

“Art historian Alessandra Comini brings great scholarly passion and imaginative sympathy to her work on Gustav Klimt and the Viennese culture that formed him. Her groundbreaking research has illuminated the life and work of some of the twentieth century's most compelling artists as well as composers.” —Renée Price, Director, Neue Galerie New York, Museum for German and Austrian Art

Website: http://www.alessandracomini.com
Email: acomini@smu.edu

Hardcover:
8 1/2 X 11 Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-450-5
132 pp.,$45.00

Softcover:
8 1/2 X 11 Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-168-9
132 pp.,$26.95


HEADLESS IN TAOS
The Dark Fated Tale of Arthur Rockford Manby
By James S. Peters

Foreword by Marc Simmons.

Following the discovery of the decapitated corpse of Arthur Rochford Manby in his nineteen-room mansion in Taos, New Mexico, there quickly arose two schools of thought as to the event. One sect accepted that he was gruesomely murdered, while the second held to the belief that he had staged his death and left behind the cadaver of a stranger. The case was a bizarre enigma wrapped in riddles, confusion, betrayal and greed. Finally for posterity, and as relief to the guilty, it was labeled an unsolved crime. Today it is referred to as the "Manby Mystery of Taos."

This book contains very little mystery. Rather, it is the tragic account of Manby and his 35-year career in manipulation, extortion, high-grading and murder. Arriving in New Mexico from England in 1883, the 24-year-old Manby began his personal odyssey for El Dorado: the dream of building a vast empire in the Southwest. He finally does so in 1913 when becoming the owner of the 61,000 acre Martinez Grant of Taos. But after three years it slips from his grasp and he is left nearly penniless.

In his last years he gradually decays mentality and emotionally. Looked upon as an eccentric, no one realizes how ill he has become. Finally having a falling out with a quartet of compatriots, in July, 1929, he is murdered and decapitated.

James S. Peters was born in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1930. In the mid-1940s his family moved to California where at sixteen he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served three years as a medic. Later he spent ten years in the navy as a photographer and in 1964 he alighted in Taos, New Mexico and developed an avid interest in Southwestern American history. After living in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, he continued researching and writing articles on the frontier West. After retiring, he pursued his interests in writing and painting. His previous book, Robert Clay Allison, was also published by Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-598-4
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ISBN: 978-0-86534-735-9
166 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-496-2
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HEROES AND VILLAINS OF NEW MEXICO
A Collection of True Stories
By Bud Russo

Some of these tales are about genuine heroes. Some are about dastardly villains. Others you’ll have to decide for yourself: hero or villain? You’ll recognize these people, even if you don’t remember their names. They are Spanish colonials, Mexicans, and Anglos all the way to the present. They are even aboriginal Americans predating the arrival of Europeans. These are personal tales—gossip, you might say—and, when you finish a story, if you’re like me, you’ll be able to say, “I didn’t know that!” Now, don’t you think knowing the quirks and grit of those who peopled the pages of your history textbooks—rather than all those dates and places—is more interesting? The author always thought so. After a dozen years writing travel stories about New Mexico, he undertook writing yarns of adventure, intrigue, failure, and even death. Open the book to Elfego Baca’s story and learn why one Mexican had no fear of American cowboys. Or how Navajo Chester Nez, who was denied the right to speak his native language, used Navajo words to help win World War II. Or even how the haughty wife of a colonial governor was falsely denounced to the Inquisition as a Crypto-Jew. Fact or imagination? Sometimes it’s hard to know which it is, but these, at least, are true life episodes. Includes Readers Guide.

Bud Russo went to New Mexico in 1961 to go to college, then out into the world to make his mark as a journalist. Forty years later, he returned to find the sunshine. And found so much more. He writes for several local magazines and newspapers, traveling the state and exploring New Mexico’s people, places, history, and culture. Each story he finds makes him wonder time and again how he got born in Maryland, when his roots are so deeply embedded in the Land of Enchantment. So, for as long as he’s here, he intends to wander the backroads, peek around the next turn, look for surprises over the next hill, never knowing where or when he’ll encounter his next story.

¡Que os guste el libro!

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-578-6
164 pp.,$32.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-225-9
164 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-552-5
164 pp.,$4.99


A HIDDEN DEATH AT SAN FRANCISCO
A Father Ibarra California Missions Mystery
By John J. O’Hagan

The death of a Native American from Mission San Francisco leads to a trip of discovery through California’s Delta for a Franciscan priest in the 18th century.

A young Native American has died mysteriously in the remote back country of the California Delta, several days’ journey from his home in Yerba Buena. Why was he there, and what killed him? Was it some terrible new disease which might threaten the entire Spanish effort in Alta California? Was it at the hands of the Spanish military? His widow, “a child with a child,” asks Father Ibarra to find out what happened to her husband over a year after his death. When Father Ibarra expresses some hesitancy, she takes matters into her own hands. She sets off with her child for the wild country inland of San Francisco Bay. If she comes to harm in this endeavor it will reflect very badly on the already troubled Mission San Francisco.

Father Ibarra is confronted with three daunting tasks. He must find the missing mother and child, find the grave in which her husband was buried, and somehow determine the cause of his death. To do this Father Ibarra must not only face the wilds of the California Delta, he must take on the Spanish military and the Superiors of his own order. Based on an actual historic event, this book takes the reader on a trip through what is now one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the United States, but which was at one time the “ends of the earth.” Includes Readers Guide.

John O’Hagan is an amateur historian. Having grown up on the central California Coast he developed a life-long interest in the California missions and is a member of the California Missions Foundation. He has lectured extensively on the missions, done a variety of educational programs on them and has led tours of them for people from throughout the United States. He was a partner with the Saint Francis and the America’s project at Arizona State University. That project provided a multi-disciplinary forum for students, scholars and researchers to examine the impact that Francis of Assisi and the Franciscans have had on the new world. John is also the author of Lands Never Trodden: The Franciscans and the California Missions (University of Nebraska Press), an exhaustive review of each of the twenty-one California missions. He lives in Boise, Idaho and travels frequently to California to keep current on the happenings at his beloved missions.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-320-1
108 pp.,$18.95

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HIKING NEW MEXICO’S CHACO CANYON
The Trails, the Ruins, the History
By James C. Wilson

Order from Sunstone: (505) 988-4418

Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon is a guidebook for informed hikers who want a substantive yet accessible guide to hiking and camping at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, a World Heritage Site that the Zuni, Hopi, Acoma and other pueblos consider their ancestral homeland. The guide offers advice about what to bring to the canyon, information on camping at Chaco’s Gallo Campground, and personal accounts of hiking “Downtown Chaco” and the longer, sometimes remote mesa trails. Included is a summary of the canyon’s history before, during, and after the Ancestral Puebloan occupation, as well as an overview of current research in the canyon and a bibliography for those who want to learn more. One thousand years ago Chaco Canyon was a metropolis of massive stone structures at the center of Chaco culture. The book also includes maps and over fifty of the author’s photographs.

James C. Wilson has been hiking and camping at Chaco Canyon for more than forty years. After writing for both Santa Fe newspapers in the 1970s, Wilson taught journalism at the University of Cincinnati for thirty years, specializing in science journalism. He has published six books, including Embodied Rhetorics: Disability in Language and Culture; Weather Reports from the Autism Front: A Father’s Memoir of His Autistic Son; and Santa Fe, City of Refuge: An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture. Retired, he lives on the West Mesa, across the Rio Grande from Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Hardcover:
ISBN: 978-1-63293-396-6
98 pp.,$32.95

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-270-9
98 pp.,$16.95


HISTORIC CATHOLIC CHURCHES ALONG THE RIO GRANDE IN NEW MEXICO
By David Policansky

In this stunning collection, the photographer/author has fulfilled a long-term mission to photograph the captivating and evocative historic Catholic churches of the state of New Mexico. The mission became a journey that covered the highways, back roads, and SUV trails of the state, from north to south, east to west. He has driven these roads, photographing these churches that reflect New Mexico’s complex history and beautiful landscapes, and talked to many people who attend, maintain, and love them. His descriptions of the churches reflect that complex beauty and provide enough information for the reader to find each of them. The photographs and descriptions also reflect an urgency: many small, rural, historic churches in New Mexico lack funds for maintenance as rural populations decline, and some of them are at risk of disappearing forever. This volume covers the churches along the Rio Grande, a transportation and trade corridor for millennia and home to many of New Mexico’s oldest Catholic churches. The churches include famous and imposing ones like Holy Cross in Santa Cruz de la Cañada, with its glorious artwork, and more-modest ones off the beaten track like San Antonio Mission Church in Alamillo. They include churches from near the Mexican border in the south to Taos County in the north, covering not only a geographic span but a time span from the early 1700s to the 20th century. The churches reflect the diversity of New Mexico’s communities and history. Each is unique and each one claims the Land of Enchantment as home.

David Policansky was born in Cape Town, South Africa and came to the United States for his higher education. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stanford University and masters and PhD degrees in biology from the University of Oregon. He taught biology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and did research, and has published more than 35 scientific papers. He later worked as a staff officer and scholar at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC where he directed or contributed to about 60 published reports. After living in Washington for many years, he and his wife spent more and more time in New Mexico, where they now live for half of the year, attracted by its spectacular landscapes and diverse and fascinating history and cultures.

David has been interested in churches, especially Catholic churches, for many decades. He began photographing New Mexico’s historic adobe, stone, and brick churches in 2005 and has continued to do so, with increasing urgency as it becomes clearer that these churches do not last forever. He says that he is not a historian or a regular church-goer, but photographing New Mexico churches together has deepened his appreciation of New Mexico’s marvelous cultural and natural landscapes, including the fact that the descendants of these New Spanish/Mexican colonists have been here as long and are just as American as the descendants of the Mayflower pilgrims. He adds that when you consider the even longer history here of the Native Americans, you can begin to understand the complexity and profundity of the factors that have led to the presence of these beautiful buildings all over New Mexico.


Hardcover:
11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-368-3
126 pp.,$50.00

Softcover:
11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-364-5
126 pp.,$40.00


HISTORIC CATHOLIC CHURCHES OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO
By David Policansky

In this second collection, the photographer/author has continued his long-term mission to photograph the captivating and evocative historic Catholic churches of the state of New Mexico. The mission became a journey that covered the highways, back roads, and trails of the state, from north to south, east to west. He has driven these roads, photographing these churches that reflect New Mexico's complex history and beautiful landscapes, and talked to many people who attend, maintain, and love them. His descriptions of the churches reflect that complex beauty and provide enough information for the reader to find each of them. The photographs and descriptions also reflect an urgency: many small, rural, historic churches in New Mexico lack funds for maintenance as rural populations decline, and some of them are at risk of disappearing forever. This volume covers the churches in central and southern New Mexico, churches south of Interstate 40. The churches include famous and imposing ones like San Esteban del Rey in Acoma Pueblo, and more modest ones off the beaten track like San Isidro Mission Church in Borica. They include churches from near the Mexican border in the south to the Arizona border in the west and the Texas border in the east, covering not only a wide geographic span but a time span from the 1600s to the 20th century. The churches reflect the diversity of New Mexico's communities and history. Each is unique and each one claims the Land of Enchantment as home.

David Policansky was born in Cape Town, South Africa and came to the United States for his higher education. He received a bachelor's degree in biology from Stanford University and masters and PhD degrees in biology from the University of Oregon. He taught biology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and did research, and has published more than 35 scientific papers. He later worked as a staff officer and scholar at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC where he directed or contributed to about 60 published reports. After living in Washington for many years, he and his wife spent more and more time in New Mexico, where they now live for half of the year, attracted by its spectacular landscapes and diverse and fascinating history and cultures. David has been interested in churches, especially Catholic churches, for many decades. He began photographing New Mexico's historic adobe, stone, and brick churches in 2005 and has continued to do so, with increasing urgency as it becomes clearer that these churches do not last forever. He is not a historian or a regular church-goer, but photographing New Mexico churches has deepened his appreciation of New Mexico's marvelous cultural and natural landscapes, including the fact that the descendants of these New Spanish/Mexican colonists have been here as long and are just as American as the descendants of the Mayflower pilgrims. When you consider the even longer history of the Native Americans, you begin to understand the complexity and profundity of the factors that have led to the presence of these beautiful buildings all over New Mexico.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-394-2
150 pp.,$60.00

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11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-393-5
150 pp.,$45.00


HISTORIC CATHOLIC CHURCHES OF NORTHEASTERN NEW MEXICO
By David Policansky

In this third stunning collection, the photographer and author continues his long-term mission to photograph the captivating and evocative historic Catholic churches of the state of New Mexico. The mission became a journey that covered the highways, back roads, and 4WD trails of the state, from north to south, east to west. He has driven these roads, photographing these churches that reflect New Mexico’s complex history and beautiful landscapes, and talked to many people who attend, maintain, and love them. His photographs and descriptions of the churches reflect that complex beauty and provide enough information for the reader to find each of them. They also reflect an urgency: many small, rural, historic churches in New Mexico lack funds for maintenance as rural populations decline, and some of them are at risk of disappearing forever. This volume covers the churches in northeastern New Mexico, churches north of Interstate 40 and east of Santa Fe County and of the western half of Taos County. The churches include famous and imposing ones like San Francisco de Asís in Ranchos de Taos, and more modest ones off the beaten track like the Chapel of San Isidro in Tinaja. They cover not only a geographic span but a time span from the early 1700s to the 20th century. Each church is unique, each has its own story, and each one claims the Land of Enchantment as home.

David Policansky, born in Cape Town, South Africa, came to the United States for his higher education. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stanford University and master’s and PhD degrees in biology from the University of Oregon. He has published more than 35 scientific papers. He also worked at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, where he contributed to about 60 published reports. He and his wife have long loved New Mexico, where they now live for half of the year, attracted by its spectacular landscapes and diverse and fascinating history and cultures. David began photographing New Mexico’s historic adobe, stone, and brick churches in 2005 and has continued to do so, with increasing urgency as it becomes clearer that these churches do not last forever. This interest in New Mexico’s churches led to his previous books, Historic Catholic Churches Along the Rio Grande in New Mexico and Historic Catholic Churches of Central and Southern New Mexico. He says that he is not a historian or a regular church-goer, but photographing New Mexico churches has deepened his appreciation of New Mexico’s marvelous cultural and natural landscapes, including the fact that the descendants of these New Spanish/Mexican colonists have been here as long and are just as American as the descendants of the Mayflower pilgrims. He adds that when you consider the even longer history here of the Native Americans, you can begin to understand the complexity and profundity of the factors that have led to the presence of these beautiful buildings all over New Mexico.


Hardcover:
11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-543-4
156 pp.,$65.00

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11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-542-7
156 pp.,$50.00


HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF NEW MEXICO
From the Earliest Records to the American Occupation in 1847
By L. Bradford Prince

New Foreword by Richard Melzer, PhD

LeBaron Bradford Prince (1840-1922) was a transplanted New Yorker, a tireless judge, a controversial territorial governor, a gentleman scholar, and an early leader of the Historical Society of New Mexico. In all these roles, and others, he was a passionate advocate of New Mexico statehood.

Prince was born, raised, and educated in New York. As a young attorney, his political career in state politics had progressed well until he clashed with leaders of the state Republican Party machine. Salvaging his political fortunes in the West, Prince won appointment as the chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1879. By all accounts, no territorial judge worked harder than Prince, often hearing cases from 8:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night. In what time remained in his busy days, Prince compiled a 603-page volume of territorial laws and began to write history with the clear purpose of advocating New Mexico statehood. His first work on New Mexico history, entitled Historical Sketches of New Mexico from the Earliest Records to the American Occupation, appeared in 1883.

This new edition, part of Sunstone’s award-winning Southwest Heritage Series, includes a facsimile of this original edition along with a new foreword by Richard Melzer, PhD, a biographical sketch from History of New Mexico (1891) by Helen Haines, and a tribute to the memory of L. Bradford Prince from a publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico, No. 25. Prince’s The Student’s History of New Mexico and New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood are also included in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-515-1
370 pp.,$39.95

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-730-4
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HOMOPHONES
Words that Sound Alike or One Reason English is Difficult to Learn
By Charlotte Smith

A lighthearted guide to homophones for English Second Language learners or anyone who wants to improve their language skills

One reason the English language may seem difficult to learn is that there are so many words that sound alike but are spelled differently. This large group of multiple-meaning words is called homophones. The term “homophone” comes from the Greek words “homos” (same) and “phone” (sound). There are hundreds of homophones. This book lists those that may help English as a second language students the most in their study of the English language. Some words are not pronounced exactly the same way but are very similar. Studying homophones is a fun and interesting way to improve one’s language skills. The reader might be amazed at how many homophones are used in everyday life.

Charlotte Smith is a retired teacher of high school mathematics and English. She was also a K-12 librarian for many years. She has a B.S. in mathematics, an M.Ed., and teaching endorsements in English, library science, and administration and supervision. She is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, where she taught math at the local community college. She now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she was a Sylvan Learning Center tutor for ten years.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-424-6
146 pp.,$32.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-324-9
146 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-621-8
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HONOR AND DEFIANCE
A History of the Las Vegas Land Grant in New Mexico
By James Bailey Blackshear

In 1835, a petition for land far from Santa Fe, New Mexico was awarded to pobladores (settlers) willing to relocate to the eastern edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Founded along the Gallinas River, the settlement became the Las Vegas Land Grant. The history of this grant is the history of New Mexico. On this 496,000 acre community grant, beliefs about land and faith were intertwined within a system of shared sacredness. In the 1890s, Anglo-American merchants and cattlemen joined with Hispano elites in the first concerted effort to wrest control of this grant from its original owners and heirs. The heart of this book investigates how a rural nuevo-mexicano (New Mexican) movement on the Las Vegas Land Grant evolved from burning barns and cutting fences to political activism and success at the ballot box. It also examines the history of New Mexico land grants, Hispano mountain culture, the origination of the town footprint, the boom of Territorial Las Vegas, and the cultural diversity that existed within the two distinct towns that emerged when the railroad came to Las Vegas in 1879.

Honor and Defiance details the impact of American expansion into a well-established Hispano urban center, and highlights the robust nature of nuevo-mexicano spirit, determination, and ingenuity on the Las Vegas Land Grant. The book also includes photographss of Las Vegas, leaders of the period, and the land they fought for.

James Bailey Blackshear received his master’s degree in history from Texas A&M and his PhD in history from the University of North Texas. He has won awards for his literary essays, and has been published by the New Mexico Historical Review and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He has spoken about the Las Vegas Land Grant at history conferences in both Colorado and Texas.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-501-4
206 pp.,$34.95

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-978-0
206 pp.,$22.95

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HOPI TEA
A Murder Mystery
By Kent F. Jacobs

“Kent Jacobs delivers a story with a rapid-fire pace that mixes murder, mystery, and interesting tidbits of New Mexico history that is sure to entertain.” —Michael McGarrity

“Jacobs is first-rate, delivering the reader effortlessly to war-era Fort Stanton and Lincoln, conceiving the perfect setting for suspense, betrayal and murder.” —Andrew J. Wulf, PhD, Executive Director, New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors

A mysterious murder faces border patrol agent Tracker Dodds as he assumes control of the first Prisoner of War camp in the United States under a mandate from the Department of Justice. It’s a hot summer day in 1942 when he enters Fort Stanton and he is shocked to discover a brutally scalped German inmate floating in its Olympic-sized swimming pool.

A river separates the camp from a state-of-the-art tuberculosis hospital in this alpine back country of southern New Mexico which adjoins the massive Mescalero Apache reservation. Could the scalping have been done by someone from the reservation? Or was the murderer another distressed German seaman? The camp is packed with German sailors. Did a bystander see the chance to silence his blackmailer?

Though the camp is remote and cut off from civilization, every soul involved feels the crushing destruction of a world at war. And the mysterious murder facing Tracker Dodds is just an example.

Includes Readers Guide.

Kent Jacobs is a graduate of Northwestern University College of Medicine with a specialty post-graduate diploma from the University of Colorado College of Medicine. His interest in writing began during his early years as a full-time academician. He is also the author of The Turned Field and Zuni Stew, both from Sunstone Press and he lives with his wife, professional painter Sallie Ritter in southern New Mexico. They received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, the state’s highest award in the arts.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-206-8
178 pp.,$22.95

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HORNS AND ANTLERS
By Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson, Author and Illustrator

A practical and comprehensive account of North American deer and antelopes, including their habits, appearance, and activities.

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This is the story of North American deer and antelopes—whitetails found in all parts of the United States, mule deer in the West, moose in Canada, mountain goats in the Rockies, and others. The habits of the various members of the deer family of this continent and their differences are described in the same lively and engaging style which distinguishes all of the books by Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson.

In his simple, inimitable style, known to many readers through such books as Cats, Starlings, Coyotes, Goats, The Wonder World of Ants, The Grasshopper Book, Turtles, The Chisel-Tooth Tribe, Stooping Hawk and Stranded Whale and Pinto’s Journey, Mr. Bronson provides a humorous and informative text, enhanced by many detailed drawings.

Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson wrote his first book at the age of eight. Called Animal People, it started like this: “This book is for children who are interested in animals and birds. It has verey good pictures in it and children can understand it verey easily.” He later learned to spell, and wrote and illustrated over twenty books for children with “verey good pictures” that they could understand. Young readers everywhere are glad he did.


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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-914-8
146 pp.,$19.95


IN PASSIONATE PURSUIT
A Memoir
By Alessandra Comini, PhD

Memoir of an internationally known art scholar, art historian, author and teacher.

Overflowing with passion for her work as a scholar and teacher, Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini reminisces through six decades as an unconventional art historian in this illustrated memoir. The author of award-winning books on Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Ludwig van Beethoven, Comini draws on her sixty years of daily journals, sharing research-related anecdotes as she reflects on the formation and flowering of her distinguished career. Beginning with her colorful background as a refugee from Franco’s Spain, then Mussolini’s Italy, she describes her music-loving family’s sometimes humorous, sometimes painful adjustment to a World War II Texas. A series of fortuitous experiences at Interlochen’s National Music Camp, Barnard College, the University of California at Berkeley, and Columbia University later leads to what would ultimately be a turning point in her life as well as in Schiele scholarship. She discovered the actual cell in which Schiele had been imprisoned in a provincial Austrian jail half a century earlier. Comini invites readers to join her in the same zestful and persistent pursuit of cultural history that has repeatedly earned her the honor of being voted “outstanding” professor, by her students at Columbia University and later at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her research and quests take the reader around the world and back. From the islands of Corfu, Madeira, Rügen, and Tahiti to the cities of Lisbon, Rome, Oslo, and St. Petersburg, Comini pursues such diverse and distinctive personalities as Rosa Bonheur, Gustav and Alma Mahler, Pablo Picasso, Eleonora Duse, Edvard Munch, Käthe Kollwitz, Vaslav Nijinski, and Egon Schiele. Alessandra Comini’s memoir will inspire readers with its sincere and compelling account of an extraordinary life and career still passionately in progress. Retirement for her has meant discovering a joyful new profession: writing art history murder mystery novels that take her eighty-year-old pseudonymous heroine Megan Crespi from the top of Europe down to Antarctica in pursuit of murderous purloiners of artworks by Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Munch, and Kollwitz.

Booklist reported: This erudite, mostly engaging self-portrait charts the making of an art historian and professional “seer,” whose passion and wit enabled her to become a noted teacher and scholar at Southern Methodist University. Comini helped unearth centuries of overlooked women in art and wrote landmark studies of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele and of musical iconography. For someone engaged in a life of the mind, she has lived much of it in motion, and the art of travel and close consideration of cultural context have been her keys to learning and teaching. She is at her riveting best when she reveals her discoveries about Schiele in his Vienna prison cell, Winckelmann in Rome and Trieste, the composer Edvard Grieg in Norway, and the painter Akseli Gallen-Kalella in Finland. Her short essays dazzle the most when they reveal her keen eye, such as when she discerns how the German artist Kathe Kollwitz, in a bust of herself, “used the resolute features of her own aging face as a spiritual topography for courage and resignation.”

Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country. Both are now available in new editions from Sunstone Press. Her ongoing Megan Crespi Mystery Series including Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Munch Murders, and The Kokoschka Capers are also from Sunstone Press as well as a new edition of The Fantastic Art of Vienna. Other books by Alessandra Comini are Schiele in Prison, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Nudes: Egon Schiele.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-471-0
242 pp.,$36.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-140-5
242 pp.,$22.95

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IN THE FACE OF FLYING GLASS
Susie Parks, Border Town Hero of the Pancho Villa Raid
By Shannon Parks

A twenty year old telephone switchboard operator, Susie Parks, whose life beyond one fateful night on March 9, 1916 during Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico reveals her true strength.

On March 9, 1916, Susie Parks, age twenty, found herself in the center of battle the night Pancho Villa’s rebel army invaded the border town of Columbus, New Mexico. At the telephone switchboard with her baby in her arms, she made the call that alerted the outside world of the attack. She was celebrated as an American hero but her broader story reveals a tenacity and grit that surpasses the events of that day. We first meet Susie at eleven growing up in the Northwest when a family tragedy prompts the family to move to Columbus, New Mexico. There she grows up unencumbered, free to hunt and roam the desert. At eighteen, she meets Garnet Parks, an intellectual cavalry soldier with dreams of owning a newspaper. They fall in love and together traverse the Great War, the flu pandemic, and a devastating fire. All the while babies come, businesses falter, and illness strikes. Susie must run the paper, care for her family and nurse her dying husband. Against all odds, a chance discovery saves his life but leaves him with an addiction and both of them vulnerable to the treacherous influence of his troublemaking brother. Susie must navigate the challenge of her life for herself and for the sake of her children. Includes Readers Guide.

The author grew up in Southern California then taught for 23 years in the Seattle area where she raised two daughters. Now living on a farm in Western Oregon, she spins sheep wool and alpaca fleece and helps mind the menagerie. Upon an ancestry.com discovery that revealed unknown truths about what had become of her grandfather 88 years before, she began a four-year search to uncover the truth about her grandmother’s remarkable life.

On the Cover: Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, New Mexico and Front Page of the Taunton Daily Gazette, Massachusetts, March 9, 1916.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-555-7
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ISBN: 978-1-63293-554-0
240 pp.,$24.95

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INTIMATE MEMORIES, VOLUME ONE
"Background"
By Mabel Dodge Luhan

Volume One (of four) of the memoirs of a famous literary figure in Taos, New Mexico. New foreword by Lynn Cline.

This first volume in 1933, of four, of Intimate Memories details incidents that impressed Mabel Dodge Luhan up until she was eighteen. Here she stresses her struggle during childhood and girlhood to become an individual. She says, “So the houses I have lived in have shown the natural growth of a personality struggling to become individual, growing through the degrees of crudity to a great sophistication and to simplicity.” This struggle takes place before a Victorian background made up of Buffalo, Lenox, Newport, New York, and Europe where at Bayreuth she wrote that Siegfried Wagner “...walked aimless here and there, looking like a waxen sketch of his father, melting a little under the sun.” The various members of the family and the friends are carefully presented from the impressions of the child, who studies each with interest. Her first recollections are of her own home and her parents. Even there she felt the vague discontent that gradually shaped itself into a determination to seek the heights and depths of experience. She records from the shifting scenes of playmates, schools, and gravel, incidents that concern the quaint fashions of the time—bustles, stiffly starched window curtains, sleigh rides, dancing classes, white picket fences—and from these incidents gradually evolves a picture of the town and country life of America during the closing era of the nineteenth century. As salon hostess, writer, and muse, she published her four volumes and 1,600 pages of “intimate memories” all during the 1930s. In vivid and compelling prose, she explored the momentous changes in sexuality, politics, art, and culture that moved Americans from the Victorian into the modern age. Noted for assembling and inspiring some of the leading creative men and women of her day—Gertrude Stein, John Reed, and D. H. Lawrence, among them—she was a “mover and shaker” of national and international renown during her lifetime.

Born in 1879 to a wealthy Buffalo family, Mabel Dodge Luhan earned fame for her friendships with American and European artists, writers and intellectuals and for her influential salons held in her Italian villa and Greenwich Village apartments. In 1917, weary of society and wary of a world steeped in war, she set down roots in remote Taos, New Mexico, then publicized the tiny town’s inspirational beauty to the world, drawing a steady stream of significant guests to her adobe estate, including artist Georgia O’Keeffe, poet Robinson Jeffers, and authors D.H. Lawrence and Willa Cather. Luhan could be difficult, complex and often cruel, yet she was also generous and supportive, establishing a solid reputation as a patron of the arts and as an author of widely read autobiographies. She died in Taos in 1962.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-508-3
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ISBN: 978-1-61139-396-5
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INTIMATE MEMORIES, VOLUME TWO
"European Experiences"
By Mabel Dodge Luhan

Volume Two (of four) of the memoirs of a famous literary figure in Taos, New Mexico. New foreword by Lynn Cline.

This second volume in 1935, of four, of Intimate Memories details events in Mabel Dodge Luhan’s married life and then her experiences in France and Italy, and her many colorful and sometimes sad acquaintances until she finally, seemingly tired of Europe, returns to the United States remarking in the last page, however, that “...it is ugly in America.” In this book, in what applies to all four volumes in her memoirs, she arrests the reader with a frankness completely unique to Luhan. Revealing many personal accounts, in her foreword she says, “What a delicacy one needs to tell a story and at the same time not to tell it.” And then she says, “I hope I may be forgiven when I fail.” Surely she did not

. As salon hostess, writer, and muse, she published her four volumes and 1,600 pages of “intimate memories” all during the 1930s. In vivid and compelling prose, she explored the momentous changes in sexuality, politics, art, and culture that moved Americans from the Victorian into the modern age. Noted for assembling and inspiring some of the leading creative men and women of her day—Gertrude Stein, John Reed, and D. H. Lawrence, among them—she was a “mover and shaker” of national and international renown during her lifetime.

Born in 1879 to a wealthy Buffalo family, Mabel Dodge Luhan earned fame for her friendships with American and European artists, writers and intellectuals and for her influential salons held in her Italian villa and Greenwich Village apartments. In 1917, weary of society and wary of a world steeped in war, she set down roots in remote Taos, New Mexico, then publicized the tiny town’s inspirational beauty to the world, drawing a steady stream of significant guests to her adobe estate, including artist Georgia O’Keeffe, poet Robinson Jeffers, and authors D.H. Lawrence and Willa Cather. Luhan could be difficult, complex and often cruel, yet she was also generous and supportive, establishing a solid reputation as a patron of the arts and as an author of widely read autobiographies. She died in Taos in 1962.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-509-0
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ISBN: 978-1-61139-442-9
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THE IRISH SINGER
The Untold Story Of The West’s Most Celebrated Outlaw
By Chuck Pinnell

“I first heard about Henry McCarty from Chuck’s brother, director Eagle Pennell, decades ago. Chuck had uncovered an exciting take on Billy the Kid, and Eagle was obsessed with it. Unfortunately, the revisionist Western they might have made never happened, but that untold origin narrative has finally emerged as a well-crafted novel, with an incredible story to tell.” —Richard Linklater, Film Director. *CLICK ON "MOVIE/TV TREATMENT" BELOW.*

His name is Henry McCarty. One day the lad will be christened Billy the Kid and achieve world fame. But in 1875 he is just an obscure orphaned runaway traveling the Southwestern frontier. Enthralled with Hispanic culture and immersed in the twin arts of gambling and gunplay, Henry McCarty comes of age in boomtowns and barrios, in the wilds of the Chihuahua desert and the rugged high country of pine clad mountains.

After two years on the fertile training ground of an outpost named Camp Grant, a deadly encounter sends Henry back into the desert. An ominous journey follows, ultimately delivering him to Lincoln County, New Mexico, looking for redemption. He finds honest employment cowboying for a resolute young Englishman named John Tunstall, a twenty-three-year-old with an Oxford education and the world-weary look of a poet. But Henry quickly becomes entangled in the Londoner’s wildly escalating mercantile dispute. To survive, he must navigate a Russian novel’s wealth of characters and follow the tit for tat of a complex range war to its fiery conclusion.

Haunted by an Irish childhood in the slums of New York City, this strange boy possesses a stinging IQ and an epic grin, soaring ambitions and a fine tenor voice. When thrown into a hurricane of violence, Henry McCarty rises with an impassioned cause and a farsighted awareness of the machinery of fame and fate.

Chuck Pinnell is a veteran Austin guitarist, producer, film score composer and now, with the publication of The Irish Singer, a first-time novelist. He was born a short drive from the New Mexico border in Andrews, Texas, the grandson of a West Texas cattleman. In the late 1950s Chuck’s father resettled his wife and two sons in east Texas and entered a career in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M. His children grew up in the provincial town of College Station with A&M’s sprawling campus a few blocks out the front door. Both brothers gravitated to the creative mecca of nearby Austin soon after graduating high school. Chuck began his professional life by contributing a rousing guitar soundtrack to his filmmaking older brother’s first short feature, Hell of a Note. Chuck Pinnell went on to score a number of classic Texas films including The Whole Shoot’n Match, Last Night at the Alamo and An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story as well as perform, produce, and record with many of the most talented musical artists in Texas. In 2018, Pinnell completely shifted gears with a deliberate retreat from the world of guitars, songwriters, and filmmakers to focus on a life-long passion—the untold origin story of Billy the Kid—returning three years later with an intensely researched and well-crafted novel. Bringing that story to the world was a shared obsession with his late-great indie pioneer brother, Eagle Pennell. The Irish Singer brings that quest full circle and the pact is finally complete.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-399-7
280 pp.,$36.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-616-4
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THE IRON TRIANGLE
Business, Government, and Colonial Settlers’ Dispossession of Indian Timberlands and Timber
By Roberta Carol Harvey

How American Indians were cheated out of the inherent wealth of their land and timber, at times exterminated for it, by greedy settlers, bribed federal agents, land sharks, lumber barons and a derelict federal trustee who failed to protect its guardians’ rights.

This book on timberland and timber resources is part of a series on the dispossession of Indian natural resources by the “iron triangle” of the federal government, big business and colonial settlers. The primary period covered in this book is 1840–1900. The areas focused on include the Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest. Congress acknowledged that from “...the beginning, Federal policy toward the Indian was based on the desire to dispossess him of his land.” Under the United States’ dictatorial “doctrine of discovery,” Indians were mere tenants on their land, with no right to the natural resources. The trajectory was clear: removal, cession of millions of acres of land, interment on reservations, allotment of tribal land to individuals to break up tribes, and the sale of those allotments. Disease, starvation, extermination, massacres, private wars and war crimes ensued. This opened the “inexhaustible mineral, agricultural and natural resources within their dominion” for white exploitation. Congressional legislation opened the land of the west for $1.25 per acre or at times for free, without buying Indian land, just to get settlers’ boots-on-the-ground. Land sharks, in collusion with federal agents, cheated Indians out of their land and timber. Big business used its political and economic clout to assure its control of the country’s natural wealth. Lumber barons monopolized the timber industry and set prices. By 1920, three-fifths of the United States’ original timber was gone. Indians served as menial laborers for logging companies, cutting timber and peeling bark. “Scalped” of the wealth inherent in their natural resources, they were left destitute. This book is for them. The author, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is an attorney and historian. She holds BA, MBA and JD degrees from the University of Denver and is a lecturer on Indian law related to policy, land, water and natural resources. She is committed to Indian self-determination, ending assimilation policies and promoting accurate education. She is also the author of The Earth is Red: The Imperialism of the Doctrine of Discovery and The Eclipse of the Sun: The Need for American Indian Curriculum in High Schools from Sunstone Press.


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JAROD AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PETROGLYPHS
A National Park Adventure Series Book
By Janice C. Beaty

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Jarod, ten-year-old “indigo child,” and his sixteen-year-old narrator brother Darrell are joined by a girl Omega, another “indigo” youngster Jarod’s age for this new adventure. It begins in New Mexico’s Petroglyph National Monument where Jarod’s mom is painting illustrations of its rock art. Soon they are overwhelmed by the number of drawings on the black volcanic rocks of the monument. Who made all these figures? What do they say? Is it possible that Jarod and Omega can interpret their meanings? Their vintage orange VW camper bus takes them up to Dinosaur National Monument in Utah on the trail of even more amazing rock art. On redrock walls near Rainbow Park they are startled by the life-size images of strange ancient Fremont people who give them an important message about how they must help stabilize the Earth during these unstable times. They learn the Fremonts are not Indians but a high-tech race using levitation devices to locate water and precious minerals. To carry out their mission Jarod and friends must “follow the rainbow to find center Earth” down in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park where the first Fremont petroglyphs were discovered. Nefarious characters keep hot on their trail from the start when a man in black tries to steal Jarod’s buzzing hunting knife, to the end when a pair kidnaps Omega to steal her talking necklace.

Janice Beaty, Professor Emerita from Elmira College is best known for her college textbooks in the field of Early Childhood Education. The books Skills for Preschool Teachers, Observing Development of the Young Child, and Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten (with Linda Pratt) have educated students around the world. Beaty is a world traveler herself, but closest to her heart are her travels to the national parks of the American Southwest. From her former home in Taos, New Mexico she journeyed many times to these parks, especially pursuing her hobby of finding and interpreting petroglyphs. This is the second in her National Park Adventure Series books. The first, Jarod and the Mystery of the Joshua Trees, is also from Sunstone Press.

Includes Glossary, Bibliography, and Readers Guide.

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JAROD AND THE MYSTERY OF THE UTAH ARCHES
A National Park Adventure Series Book
By Janice J. Beaty

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Arches National Park is the destination for ten-year-old Jarod, the indigo boy with psychic abilities, along with his friend Omega, and older brother Darrell, the story narrator, as they explore the redrock arches above Moab, Utah. There they learn that an ancient message awaits anyone who stands under a special arch. Just what they need to complete their mission of helping Mother Earth calm down before a big shift occurs. But with 1,100 arches in the park, what a daunting prospect! Not for this trio. They learn that arches are doorways to other dimensions, and yes, they’ll need to try out as many park arches as they can scramble under. So off they go up the trail from their Devil’s Garden Campground. Altogether thirteen different arches grab their attention, and send them off to search for red pictographs, rainbows, and prehistoric animals. Meanwhile, nefarious “baddies” are hot on their trail, trying to steal Omega’s talking Zuni necklace and moldavite stone. By accident they also run into the famous “Moab mastodon” petroglyph. But it is modern day mastodons, the stone Parade of Elephants in the park that finally brings their adventure to a close.

Janice Beaty, Professor Emerita from Elmira College is best known for her college textbooks in the field of Early Childhood Education. The books Skills for Preschool Teachers, Observing Development of the Young Child, and Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten (with Linda Pratt) have educated students around the world. Beaty is a world traveler herself, but closest to her heart are her travels to the national parks of the American Southwest. From her former home in Taos, New Mexico she journeyed many times to these parks, especially pursuing her hobby of finding and interpreting petroglyphs. This is the third in her National Park Adventure Series books. Jarod and the Mystery of the Joshua Trees and Jarod and the Mystery of the Petroglyphs are also from Sunstone Press. Includes Glossary, Bibliography, and Readers Guide. Cover illustration and drawings by Lillian C. Beaty.

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JOSEPH IS LEAVING
A Novel of the American Frontier
By George A. Stehling

Historical fiction about a young farmer from Germany who migrated to Texas in 1845 with hopes of settling on a 320 acre land grant.

After the defeat of General Santa Anna in the year 1836, the Republic of Texas found itself with lots of land but few resources to protect it. One remedy was to issue land grants to military veterans and foreigners that would improve and occupy it. In 1845, the weak economic conditions in Germany motivated Joseph Schmidt, a young farmer, to apply for 320 acres of land at a place called Texas. It was a shock to his family, as it was “on the other side of the world” and it was not known if they would ever see each other again. When the tall ship landed on the shallow beaches of Texas, the immigrants learned that the horses and wagons that they had been promised were not there to take them into the interior of Texas. After a long wait, Joseph packed all his belongings on an ox-driven cart and left to locate his farmland. After a long trek, he located some German immigrants on the banks of a winding river. They advised him that they were unable to access the land grant as it was controlled by Comanche Indians. There, Joseph helped create a town named Anfang much like the towns of today that have a public building in the center of a town square. After a marriage to Jenell and the raising of boy and girl twins, their son was captured by Indians. After consulting a disabled Texas Ranger, Joseph leaves his wife and daughter to search for their son.

George A. Stehling is one of eleven children who spoke mostly German up until the time they entered grade school. While growing up, he and his siblings frequently worked and performed many duties in their family men’s clothing store. George graduated from St. Mary University in San Antonio, Texas, with a BBA degree. After serving in the Air Force reserves, he worked for General Motors Corporation for over twenty years with management positions in Texas and New Mexico. He later joined some of his brothers and sisters who had established a chain of Mexican restaurants. After the chain was later sold, he remained in Austin, Texas, to buy, improve, and resell small tracts of vacant land. The return to his hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas, gave him time to write this fictional story about the people, customs, and history of the vital mid-nineteenth century. As a descendent of the German pioneers who settled in Texas, he has an unwavering appreciation for the brave pioneers who prepared the way for us, wherever they may be or came from. He invites you to join this adventure without having to travel on a cargo ship, sleep under a grass covered roof, or learn to dance on a dirt surface.

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JOURNEY TO A STRAW BALE HOUSE
The Long Road to Santa Rita in an Old Hispano Neighborhood on the Northern Edge of New Mexico
By F. Harlan Flint

This tale is the author’s life ramble that led to the adventure of building a cabin in the northern New Mexico wilderness. The place, called Santa Rita by its founders, was the site of a tiny settlement built by Hispano homesteaders a century earlier. One of Flint’s new neighbors was Baudelio Garcia, a descendant of original pioneers. Garcia partnered with the author to take on the unfamiliar task of building a straw bale house, beginning when the winter snows were still on the surrounding mountains and having the house under roof when the fall snows arrived. Garcia helped navigate the largely Hispano neighborhood to make the project succeed. The collaboration revealed the strong attachment of the local people for their home place, their patria chica, and the persistence of their ancient language and culture.

F. Harlan Flint’s interest in the Spanish language and culture was triggered by his first Spanish teacher, a Sephardic Jewish woman who had fled Francisco Franco’s Spain. Flint attended Swarthmore College and then the University of New Mexico where he later earned his law degree after three years in the Army. In Santa Fe he served first as an Assistant Attorney General and then as General Counsel for the New Mexico State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission. He then left for a twenty year career as a corporate executive before returning home to New Mexico. He is also the author of Hispano Homesteaders from Sunstone Press.

Email: candhflint@aol.com

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THE KANDINSKY CONUNDRUM
A Megan Crespi Mystery Series Novel
By Alessandra Comini

A moving van filled with eleven Wassily Kandinsky paintings stolen from Munich’s famous Lenbach House Museum during a violent neo-Nazi demonstration is hijacked in Slovakia. Two rival Kandinsky collectors appear to be involved: Igor Rasputin of Odessa, visiting in Munich, and Boris Zima of Moscow, whose agent Raisa Sokolova is keeping tabs on Rasputin. Puzzlingly, the museum adamantly declares there has been no theft, even though its night watchman has been found murdered.

Also visiting Munich is retired art history professor Megan Crespi, slated to give a lecture she titles, curiously enough, “Double Kandinsky.” In between visits to “mad” King Ludwig’s fantasy castles, Megan comes into contact with possible suspects, ranging from Rasputin to Iris and Laszlo Togarassy, owners of Munich’s new The Blue Rider gallery featuring Kandinsky’s works, to Katrina Keller, associate director of the Lenbach. Manipulating events connected with the theft are a young, careless gambler who owns a building behind the Lenbach, two men from the Ukrainian island of Amiinyi—one a computer wizard, the other a science photographer—and their Munich engineer friend Alyksandr Miesel, neo-Nazi leader Walter Krankenhauer, and Detective Dieter Löser.

Crespi’s lecture, including results of state-of-the-art XRF technology, becomes the revelatory preamble to a thrilling denouement that cracks the Kandinsky conundrum.

Includes a Readers Guide.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press as well as The Fantastic Art of Vienna, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Schiele in Prison. Comini’s travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, also from Sunstone Press, extend from Europe to Antarctica and are reflected in her Megan Crespi Mystery Series: Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Kokoschka Capers, The Munch Murders, and The Kollwitz Calamities, all published by Sunstone Press.

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KIT CARSON'S OWN STORY OF HIS LIFE
Facsimile of Original 1926 Edition
By Christopher "Kit" Carson

New Foreword by Marc Simmons

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In 1826 a seventeen-year-old Christopher “Kit” Carson ran away from his job as apprentice to a saddler in Franklin, Missouri and joined a merchant caravan bound for Santa Fe in the far Southwest. The flight marked his entry into the pages of history. In the decades that followed, Carson gained renown as a trapper, hunter, guide, rancher, army courier, Indian agent, and military officer. Along the way, his varied career as a frontiersman elevated him to the status of a national hero, on a par with Daniel Boone.

In 1856, while at home with his family in Taos, New Mexico, Kit (being illiterate) dictated his autobiography, which dealt with the innumerable adventures he had experienced to that point. However, some of the most significant episodes in his life would unfold in the ensuing years, leading up to his death in 1868.

Since Taos artist and writer Blanche Chloe Grant first edited and published the Carson manuscript in 1926, it has become the central source for all subsequent biographers. In 1935 Milo Milton Quaife annotated another edition under the title of Kit Carson’s Autobiography, published by Lakeside Press of Chicago, and afterward reprinted by the University of Nebraska Press. Western historian Harvey Lewis Carter followed suit with publication of the most heavily edited version yet, with his “Dear Old Kit”: The Historical Christopher Carson (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968).

Sunstone Press by electing to bring back into print Blanche Grant’s original 1926 book, regarded perhaps as the handiest of the three published versions, calls attention anew to this pioneering memoir of the celebrated Kit Carson.

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THE LAND OF THE PUEBLOS
Facsimile of Original 1888 Edition
By Susan E. Wallace

Facsimile of original edition published in 1888 of a collection of stories about early days in the American Southwest. Includes a new foreword by Marcia Muth.

Susan E. Wallace takes us into the heart of nineteenth-century New Mexico and its surrounding Indian Pueblos. Eagerly, she shares her adventures and observations about the land, history, customs and inhabitants. We start with her journey West first by rail and then by buckboard. We go with her to her first contact with Native Americans and attend an Indian ceremony. We share her excitement as she forces open a heavy wooden door into a locked and forgotten room in the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. Her discovery? Not a treasure of gold or jewels but tumbled piles of written records, some of them dating from the early 1600s. This is only one of the many accounts Wallace wrote about her time in New Mexico. While her husband, Lew Wallace, was busy with his duties as the governor of the New Mexico Territory and working on what was to be his most popular book, Ben Hur, Susan was having her articles published in the popular magazines of the day. They were later collected and published in book form in 1888 and are now once more available in this facsimile edition.

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LANDER BLUE
Fate, Turquoise Treasure and Survival
By Richard Ryan and Gail Douglas

A mystery novel, set in Nevada and New Mexico, follows a grandson trying to solve a treasure hunt for ten million dollars worth of Lander Blue turquoise hidden by his grandfather for him to find.

In 1973, Mort Hamilton stops for lunch in Battle Mountain, Nevada. There a stunning Lander Blue turquoise stone set in a silver bracelet and a double homicide, combined with fate, change his life forever. Over the next forty-seven years Mort becomes a successful Santa Fe businessman. Before he dies unexpectedly from the Covid virus, he sets up a treasure hunt for his grandson Michael, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan and a kindred spirit for magic, puzzles and riddles. The “treasure” is a ten million dollar bag of Lander Blue turquoise. Only 108 pounds were mined. There will be no more. Five treasure hunt clues lead Michael to the Battle Mountain Diner, to a trading post in Gallup, to a deserted mine on Turquoise Hill and through Santa Fe. As Michael and his new love solve the clues, Lester “Cozy” MacFarland, a bitter ex-Albuquerque cop secretly tracks them. Finding the treasure takes a back seat to staying alive. Can you solve the clues with Michael before Cozy does? Includes Readers Guide.

Richard Ryan resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico after retiring from a career in construction and university academia. Gail Douglas resides in Taos, New Mexico after retiring from a career with a major insurance company. Their enthusiasm for New Mexico and a common fascination with Southwest turquoise mines and the stories behind them formed the partnership to write Lander Blue.

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THE LEADING FACTS OF NEW MEXICAN HISTORY, VOL I
Facsimile of Original 1911 Edition
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

Voted one of the 100 Best New Mexico Books.

New Foreword by Richard Melzer, Ph.D.

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Historians have long admired Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, considered the first major history of the state. Put succinctly by former State Historian Robert J. Tórrez, Twitchell’s work (of which this is one of the first two volumes Sunstone Press is reprinting in its Southwest Heritage Series) has “become the standard by which all subsequent books on New Mexico history are measured.” As Twitchell wrote in the preface of his first volume, his goal in writing The Leading Facts was to respond to the “pressing need” for a history of New Mexico with a commitment to “accuracy of statement, simplicity of style, and impartiality of treatment.”

RALPH EMERSON TWITCHELL was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 29, 1859. Arriving in New Mexico when he was twenty-three, he immediately became involved in political and civic activities. In 1885 he helped organize a new territorial militia in Santa Fe and saw active duty in western New Mexico. Later appointed judge advocate of the Territorial Militia, he attained the rank of colonel, a title he was proud to use for the rest of his life. By 1893 he was elected the mayor of Santa Fe and, thereafter, district attorney of Santa Fe County.

Twitchell probably promoted New Mexico as much as any single New Mexican of his generation. An avid supporter of New Mexico statehood, he argued the territory’s case for elevated political status, celebrated its final victory in 1912, and even designed New Mexico’s first state flag in 1915.

Just as Twitchell’s first edition in 1911 helped celebrate New Mexico’s entry into statehood in 1912, the newest edition serves as a tribute to the state’s centennial celebration of 2012. In the apt words of an editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time of Twitchell’s death in 1925: “As press agent for the best things of New Mexico, her traditions, history, beauty, glamour, scenery, archaeology, and material resources, he was indefatigable and efficient.”

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THE LEADING FACTS OF NEW MEXICAN HISTORY, VOL. II
Facsimile of Original 1912 Edition
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

Voted one of the 100 Best New Mexico Books.

New Foreword by Richard Melzer, Ph.D.

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Historians have long admired Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, considered the first major history of the state. Put succinctly by former State Historian Robert J. Tórrez, Twitchell’s work (of which this is one of the first two volumes Sunstone Press is reprinting in its Southwest Heritage Series) has “become the standard by which all subsequent books on New Mexico history are measured.” As Twitchell wrote in the preface of his first volume, his goal in writing The Leading Facts was to respond to the “pressing need” for a history of New Mexico with a commitment to “accuracy of statement, simplicity of style, and impartiality of treatment.”

RALPH EMERSON TWITCHELL was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 29, 1859. Arriving in New Mexico when he was twenty-three, he immediately became involved in political and civic activities. In 1885 he helped organize a new territorial militia in Santa Fe and saw active duty in western New Mexico. Later appointed judge advocate of the Territorial Militia, he attained the rank of colonel, a title he was proud to use for the rest of his life. By 1893 he was elected the mayor of Santa Fe and, thereafter, district attorney of Santa Fe County.

Twitchell probably promoted New Mexico as much as any single New Mexican of his generation. An avid supporter of New Mexico statehood, he argued the territory’s case for elevated political status, celebrated its final victory in 1912, and even designed New Mexico’s first state flag in 1915.

Just as Twitchell’s first edition of Vol. II in 1912 helped celebrate New Mexico’s entry into statehood in 1912, the newest edition serves as a tribute to the state’s centennial celebration of 2012. In the apt words of an editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time of Twitchell’s death in 1925: “As press agent for the best things of New Mexico, her traditions, history, beauty, glamour, scenery, archaeology, and material resources, he was indefatigable and efficient.”

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JOHN HENRY TUNSTALL
Revised Edition with a New Foreword by the Author and an Addendum with Corrections
By Frederick Nolan

The letters and diaries of John Henry Tunstall, a young rancher-Englishman murdered in 1878 during New Mexico Territory’s Lincoln County War.

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In 1956, Frederick Nolan, then 25, located in the archives of the British Foreign Office a substantial file of original correspondence between the British and American governments, the family of John Tunstall, and many of the participants in the New Mexico Territory’s Lincoln County War. Soon after this he was given unconditional access to Tunstall’s letters and diaries, and three and a half years later—although he had never set foot in the United States—completed a biography based upon the sympathetically-edited letters and diaries of the young English rancher whose brutal murder in February, 1878, triggered the bitter and unrelenting violence that followed.

His widely-acclaimed debut is recognized today as a breakthrough work which completely revolutionized historical understanding of the personalities and events of New Mexico’s Lincoln County War and in the process changed forever the way the subject would be written about. The first book ever to link those events to the shadowy cabal known as the Santa Fe Ring, the first book ever to place Billy the Kid in the true context of his time, the first book ever to make available the letters of such men as Alexander McSween, Huston Chapman, and the hitherto unknown Robert Widenmann, it set new standards for both research and writing in this field and in the process became a classic. It is augmented in this edition with a new foreword and a supplement of corrections to the first edition which incorporates the author’s more recent historical and biographical research.

Frederick Nolan is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on the history of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War and both he and his work on the subject have been garlanded with honors. He has received the Border Regional Library Association of Texas’ Award for Literary Excellence, the first France V. Scholes Prize from the Historical Society of New Mexico, and the first J. Evetts Haley Fellowship from the Haley Memorial Library in Midland, Texas. The Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association has presented him with its highest honor, the Glenn Shirley Award, for his lifetime contribution to outlaw-lawman history and The Westerners Foundation has named his The West of Billy the Kid one of the 100 most important 20th-century historical works on the American West. In 2007 the National Outlaw-Lawman Association awarded him its prestigious William D. Reynolds Award in recognition of his outstanding research and writing in Western history and in 2008 True West magazine named him “Best Living Non-Fiction Writer.” Among his other books about the West are an annotated edition of Pat Garrett’s Authentic Life of Billy the Kid; Bad Blood: the Life and Times of the Horrell Brothers; The West of Billy the Kid; and The Lincoln County War, the latter from Sunstone Press in a new edition. He lives in England.

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LIFE BEGINS AT SEVENTY
By Gerald G. Hotchkiss

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As time goes by, there are too many clocks in my house. If the power goes off, besides the time pieces themselves, there are those embedded in our refrigerator, stove, telephones, car, you name it. All awaiting a resetting. Our lives do, too. Of course life doesn't begin at seventy, nor did it end at thirty. It is said the three demands of youngsters are: see me, hear me, pay attention to me. Well it's clear to those of us in our second childhood, few see us or hear us, much less pay attention to us. The world is interested in younger generations. My essays pay attention to us with a twist, or at least a chuckle.

Gerald G. Hotchkiss is a retired magazine publisher who has written several children's and young adult books including: Emily and the Lost City of Ergup, the first Emily story; Emily In Khara Koto, Zoe and the Pirate Ship Revenge and Claire at the Crocker Farm, all from Sunstone Press; Music Makers, A Guide to Singing in a Chorus also from Sunstone Press; and has illustrated One Hundred Million Wombats. He worked at Life, Look and Newsweek and was publisher of Psychology Today and Science Digest. His last magazine, as publisher, was 50 Plus, a Whitney publication for seniors.


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LORENZO IN TAOS
D. H. Lawrence and Mabel Dodge Luhan
By Mabel Dodge Luhan

Facsimile of Original 1932 Edition with a New Foreword by Arthur J. Bachrach

In September, 1922, the internationally known British writer D. H. Lawrence arrived with his wife, Frieda, at the railroad station in Lamy, New Mexico. They had traveled from Australia to San Francisco, then to Lamy, to come to Taos at the invitation of Mabel Dodge Sterne, later Mabel Dodge Luhan, the patroness of arts and culture in Taos.

It was the beginning of an intense, sometimes strained, relationship. Mabel, daughter of a well-to-do Buffalo, New York family, had a long history of cultivating arts and letters, surrounding herself with famous artists and writers in her salons in Florence, Italy and in New York City. She continued her support of literature and the arts in Taos.

Lawrence encouraged Mabel to write about her own exciting life and, while back in Italy in 1925, continued corresponding with Mabel and edited manuscripts she sent to him. Her book, Lorenzo in Taos, is written loosely in the form of letters to and from D. H. Lawrence, Frieda Lawrence, and Robinson Jeffers, the celebrated poet who had been a guest of Mabel’s in Taos, with references to Dorothy Brett and Spud Johnson among others. The book is a highly personal and most informative account of an intense relationship with a great writer. It is an important work and its reprinting is welcomed by scholars and those of us who have come increasingly to respect Mabel’s contributions in the world of arts and letters through her support of many individuals and her own creative spirit.

Born in 1879 to a wealthy Buffalo family, Mabel Dodge Luhan earned fame for her friendships with American and European artists, writers and intellectuals and for her influential salons held in her Italian villa and Greenwich Village apartments. In 1917, weary of society and wary of a world steeped in war, she set down roots in remote Taos, New Mexico, then publicized the tiny town’s inspirational beauty to the world, drawing a steady stream of significant guests to her adobe estate, including artist Georgia O’Keeffe, poet Robinson Jeffers, and authors D. H. Lawrence and Willa Cather. Luhan could be difficult, complex and often cruel, yet she was also generous and supportive, establishing a solid reputation as a patron of the arts and as an author of widely read autobiographies. She died in Taos in 1962.

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LOS COMANCHES
The Horse People, 1751–1845
By Stanley T. Noyes

“…a real find for anyone interested in American history, or in the well-told tale on one of the West’s most fascinating cultures.” —Tony Hillerman

The Comanche Indians dominated the Southern Plains of America from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. No plains people was more feared or admired for its mastery of warfare and life in a harsh, arid environment. Euro- and Native Americans alike anxiously dreaded the ferocity of Comanche enmity yet avidly sought the uncertainty of Comanche friendship. In this richly textured history, the author recounts the relations of Comanches to Spanish, French, Mexican, American, and Native American neighbors while his vignettes provide vivid glimpses into Comanche culture and society. This book is a sensitive portrait of human society and physical place. By the end of the book we understand the Comanches both as a peerless warrior society and as an embattled people.

Stanley T. Noyes grew up in California and was a writer, educator, and arts administrator. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Ruhr campaign in a reconnaissance troop. They crossed the Rhine ahead of U.S. forces and later liberated slave labor camps. He was awarded the Bronze Star. When he returned he attended the University of California, Berkeley where he met and married fellow student Nancy Black in 1949 and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees. For sport he rode bareback horses and bulls in rodeos in California and Nevada. Later Stan taught college at Cal extension and California College of the Arts. He lived in France with his family for about six years. They moved to Santa Fe in 1964 and he taught at the College of Santa Fe, and briefly at the University of New Mexico. He later was a program director for the New Mexico Arts Division. Stan was a published author of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction, notably The French Comanche from Sunstone Press. Noyes was an avid hiker in the mountains of New Mexico often accompanied by his wolf hybrids. He spent many summers hiking the Pyrenees with his family and close French and Spanish friends.

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THE MAISEL'S MURALS, 1939
Native American Art of the American Southwest
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The murals fronting the entrance of Skip Maisel’s Indian Jewelry and Crafts store at 510 Central Avenue SW in Albuquerque, New Mexico are a treasure of Native American painting and are of national importance. They represent some of the earliest and finest paintings by a seminal group of Southwestern native artists. Commissioned in 1939 by the store’s founder, Maurice Maisel, the grandfather of the current owner, the murals are an extraordinary expression of fine arts, rarely seen on a commercial building. Despite their prominence on the building’s façade, a fixture in downtown Albuquerque, they are essentially hidden in plain sight.

The murals’ subject matter demonstrates a unifying thematic context. Through the use of paired opposites, cultural themes and subjects can be compared and contrasted. In addition, the stylistic differences between artists, while showing the strong influence of training at “The Studio” art program at the Santa Fe Indian School established by Dorothy Dunn, they also demonstrate considerable differences in execution.

The Maisel’s building was designed by legendary New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem, popularizer of the Santa Fe Style. Meem hired well known Santa Fe artist Olive Rush for a total of $1,500 to paint the murals. She then hired eleven Native Americans to undertake the project and saw to it that they were paid a fair wage.

Maisel’s was to be Rush’s last Native American project and she clearly wished the project to be a culmination statement of the mural work she had been engaged in with The Studio for nearly a decade. To that end, she included artists of varying ages, from forty-four year old Awa Tsireh of the first generation of Pueblo painters, to sixteen year old Popovi Da, a beginning Studio painter and the son of famous potters Maria and Julian Martinez, as well as including representatives of three principal Native American cultures in the Southwest: Pueblo, Navajo and Apache.

Paul R. Secord is a 1972 graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in anthropology and geology. He had a professional career in Southern California as a planning consultant specializing in historic and cultural resources. Since moving permanently to New Mexico in 2010, he has undertaken a number of history and archaeology projects and is the author of five books on New Mexico history: Albuquerque Deco and Pueblo, Santa Fe’s Historic Hotels, Pecos, Bandelier National Monument, and The Galisteo Basin and Cerrillos Hills.


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A MAN CALLED JESUS
A Novel
By Rick Herrick

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Have you ever wondered about Nazareth as a place to live in the first century? How about Jesus the miracle worker: how did he do the great deeds reported of him in the New Testament? A Man Called Jesus answers these questions and more. It recreates Jesus as a Jew in contrast to the first Christian of the early church. It’s a novel that makes one central assumption about the historical Jesus. He was a man all about love. In doing so it creates a Jesus that is relevant for all times and all places.

Rick Herrick (PhD, Tulane University) is a former tenured university professor and magazine editor. He is the author of three published novels and a work of nonfiction entitled The Case Against Evangelical Christianity. His musical play, “Lighthouse Point,” was performed as a fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in 2013.

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THE MAN WITH THE CALABASH PIPE
Some Observations
By Oliver La Farge

New Foreword by Marc Simmons and An Appreciation by John Pen La Farge

From 1950 until just before his death in 1963, Pulitzer Prize winner (for Laughing Boy) Oliver La Farge wrote weekly columns for The Santa Fe New Mexican—a total of some 350,000 words. A collection of these writings was edited in 1966 by his friend, Winfield Townley Scott and published as The Man With the Calabash Pipe.

As Scott says in his introduction, “Though often in the background, and with much said relevant to anywhere in America, a strong sense of place permeates these essays, whatever their matter. The Southwest in general, Santa Fe in particular, became his locus classicus—or his pulpit.” Sometimes the “observations” that take place in some of the pieces in this collection are between La Farge and his alter ego, the “Man With the Calabash Pipe,” thus the title of the book, and they are marvels of rueful humor. In others the author enjoys his talks with his imaginary friend, Horned Husband Kachina Chief from Awatovi. In writing about Santa Fe, La Farge scolded, reprimanded, corrected, reminded, berated, bemoaned, rejoiced in, and urged on the town in a dozen moods, always out of a fierce devotion. His comments on “Writing the Language” are salutatory as well as amusing. Then, in and out of these essays wanders that Man With the Calabash Pipe—a sardonic bachelor who refuses to light his heater since a likeable mouse is in residence underneath it.

Scott continues, “…I think any reader who never had to the luck to know Oliver La Farge will touch the man as nowhere else in his work save perhaps that revealing autobiography, Raw Material; and will be touched and will come to feel the overtones of a unique, complex individual.”

Born in 1901, Oliver Hazard Perry La Farge is ranked among the literary lions of Southwestern letters. Since he died in 1963, his reputation has continued to grow and new honors have been added to his name. Laughing Boy, a novel of Navajo life, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1930, putting his name in lights before he was 30.

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THE MISSIONS OF NEW MEXICO Since 1776
By John L. Kessell

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The Bicentennial of the United States in 1976 gave rise to myriad projects. In New Mexico—still a borderlands possession of Spain in 1776—an unusually keen Franciscan observer, Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez, painted an extraordinarily detailed and often unflattering word picture of the colony. The Missions of New Mexico, 1776, impeccably translated and edited by distinguished historians Eleanor B. Adams and Fray Angélico Chávez, is a single source like no other that reveals life in raw and remote, late-eighteenth-century New Mexico.

Dispatched from Mexico City as canonical inspector of the missions of New Mexico, the meticulous Father Domínguez stepped off the measurements of the churches, counted the number of ceiling beams, and described the physical layout and contents of the missions, all to the delight of subsequent architectural and art historians. Given such detailed descriptions of the missions’ fabric in 1776, a simple question arose. What has become of these mud-and-stone-built structures in the past two hundred years?

Historian John L. Kessell’s The Missions of New Mexico Since 1776 addresses that question. “Two hundred years after Domínguez,” Kessell concludes, “the survival count is nothing to brag about. Of the thirty-two churches or chapels he recorded in 1776, twelve persist on more or less the same foundations in more or less the same form–San Miguel in Santa Fe, Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Picurís, Las Trampas, Tomé, Cochití, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Laguna, Ácoma, and Isleta.” And none of these has fallen since 1980. Most, in fact, are being lovingly cared for.

Played out differently at each location, all of Domínguez’s churches underwent the same progression. First came neglect as Spain’s American empire crumbled and Mexico tried to rule. Next Anglos peddling modernization offered tin roofs for dirt or, better still, new structures for old. By then, however, nostalgic folks had begun experiencing the charm of the outdated, and the Pueblo-Mission style of architecture was born. Simultaneously, just in time toward the end of the nineteenth century, dawned the continuing era of historic preservation. New Mexico’s surviving missions had become monuments.

The new editions of Missions and Missions Since from Sunstone Press make readily available these two complementary fixtures of New Mexico cultural studies.

Born in New Jersey and raised in California, John L. Kessell did not set out to be a professional historian. His work in the 1960s, however, at Tumacacori National Monument, site of a Spanish colonial mission, alerted him to the possibility. Returning to graduate school with new purpose, he earned his doctorate at the University of New Mexico, survived a precarious decade as historian-for-hire, and joined the UNM Department of History. His major historical editing project with colleagues Rick Hendricks, Meredith D. Dodge, and Larry D. Miller resulted in the six-volume Journals of don Diego de Vargas, New Mexico, 1691–1704. Kessell is also author of Kiva, Cross and Crown: The Pecos Indians and New Mexico, 1540–1840, Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico, and East Orange by Christmas, the latter also from Sunstone Press.


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THE MISSIONS OF NEW MEXICO, 1776
By Eleanor B. Adams and Fray Angélico Chávez, Translators and Annotators

Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez, canonical inspector of the missions of New Mexico in 1776, compared most everything in New Mexico to Mexico City, “the delightful and alluring cradle of my birth, for which no praise is ever adequate.” And hardly anything measured up. He disparaged the people of New Mexico and the religious art of Spanish immigrant Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco. Then, by an ironic twist later in 1776, Domínguez found himself on a five-month vision quest with Miera and Fray Silvestre Vélez de Escalante. Domínguez likened New Mexican churches to hacienda granaries, wine cellars, or Mexican pulque parlors. He found fault with certain of his Franciscan brethren, calling them on their drunkenness, insubordination, or public scandal. Yet all the while, Father Domínguez maintained the keen eye and curiosity of a born observer.

From no other document do we learn so much about daily life in raw and remote late colonial New Mexico. How much a nanny goat cost (2 pesos), a fat pig (12 pesos), a trade knife (1 buffalo hide), a captive Indian girl from twelve to twenty years old (2 good horses and assorted dry goods), or the funeral of a Spanish child with tall cross and cope (8 pesos); how to prepare atole or chocolate (not coffee); the resentment of the colony’s merchants toward their Chihuahua creditors and the fatalism of New Mexican families living under constant threat of Comanche attack; or where to catch trout—such details abound.

Domínguez’s superiors, however, resentful of his unflattering wordiness and occasional wit, filed his commentary away unceremoniously and forgot it. Since its rediscovery in 1928 and now published in a new edition, the unparalleled Domínguez report has often been compared to the 1630 and 1634 memorials of Fray Alonso de Benavides. The contrast could scarcely be sharper. Benavides looked out hopefully upon a young colony bent upon the Christian conversion of the Pueblo Indians, and Domínguez saw realistically what an ever more secular world had wrought. Whereas Benavides condemned Pueblo Indian ceremonial kivas as dens of devil worship, Domínguez routinely inventoried them as men’s club houses. For their timely views, we are deeply indebted to both men.

The collaboration of Eleanor B. Adams—woman of letters, editor, and historian of colonial Latin America—and Fray Angélico Chávez—man of letters, priest, artist, and historian of Hispanic New Mexico—could not have been more fortuitous. Together, they polished for us this unique window on late-eighteenth-century New Mexico, providing a seamless translation as well as explanatory materials. It is more than fitting that by their art the words of the uncompromising Father Domínguez live on.


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THE MOON HORSE
A Novel
By Tanya Kern

Toni is a young woman looking for love and happiness during the drug and alcohol infested era of the 1990s. Toni’s passion is caring for her rescued animals on her small ranch outside an artistic and unconventional city in northern New Mexico. But, unexpectedly, her life is threatened and her beautiful horse has a serious accident. Can she save her own life while she tries to save the life of her beloved horse?

The author is a professional dancer and a certified Hatha Yoga instructor who loves animals and nature. She was raised by a single mother who taught her that she can achieve anything her heart desires as long as she perseveres and believes in her capabilities as a woman.

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MY LIFE ON THE FRONTIER, 1864-1882
Facsimile of Original 1935 Edition
By Miguel Antonio Otero

New Foreword by Ray John de Aragón

Miguel Antonio Otero (1859-1944) not only distinguished himself as a political leader in New Mexico and lived out his life as a champion of the people, but he is also highly recognized for his career as an author. He published his legendary My Life on the Frontier, 1864-1882, in 1935, followed by The Real Billy the Kid: With New Light on the Lincoln County War in 1936, My Life on the Frontier, 1882-1897 in 1939, and My Nine Years as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, 1897-1906 in 1940. These books, of which this is one in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series, are filled with the raw power and intrigue of the Wild West written by one who lived it. One would expect no less from such a vibrant personality who filled the pages of his monumental history with the passionate memories of an exciting era.

Otero was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, who bore the same name, and who was born in Valencia, New Mexico in 1829, had built up a stellar career in the East. Miguel Antonio Otero, Jr. was brought up in a family of wealth and influence, but he also experienced the hardships of growing up in a household that was always on the move. His family’s sojourns took him from one town to another across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. During Miguel A. Otero’s travels and frequent stopovers in Wild Western towns he came into contact with notorious outlaws like Clay Allison and popular lawmen such as Wild Bill Hickok, Pat Garrett, Elfego Baca, and other well known figures including Doc Holliday, William F. Cody (“Buffalo Bill”), General George A. Custer, and frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson. In fact, Otero was such an adventurous soul that he always sought out, or was in close contact with, anyone making headlines during the turbulent era he lived in. He even published a short lived newspaper called the Otero Optic, which eventually became the Las Vegas Daily Optic. He began his illustrious career in politics as Las Vegas City Clerk, San Miguel County probate clerk, county clerk, and recorder, and district court clerk. Then in 1892 President William McKinley appointed Miguel Antonio Otero as governor of the New Mexico territory where he served until 1906.

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MY LIFE ON THE FRONTIER, 1882-1897
Facsimile of Original 1939 Edition
By Miguel Antonio Otero

New Foreword by Ray John de Aragón

Miguel Antonio Otero (1859-1944) not only distinguished himself as a political leader in New Mexico and lived out his life as a champion of the people, but he is also highly recognized for his career as an author. He published his legendary My Life on the Frontier, 1864-1882, in 1935, followed by The Real Billy the Kid: With New Light on the Lincoln County War in 1936, My Life on the Frontier, 1882-1897 in 1939, and My Nine Years as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, 1897-1906 in 1940. These books, of which this is one in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series, are filled with the raw power and intrigue of the Wild West written by one who lived it. One would expect no less from such a vibrant personality who filled the pages of his monumental history with the passionate memories of an exciting era.

Otero was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, who bore the same name, and who was born in Valencia, New Mexico in 1829, had built up a stellar career in the East. Miguel Antonio Otero, Jr. was brought up in a family of wealth and influence, but he also experienced the hardships of growing up in a household that was always on the move. His family’s sojourns took him from one town to another across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. During Miguel A. Otero’s travels and frequent stopovers in Wild Western towns he came into contact with notorious outlaws like Clay Allison and popular lawmen such as Wild Bill Hickok, Pat Garrett, Elfego Baca, and other well known figures including Doc Holliday, William F. Cody (“Buffalo Bill”), General George A. Custer, and frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson. In fact, Otero was such an adventurous soul that he always sought out, or was in close contact with, anyone making headlines during the turbulent era he lived in. He even published a short lived newspaper called the Otero Optic, which eventually became the Las Vegas Daily Optic. He began his illustrious career in politics as Las Vegas City Clerk, San Miguel County probate clerk, county clerk, and recorder, and district court clerk. Then in 1892 President William McKinley appointed Miguel Antonio Otero as governor of the New Mexico territory where he served until 1906.

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MY NINE YEARS AS GOVERNOR OF THE TERRITORY OF NEW MEXICO, 1897-1906
Facsimile of Original 1940 Edition
By Miguel Antonio Otero

New Foreword by Ray John de Aragón

Miguel Antonio Otero (1859-1944) not only distinguished himself as a political leader in New Mexico and lived out his life as a champion of the people, but he is also highly recognized for his career as an author. He published his legendary My Life on the Frontier, 1864-1882, in 1935, followed by The Real Billy the Kid: With New Light on the Lincoln County War in 1936, My Life on the Frontier, 1882-1897 in 1939, and My Nine Years as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, 1897-1906 in 1940. These books, of which this is one in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series, are filled with the raw power and intrigue of the Wild West written by one who lived it. One would expect no less from such a vibrant personality who filled the pages of his monumental history with the passionate memories of an exciting era.

Otero was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, who bore the same name, and who was born in Valencia, New Mexico in 1829, had built up a stellar career in the East. Miguel Antonio Otero, Jr. was brought up in a family of wealth and influence, but he also experienced the hardships of growing up in a household that was always on the move. His family’s sojourns took him from one town to another across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. During Miguel A. Otero’s travels and frequent stopovers in Wild Western towns he came into contact with notorious outlaws like Clay Allison and popular lawmen such as Wild Bill Hickok, Pat Garrett, Elfego Baca, and other well known figures including Doc Holliday, William F. Cody (“Buffalo Bill”), General George A. Custer, and frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson. In fact, Otero was such an adventurous soul that he always sought out, or was in close contact with, anyone making headlines during the turbulent era he lived in. He even published a short lived newspaper called the Otero Optic, which eventually became the Las Vegas Daily Optic. He began his illustrious career in politics as Las Vegas City Clerk, San Miguel County probate clerk, county clerk, and recorder, and district court clerk. Then in 1892 President William McKinley appointed Miguel Antonio Otero as governor of the New Mexico territory where he served until 1906.

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MY PENITENTE LAND
Reflections of Spanish New Mexico
By Fray Angélico Chávez

This unusual book, Fray Angélico Chávez’s personal meditation on his cultural heritage, is also a kind of spiritual autobiography of the Hispano people of New Mexico. The spirit of New Mexico, he feels, grows out of its dry mountain terrain whose hills and valleys resemble those of Spain and of ancient Palestine. Just as this kind of landscape helped the Hebrew shepherd Abraham to find his God, so in Fray Angélico’s view, have New Mexico’s mountains kept her people close to their God. In evoking this special closeness between the divine and the human, the author returns repeatedly to the Penitentes of New Mexico—the societies of men who scourge themselves and replay the Crucifixion each Holy Week to share the sufferings of their Savior.

Some of his ideas will spark controversy over the meaning of New Mexico’s past, but Fray Angélico Chávez’s viewpoint, representing that of many native Spanish Americans, deserves the attention of every reader with an interest in the state’s Hispanic heritage. No one can read this book without gaining a new understanding of the world of the New Mexican Hispano imbedded in the dry, hilly landscape of the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Fray Angélico Chávez has been called a renaissance man and New Mexico's foremost twentieth-century humanist by biographer Ellen McCracken. Any way you measure his career, Fray Angélico Chávez was an unexpected phenomenon in the wide and sunlit land of the American Southwest. In the decades following his ordination as a Franciscan priest in 1937, Chávez performed the difficult duties of an isolated backcountry pastor. His assignments included Hispanic villages and Indian pueblos. As an army chaplain in World War II, he accompanied troops in bloody landings on Pacific islands, claiming afterwards that because of his small stature, Japanese bullets always missed him.

In time, despite heavy clerical duties, Fray Angélico managed to become an author of note as well as something of an artist and muralist. Upon all of his endeavors one finds, understandably, the imprint of his religious perspective. During nearly seventy years of writing, he published almost two dozen books. Among them were novels, essays, poetry, biographies, and histories.

All true aficionados of the American Southwest's history and culture will profit by collecting and reading the significant body of work left to us by the remarkable Fray Angé1ico Chávez. Sunstone Press has now brought back into print some of these rare titles.

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MYTHS OF MAGICAL NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN INCLUDING SALT WOMAN STORIES
By Teresa Pijoan, PhD

Myths of Native American spiritual women found throughout the Americas retold by well known American Southwestern professor, lecturer and storyteller.

Myths allow us to experience and find a meaning for life through different cultures. Myths resonate within us, bringing an experience of existing within a dissimilar reality. The Native American storytellers who shared their myths with the author were taught by their Elders who lived in a place and culture altered from that of today. These myths were told and recorded by the author with the understanding they would not be lost. Some of these myths were found to be almost lost, some to be very old, almost forgotten. The Salt Woman stories are difficult to find. They are very old and come from several cultures and diverse tellers. Other myths are from New Mexican Pueblos, Southeastern Creek, Lakota, Cheyenne, Hopi and Guiana cultures.

Teresa Pijoan was born in Espanola, New Mexico, and grew up in Indian communities where she learned the ways and legends of the Native People. Her father was a public health doctor from Barcelona and her mother was a school teacher from New York. Her grandfather was the famous Spanish author, Jose Pijoan. Teresa Pijoan is a lecturer, storyteller, research writer, and teacher. She has shared her storytelling throughout Central Europe, Mexico, and the United States. To storyteller Pijoan myths are “magic lenses” through which cultures can be viewed, understood, and deeply appreciated. Other books by Teresa Pijoan are Dead Kachina Man, American Indian Creation Myths, Native American Creation Stories of Family and Friendship, Granger’s Threat, Healers on the Mountain, Pueblo Indian Wisdom, and Ways of Indian Magic, all from Sunstone Press.

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NATIVE AMERICAN CREATION STORIES OF FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIP
Stories Retold
By Teresa Pijoan, PhD

The stories in this book, recorded by the author from personal interviews with Native American storytellers, hold the conflicts and compliments of family and/or situations of testing in relationships. Native cultures have lessons to be learned here, just as every culture does. These stories are not unique, yet they may help educate many of us today in finding solutions to similar problems.

Symbolic language holds teachings, but without respecting the old ways, many shall never learn. Human beings have lived throughout millenniums, through floods, enduring droughts, appreciating abundance of food, yet every generation has their own trials to overcome, goals to achieve and rewards to receive or lose. These stories are to remind us of how fragile each one of us is as we struggle to survive youth, middle age, and our older years. It is important to listen and remember, for once the truth is gone, we shall certainly be on our own.

Some of the Native American people represented by these stories are the Paiute, Iroquois, Pima, Kiowa, Osage, and Cherokee.

Teresa Pijoan was born in Espanola, New Mexico, and grew up in Indian communities where she learned the ways and legends of the Native People. Her father was a public health doctor from Barcelona and her mother was a school teacher from New York. Her grandfather was the famous Spanish author, Jose Pijoan. Teresa Pijoan is a lecturer, storyteller, research writer, and teacher. She has shared her storytelling throughout Central Europe, Mexico, and the United States. To storyteller Pijoan myths are “magic lenses” through which cultures can be viewed, understood, and deeply appreciated. Other books by Teresa Pijoan are Dead Kachina Man, American Indian Creation Myths, Healers on the Mountain, Pueblo Indian Wisdom, and Ways of Indian Magic, all from Sunstone Press.

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NEW MEXICO EPISODES
Stories from a Colorful Past
By John Philip Wilson

These episodes are non-fiction accounts relating to New Mexico from the earliest visit by a priest, Fray Marcos de Niza, sent by the Viceroy of New Spain in 1539, to the unwelcome intrusion of an enemy saboteur in World War I. Between these extremes we meet a witness who recalls details of an abandoned dwelling whose owner lived there two hundred years earlier, newspaper accounts of a shoot-out at Pinos Atos and its bloody aftermath, a stage ride from Las Cruces to Silver City, and how cattleman John Chisum dealt with two knights of the road. Billy the Kid’s escape from the Lincoln County Courthouse is seen in a new light, and an introduction to the Lincoln County War will help the unfamiliar reader to understand what was truly a New Mexico horse opera, with tragic results. The role of the military in the nineteenth century is shown in a glimpse of life at one fort and the report of an Army scouting party that saw a part of the country prior to its settlement. And what would an anthology be without a dog story?

The Author is an archaeologist and historical researcher, retired after ten years at the Museum of New Mexico and twenty-eight years consulting with utilities, mining and engineering companies, Native American tribes and other federal and state agencies. He is the author of Merchants, Guns, & Money: The Story of Lincoln County and Its Wars; Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid as I Knew Them; and When the Texans Came. He lives in Las Cruces with his wife Cheryl.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-304-1
118 pp.,$16.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-595-2
118 pp.,$4.99


NEW MEXICO HEROINES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, ROLE MODELS FOR TODAY
By Ron Hamm

“This book is an extraordinary labor of love and a resource for scholars in many disciplines. Above all, though, this is a book for the lay person to browse and ‘dip into’ for a glimpse of the diversity and liveliness of New Mexican history. Ron Hamm's prose is engaging and fun. It’s a little addictive—reading about all these women!” —Sharman Apt Russell, author of Diary of a Citizen Scientist, winner of the John Burroughs Award for Distinguished Nature Writing

During the twentieth century, New Mexico women of diverse ethnicities, backgrounds, beliefs, and persuasions have distinguished themselves in wide-ranging fields of interests and attainment. Groundbreaking women in New Mexico have included scientists, explorers, educators, entertainers, healers, politicians, activists, artists, musicians, and writers. Names like Mary Austin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Willa Cather spring readily to mind. Lesser-known names such as Frances Nunnery or Ida Jackson have equally compelling stories. Jenny Vincent performed with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger and was still entertaining fellow retirement home residents at age 102. Agnes Martin’s paintings sold for millions as she entered her nineties. Who could resist her stricture to “live life as a verb, not as a noun?”

Ron Hamm had previously written only about men. Now he has attempted to address that oversight by exploring the contributions of women in his home state of New Mexico. In the process of researching this project he discovered far more notable New Mexico women than he originally imagined. Hamm began working life in high school as a journalist, then after a career in public relations and a stint in teaching, transitioned to writing biographies. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Florida State University, a Master’s degree in English from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University, and an honorary Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Escuela Internacional de Negocios de América Latina in Mendoza, Argentina. He is also the author of Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest, Tales from the Range: Stories from the Saddle, and New Mexico Territorial Era Caricatures, all from Sunstone Press.


Hardcover:
6 x 9, illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-463-5
208 pp.,$34.95

Softcover:
6 x 9, illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-376-8
208 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-630-0
208 pp.,$5.99


NEW MEXICO POLITICAL HISTORY, 1967–2015
Conversations with Those Directly Involved
By Jamie Koch

Memoirs of a lifelong public servant and distinguished insurance agent in New Mexico from 1968 to 2017.

Jamie Koch, lifelong Santa Fean, known by many as a major Powerbroker in the state of New Mexico according to the New Mexico Business Weekly, has been an often behind-the-scenes voice for fiscal responsibility and prudent planning as well as being an unselfish public servant in New Mexico politics since 1968. In this book is a collection of his candid, recorded conversations with key people who have helped shape New Mexico over the years. It provides a unique look at New Mexico political history from 1967 to 2015 through conversations with those directly involved. Topics of these conversations include the state’s first subdivision regulation, the Open Meetings Act, the severance tax permanent fund, the Terrero Superfund cleanup, the founding of the New Mexico Mutual Casualty Company, Project SEARCH and Koch’s thirteen years as regent of the University of New Mexico.

Forty-two significant individuals are interviewed including former governor Bill Richardson; United States Senator Martin Heinrich; Senior Editor of the Albuquerque Journal Kent Walz; former House Speaker Raymond Sanchez; Paul Roth, MD, chancellor, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and dean of the School of Medicine; Chaouki Abdallah, past interim president of the University of New Mexico and past provost; former CEO of the University of New Mexico Hospital Steve McKernan, former State Superintendent of Insurance Chris Krahling; and Bill King, son of former governor Bruce King. Jamie Koch graduated from the University of New Mexico and began his career with Daniels Insurance, a statewide independent insurance agency established in 1937, opening the Santa Fe office in 1973 and serving as president from 1991 until 2014. In 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico. Jamie is past chairman of the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission, past Natural Resource Trustee officer, past chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party, and past president of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents as well as a past New Mexico legislator. Jamie was finance chairman for former governors Bruce King and Bill Richardson. Among the many honors he has received is the William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award from the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. United States Senator Martin Heinrich refers to Jamie’s environment stewardship in New Mexico as “legendary.” As stated about him in an editorial in the Albuquerque Journal, “It all adds up to many hours, days, weeks, months and years of putting the greater good of New Mexico first.”


Hardcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-217-4
446 pp.,$40.00

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-216-7
446 pp.,$30.00

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-541-9
pp.,$7.99


NEW MEXICO STORIES
Truths, Tales and Mysteries from Along the Río Grande
By David Roybal

Stories about the people and situations encountered during fifty years by one of New Mexico’s leading journalists.

The kindergarten student, her family recently settled from Mexico, wiggled a loose tooth that she hoped would dislodge soon so she could collect a few coins and not feel left out again at her school’s next bake sale. Lieutenant Governor E. Lee Francis decades earlier had his own wish. He wanted a restraining order against Governor David Cargo, who supposedly was making Francis fear for his safety in the state Capitol. New Mexico Stories is full of gems such as these. They’re stories about life, not just in New Mexico but beyond. They’re stories about the human condition. They’re warm, funny, revealing and at times unsettling. Together they constitute a fascinating segment of New Mexico history. David Roybal, in daily, extraordinary rounds over fifty years, positioned himself to absorb it all.

Newspaperman David Roybal came to be well recognized in isolated villages of northern New Mexico where his work addressed the state’s pressing needs of education, health care, crime prevention, and government accountability. Confronting such issues from all angles, he also was a respected presence in county courthouses and the New Mexico State Capitol, reporting on governors from David Cargo to Susana Martínez. A New Mexico native, his stories have covered the political campaigns of former President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress. Roybal has also served as a speech writer for a U.S. cabinet secretary and as an executive assistant to a New Mexico governor, state legislative leaders and university presidents. He’s an “organic intellectual,” moving beyond his formal education to understand the richness and frailties of his surroundings, says Arturo Madrid, a distinguished professor honored in the White House for his contributions to the humanities. This is Roybal’s fifth book.


Hardcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-434-5
396 pp.,$42.95

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-267-9
396 pp.,$26.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-558-7
396 pp.,$4.99


NEW MEXICO TERRITORIAL ERA CARICATURES
By Ron Hamm

A collection of caricatures and short biographies of prominent men in New Mexico Territorial times.

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Step inside the pages of New Mexico Territorial Era Caricatures and learn about the men who made New Mexico what it is. See their likenesses and read about them. Druggists, farmers, postmasters. Many in these pages were just ordinary men who were concerned about running their businesses, making a living, and providing for their families. If they had time they attended lodge meetings and helped make their community a better place in which to live. But there were others. They made their mark on a larger territorial stage. Governors, senators, land speculators, educators, military men, influential newspaper editors. They were true movers and shakers. What all these men in this book had in common was their love for New Mexico and their desire to make it better. Some of these men you thought you knew. Learn anew. Others you have never heard of. This book will make you wish you had. Discover hidden facets and see their likeness drawn at their height of their renown by a master illustrator, Harry Samuel Palmer.

RON HAMM has written about New Mexico and New Mexicans for more than thirty years. He first wrote about many of the figures who appear in New Mexico Territorial Era Caricatures for New Mexico Magazine. Others appear more recently in his recent book, The Bursums of New Mexico. He never ceases to be grateful for the contributions they have made to the place he has called home for the past fifty years. His regret is that he could not have met them personally.


Softcover:
8 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-980-3
188 pp.,$24.95


NEW MEXICO'S STRUGGLE FOR STATEHOOD
Sixty Years of Effort to Obtain Self Government
By L. Bradford Prince

LeBaron Bradford Prince (1840-1922) was a transplanted New Yorker, a tireless judge, a controversial territorial governor, a gentleman scholar, and an early leader of the Historical Society of New Mexico. In all these roles, and others, he was a passionate advocate of New Mexico statehood.

Prince was born, raised, and educated in New York. As a young attorney, his political career in state politics had progressed well until he clashed with leaders of the state Republican Party machine. Salvaging his political fortunes in the West, Prince won appointment as the chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1879. By all accounts, no territorial judge worked harder than Prince, often hearing cases from 8:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night. In what time remained in his busy days, Prince compiled a 603-page volume of territorial laws and began to write history with the clear purpose of advocating New Mexico statehood. His first work on New Mexico history, entitled Historical Sketches of New Mexico from the Earliest Records to the American Occupation, appeared in 1883. New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood (1910) and The Student’s History of New Mexico (1921) followed. All are included in Sunstone’s Southwest Heritage Series.

This new edition of New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood includes a facsimile of the original edition along with a new foreword by Richard Melzer, PhD, a biographical sketch from History of New Mexico (1891) by Helen Haines, and a tribute to the memory of L. Bradford Prince from a publication of the Historical Society of New Mexico, No. 25.

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Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-516-8
170 pp.,$34.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-731-1
170 pp.,$26.95


NO PRETTY PICTURE
Maud Hawk Wright and Villa’s Raid on Columbus
By Michael Archie Hays

Includes Readers Guide. See Movie/TV treatment below.

A testament to strength and determination, Maud Hawk Wright recounts the true story of a young American woman who is kidnapped from her ranch in Chihuahua during the Mexican Revolution by Villista raiders. The raiders force her and her husband off their land, leaving their infant child with a hired hand, and shortly afterward, murdering her husband.

Bereft and grieving, Maud is taken to Pancho Villa’s encampment in the mountains, peopled by hundreds of revolutionaries, preparing for action. To her surprise, Maud is chosen to ride with Villa and four hundred of his soldiers to the north. Enduring a brutal nine-day trek through the mountains of northern Mexico with Villa and his small army, Maud witnesses the violent mania of Villa and his officers and learns the stories of people who follow him.

During the ride, Maud learns that she will become a participant in Villa’s grandiose plan to invade the United States. Before dawn of the ninth day of Maud’s captivity, she finds herself riding as a member of Villa’s army as it crosses the border to attack a small border town, Columbus, New Mexico. What happens is surprising.

Includes Readers Guide.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-524-3
134 pp.,$32.95

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6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-102-3
134 pp.,$18.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-463-4
134 pp.,$4.99


NOURISHING THE BODY AND RECOVERING HEALTH
The Positive Science of Food
By Ana M. Negrón, MD

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In this one-of-a-kind book and guide, the author redefines health care as the practice of nourishing ourselves to support a lifelong partnership with our body. Guiding us from the human cell to the kitchen and beyond, the author explores every intersection where the body meets food. We are reminded that only nourishing food is capable of powering our metabolism, our brains, and our muscles. With the “Virtual Kitchen Tour”—a unique and practical exercise—we are invited to reevaluate our household food bank. Living in the context of relationships, family, friends, schools, senior centers, the workplace, and the community, all are recognized and respected participants in the lifestyle changes one will undertake. There is also a close look at how a western lifestyle contributes to chronic illness and how we can amend this. And through actual case studies we are invited to reflect on our own life ways.

Board certified in family medicine, Ana M. Negrón graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Medical School and completed her family practice residency at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has made cooking with patients integral to her practice. Doctor Negrón volunteers at a clinic for the uninsured, teaches young physicians the role of food in medicine, and owns a solo nutrition practice.

“Ana M. Negrón moves from the doctor’s office to the kitchen, in pursuit of preventive measures to help her patients, as well as the public. From treating diabetes to preventing heart disease, the answers to today’s health crisis may be found on the dinner plate. In this book Negrón provides clear and specific diet strategies to take charge of your health once and for all.” —Sharon Palmer, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist, and author of Plant-Powered for Life

“This book is written by a physician who has taken the time to explore the real science (as opposed to that funded by the junk food industry). She writes clearly and positively about the wonderful benefits that are waiting for you, and tells you precisely what you can do to obtain far more health, joy and personal power.” —John Robbins, author of Diet For A New America, The Food Revolution, and President of The Food Revolution Network

“Ana Negrón’s new book is an alchemical wonder. In it, Dr. Negrón combines the hard-nosed rigor of a scientist, the non-nonsense clarity of a great family doctor, the cheerful efficiency of a top-notch life coach, and the compassionate soul of a loving abuelita.” —Howard Jacobson, PhD, contributing author to Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, and host of the Plant Yourself Podcast

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Ana-M-Negr%C3%B3n-MD-892184387537788/timeline

Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-065-1
284 pp.,$42.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-064-4
284 pp.,$38.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-380-4
284 pp.,$9.99


NUDES
An Artist’s Inquiry, 1962–2012
By Eli Levin

Eli Levin is best known for his second generation Social Realist paintings. These have often included nudes, as for example in striptease scenes and images of gender politics. Throughout his career he has painted nudes in many other contexts as well. In this book Levin presents an extended meditation on the practice of painting nudes. In his introduction he discusses the many reasons nudes have been painted, citing both famous and forgotten examples. He considers modern criticism from Feminists and recent theories that deconstruct the “Male Gaze.” Captions to the images develop themes in the introduction and provide personal anecdotes from Levin’s life and career.

The 144 color images of his paintings that feature nudes are culled from a fifty-year period of work. The images are grouped into five sections, largely chronologically: Disturbing Nudes, Mostly Couples, Nudes from Life, Myths, and Contemplative Nudes. He also offers numerous images of relevant nudes from the history of art with informative captions. As a boy, Levin lived with his parents in a nudist colony near Chicago. During his teenage years and as a young man he studied drawing and painting from nude models. Three of his teachers in New York—Phillip Reisman, George Grosz, and Raphael Soyer—were Social Realists known for their figurative work. He served as the daily monitor of Soyer’s figure-drawing group for two years, and later studied anatomy with Robert Beverley Hale at the Art Student’s League.

Eli Levin is one of New Mexico’s best-known living, working artists. Starting his career in Santa Fe in 1964, he became recognized for his paintings of local night life. While returning often to his Social Realist roots, his work has also explored mythology, still life, landscape and the nude. The son of novelist Meyer Levin, he has written art reviews and taught art history. He initiated two of Santa Fe’s enduring artist’s gatherings, a model drawing group that has met since 1969 and The Santa Fe Etching Club, established in 1980. Levin has Master’s degrees from Wisconsin University and St. John’s College. He continues to paint independently of the major art currents. He is also the author of Santa Fe Bohemia, The Art Colony, 1964–1980, Why I Hate Modern Art, and Disturbing Art Lessons, all from Sunstone Press.


Hardcover:
8 1/2 X 11 Illustrated, Color
ISBN: 978-1-63293-183-2
270 pp.,$60.00

Softcover:
8 1/2 X 11 Illustrated, Color
ISBN: 978-1-63293-182-5
270 pp.,$50.00


OLYMPIC LIFTING
A Training Manual
By Carl Miller

The information in this manual is primarily intended for Olympic-type lifters and coaches so they can improve performance in this sport. But since the hip and leg action of most other sports is similar to that of Olympic Lifting, other sports participants and coaches will also find this manual useful.

Carl Miller is a former United States Olympic and World Coach and the author of more than fifty articles on Olympic-style weightlifting and athletic training. He has a master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation specializing in exercise physiology, biomechanics and nutrition. He was the founder and co-owner, along with his wife, Sandra Thomas, of Carl and Sandra’s Physical Conditioning Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico for more than twenty years and has dedicated himself to analyzing and tweaking the techniques of Olympic lifting. He is the author of The Sport of Olympic Style Weightlifting, The Miller Fitness Plan, and Stories of a Life, all from Sunstone Press.


Softcover:
8 1/2 X 11, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-218-1
140 pp.,$22.95


OPERANTICS WITH WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Projects, Games, and Puzzles for Children
By Mary Neidorf

Illustrated with things to color, word games, puzzles, and cut-outs.

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This introduction to Mozart and his operas is ideal for children of all ages. The book includes musical games and puzzles as well as pages to color. Readers will learn about opera, music, the orchestra, opera singers, and especially about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. There are pages devoted to each of Mozart’s operas, a diagram showing the instruments in an orchestra, and a page with the notes to his “Minuet in G” that he composed in 1761 at the age of five. Ideal for teachers and all readers.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=I5U9AuPTMkcC

Softcover:
8 1/2 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-092-3
30 pp.,$12.95


OVERHEAD ESPIONAGE
A Historical Snapshot of US Aerial Reconnaissance
By Charles E. Cabler

A historical snapshot of the development and evolution of US aerial reconnaissance as a vital part of our national security and combat support operations. Many illustrations in color.

Aerial reconnaissance, an invaluable part of US military warfare for intelligence gathering and support of ground troops, was referred to in its developmental years as overhead espionage. Although overhead espionage is most often associated with the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, its origin dates back to Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Balloon Corps in 1799. A little-known fact is that US aerial reconnaissance was effectively used by both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War at the battles of Bull Run, Yorktown, and Vicksburg. Many people are familiar with the U-2 or the Blackbird as significant US spy planes. However, from its beginnings in this country in October, 1861, reconnaissance work has grown exponentially using many different types of aircraft. The United States Army Air Corps, formed in 1941 partially for reconnaissance work, was followed in 1947 with the creation of a separate branch of service, the US Air Force, for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance purposes, in addition to aerial combat. This book is a snapshot of significant first planes in the progression of overhead espionage, and a way to remember the men and women, past and present, who bravely help to provide the freedom we enjoy in our great country through their dedicated work in overhead espionage.

Charles E. Cabler is a US Air Force veteran who served for six years during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. He was stationed at the 3800 Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama; the 1094 Support Squadron, Manzano Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the Air Force Reserve, Denver, Colorado. He is also an amateur historian and an aviation enthusiast with a great appreciation for the work accomplished in aerial reconnaissance. He is a member of the American Legion, Post 11 in Florence, Alabama, and uses his forty-three-year banking background as a volunteer adviser for the American Corporate Partners Organization, providing career guidance to military personnel as they transition into civilian life.


Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-497-0
204 pp.,$39.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-321-8
204 pp.,$24.95


PAINTED SKULL RANCH
A Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery
By James C. Wilson

When Santa Fe musician Danny Ortiz is murdered, Private Investigator Fernando Lopez is hired by Ortiz’s wife to find the killer and his investigation takes him to mysterious Painted Skull Ranch in Taos, a 200-year-old haunted ranch where Lopez uncovers a viper’s nest of greed, treachery, and murder.

Santa Fe musician Danny Ortiz is murdered by two men while walking home from a gig in downtown Santa Fe. Police believe thieves or vagrants attacked Ortiz, but his wife disagrees and hires Private Investigator Fernando Lopez to find the real killers. Lopez learns that Ortiz had been scheduled to perform in an upcoming concert at the Lensic Theater with Dallas Longstreet, a nationally known musician from Austin, Texas. However, Longstreet had bolted from his Lensic commitment and his marital problems and fled to a mysterious ranch outside Taos rented by an old friend and drug dealer, Travis Walker. Lopez goes to Taos to question Longstreet and discovers the ranch––Painted Skull Ranch––is a haunted two hundred-year-old historic property that includes an abandoned penitente morada. Lopez doesn’t know if Longstreet is staying at the ranch by choice or being held there as a prisoner. The plot thickens when Longstreet overdoses in suspicious circumstances orchestrated by his wife and her lover, Travis Walker. Every step of the way Lopez’s investigation takes him deeper into a web of deceit and betrayal, ending in murder. Includes Readers Guide

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of twelve previous books, including Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History and Santa Fe, City of Refuge, An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture in addition to Peyote Wolf, Smokescreen, Ghost Canyon and The Dead Go Fast in the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-532-8
142 pp.,$32.95

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-459-8
142 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-689-8
142 pp.,$4.99


PALMA CHRISTI
A La Llorona Files Supernatural Crime Novel
By Elizabeth Walker McIlhaney

Two altar boys are found dead in the Santa Fe River, apparently murdered, thirty years apart. The first case was never solved, while the second unfolds in present time. The priest from Mora who worked closely with the boys is the obvious person of interest. But a woman from an old New Mexico Hispanic family with a Catholic background who is the homicide detective for the Santa Fe Police Department, and a second-generation New Mexico Anglo woman with a Baptist background who sees ghosts and is a member of a state task force formed to solve difficult cases, work closely together, as they have successfully on previous cases, to find the true killer. They realize quickly that it is possible the priest is the killer, but not probable. An old, retired, extremely well-educated and psychic priest in Jemez Springs haunted by visits from La Llorona his entire life becomes a major asset to the women as they move toward solving the case that seems to bring them nothing but dead ends—until the night it doesn't.

Includes Glossary and Readers Guide.

Elizabeth McIlhaney’s maternal great-grandparents homesteaded the lush San Juan River valley of New Mexico Territory in the nineteenth century. Two generations of their progeny worked in the Indian trading industry throughout the entire Southwest and Oklahoma as owners, managers, wholesalers and retailers well beyond the middle of the twentieth century. Beginning life in the North Valley of Albuquerque on her Texas-born father's dairy farm, Elizabeth participated in the ongoing relationship begun by her maternal family in 1851 with Baylor University, which both of her parents' families had by the 1890s, by earning a journalism degree there. She broke out of her family's traditions for women when she pursued a career as a newspaper reporter and editor, free-lance magazine writer and non-fiction book contributor spanning several decades in three states.

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6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-238-9
200 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-562-4
200 pp.,$4.99


THE PENITENTES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTOS
By Bill Tate

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The Penitentes are a secret and sacred Spanish-American brotherhood who live in the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado who have pledged themselves to Christian devotions without completely withdrawing from the daily world. They have dedicated themselves in remembrance that Jesus Christ was condemned, crucified, and died on the cross for the salvation of mankind, and the expiation of his sins. Their devotions are observed usually in secret because the Penitentes believe that worship is a private matter and that one should not seek approbation for one’s sacred endeavors. They are the descendants of the vanguard of Spanish colonists who settled in the highlands of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado during the floodtide of Spanish colonization. The Penitente liturgy consists mainly of prayers called rosaries, rapturous songs called alabados, and processions. The author says, “I have no portfolio to be their apologist or oracle, but I have taken it upon myself to portray and to clarify in this book who the Penitentes are, what they do, and why, as lucidly and objectively as possible.”

Bill Tate was an artist and author who lived in the mountain village of Truchas, New Mexico where he owned and operated the Tate Gallery. His paintings hang in private collections in almost every state and many foreign countries. He served in the United States Navy and after World War II became a writer in Hollywood. After his move to New Mexico he served as a Justice of the Peace in Santa Fe and Rio Arribo counties. He has written several other books about New Mexico history and philosophy.


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-156-6
68 pp.,$16.95


PEYOTE WOLF
A Fernando Lopez Mystery
By James C. Wilson

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A man in a wolf mask bursts into a teepee in the middle of a sacred ritual, a peyote ceremony, and kills Michael Soto, the owner of Sabado Indian Arts on the Santa Fe Plaza. The next morning Detective Fernando Lopez, a member of an old Santa Fe family, receives a complaint from two Zuni that an important tribal object, a carved wooden war god called an ahayu:da, has been stolen from their pueblo. They show him an anonymous letter sent to the Zuni Tribal Council saying that Michael Soto was trying to sell it for fifty thousand dollars. Shortly after they leave, the police dispatcher reports that Michael Soto has been murdered. Establishing what happened and who was present at the peyote ceremony proves difficult. One witness says three men and one woman from Whitewater near Zuni attended the ceremony. Another says it was four men from Whitewater. One witness blames a skinwalker or a werewolf for Michael Soto’s murder. Detective Lopez’s investigation exposes the cultural and ethnic fractures in Santa Fe, a city of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures. The investigation also leads into the dangerous underworld of buying and selling stolen Indian artifacts. Along the way he encounters looters and grave robbers, rich gallery owners who buy and sell priceless tribal objects on the black market, and artisans who produce fake replicas of the objects to sell. The search for answers comes to a startling end in a violent confrontation at a trading post just north of Zuni Pueblo, when the truth is finally revealed. Includes Readers Guide.

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of seven previous books, including most recently Weather Reports from the Autism Front: A Father’s Memoir of his Autistic Son; Santa Fe, City of Refuge: An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture; and Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-423-9
176 pp.,$32.95

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-307-2
176 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-600-3
176 pp.,$3.99


THE PIANO OWNER'S HOME COMPANION
A Reference Guide
By Steven R. Snyder

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A quality piano is one of the most expensive investments you will ever make. Yet most people know little about it. Have you ever wondered:
• Why does a piano go out of tune?
• How do I clean my piano?
• How do I fix a sticky key?
• How do I protect my piano from moths, humidity, and climate changes?

A piano technician with over thirty-five years experience now unveils the mystery of the piano and shares his secrets with you. In this simple guide and reference, you will discover how to protect your investment and save money by doing simple repairs yourself. There are easy to follow step-by-step instructions for piano maintenance and twenty-one easily understood illustrations drawn with the layman in mind.

A MUST for every piano owner, to be kept and used for generations.

STEVEN R. SNYDER has tuned, repaired, rebuilt, and refurbished pianos for over thirty-five years. He began working on pianos as a child, helping his father, a qualified piano technician. Steven financed his college education tuning pianos and after graduating from Boston University moved to New York City where he became one of the top technicians at Steinway & Sons Piano Company. In addition to concert work, he continued to perform piano service for many concert artists and Manhattan recording studios including CBS, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall, as well as Lincoln Center.

During this time, Snyder was contracted by recording artist Stevie Wonder as his exclusive piano tuner-technician and when Mr. Wonder moved his recording studios from midtown Manhattan to Los Angeles in 1977, Steven relocated to Los Angeles and continued working with Mr. Wonder for the next ten years. During this time, Snyder also tuned, voiced, regulated, and reconditioned pianos for hundreds of professional clients including Bob Dylan, Dave Brubeck, Burt Bacharach, Garrick Ohlsson, and Mehli Mehta, conductor of the UCLA Youth Symphony Orchestra. Concert work spanned the Hollywood Bowl, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Studio work covered Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, and 20th Century Fox Music, as well as many other concert venues across the country.

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PLÁTICAS
Conversations About and Among Friends and Neighbors in Cuba, New Mexico
By Esther V. Cordova May

Northern New Mexico regional Hispanic history and folklore.

The community of Cuba, New Mexico, its institutions and economy are changing rapidly and radically. Our town is losing its former identity and its precious historical resources. Personally, I feel an urgent need to capture as much of our history as possible. I hope to share what I can from my perspective in the form of pláticas. In Spanish, pláticas means conversation, talk or chat, as well as discourse or a communication of ideas or information. Those of us who experienced Cuba before the age of electronic devices used to relate through pláticas. With our passing, the resources from the past will become less accessible unless they are written down. The stories and the fascinating people who once made our world special will fade away. The modern reader is invited to share our history and join in appreciating who we were as a community. Like any other place, Cuba’s history illustrates compassion and pain as well as conflict, cooperation and endurance. These stories and observations have relevance in this place and elsewhere, now and in the future.

Esther V. Cordova May was born in Cuba, New Mexico before World War II. As a child, she experienced the pre-industrial, rural life as prior generations of her family had done in Cuba and surrounding villages. Esther earned her Bachelor’s degree in history at Mills College in Oakland, California and a Masters degree in Folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. Since returning to Cuba nearly forty years ago, she has continued her research of verbal accounts of pre-World War II life and her collection of photographs started in 1972 as a student research scholar. Esther is the author of the highly acclaimed Antes: Stories from the Past, Rural Cuba New Mexico, 1769–1949, published by Sunstone Press in 2011.

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PORTRAITS OF THE IRON HORSE
The American Locomotive in Pictures and Story
By Otto Kuhler

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Otto Kuhler was a German American designer, one of the best known industrial designers of the American railroads. According to Trains magazine he stream-styled more locomotives and railroad cars than Cret, Dreyfuss and Loewy combined. His extensive concepts for the modernization of the American railroads had repercussions onto the railways worldwide until today. In addition he was a prolific artist of industrial aesthetics and of the American West in general. This book, illustrated with his drawings, provides a history of American locomotives from the “Best Friend of Charleston” through the “stream-styled” ones he designed.


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POSTCARDS FROM MEXICO
Poems
By Jamie Ross

A collection of poems in tandem with the images that inspired them, postcard photos from indigenous Mexico by a group of nine photographers.

In the late 1990s, in the shops of Oaxaca, Jamie Ross discovered a series of extraordinary postcards, fascinating photos of people from indigenous Mexico published by a group of equally mysterious photographers. Entranced, he began writing poems inspired by these images. As he did, suddenly, the people in the photos, themselves began to speak—their own stories in their own voices; voices and stories that would take him on a continuing journey into the heart of Mexico. The result is this book of marvelous, magical, and transportive poems, many joyous, some wildly funny, or tragic, others astonishingly beautiful, all deeply moving—and all presented with the compelling photos that sparked everything.

Jamie Ross writes, paints, hauls water and chops wood on a mesa west of Taos, New Mexico. He also lives in Mexico. His poetry has been widely published in many journals, as well as the anthology Best New Poets 2007: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers. His 2010 collection Vinland was awarded the First Book Prize from Four Way Books. He is working on a collection of poems with his own paintings.


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PRINCIPLES OF TRADITIONAL ARCHERY
By Thomas Grissom

A completely new way of thinking about traditional archery takes shape in the pages of this book. The emphasis throughout is on the basic principles that govern the design, performance, and use of all forms of traditional bows and arrows. Here are discussed both the practical as well as the technical considerations behind the choices faced by every archer in selecting and using the tools of the sport.

The design of the bow—and the arrow—are analyzed in terms of the underlying principles that determine their performance and use. The concept of an ideal bow and an ideal arrow are introduced as useful ways of thinking about the limitations of real bows and arrows. The important parameters of the bow are identified and a straightforward way of measuring them is described. The effect of draw weight on performance is examined with a view to injecting some realism into the perennial question of how much draw weight is enough.

A separate chapter is devoted to the problem of distance shooting and another to clearing up the confusion surrounding the topic of arrow penetration. The effects of variations in arrow straightness, spine, and weight are analyzed to answer the question of when better arrows finally become good enough. The techniques of shooting and an in-depth discussion of the causes, and cures, of target panic are presented. And finally a separate chapter is devoted to a primer on the analytical design of bow limbs.

This is a book for all serious archers—and bowyers alike—whether their interest is bow hunting, field and target archery, or bow design, and whether they are newcomers to the sport or experienced archers. The chapters on shooting are among the best ever written and alone make the book invaluable. There is something here to enhance the understanding and practice of archery for all who love and shoot traditional bows and arrows.

Thomas Grissom has been a lifelong archer. A writer and a physicist, he is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including four collections of poems also published by Sunstone Press.


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A PRIVATE AND HER FOES
A Novel of the American Civil War
By Mark Gallik

During the American Civil War, a young wife does everything in her power to keep close to her husband. (SEE MOVIE/TV TREATMENT BELOW)

By the late summer of 1863, the American Civil War has become entrenched into its third year, the bloody conflict raging far longer than could have been anticipated. The armies remain hungry for recruits in order to replenish their depleted ranks, the pressures being applied to all the corners of Union territory. The state of Iowa is no exception, here dwelling a certain newlywed couple, Susha and Sylvetus Potter. In no way do they wish to become separated. Nevertheless, Sylvetus succumbs to the persuasions and decides to enlist. However, Susha does her husband one better, concocting a scheme which would have her take on a manly pose, so that she might accompany him as a fellow soldier. That she has her arguments in perfect order makes it all the simpler for Sylvetus to acquiesce. Meanwhile, 800 miles to the south in Confederate Texas, Captain John Singleton is recovering from his severe wound under the care of his wife, Henrietta. Yet what she fears most is of his convalescence coming to an end, that he’ll return to the fight of which she and her husband have yet to embrace. John is torn between Henrietta’s gifted insights and intuitions and his own loyalties toward comradeship and duty. The war has too many campaigns waiting to be hatched, making it impossible to predict sure objectives. There is a good chance that Iowa will cross paths with Texas. The circumstances and encounters that may happen remain to be seen. So must trudge a private and her foes. Includes Readers Guide.

A native of the Lone Star state, with a B.S. in wildlife biology from Texas A&M University, Mark Gallik has merged his background with his lifelong passion for history and literature. The foregone conclusion is a penchant for research, to seek even the minutest of details. With that, the letters, journals and reminiscences of both military and civilian participants have been scoured, these discoveries exposing the treasures of regional tongues and varying mindsets. Naturally, the author fell into the trap of historical reenacting, from which not only did he learn the drill and rigors of campaigning, but also how to hand stitch period garments. It all provided invigorating and insightful experiences.

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PUBLIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN NEW MEXICO, 1933-1943
A Guide to the New Deal Legacy
By Kathryn A. Flynn

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Do you like to go treasure hunting in obvious or out of the way places? Do you like to view fine art in galleries large and small? This book will give you directions to New Mexico’s amazing New Deal treasures and to buildings and bridges, murals and sculptures, paintings and people who made them. They are not necessarily in the most obvious places, and yet many are in places that one routinely visits. They have been patiently waiting in our cities, our villages, our parks, rarely witnessed as being “treasures.” They were constructed perhaps even by your own artistic ancestors. This book is full of clues. Go sleuthing!

Growing up in Portales, New Mexico, Kathryn Akers Flynn lived in an area with a New Deal courthouse, a New Deal post office, and New Deal schools. She worked at the local swimming pool and partied in the city park, both built during the Depression era. In high school she was a cheerleader on 1930s football fields for onlookers in Work Progress Administration bleachers and camped out at a nearby Civilian Conservation Corps created park and lake. She never knew any of these structures were fashioned by the New Deal, nor did she notice the New Deal treasures in Salt Lake City while at the University of Utah where she received her Bachelor’s Degree or the New Deal structures in Carbondale, Illinois where she earned her Master’s Degree at Southern Illinois University. Returning to New Mexico, she had a career in the state health and mental health administration that included directorship of Carrie Tingley Hospital, a New Deal facility with many public art treasures. It wasn’t until she became Deputy Secretary of State of New Mexico that she realized what was around her. As a result she went on to edit three editions of the New Mexico Blue Book featuring information about New Deal creations all over the state.

This book presents the history and whereabouts of many such treasures found since Flynn compiling an earlier book, Treasures on New Mexico Trails, and another that focuses on New Deal programs nationwide, The New Deal: A 75th Anniversary Celebration. She also assisted with the compilation of A More Abundant Life, New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico by Jacqueline Hoefer, also from Sunstone Press and an apt companion for Public Art and Architecture in New Mexico. She was instrumental in creating the National New Deal Preservation Association, and now serves as Executive Director.

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PUBLIC TELEVISION: AMERICA'S FIRST STATION
An Intimate Account
By William Hawes

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KUHT-TV in Houston, Texas was the first non-commercial, educational television station. This is the story of its development and struggle for survival.In the history of broadcasting and education, the evening of May 25th, 1953 was highly significant—KUHT-TV in Houston, Texas became the first non-commercial, education (now called public television) station. At its dedication Federal Communications Commissioner Frieda B. Hennock said: “For here in Houston begins the practical realization of the tremendous benefits that television holds out to education…. The accumulated riches of man’s education, cultural and spiritual development can be spread right before the viewers’ eyes in a convenient and attractive format. In fact, the sky of man’s constructive imagination is literally the only limit on the good that can be derived from education TV.” This is the story of the development of Channel 8 from its origins to CEO Jeff Clarke’s plan for 2000. The LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting is the realization of the plan.

William Hawes holds a doctorate from The University of Michigan and taught a telecourse for college credit as early as 1959. Since moving to Texas, he has known most of the principal decision-makers at KUHT and many other pioneers of public broadcasting. Dr. Hawes is also the author of American Television Drama, The Experimental Years, Live Television Drama, 1946–1951, and Filmed Television Drama, 1952–1958.

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RALPH EMERSON TWITCHELL
The Historian Who Found New Mexico’s Future in the Past
By Daniel Jason Twitchell

In the latter half of the nineteenth century a number of talented and industrious individuals immigrated to New Mexico in search of wealth and prestige. Among these enterprising newcomers was a young lawyer from Missouri named Ralph Emerson Twitchell. Shrewd, audacious, and driven, Twitchell quickly distinguished himself from the others as an attorney, an orator, a publicist, and a historian. From the moment he stepped off the train in Las Vegas, Twitchell entrenched himself in his adopted home, working tirelessly to promote progress and to broadcast its many virtues.

A pillar of the New Mexico community, he spent more than forty years as a devoted civil servant. Inspired by the history, culture, and charm of old Santa Fe, he became one of the city’s leading patrons and helped transform the ancient capital into a popular tourist destination. Yet he seems to be one of the most obscure and understudied figures in New Mexico history. Remembered solely for his achievements as a historian—his books articulated the idea of New Mexico for generations of Americans—Twitchell has otherwise been virtually ignored.

Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s influential role in the modernization and development of New Mexico is now expansively detailed in this revelatory work.

Daniel Jason Twitchell is the great-grandnephew of Ralph Emerson Twitchell. A native of the American Southwest, he holds a BS in History from Northern Arizona University and an MA in Public Affairs from New Mexico Highlands University. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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RANCH WITHOUT COWBOYS
Recovery, Romance, and a Second Chance
By James R. Davis

A Kansas dairy farmer’s daughter is raped and banished from home by her father, but with the help of strong women and real men, she survives with her baby on a guest ranch and bison reserve in Southern Colorado—the ranch without cowboys. (See MOVIE/TV TREATMENT below)

Molly O’Reilly, the daughter of a Kansas dairy farmer, is raped by the hired hand. She blames herself. Her father tells her to get out and never come back. She leaves home the day of her high school graduation and lands a job at Horseshoe Ranch, a cattle, bison, and guest ranch adjacent to Great Sand Dunes National Park, nestled against the snow-capped Sangre de Christo Mountains in southern Colorado. Except for Wayne, the gentle manager, all of the employees are women—no cowboys—and when Molly’s secret gets too big to hide, they take care of her. After all, they have a lot of experience birthing calves. At Pepe’s Cantina, Molly meets Carlos Ouray, a descendent of Ute Indians and Old Spanish settlers. She’s definitely not ready for a relationship, but Carlos is persistent in caring for Molly and baby Norma Lou. He and Wayne help Molly through desperate times as a single mother. Carlos is part-owner of a family potato farm in the San Luis Valley. But can Molly find a new home there? Shouldn’t she go back to Kansas to settle up with her father? And what about Tommy Dawson, the guy who raped her—is he just going to run free? As Molly loses one home and finds another, she discovers her own resilience and learns to love a different kind of man. But then she discovers that Carlos has a secret of his own. Includes Readers Guide.

James R. Davis is a professor and dean emeritus of the University of Denver. He earned degrees from Oberlin College, Yale University Divinity School, and Michigan State University and is the author of eight academic books on college teaching, training, and leadership. Although widely traveled, he loves Colorado, particularly the history-rich San Luis Valley. Jim lives and writes at home in a suburb west of Denver with his wife Adelaide, who is originally from Brazil.

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RAW MATERIAL
Facsimile of 1945 Edition with a New Foreword by Marc Simmons
By Oliver La Farge

The Autobiographical Examination of an Artist’s Journey into Maturity including An Appreciation by John Pen La Farge.

The long, uneasy armistice between two world wars was a trying time for literary artists, particularly for those young men who came to maturity in that period of economic and social upheaval. Oliver La Farge’s frank and honest personal narrative is a typical life of one born into the easy world of Newport, New York, Groton, and Harvard, dumped into the melting pot of the Great Depression, and then slammed up against the global war. His purpose “to record the America of one individual” and to set down the raw material from which the writer derives the finished product he offers to the world, is vividly fulfilled in this book.

In an Appreciation appearing in this new edition, John Pen La Farge says: “In his autobiography, Raw Material, Father wrote a superior account of one man’s life. As Mother pointed out, it was superior because it was not a mere accounting of what, when, how, and in what order, rather, it was the account of how the raw material of one boy grew into a man, a man whose life both displayed and sought out true integrity.”

Born in 1901, Oliver Hazard Perry La Farge is ranked among the literary lions of Southwestern letters. Since he died in 1963, his reputation has continued to grow and new honors have been added to his name. Laughing Boy, a novel of Navajo life, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1930, putting his name in lights before he was 30.

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READiscover NEW MEXICO
A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy
By Kathy Barco with design and Illustrations by Mike Jaynes

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Tag along with Rosita the Roadrunner on her journey to learn about the Land of Enchantment. On the trail, meet Roja & Verde (the Chile Twins), Biscochita (a Smart Cookie), Piñon Jay, Dusty the Tumbleweed, and a town full of prairie dogs who love to read.

READiscover New Mexico, a recent theme for the Statewide Summer Reading Program sponsored by the New Mexico State Library, encourages the discovery of the vast cultural, natural, historical, and literary treasures found in our beautiful state. Children, adults and families experience some of these for the very first time by visiting Rosita's ultimate source for information: the library. Featured is a literal example of "poetic license," with an introduction by "Tag" the license plate.

Join the fun! Children will love coloring the cast of characters and sharing the adventure with their families. Among many classroom uses, teachers can present the fun story as a bi- or tri-lingual playlet. Enrichment material includes a compilation of the programs, activities, crafts, song parodies, celebrations, and bibliographies devised by the children’s librarians who brought READiscover New Mexico to life in public libraries throughout the state. Also featured are riddles, New Mexico trivia, relevant websites, an extensive booklist, several recipes for Biscochitos, instructions for making Star-O-Litos, and a large collection of reproducible artwork.

Rosita's Ramble is presented in English, Spanish, and Navajo.

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Yá'át'ééh!

Author KATHY BARCO was Youth Services Coordinator at the New Mexico State Library from 2001-2006. Currently a children’s librarian with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library, she received the 2006 Leadership Award from the New Mexico Library Association. She is co-author (with Valerie Nye) of Breakfast Santa Fe Style – A Dining Guide to Fancy, Funky and Family Friendly Restaurants. Designer/Illustrator MIKE JAYNES, a Seattle-based graphic artist, has designed and illustrated six summer reading programs for the New Mexico State Library. Both Kathy and Mike grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Royalties from the sale of this publication will go to the New Mexico State Library Fund at the New Mexico Community Foundation.

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THE REAL BILLY THE KID
Facsimile of Original 1936 Edition
By Miguel Antonio Otero

New Foreword by Ray John de Aragón
New Preface by Marc Simmons

Miguel Antonio Otero served as the first Hispanic governor of the U.S. Territory of New Mexico, from 1897 to 1907. He was appointed to the office by President William McKinley. Long after his retirement from politics, Governor Otero wrote and published his memoirs in three volumes, a major contribution to New Mexico history. But he also published a biography in 1936 titled The Real Billy the Kid. His aim in that book, he proclaimed, was to write the Kid’s story “without embellishment, based entirely on actual fact.” Otero had known the outlaw briefly and also had known the man who killed Billy in 1881, Sheriff Pat Garrett. The author recalled Garrett saying he regretted having to slay Billy. Or, as he bluntly put it, “it was simply the case of who got in the first shot. I happened to be the lucky one.”

By all accounts, Billy the Kid was much adored by New Mexico’s Hispanic population. Otero asserts that the Kid was considerate of the old, the young and the poor. And he was loyal to his friends. Further, Martin Cháves of Santa Fe stated: “Billy was a perfect gentleman with a noble heart. He never killed a native citizen of New Mexico in all his career, and he had plenty of courage.” Otero was especially admiring of Billy because as a boy in Silver City, “he had loved his mother devotedly.” Such praise must be viewed in the context of the times. Other people, of course, saw Billy as an arch-villain.

MIGUEL A. OTERO rightly distinguished himself as a political leader in New Mexico where he raised a family and lived out his life as a champion of the people, but he is also highly recognized for his career as an author. He published his legendary My Life on the Frontier, 1864-1882, in 1935, followed by The Real Billy the Kid: With New Light on the Lincoln County War in 1936, My Life on the Frontier, 1882-1897 in 1939, and My Nine Years as Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1897-1906 in 1940. All of these books are published by Sunstone Press in its Southwest Heritage Series.

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RECONSTRUCTING MABEL
A Taos Memoir
By Valmai Howe Elkins

Valmai Howe Elkins recalls her adventures in Taos, New Mexico, when she buys a tiny house built in the 1920s by Mabel Dodge Luhan, patron of the arts and author of “Winter in Taos.”

High in the mountains of New Mexico, Taos has long been a magnet for artists. When writer Valmai Howe Elkins, escaping brutal east coast winters, buys a tiny house without even seeing inside, lured by the way the light shimmers between the branches of an old apple tree, she is intrigued by the startling adobe house at the top of the lane. “That’s the Mabel Dodge Luhan House,” the realtor tells her. “Mabel was a wealthy socialite who became a patron of the arts. She married Tony Luhan from the Pueblo and they built that house. She was the person who invited Georgia O’Keeffe to the American Southwest.” Mabel, born in 1879, turned her back on a glittering life in Florence, Italy and New York to savor the simple pleasures of Taos and her people. Inspired by Mabel’s book, Winter in Taos, together with the extraordinary house and its view across the sage plains to the Sacred Mountain, Elkins regains her health, makes friends and plunges into Taos adventures. The book is an invitation to readers to explore the lives of rebellious women. The author experiences the power of place and a quirky house which continues to create its own magical world.

Valmai Howe Elkins, while teaching childbirth education at McGill University, pioneered the hospital Birthing Room and introduced the concept and design across North America. The Rights of the Pregnant Parent, dubbed “the book that changed hospital birth,” became an international bestseller, followed by The Birth Report. With a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College, she is the author of the novels The Dreams of Zoo Animals, about coming of age in Australia, and The Loneliness of Angels, a darkly entertaining look at alternative healing. Her insightful guide, Adventures of a Feng Shui Detective, builds on her Birthing Room experience to explore the ways in which our physical surroundings shape our emotional well-being.

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THE RIDGE, A LAND GRANT PROTEST TURNS DEADLY
A Luke Jackson Thriller
By Peter Eichstaedt

"At its heart, New Mexico is the protagonist of this novel...Eichstaedt's descriptions of the state, and the city of Santa Fe, show a deep familiarity with the Land of Enchantment." --The Santa Fe New Mexican.

“The Ridge” is an enticing story. What makes it so is not just the compelling plot but also the book’s accuracy. Characters are true to life, not cliches, and Eichstaedt’s descriptions of northern New Mexico are vivid. Luke’s reportorial accounts read like the real thing. Eichstaedt is spot-on with his depiction of small-town Hispanics, and the arrogant anti-media lines from the rancher who heads the club might have come out of the mouth of a Washington pol. “The Ridge” is a little gem. --Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post

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Burned out and world-weary, veteran journalist Luke Jackson longs for a story to put him back on the front page of The New Mexican, Santa Fe’s historic daily newspaper. hat story comes when he ventures north to cover a land grant protest in the state’s pastoral and predominately Hispanic region. The protest leaders want to reclaim grazing rights given to their ancestors by the Spanish and Mexican governments several hundred years earlier, but now lost. Those rights were wrongly ignored, they contend, when the present-day Southwest, including California, became part of the United States in 1848 under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The treaty ended the war between the United States and Mexico. Rather than remaining with the original grantees, large sections of the land were grabbed by the railroad companies carving their way to the West Coast.The Hispanic community, more hungry and desperate than ever for land to graze their growing flocks, take up arms and occupy the land. A standoff with authorities ensues and Luke finds himself caught in the middle of a fight over land rights with roots deep in the history of the American Southwest that takes all he has to get out alive and write the story of a lifetime. A suspenseful literary thriller set in a remote and exotic corner of the American Southwest, The Ridge will put you on the edge of your seat and keep you there. Includes Readers Guide.

Peter Eichstaedt is a former long-time resident of northern New Mexico. He was a reporter with The New Mexican and The Albuquerque Journal newspapers who covered issues in northern New Mexico and in the New Mexico Legislature. He is a former U.S. Fulbright scholar and he taught journalism in Albania, Slovenia, and Armenia. For two years he was the country director in Kabul, Afghanistan, for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, where he worked with Afghan journalists promoting free speech and good journalism.

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ROSS CALVIN
Interpreter of the American Southwest
By Ron Hamm

"...a fine biography of a complex man..." --New Mexico Historical Review

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Many people love the American Southwest without truly understanding it. Ross Randall Calvin did and we are the richer for it. Calvin began his search as a pilgrim health-seeker, believing he had left the “known world” behind when he fled the East for New Mexico. There he soon found to our benefit that he could use his observational skills and intellect to fashion a picture that helped him and us comprehend those unique factors that make New Mexico what it is—its history, people, culture, climate, and so much more. Those lessons learned he shared with us. His books and essays can open our eyes to New Mexico if we but heed them. Calvin’s story as discoverer and interpreter unfolds in rich detail in this essential work.

Ron Hamm has written widely and extensively on New Mexico as a journalist, then later as author and biographer over some five decades. His previous books have been The Bursums of New Mexico: Four Generations of Leadership and Service and New Mexico Territorial Era Caricatures (Sunstone Press 2014). Ross Calvin gave him a fresh insight into New Mexico through Sky Determines and River of the Sun. Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the Southwest is Hamm’s most satisfying work.

“Imaginatively conceived and beautifully written, Ron Hamm’s Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest resurrects Ross Calvin’s life and restores Sky Determines and River of the Sun to their essential space in both twentieth-century American belle-lettres and environmental interpretations of the American Southwest.” —L.G. Moses, Professor of History, Oklahoma State University and author of the Ross Calvin essay, “If There Be Sermons in Stones, I Have Not Heard Them.”

“A masterful biography of Ross Calvin, one of the American Southwest’s greatest observers. Hamm explores how family, education, religion, profession, interests, and Southwest surroundings helped shape Calvin and his finest works, particularly Sky Determines (1934). Just as the Southwestern sky determined much of the region’s history and culture, Calvin’s life experiences, filled with accomplishments and disappointments, determined the man’s genius and lasting impact. —Richard Melzer, PhD, Past President, Historical Society of New Mexico, and author of Breakdown, How the Secret of the Atomic Bomb was Stolen During World War II; Ernie Pyle in the American Southwest; When We Were Young in the West, True Stories of Childhood; and Buried Treasures, Famous and Unusual Gravesites in New Mexico History, all from Sunstone Press


Hardcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-114-6
168 pp.,$29.95

Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-115-3
168 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-456-6
168 pp.,$9.99


A SACRED PLACE IN THE ENCHANTED LAND
Where its Heavenly Light Illuminates the Magic in its Dirt
By Patrick Allen Mohn

The history, geology, ecology and beauty of the Galisteo Basin, a major geologic feature of northern New Mexico, are described, with many photographs by the author.

The Galisteo Basin in northern New Mexico, an area of unique beauty, was the home of ancient Native American Cultures. The development of pottery about 1,500 years ago marked the beginning of the Anasazi culture. The Anasazi eventually created, within the Galisteo Basin, the largest prehistoric Native American pueblos ever built in the United States. During the 1200s there was a convergence of Anasazi language groups. The Dine’, today’s Apache and Navajo people, and other plains tribal groups migrated to the area and in many cases raided Galisteo Basin pueblos. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado passed through the Galisteo Basin in 1541, and this began the Basin’s recorded history. During the Rodriguez-Sanchez Chamuscado in 1581 two Spaniards mined the first silver in the United States when Native Americans from San Marcos Pueblo brought them to their galena mines in the Cerrillos Hills. Juan de Oñate established the Spanish Colony and this Spanish authority upon the native people led to the Pueblo Revolts of 1680 and 1696. The town of Galisteo was established in 1816. Changes resulting from the establishment of the Mexican Republic led to the American West’s first major gold rush in the Ortiz Mountains in 1821. During the American Territorial Period silver and other minerals were obtained during a mining boom in the Cerrillos Hills. The town of Cerrillos was established in 1879, followed by the coal mining town of Madrid in 1894. This book includes many photographs along with the history, geology, and ecology of the area. Also included are the accomplishments made by local activists and pueblo leaders that have protected the Galisteo Basin from many attempts at large scale, modern mining.

Patrick Allen Mohn became interested in creative writing in high school in southern California, and his first college major was Creative Writing. After moving to Cerrillos, New Mexico, and thus into the Galisteo Basin, Patrick pursued his interests in writing and outdoor photography. Several of his articles and photographs have been published in New Mexico Magazine, and many of his photographs have been displayed in galleries around northern New Mexico including his own, including business locations and inside the New Mexico State Capital in Santa Fe. Many of these were joint exhibits with his son, Elijah. Patrick is currently a member of the Cerrillos Hills Park Coalition.


Softcover:
11 x 8.5, full color images
ISBN: 978-1-63293-356-0
82 pp.,$29.95


THE SAINT MAKER’S DAUGHTER
A Christmas Dream Fulfilled
By Marie Romero Cash

Illustrated by the Author

The young daughter of a local saint maker, a Santero, takes it upon herself to finish the carvings which her father is unable to complete for the new church because of illness. She discovers the task is not as easy as she hoped. But a stranger knocks at the workshop door and kindly volunteers to help her. Later she is surprised to find out who the stranger was.

Marie Romero Cash’s story of love and determination along with her beautiful illustrations will delight readers of all ages. An award winning Santera herself, she has inside knowledge on the subject of saints which is dear to her heart.

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Marie Romero Cash has been a Santera (saint maker) for over forty years. Her award-winning works are in major museums and private collections throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe and The Vatican. She has written several books and magazine articles on the culture and religion of Northern New Mexico and has lectured widely on the subject for the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. Her other books from Sunstone Press are The Word Thief; Santos, A Coloring Book of New Mexico Saints and Lowrider Blues, Cantando, Gritando y Llorando, a Collection of Short Stories and Observations from My Inner Barrio.


Hardcover:
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 Illustrated, Color
ISBN: 978-1-63294-284-6
40 pp.,$24.95

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8 1/2 x 8 1/2 Illustrated, Color
ISBN: 978-1-63293-261-7
40 pp.,$16.95


SANTA FE BOHEMIA
The Art Colony, 1964-1980
By Eli Levin

Many Illustrations. Index.

By the early 1970s, an active bohemian colony had developed in Santa Fe and it became a cultural boom town. The number of art galleries went from two to a hundred. Besides the Santa Fe Opera, there came into being endless festivals: for art, music, literature, theater, movies, fashion, and the crafts of Indians and Spanish Americans. The city’s complex heritage of three interlocked cultures became “Santa Fe Style.”

But the fifteen years between 1964 and 1980 held a special magic. And Eli Levin experienced it all: the fading generation of older artists and the newly arriving younger generation; wild night life at Claude’s Bar; artist’s battles with conservative arts organizations; questionable successes and tragic failure of careers; exemplary examples of lifetime dedication; and a number of suppressed scandals, one even involving possible murders.

Packed with amusing anecdotes about the various artists with whom Levin painted, plotted and partied, this vivid memoir testifies to the exciting rebirth and burgeoning growth of one of this country’s most well known art colonies.

ELI LEVIN, the son of novelist Meyer Levin, is known for his paintings of Santa Fe night life. He has run art galleries, written art reviews and taught art history. He hosts two artist’s gatherings, a drawing group since 1969 and the Santa Fe Etching Club since 1980. Levin studied painting with Raphael Soyer, George Grosz and Robert Beverly Hale, among others, and has Master’s degrees from Wisconsin University and St. John’s College.

Sample Chapter
Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=VqE1lK6miLkC

Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-512-6
320 pp.,$38.95

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-513-3
320 pp.,$24.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-426-9
320 pp.,$4.99


SANTA FE DECEPTION
A Scott Hunter Mystery
By Myron Beard

Psychologist Scott Hunter returns to his hometown, Santa Fe, at the request of his ex-wife to help solve the murder of the man for whom she left him, and his agreement to help her leads to surprising changes in his life.

Eleven years ago, psychologist Scott Hunter departed Santa Fe totally humiliated, his life torn asunder by the betrayal of his wife Rebecca. Now, at Rebecca’s request, Scott is unexpectedly returning to the scene of her betrayal to help solve the murder of her current husband Blake Martin, the man with whom she cheated on Scott. In Santa Fe, Scott reconnects with his old friend Miguel Montez, now a detective with the Santa Fe Police Department. With Scott’s understanding of psychopathic behavior and Miguel’s sleuthing abilities, they begin to unravel the complexities of Martin’s life and nefarious business dealings. The investigation of the murder leads to a wide array of suspects, their motives, and even the cause of death. Just as one suspect is eliminated, another surfaces, making the identification of the actual killer elusive and challenging. Scott’s journey takes him face-to-face with his own demons as well as the underbelly of the art world and drug scene. Working the case shakes up Scott’s world and causes him to rethink everything.

Includes Readers Guide.

Psychologist, consultant to executives, and educator, Myron Beard is the product of a family with 100 years history in Santa Fe. He has a particular interest in the psychology of exceptionally successful psychopaths and their ability to effectively manipulate others for their own personal gain. He has lived in Denver since 1991. He is the author of three previous books: The DNA of Leadership: Creating Healthy Leaders and Vibrant Organizations; The DNA of Physician Leadership: Creating Dynamic Executives; and M & A Integration: CEOs Field Guide to the Art & Process of Effective Merger Integration.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-476-5
266 pp.,$36.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-377-5
266 pp.,$24.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-663-8
266 pp.,$4.99


THE SANTA FE TRAIL
A Twentieth Century Excursion
By Margaret Scholz Sears

The journal account of a personal trek along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In 1821 William Becknell and five comrades traveled from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico, then the northern provincial capital of New Spain, the first Americans to do so legally. And thus was born the Santa Fe Trail, a nine hundred mile long road of commerce to a foreign land. During New Spain’s reign, foreign trade had been forbidden, but that changed when Mexico wrested control from the European empire in 1821. Never an active immigrant highway, selling merchandise to goods-starved Mexican residents and returning revenue to economically starved Missouri was the Trail’s primary purpose. During the formative years but one town, San Miguel del Vado, forty miles east of Santa Fe, existed along the Trail. By the mid-1840s Mexican merchants were dominant, and their children were sent to American schools. The Mexican-American war erupted in 1846, and Brigadier General Stephen Kearny led the Army of the West into battle along the Trail. The victorious United States acquired much of the southwest, from Texas to California. This changed the nature of the Trail when the many military forts that were built to secure the peace required provisions. During this period the trailhead gradually moved west as the railroad chugged in. In 1880 the railroad reached Lamy, New Mexico, twenty miles south of Santa Fe, and there the Trail died. The present work leads the reader along the Trail, describing specific sites and the nature of the area surrounding each, and the author’s experiences visiting them.

Margaret Scholz Sears is a past president of the Santa Fe Trail Association (SFTA), and has been a member for over twenty-five years. She has frequently traveled the Santa Fe Trail from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has written Trail related articles for Wagon Tracks, the SFTA periodical, and Spanish Traces, journal of the Old Spanish Trail Association. Her imprint can be found on the Trail through development of interpretation sites in partnership with the National Park Service. A music therapist by profession, she earned music baccalaureate and master’s degrees from University of Evansville, Indiana and University of Kansas respectively, and is author/editor of a music therapy text.


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-272-3
188 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-605-8
188 pp.,$4.99


SANTA FE, 400 YEARS, 400 QUESTIONS
Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610
By Elizabeth West, Editor

“The brain teasers collected in this book encapsulate historical nuggets drawn from New Mexico’s dramatic past. Reading them, New Mexicans and others can test their knowledge of our local history and have fun in the bargain.” —Marc Simmons, historian and author of numerous books about New Mexico history

“From its ancient beginnings to modern times, Santa Fe’s history offers plenty of room for questions, and readers will find challenging, as well as entertaining, answers here.” —Martin W. Aguilar, former governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo

“The advantage to the nonchronological approach is that it reveals surprises as the reader turns the pages. The book presents scholarly information drawn from archives and published works as well as questions from visitors and recent arrivals to the City Different, and anecdotes from individuals whose families have been here for generations.” —From the introduction by Adrian Bustamante, ethnohistorian and retired Southwest Studies professor

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This question-and-answer book about Santa Fe contains 400 reminders of what is known and what is sometimes forgotten or misunderstood about a city that was founded more than four hundred years ago. Not a traditional history book, this group of questions is presented in an apparently random order, and the answers occasionally meander off topic, as if part of a casual conversation. What you find here will stimulate your curiosity and invite debate about what history is. References follow each entry.

Black-and-white illustrations, photographs, maps, an index, and study guides further enliven this unconventional approach. A compilation of four hundred questions cannot attempt to encompass all of Santa Fe’s history, but the bibliography extends an invitation to read more and connect to different topics. Also included is a game (“What Is It?”) scattered throughout the text.

Elizabeth West, the editor of this book, is a newcomer to Santa Fe, having arrived in 1966. Her first job in Santa Fe was as a waitress, working as a modern-day version of a “Harvey Girl” at La Fonda. She was born in Boston, but her children and grandchildren were born in Santa Fe. She worked at the Santa Fe Public Library off and on for over twenty-five years. During 2010 she served on the History Task Force for the Santa Fe 400th Committee for the Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Santa Fe.

Sample Chapter
Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=MmeugT-xg4sC&dq=editions:l2uqj-6FMa8C&source=bl&ots=uceyqNzSww&sig=

Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-875-2
374 pp.,$40.00

Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-876-9
374 pp.,$30.00


SANTA FE, CITY OF REFUGE
An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture
By James C. Wilson

James C. Wilson’s memoir begins in Pula, Yugoslavia, circa 1972, where he is accused of threatening Marshal Tito, the President of Yugoslavia. It flashes back to the States and his anti-war activities at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and elsewhere. He then travels to Paris and Strasbourg where he spends time in exile with a French companion who speaks no English and dislikes Americans, and who finally leaves him for a group of pilgrims on their way to India. Returning to the States, he finds refuge in the counterculture community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, which becomes his spiritual home.

James C. Wilson is Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati. He has published five books, including Embodied Rhetorics: Disability in Language and Culture and Weather Reports from the Autism Front: A Father’s Memoir of His Autistic Son. Retired, he lives on the West Mesa, across the Rio Grande from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the historical La Luz del Oeste community designed by architect Antoine Predock. He does not for one moment regret his counterculture activities.

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-615-8
132 pp.,$32.95

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-245-3
132 pp.,$18.95


SANTA FE, ITS 400TH YEAR
Exploring the Past, Defining the Future
By Rob Dean, Editor

The story of Santa Fe, New Mexico on the occasion of its 400th anniversary commemoration in 2010 with 12 chapters, many illustrations, timelines, index, detailed bibliography, and Study Guide for teachers and students.

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The timeline of American history has always swept through Santa Fe, New Mexico. Settled by ancient peoples, explored by conquistadors, conquered by the U.S. cavalry, Santa Fe owns a story that stretches from the talking drums of the Pueblos to the high math of complexity theory pioneered at the Santa Fe Institute. This fresh presentation, 400 years after the Spanish founded the town in 1610, presents the full arc of Santa Fe’s story that sifts through its long, complex, thrilling history.

From the moment of first contact between the explorers and the native peoples, Santa Fe became a crossroads, a place of accommodations and clashes. Faith defined, sustained, and liberated the people. All the while, scoundrels and abusers of power elbowed their way into civic life. And who should piece together that story of the country’s oldest capital city? The Santa Fe New Mexican, the oldest newspaper in the American West, walking side by side with the people of Santa Fe for 160 years—a long life by the standards of publishing though merely a short span in Santa Fe’s timeless drama.

This book was compiled from a series that appeared monthly in The Santa Fe New Mexican in honor of the city’s 400th anniversary commemoration in 2010. It illuminates Santa Fe’s enduring promise to cling to roots that are bottomless and to leap into a future that is boundless.

Over 400 pages, many illustrations, timelines, index, and detailed bibliographies. Included is a Study Guide for teachers, students, and anyone interested in Santa Fe and the American Southwest.

Sample Chapter
Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=eDyKm73co20C&printsec=frontcover&dq=9780865347953&hl=en&ei=aibQTq2L

Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-795-3
386 pp.,$39.95

Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-796-0
386 pp.,$29.95


SANTOS
Stories About the Saints of New Mexico with Pictures to Color
By Marie Romero Cash

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This series of line drawings by legendary Santera (saint-maker) Marie Romero Cash, depict many of the popular saints painted by the santeros of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Northern New Mexico. “The saints have always been an integral part of the culture,” Marie says, “so much so that in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in New Mexico the art of the religious folk art of the santero became a part of its history. In creating this coloring book, my goal was to not only impart knowledge about the santero culture, but to provide images that could be colored in by children or adults, and could also be used for many other purposes, including embroidery or various decorative arts.”

Each full-page image is suitable for coloring by children at playtime or in a classroom setting. Easy to read information on many popular patron saints is included, as is the feast day of each saint. Teachers will find this coloring book a valuable teaching tool.

There is also an author preface and an article about Marie Romero Cash by well-known journalist, Kay Lockridge.

Born in Santa Fe, Marie Romero Cash has been a Santera (saint-maker) for over thirty years. Her award-winning works are in major museums and private collections throughout the United States, Mexico, Africa and The Vatican. She has written several books and magazine articles on the culture and religion of Northern New Mexico and has lectured widely on the subject for the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities.

Sample Chapter
Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=QbnUmkKpU8AC

Softcover:
8 1/4 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-701-4
80 pp.,$10.95


SCHIELE IN PRISON
New Edition
By Alessandra Comini

See "Preface to this Edition" below.

In April of 1912, twenty-one-year old Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890–1918), known for his frank depictions of erotica as well as his Expressionist portraits, was arrested and imprisoned in a basement cell in the rural town of Neulengbach, some twenty miles from Vienna. There he made agonized diary entries and created twelve drawings of his dank surroundings. Half a century later, in August of 1963, as an enterprising PhD student from Texas in search of all sites and persons having to do with Schiele, the author of this book did what no previous scholar had yet done. She located and photographed the forgotten cellar and cell in which Schiele had been unjustly incarcerated. This book presents an English translation of the artist’s extraordinary prison diary, a biographical chronology, and two essays, one concerning Schiele’s cultural context, and the other, an enlightening analysis of the pungent artworks created in prison.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven, a pioneer study in reception history, is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press as well as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and The Fantastic Art of Vienna. Comini’s travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, also from Sunstone Press, extend from Europe to Antarctica and are reflected in her Megan Crespi Mystery Series: The Munch Murders, Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Kokoschka Capers, The Kollwitz Calamities, and The Kandinsky Conundrum, all published by Sunstone Press.

Website: http://www.alessandracomini.com
Email: acomini@smu.edu

Hardcover:
8 1/2 X 11, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-447-5
116 pp.,$42.95

Softcover:
8 1/2 X 11, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-164-1
116 pp.,$24.95


THE SCHIELE SLAUGHTERS
A Megan Crespi Mystery Series Novel
By Alessandra Comini

Retired art history professor Megan Crespi, an expert on the Expressionist artist Egon Schiele, is called to Vienna to help solve the brutal murder of a museum night watchman whose naked cadaver was propped up in the same pose as the nude self-portrait by Schiele above him. A series of attacks relating to Schiele occur, ranging from “censoring” of his nude figures’ private parts with spray paint to desecration of his burial site. Amid restitution lawsuits and murderous competing gallery owners, Megan’s investigations are endangered by the fanatical Grand Master of a secret sect dedicated to the obliteration of obscenity. Her own life in danger, the twisting Schiele trail leaves multiple corpses in its wake and leads Megan from conniving Vienna to remote Kaliningrad in Russia, to ancient Krumau in Bohemia, and bustling Milan in Italy as she hunts for a possible hidden trove of major Schiele paintings. What she discovers is undreamt of and leaves the Schiele world stunned and covetous. Includes Readers Guide.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country, both now from Sunstone Press. Her travels, recorded in the memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, extend from Europe to Antarctica and are reflected in this, her second mystery novel in the Megan Crespi Mystery Series. The first, Killing for Klimt is also from Sunstone Press.

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Email: acomini@smu.edu

Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-443-7
264 pp.,$36.95

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-025-5
264 pp.,$24.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-320-0
265 pp.,$2.99


THE SCHOOL ON THE BLUFF
A History of the University of Albuquerque
By John Taylor

The University of Albuquerque began in 1921 as a small Catholic teachers’ college occupying part of an orphanage. It grew in both size and scope, first moving to a former Catholic boys’ school, and then to its final location on Albuquerque’s then-barren West Mesa. Over the years it rode an ideological and financial roller coaster until its demise in 1986. This book traces the history of the school, from its foundational background in territorial New Mexico, through its halcyon years in the 1950s and 1960s, to its struggles with finances and its change of direction from its original purpose as a teachers’ college for Franciscan nuns into an institution with a significant curriculum devoted to associate-degree occupational training. The school had twenty-one presidents—both religious and lay, with nine in its final nineteen years alone. The book examines each of these administrations, the challenges they faced, and the disparate solutions that were applied.

John Taylor earned a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Nautilus (SSN-571). He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1975, where he worked for thirty-five years, focusing on analysis of transportation of radioactive material, evaluation of nuclear weapon safety, nonproliferation and national security, and arms control and treaty analysis. While at Sandia, he authored or co-authored forty-seven technical reports and papers. John is also an historian with particular interests in the Civil War in New Mexico, the history of the Rio Abajo, the development of Catholicism in central New Mexico, railroading in New Mexico, and the “naval history” of New Mexico. He has authored or co-authored nineteen books on these and other subjects.


Hardcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-482-6
306 pp.,$38.95

Softcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-373-7
306 pp.,$28.95


THE SCHUMANN SHAMING
A Megan Crespi Mystery Series Novel
By Alessandra Comini

In Switzerland, Germany, and Vienna a spate of grave vandalism, graffiti, and even murder concerning 19th century musicians Clara and Robert Schumann is investigated by Megan Crespi.

Researching for her book on 19th-century virtuoso pianist Clara Schumann and her eight children, Professor Megan Crespi encounters startling hatred or praise for them and for Clara’s composer husband Robert. These strong reactions come in the form of grave vandalism, outrageous graffiti on Schumann museums across Germany, in Switzerland and Vienna, and even murder. Why? Megan’s travel companion is her sister-in-law Susan, a pediatrician whose expertise becomes crucial for the thirteen-year-old Italian child prodigy Stella Scarpauomo, referred to by the press as “the twenty-first-century Clara Schumann.” Disparate characters include three dedicated detectives, two Viennese widows who are founders of the local Clara Schumann Society, and two Schumann museum directors, one helpful, the other easily annoyed. Also involved are a wacky Schumann archivist, a patroness of the arts who refuses to use one of her two surnames, and a brilliant young pianist from Liberia whose promising career has veered from that of performing artist to assistant piano tuner. Will Crespi and the detectives put the dangerous jigsaw puzzle together before further disaster strikes? Includes Readers Guide.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Alessandra Comini was awarded Austria’s Grand Medal of Honor for her books on Viennese artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Her Egon Schiele’s Portraits was nominated for the National Book Award and her The Changing Image of Beethoven is used in classrooms around the country. Both books in new editions are now available from Sunstone Press as well as The Fantastic Art of Vienna, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Schiele in Prison. Comini’s travels, recorded in her memoir, In Passionate Pursuit, extend from Europe to Antarctica to China and are reflected in her Megan Crespi Mystery Series: Killing for Klimt, The Schiele Slaughters, The Kokoschka Capers, The Munch Murders, The Kollwitz Calamities, The Kandinsky Conundrum, The Mahler Mayhem, The Beethoven Boomerang and The Brahms Bust. All Comini’s scholarly books are available in new editions from Sunstone Press as is the entire Megan Crespi Mystery Series.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-589-2
410 pp.,$42.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-379-9
410 pp.,$28.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-672-0
410 pp.,$4.99


SEED KEEPERS
Poems
By Cynthia West

“This poet sings with her seed words. She selects an image, plants it in her heart-bed, nourishes it with soul-warmth, trims its excess, trains its flowering, cultivates, shares its harvest with us so we can celebrate together.” —James McGrath, Santa Fe, author of eight poetry collections

Cynthia West says, “Clouds, shadows and branches drop clues, luring me to reach deeper than skin and bones, to touch the essence inside the appearance, the nothing that holds everything in its hands. Patience has years of seeking, one step after another in the dust, pathways that lead to water. My hand and eye never stop probing the changing shapes, now here, now gone, now flesh, now ghosts. Subtle hints flash in and out of form, quicker than loss or gain. Blown here and there, I coax the tree within to show its face. The view is turning, turning in and out of reach.”

Known for her visionary paintings, Cynthia West is also a poet, photographer, digital imager and book artist. Her home, with many gardens, in the Santa Fe River Valley, where she has lived with her husband and family for fifty years, is a healing center as well as her studio and gallery. West is the author of six previous collections of poetry. For Beauty Way, 1990, and 1000 Stone Buddhas, 1993, published by Inked Wingbeat, Santa Fe. Rainbringer, 2004, The New Sun, 2007, In the Center of the Field, 2010, and A Clear Drop, 2015, the last four published by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe. West is also the artist and author of The Seasons of Tea, 2010, and Visionary Paintings, 2019, published by Inked Wingbeat.


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-551-9
90 pp.,$19.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-725-3
90 pp.,$4.99


SEEING THE ELEPHANT
The 1920 Frank Reaugh Sketch Trip to the Grand Canyon
By Virginia Howard

In 1920, my mother and my aunt, who were just thirteen and fourteen years old, went on an all-summer odyssey with a group of artists, led by their art teacher, renowned Texas artist Frank Reaugh, traveling in a vehicle called the “Cicada,” from Dallas, Texas, to the Grand Canyon, which had been designated a National Park in November 1919. My aunt’s lively diary of the trip is the basis for my account, which has been expanded into a longer narrative. The title Seeing the Elephant was chosen because the travelers’ experiences fit the old story of “seeing the elephant.” They had car engine problems, had flat tires, got stuck in mud, ran out of money, and were visited by tarantulas—but none of it mattered because of the thrilling wonders of the trip, the breathtaking scenery and the opportunity to try to capture it on paper. Toward the end of my writing process on this manuscript, I reflected on the two-month odyssey of the Cicada in 1920 and realized that it was a metaphor for life itself—the joys, challenges, sorrows, and people met along the journey—embraced by an overriding beauty. The story is told in first person, from my aunt’s point of view.

Virginia Howard has a BA and an MA in English from the University of Alabama. For many years she worked as a medical editor in the Office of Publications at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She now works part-time from her home office for the LSU Medical Alumni Association in New Orleans, where she designs and edits the alumni magazine (LSU Medicinews) for publication and also does computer graphics, including holiday greeting cards. She is founder and editor of THEMA literary journal, now in its 32nd year of publication, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has illustrated one picture book, Timothy Hubble and the King Cake Party, by Anita Prieto, and written another, The Wind Plays Tricks, illustrated by Charlene Chua. Under the pseudonym H. O. Ward, she and her sister-in-law co-authored two murder mysteries, Death by Unches and Death by the Reel. She also has published short stories as well as essays in various books and magazines.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-322-5
390 pp.,$24.95

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SELECTED POEMS
By Thomas Grissom

Lyric poems of uncompromising truth and honesty selected by the author from his previous collections as among those he would most want to preserve.

Lyric poems of uncompromising truth and honesty, selected by the author from his previous four books of poetry, are collected here, being those that he most wanted to preserve going forward. They represent several experiments in form and content in their freedom of expression. He has selected them according to his own assessment of merit, and for the truths and meaning they convey. On a personal level they are the ones he was most pleased to have written.

Thomas Grissom was Emeritus Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where for twenty-two years he taught across a broad range of curricula including Great Books, literature, philosophy, physics and mathematics. Prior to that he was a research physicist and Department Manager at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he had responsibility for the design and development of nuclear weapon components. He resigned his post in 1985 as a matter of conscience, a decision chronicled in three separate accounts: Studs Terkel, The Great Divide; Debra Rosenthal, At the Heart of the Bomb; and Melissa Everett, Breaking Ranks. He is the author of The Physicist’s World, Johns Hopkins University Press; five collections of poems, Other Truths, One Spring More, Journal Entries, Neither Here Nor There and <>Selected Poems; a treatise on archery, Principles of Traditional Archery; two collections of short stories, The Fawn and Other Stories and At the Top of the World and Other Stories; and a novel, Parodies of the Fall, all published by Sunstone Press.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-365-2
162 pp.,$18.95

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SELECTED POEMS OF JAMES MCGRATH
Selecting Poems Is Selecting Wild Flowers Is Selecting Poems
By James McGrath

Poems by a well-known Southwestern US writer and teacher.

Poet, James McGrath, offers “Selected Poems of James McGrath” as his ninth book with Sunstone Press of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was Art Teacher as well as Arts and Humanities Coordinator for the US Department of Defense Overseas Schools in Germany, France, Italy and Ethiopia from 1955 to 1962. James held the same Arts and Humanities position with the DOD Overseas Schools in Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Okinawa and Midway Island from 1973 to 1985, when he retired the first time. During his tenure in the DOD Overseas Schools in the Far East, James inaugurated and edited “SUN, the Journal of Self Expression” for those schools. From 1962 to 1973, James was Creative Writing, Painting, Exhibition-Museum Arts teacher as well as Assistant Arts Director and Arts Director at the Santa Fe, New Mexico seminal Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). He was Dean of the College at IAIA from 1988 to 1990. In 2010, IAIA awarded James their Visionary Award. James was designated a Santa Fe Living Treasure in 2008. The New Mexico Literary Arts presented James their Gratitude Award in 2014 for his “Contributions to the Literary Life of New Mexico.” In 2015, the University of Baltimore’s “passager’s” editors, Mary Azrael and Kendra Kopelke, awarded him their 2015 Poet Award. James was United States Information Service, Arts America, Poet/Artist in Residence in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Republic of Congo in the 1990s. A biography of James, “James McGrath: In a Class By Himself,” by Jonah Raskin was published in 2012.


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6 x 9, illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-458-1
192 pp.,$28,95


THE SHEPHERD
A Novel
By Patrick Allen Mohn

A child, while herding his father’s sheep meets someone high in the mountain wilderness that provides him with two gifts, one of which helps the child win “The Big Race,” while the other gift allows him to bring about this story’s miraculous conclusion.

A young child named Johnny herds his father’s large sheep herd with his dog named Shep. High in the mountains above their farm he unexpectedly meets someone who provides him with two gifts. A newly hired farm hand turns out to be an unsuspecting influence in the new journey that Johnny embarks upon. Johnny is particularly close to one of his cousins who is disabled, and for Christmas Johnny gives his cousin a very special gift. The gifts that Johnny received in the mountains help him to bring about this story’s miraculous conclusion.

Patrick Allen Mohn became interested in creative writing in high school in southern California, and his first college major was Creative Writing. After moving to Cerrillos, New Mexico, and thus into the Galisteo Basin, Patrick pursued his interests in writing and outdoor photography. Several of his articles and photographs have been published in New Mexico Magazine, and many of his photographs have been displayed in galleries around northern New Mexico including his own, including business locations and inside the New Mexico State Capital in Santa Fe. Many of these were joint exhibits with his son, Elijah. He is the author of A Sacred Place in the Enchanted Land: Where Its Heavenly Light Illuminates the Magic in its Dirt, also from Sunstone Press.

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SKY DETERMINES
An Interpretation of the Southwest
By Ross Calvin

New Foreword by Ron Hamm, Author of “Ross Calvin: Interpreter of the American Southwest”

Desert environment leaves its stark impress upon plants, animals, and men. And Ross Calvin tells the beautifully strange story of New Mexico—its ancient culture, the coming of the Spanish friars, the Spanish occupation, pueblo life, the Apaches and their long warfare with the whites, cattle and sheep raising and cowboys and outlaws, and the old trails, and the coming of the railroads—treating all these in the light of the physical features and physical conditions of the country. Calvin knew New Mexico intimately, and he writes of his observations and experiences in his rides and tramps through the region. His novel point of view and material afford a unique approach to the arid American Southwest. The journalist Ernie Pyle, who lived in Albuquerque with his wife for a period in 1942, stated that Calvin’s book was “our Southwestern Bible,” and the famed Western librarian and critic Lawrence Clark Powell gave his imprimatur when he called it the “finest single book about New Mexico.” This new edition includes a foreword by Ron Hamm, author of the biography Ross Calvin: Interpreter of the American Southwest. Many of the books listed in the Bibliography are in new editions from Sunstone Press in its Southwest Heritage Series.

Ross Calvin was born in Illinois in 1889, graduated from Indiana’s DePauw University in 1911, and went on to Harvard where he got his doctorate in English. In 1920-21 he attended the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Poor health forced him west shortly thereafter, and from 1927 to 1942 he served as an Episcopal priest at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Silver City, New Mexico. During his off hours, Calvin hiked the surrounding country and eventually traveled all over his adopted state. He loved talking to people—ranchers, cowboys, miners, old-timers, biologists, historians, Pueblo Indians, Hispanic farmers—and each one of these conversations further buttressed his growing conviction that climate dictated everything in New Mexico. When not roaming the countryside or tending his congregants, he wrote for religious and scholarly journals and also produced four books, the best known of which are Sky Determines (1934) and River of the Sun: Stories of the Storied Gila (1946). He died in 1970.

“Calvin has a seeing eye. Not only one which gets a comprehensive view of a vegetable and animal life that climbs from sub-tropical to sub-Arctic, and of human types from pre-Pueblo to late tourist-camp; but the sort of an eye too which sees little animal tracks, notes plants and birds and clouds, and can relate these things to the all-embracing sky which is his theme. He remembers the harsh cut of dust and the fresh consolation of fragrant rain, he knows what it is to come thirsty to a water hole.” —Erna Fergusson, The New Mexico Quarterly


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-518-2
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SMOKESCREEN
A Fernando Lopez Mystery
By James C. Wilson

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A prominent city councilmember, Tito Garcia, is assassinated at the beginning of the Santa Fe Fiesta. Known as a peacemaker, he had negotiated an agreement to ban a controversial Fiesta procession known as the Entrada. The procession celebrated the Reconquest of Santa Fe twelve years after the 1680 Pueblo Rebellion drove the Spanish out of Santa Fe. Both Spanish and Native American groups blame each other for Garcia’s murder and vow revenge. The situation explodes in violence when one Hispanic group attempts to march in downtown Santa Fe in violation of the agreement. Fernando Lopez is forced to rethink the case when he discovers Garcia’s involvement with Three-Hills Ranch, a compound suspected of sex-trafficking young women from border towns like Nogales and Juarez. The journey to find answers takes Lopez on a journey into the underbelly of wealthy Santa Fe society where deep cultural and ethnic conflicts have festered for over four hundred years. Smokescreen, the second in the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series, concludes in a fiery confrontation at Three-Hills Ranch, where the truth is finally revealed and justice served. Includes Reading Guide.

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of eight previous books, including Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History (2019) and Peyote Wolf (2020), the first of the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series.

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SON OF NOTHINGNESS
A Novel of Appearances
By Ona Russell

One man’s hunt for ex-Nazis leads to a shocking revelation and reconciliation with his own troubled past in this 1940s historical novel set in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Los Angeles, 1949. Attorney Andrew Martin, aka Andrés Martinez, is doing what he does best: surviving. His career is stable, he has his pick of women, and his beloved parrot, Emerson, keeps him company. True, he’s still lamenting his rejection from the military, still tormented by memories of his father, and then there’s his leg, which continually feels like an imposter. But he’s learned to live with all of that, too. Until the arrival of Penny, that is, a member of the Salvation Army, a stranger with a secret. Andrew’s meeting with the woman is brief, but what he learns from her upends him. Suddenly nothing makes sense. He desperately needs to get away, and it seems the gods are listening, for he’s soon offered a job in Sacramento. And not just any job. He’s been asked to help confirm a plot that the government is using ex-Nazis to spy on communists in the U.S. The timing seems perfect, and Andrew agrees. What he doesn’t know is that this quest will lead him straight into the heart of that from which he is trying to escape. Includes Readers Guide.

Ona Russell holds a PhD in American literature from UC San Diego, where she also taught for many years. She’s a frequent speaker at literary events, including the famed San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference. Her essays and academic articles have appeared in literary and legal journals nationwide. Sunstone Press published her three previous novels, including The Natural Selection, a California Book Award finalist, and Rule of Capture, an IPPY silver medal winner for regional fiction. Ona lives in Solana Beach, California. Please visit onarussell.com for more information.

Cover design by Lauren Kahn.

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THE SOUND OF DRUMS
A Memoir of Lloyd Kiva New
By Lloyd Kiva New, Edited by Ryan S. Flahive

“…an important book about a visionary artist who literally transformed the landscape of Native American art in the American Southwest.” —Hon. Wilma Mankiller

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In a series of personal anecdotes, supplemented by photographs, essays, and manuscripts, The Sound of Drums is a memoir of celebrated Cherokee artist, fashion designer, and educator Lloyd Kiva New (1916–2002). An important figure in Native American art, design, and pedagogy, New inspired thousands of artists and students during his career. Humble beginnings in rural Oklahoma spawned an obsession with nature and a connection to his Cherokee roots—a connection he sought to strengthen throughout his life, The Sound of Drums.

Lloyd Kiva New’s life was one of the Greatest Generation—he experienced first-hand the Great Depression, the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and the struggles of a Native man in an assimilationist society. The Sound of Drums is the words of a man who helped put Scottsdale, Arizona on the map as an arts and crafts center and of a successful commercial artist who sacrificed fame and fortune to teach art and culture to Native youth at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The story of Lloyd Kiva New is one of inspiration, creativity, and a life-long search for meaning.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-100-9
256 pp.,$29.95

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SOUTHWESTERN COLONIAL IRONWORK
The Spanish Backsmithing Tradition
By Marc Simmons and Frank Turley

“Southwestern Colonial Ironwork combines the knowledge and talents of an historian and a practicing blacksmith . . . the happiest of alliances. It will be most welcome in my library.” (Ivor Noël Hume, former Director, Department of Archeology, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and author of "Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America")

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Colonial blacksmiths were more common in the Southwest and their work more sophisticated than has generally been recognized. They forged all manner of domestic utensils and hardware and served as gunsmiths, armorers and farriers. This book is the first historical and practical survey of the full range of ornamental and utilitarian ironwork used and made by Spanish people in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas from the 1500s to about 1850, and is one of the most complete pictures of any Southwestern colonial craft. It presents, also for the first time, a detailed summary of the distinctive methods employed by the old Hispanic smiths.

The book contains two parts. The first looks at the early iron manufacturing and blacksmithing industries of Spain and Mexico. The second deals with the colonial smith, his equipment, his methods, and the products of his forge. Information on these subjects has been derived from documents such as wills of blacksmiths, supply lists of expeditions, and inventories of mission workshops. All in all, the book is an invaluable and permanent source for practicing blacksmiths, historians, archaeologists, craftspeople, antique collectors, designers, and architects. Two hundred black and white photographs and fifty line drawings are included as well as a glossary of Spanish smith terms.

Marc Simmons, author and professional historian, has published 45 books related to the history and culture of the American Southwest. He has taught at several colleges and universities and is a Woodrow Wilson and a Guggenheim Fellow. In 1993, King Juan Carlos of Spain admitted him to the knightly Order of Isabel la Católica for his contributions to Spanish colonial history. Dr. Simmons is also a graduate of the North Texas Farriers School.

Frank Turley is a member of the Artist-Blacksmiths’ Association of North America, American Farriers’ Association and New Mexico Professional Horseshoers’ Association. For many years a professional blacksmith and farrier, Turley has been the director of the Turley Forge School of Blacksmithing since 1969 and is well known throughout the United States for his participation in major workshops and exhibitions. His work has been exhibited at the Pasadena Art Museum, State University of New York in Brockport, University Museum and Art Galleries of Southern Illinois University, and Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has published several articles in American Farriers’Journal.

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11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-0-86534-601-7
216 pp.,$60.00


SPANISH AMERICAN MUSIC IN NEW MEXICO, THE WPA ERA
Folk Songs, Dance Tunes, Singing Games, and Guitar Arrangements
By James Clois Smith, Jr., Editor

“An absolutely fascinating and very special ‘time-lost’ treasure, this is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library American Music History collections in general, and Hispanic/American music supplemental studies reading lists in particular.” —The Midwest Book Review

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In 1933, newly elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt summoned ideas that might allay the financial calamity that characterized the Great Depression of the 1930s. Among the myriad programs Roosevelt initiated was the WPA, the Works Progress Administration (later re-named the Work Projects Administration) that was created to provide meaningful work to the unemployed millions throughout America. Thanks to New Mexico Governor Clyde Tingley, a masterful politician who wended his way into Roosevelt’s good graces, New Mexico became the recipient of a significant proportion of federal WPA funding that supported thousands of otherwise unemployed men and women. One of the great programs to emerge was in support of the arts, and many painters, writers and musicians were employed to pursue their respective art forms.

Helen Chandler Ryan was appointed director of the Federal Music Project (FMP) in New Mexico that lasted from 1936 to 1943. In 1939, it was re-named the New Mexico Music Project, and by 1942, the name was changed yet again to War Services Program—Music Phase. The focus of this project was “music education, performance, and preserving of local musical heritage, especially Hispanic [Hispano] folk music.” Under Ryan’s direction and that of her co-administrators, musicians and folklorists collected songs and other material that otherwise might have been lost.

The transcribed folk songs were mimeographed and distributed to teachers who taught both singers and instrumentalists who then presented the music in public performances. This music project not only funded fieldworkers, it also brought music to the people of the villages of New Mexico in a time when little else was available to lift the hearts of la gente.

In this book, materials collected between 1936 and 1941 are assembled in five separate units. Units 1, 2, and 3 are comprised of a series of Hispano folk songs with transcribed melodies and English translations of lyrics. Unit 4 is a collection of thirty Hispano dance songs, some of which remain popular even now. Unit 5 is entitled “Guitar Arrangements of Spanish American Folk Songs.”

We are fortunate to have this taste of Hispano music of New Mexico from the early twentieth century now available to all. It is integral and vital to the repertoire of musical lore that greatly enhances New Mexico’s heritage.

On the Cover: “Leisure Hour” by Joseph Fleck from A More Abundant Life, New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico by Jacqueline Hoefer, published by Sunstone Press.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-181-8
222 pp.,$34.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-180-1
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THE SPANISH ARCHIVES OF NEW MEXICO, VOLUME ONE
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

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In what follows can be found the doors to a house of words and stories. This house of words and stories is the Archive of New Mexico and the doors are each of the documents contained within it. Like any house, New Mexico’s archive has a tale of its own origin and a complex history. Although its walls have changed many times, its doors and the encounters with those doors hold stories known and told and others not yet revealed.

In the Archives, there are thousands of doors (4,481) that open to a time of kings and popes, of inquisition and revolution. “These archives,” writes Ralph Emerson Twitchell, “are by far the most valuable and interesting of any in the Southwest.” Many of these documents were given a number by Twitchell, small stickers that were appended to the first page of each document, an act of heresy to archivists and yet these stickers have now become part of the artifact. These are the doors that Ralph Emerson Twitchell opened at the dawn of the 20th century with a key that has served scholars, policy-makers, and activists for generations. In 1914 Twitchell published in two volumes The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, the first calendar and guide to the documents from the Spanish colonial period.

Volume One of the two volumes focuses on the collection known as the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, or SANM I, an appellation granted because of Twitchell’s original compilation and description of the 1,384 documents identified in the first volume of his series. The Spanish Archives of New Mexico was assembled by the Surveyor General of New Mexico (1854-1891) and the Court of Private Land Claims (1891-1904). The collection consists of civil land records of the Spanish period governments of New Mexico and materials created by the Surveyor General and Court of Private Land Claims during the process of adjudication. It includes the original Spanish colonial petitions for land grants, land conveyances, wills, mine registers, records books, journals, dockets, reports, minutes, letters, and a variety of other legal documents.

Each of these documents tell a story, sometimes many stories. The bulk of the records accentuate the amazingly dynamic nature of land grant and settlement policies. While the documents reveal the broad sweep of community settlement and its reverse effect, hundreds of last wills and testaments are included in these records, that are scripted in the most eloquent and spiritual tone at the passing of individuals into death. These testaments also reveal a legacy of what colonists owned and bequeathed to the next generations.

Most of the documents are about the geographic, political and cultural mapping of New Mexico, but many reflect the stories of that which is owned both in terms of commodities and human lives. Archives inevitably, and these archives more than most, help to shape current debates about dispossession, the colonial past, and the postcolonial future of New Mexico. For this reason, the task of understanding the role of archives, archival documents, and the kinds of stories that emanate from them has never been more urgent.

Let this effort and the key provided by Twitchell in his two volumes open the doors wide for knowledge to be useful today and tomorrow. --From the Foreword by Estevan Rael-Gálvez, New Mexico State Historian

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-683-3
620 pp.,$65.00

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-647-5
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THE SPANISH ARCHIVES OF NEW MEXICO, VOLUME TWO
By Ralph Emerson Twitchell

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In what follows can be found the doors to a house of words and stories. This house of words and stories is the Archive of New Mexico and the doors are each of the documents contained within it. Like any house, New Mexico’s archive has a tale of its own origin and a complex history. Although its walls have changed many times, its doors and the encounters with those doors hold stories known and told and others not yet revealed.

In the Archives, there are thousands of doors (4,481) that open to a time of kings and popes, of inquisition and revolution. “These archives,” writes Ralph Emerson Twitchell, “are by far the most valuable and interesting of any in the Southwest.” Many of these documents were given a number by Twitchell, small stickers that were appended to the first page of each document, an act of heresy to archivists and yet these stickers have now become part of the artifact. These are the doors that Ralph Emerson Twitchell opened at the dawn of the 20th century with a key that has served scholars, policy-makers, and activists for generations. In 1914 Twitchell published in two volumes The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, the first calendar and guide to the documents from the Spanish colonial period.

Volume Two of the two volumes focuses on the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series II, or SANM II. These 3,087 documents consist of administrative, civil, military, and ecclesiastical records of the Spanish colonial government in New Mexico, 1621-1821. The materials span a broad range of subjects, revealing information about such topics as domestic relations, political intrigue, crime and punishment, material culture, the Camino Real, relations between Spanish settlers and indigenous peoples, the intrusion of Anglo-Americans, and the growing unrest that resulted in Mexico's independence from Spain in 1821.

As is the case with Volume One, these documents tell many stories. They reflect, for example, the creation and maintenance of colonial society in New Mexico; itself founded upon the casting and construction of colonizing categories. Decisions made by popes, kings and viceroys thousands of miles away from New Mexico defined the lives of everyday citizens, as did the reports of governors and clergy sent back to their superiors. They represent the history of imperial power, conquest, and hegemony.

Indeed, though the stories of indigenous people and women can be found in these documents, it may be fair to assume that not a single one of them was actually scripted by a woman or an American Indian during that time period. But there is another silence in this particular collection and series that is telling. Few pre-Revolt (1680) documents are contained in this collection. While the original colonial archive may well have contained thousands of documents that predate the European settlement of New Mexico in 1598, with the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680, all but four of those documents were destroyed. For historians, the tragedy cannot be calculated. Nevertheless, this absence and silence is important in its own right and is a part of the story, told and imagined.

Let this effort and the key provided by Twitchell in his two volumes open the doors wide for knowledge to be useful today and tomorrow. --From the Foreword by Estevan Rael-Gálvez, New Mexico State Historian

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-684-0
764 pp.,$65.00

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-648-2
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SPANISH COLONIAL FURNITURE
By Arthur Durward Williams

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This book details the outgrowth of years of study of Spanish-American colonial furniture as it was developed in the vast territory now included in the states of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. In addition to a detailed explanation of the styles of furniture it contains designs of and directions for making fifty-seven pieces which are adaptations of authentic Spanish models. Projects cover a wide range, embracing trays, tables, desks, chairs, dressing tables, bookcases, benches, trasteros and amacens, the typical Spanish cabinets. Their presentations are comprehensive and simple, including accurate working drawings, photographs, a brief description of process, and a list of materials. The projects will give satisfaction both in making and in daily use, as well as helping perpetuate early American culture. There are elements of romance and beauty in this furniture which deserve to be widely used and enjoyed.

Arthur Durward Williams was a teacher in Native American and other schools for many years. As a result of his shop teaching, he recognized the need for projects for class use which are different and which have a definite place not only in the home but also in the history of the United States. His work brought him close to the finest examples of furniture in the American Southwest.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-343-0
144 pp.,$$29.95

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8 1/2 X 11 Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-293-8
144 pp.,$19.95


SPANISH COLONIAL LIVES
Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1705–1774
By Linda Tigges, Editor

A Companion in Part to "The Spanish Archives of New Mexico" by Ralph Emerson Twitchell

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On their return to New Mexico from El Paso after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, the New Mexican settlers were confronted with continuous raids by hostile Indian tribes, disease and an inhospitable landscape. In spite of this, in the early and mid-eighteenth century, the New Mexicans went about their daily lives as best they could, as shown in original documents from the time. The documents show them making deals, traveling around the countryside and to and from El Paso and Mexico City, complaining about and arguing with each other, holding festivals, and making plans for the future of their children. It also shows them interacting with the presidio soldiers, the Franciscan friars and Inquisition officials, El Paso and Chihuahua merchants, the occasional Frenchman, and their Pueblo Indian allies. Because many of the documents include oral testimony, we are able to read what they had to say, sometimes angry, asking for help, or giving excuses for their behavior, as written down by a scribe at the time. This book includes fifty-four original handwritten documents from the early and mid-eighteenth century. Most of the original documents are located in the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, although some are from the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, the Archivo General de la Nacion in Mexico City, and elsewhere. They were selected for their description of Spanish Colonial life, of interest to the many descendants of the characters that appear in them, and because they tell a good story. A translation and transcription of each document is included as well as a synopsis, background notes, and biographical notes. They can be considered a companion, in part, to Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s 1914 two volumes, The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, summarizing the documents of the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, now available in new editions from Sunstone Press.

LINDA TIGGES, PhD, is a retired land planner. While working in the City of Santa Fe in the 1980s and 1990s, she assisted in drafting and staffing the City’s Archaeological Review ordinance, prepared and worked on State Historic Preservation grants and prepared City publications on architectural history and Spanish Colonial Santa Fe. She is a New Mexico certified historian with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. Written material includes archival research on historic properties, published work on the Santa Fe presidio in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610, from Sunstone Press, as well as articles for the New Mexico Historical Review and the New Mexico Genealogical Society Journal. Her special interest is early and mid-eighteenth century Spanish Colonial documents. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Iowa State University and the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Administration from Iowa State University.

J. RICHARD SALAZAR retired from the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in 1996 as Director of the Archival Services Division of that agency. Since that time he has been conducting historical research for the various acequia associations of northern New Mexico in their attempt to determine their acequia priority dates. He has worked with New Mexico’s archival documents, including the land grant records, for over forty years.


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ISBN: 978-0-86534-970-4
694 pp.,$65.00

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ISBN: 978-0-86534-971-1
694 pp.,$45.00

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SPANISH COLONIAL WOMEN AND THE LAW: COMPLAINTS, LAWSUITS, AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1697–1749
By Linda Tigges, Editor and J. Richard Salazar, Translator

“This is an important work from Linda Tigges and Richard Salazar dealing with early eighteenth century women and the law. However their court cases were decided, these Spanish Colonial women were successful in the legacy they left for future generations. If you are a twelfth generation New Mexican or a newcomer, you will find this work priceless.” —Henrietta Martinez Christmas

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Women in early 18th century Spanish Colonial New Mexico had rights and privileges under Spanish law that were not enjoyed by other women in North America until the late 19th and early 20th century. Women were considered separate entities under the law and valuable members of Spanish society. As such, they could own property, inherit in their own name, and act as court witnesses. In particular they could make accusations and denunciations to the local alcalde mayor and governor, which they frequently did.

The documents in this book show that Spanish Colonial women were aware of their rights and took advantage of them to assert themselves in the struggling communities of the New Mexican frontier. In the documents, the women are shown making complaints of theft, physical and verbal abuse by their husbands or other women, and of non-payment of dowries or other inheritance. Other documents are included showing men accusing women of misrepresenting property ownership and dowry payments and of adultery and slander.

Spain was a legalistic society and both women and men used the courts to settle even minor matters. Because the court proceedings were written down by a scribe and stored in the archives, many documents still exist. From these, thirty-one have been selected allowing us to hear the words of some outspoken Spanish women and the sometimes angry men, speaking their minds in court about their spouses, lovers of their spouses, children, and relatives, as well as their land, livestock and expected inheritance. The documents transcribed and translated in this book are a small number of the existing documents held in Santa Fe at the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, at the Bancroft Library at University of California, the Archivo General de la Nacion in Mexico City, and elsewhere. A synopsis, editor’s notes, maps, and biographical notes are provided. The material can be considered a companion, in part, to Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s 1914 two volumes, The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, available in new editions from Sunstone Press.

Linda Tigges, PhD, is a retired land planner. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked with the City of Santa Fe’s Archaeological Review Committee and the Historic Design Review Board and prepared City publications on architectural history and Spanish Colonial Santa Fe. She is a New Mexico certified historian with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. She is also the editor of Spanish Colonial Lives, Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1705–1774. Written material includes archival research on Santa Fe historic properties, published work on the Santa Fe presidio in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610, from Sunstone Press, as well as articles for various journals and publications.

J. Richard Salazar retired from the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in 1996 as Director of the Archival Services Division of that agency. Since that time he has been conducting historical research for the various acequia associations of northern New Mexico in their attempts to determine their acequia priority dates. He has worked with New Mexico’s archival documents, including the land grant records, for over forty years. He was the transcriber and translator for Spanish Colonial Lives, Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1704–1774. He was born and brought up in northern New Mexico.

Website: http://lindatigges.com

Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-105-4
534 pp.,$60.00

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-104-7
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SPANISH COLONIAL WOMEN AND THE LAW: COMPLAINTS, LAWSUITS, AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (ENGLISH EDITION)
Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1697–1749
By Linda Tigges, Editor and J. Richard Salazar, Translator

Selected as Best Southwest History Book of 2017 by the New Mexico State Library.

“This is an important work from Linda Tigges and Richard Salazar dealing with early eighteenth century women and the law. However their court cases were decided, these Spanish Colonial women were successful in the legacy they left for future generations. If you are a twelfth generation New Mexican or a newcomer, you will find this work priceless.” —Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Order from Sunstone Press: (800) 243-5644

Women in early 18th century Spanish Colonial New Mexico had rights and privileges under Spanish law that were not enjoyed by other women in North America until the late 19th and early 20th century. Women were considered separate entities under the law and valuable members of Spanish society. As such, they could own property, inherit in their own name, and act as court witnesses. In particular they could make accusations and denunciations to the local alcalde mayor and governor, which they frequently did. The documents in this book show that Spanish Colonial women were aware of their rights and took advantage of them to assert themselves in the struggling communities of the New Mexican frontier. In the documents, the women are shown making complaints of theft, physical and verbal abuse by their husbands or other women, and of non-payment of dowries or other inheritance. Other documents are included showing men accusing women of misrepresenting property ownership and dowry payments and of adultery and slander. Spain was a legalistic society and both women and men used the courts to settle even minor matters. Because the court proceedings were written down by a scribe and stored in the archives, many documents still exist. From these, thirty-one have been selected allowing us to hear the words of some outspoken Spanish women and the sometimes angry men, speaking their minds in court about their spouses, lovers of their spouses, children, and relatives, as well as their land, livestock and expected inheritance. The documents translated into English in this book are a small number of the existing documents held in Santa Fe at the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, at the Bancroft Library at University of California, the Archivo General de la Nacion in Mexico City, and elsewhere. A synopsis, editor’s notes, maps, and biographical notes are provided. The material can be considered a companion, in part, to Ralph Emerson Twitchell’s 1914 two volumes, The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, available in new editions from Sunstone Press. Sunstone Press has also published a Spanish/English edition in both hardcover and softcover.

Linda Tigges, PhD, is a retired land planner. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked with the City of Santa Fe’s Archaeological Review Committee and the Historic Design Review Board and prepared City publications on architectural history and Spanish Colonial Santa Fe. She is a New Mexico certified historian with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. She is also the editor of Spanish Colonial Lives, Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1705–1774. Written material includes archival research on Santa Fe historic properties, published work on the Santa Fe presidio in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610, from Sunstone Press, as well as articles for various journals and publications.

J. Richard Salazar retired from the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in 1996 as Director of the Archival Services Division of that agency. Since that time he has been conducting historical research for the various acequia associations of northern New Mexico in their attempts to determine their acequia priority dates. He has worked with New Mexico’s archival documents, including the land grant records, for over forty years. He was the transcriber and translator for Spanish Colonial Lives, Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico, 1704–1774. He was born and brought up in northern New Mexico.

Website: http://lindatigges.com

Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-186-3
374 pp.,$25.00


TALKING AMERICAN HISTORY
An Informal Narrative History of the United States
By Ron Briley

An informal narrative political history of the United States told from a progressive perspective.

Offering an alternative to encyclopedic textbooks that confirm Henry Ford’s complaint that the study of history is just “one damned thing after another,” it provides an informal and conversational narrative history of the American experience from the Colonial period to the present day. Above all, history is a story, and the story of America is a complicated and contested tale. Rather than simply the exceptionalism of a shining city upon a hill, the American saga includes a dark stain of prejudice and nativism still present within the national fabric. Beginning with the assault upon Native lands and culture along with the introduction of racial slavery, patterns of exploitation and greed fostering gender, racial, and class inequality are an essential part of America’s story.

Themes of prejudice and inequality, however, are offset by the promise of social justice and an egalitarian America outlined by Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Seneca Falls Declaration of Principles, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s The Four Freedoms, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” oratory. While considering topics such as Presidential leadership, Talking American History emphasizes the efforts of American reformers, dreamers, freedom fighters, dissenters, radicals, and workers to move the nation toward the democratic promise laid out in its founding documents. The framework is a traditional political history narrative told from a progressive perspective. This is an interpretation with which not all readers will agree, but the intention is to facilitate dialogue and debate that are imperative for the survival of American democracy.

After pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from West Texas State University and the University of New Mexico, Ron Briley taught history and film studies for thirty-nine years at Sandia Prep School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also served as assistant head of school and is now faculty emeritus. In addition, he served as an adjunct professor of history at the University of New Mexico–Valencia campus for twenty years, and his teaching has been recognized by the Society for History Education, Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, National Council for History Education, American Historical Association, and Organization of American Historians. The recipient of Fulbright grants to study in Japan, the Netherlands, and Yugoslavia, Briley has also served on numerous committees for the Organization of American Historians and American Historical Association. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, he is the author of numerous books, including biographies of Elia Kazan and Woody Guthrie, as well as many scholarly articles and encyclopedia entries on the history of sport, music, and film.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-288-4
500 pp.,$30.00

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TAOS
A Pictorial Guide for Travelers
By Michael Butler

With its twisting narrow streets, lacking the familiar grid pattern, it can be difficult for travelers to find their way through Taos, New Mexico. This book is the answer to the traveler’s dilemma. With a map and color photographs included, this guidebook will enable travelers to successfully find twenty-four sites in and around Taos, including museums, historic homes, and natural wonders. Some sites tucked away on isolated side streets can easily be missed without this guide. Travelers can now find their way to Taos Pueblo, home to native inhabitants since about the year 1350, and to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ranchos de Taos, the famous church painted by Georgia O’Keeffe and photographed by Ansel Adams. With a short history of each site included, travelers will gain an appreciation of all the ancient community of Taos has to offer.

Michael Butler has been writing about New Mexico and Colorado since his retirement as Administrative Manager for the Denver Parks and Recreation Department. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Nebraska, specializing in geography and history. This has enabled him to research, write and lecture about the places he loves. He has written five books for Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series including Around The Spanish Peaks; Great Sand Dunes National Park; Southern Colorado-O.T. Davis Collection; Littleton; and High Road to Taos. He has lived in Taos, and currently resides in Santa Fe.


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8 1/2 x 8 1/2 Illustrated, Color
ISBN: 978-1-63293-264-8
64 pp.,$16.95


TAOS GOTHIC
A Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery
By James C. Wilson

The disappearance of a Santa Fe historian at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos sends private investigator Fernando Lopez on a dangerous journey through a haunted world of ghosts, transients, paranormals, and psychopaths.

When Santa Fe historian Kate Isaacs disappears while staying and doing research at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, Isaacs’ wife hires private investigator Fernando Lopez to find the missing woman. At the Luhan House, now a bed and breakfast inn, Lopez learns that Isaacs walked out of her room during the night wearing only a nightgown and slippers. Employees and a local paranormal organization blame ghosts. They tell Lopez the sprawling hundred-year-old house is haunted by the ghosts of the famous people who stayed there, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Willa Cather, and Dennis Hopper, as well as Mabel and her Native American husband Tony. The mystery deepens when a former lover of Isaacs turns up dead at a party Isaacs attended the night she disappeared. Isaacs is a suspect in the murder until it becomes clear that she has been kidnapped. Lopez teams up with Taos County Sheriff Hank Mathews after kidnappers contact Isaacs’ wife and demand a ransom for her return. Their investigation leads them to a derelict A-frame in the mountains where they find Isaacs’ body and the bodies of two other people. Solving the murders takes them into a dangerous underworld of transients, paranormals and psychopaths. Includes Readers Guide.

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of fourteen previous books, including Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History and Santa Fe, City of Refuge, An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture in addition to Peyote Wolf, Smokescreen, Ghost Canyon, The Dead Go Fast, Painted Skull Ranch, Taos Vendetta and Devil on Canyon Road in the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series.

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TAOS VENDETTA
A Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery
By James C. Wilson

The murder of a Hollywood actress sends private investigator Fernando Lopez to Taos, where he finds himself in a world of intrigue, caught between feuding ranchers and old legal grievances while searching for a murderer.

After a Hollywood actress is murdered at a Taos hotel, private investigator Fernando Lopez receives a call for help from Taos County Sheriff Hank Mathews, an old friend. In Taos Lopez learns the murdered woman, Anne Lewis, had been part of a movie crew filming a tacky ‘walking dead’ movie. Yesterday she’d returned to the hotel after filming at the Taos Historical Cemetery and gone for a swim in the hotel pool. Her body was found that morning with evidence indicating she had been forcibly drowned. Working with Sheriff Mathews, Lopez discovers that Lewis had a lot of enemies. Suspects include a jealous co-worker and Ted Fisher, the executive producer of the movie, who was being sued by Lewis and two other women for sexual assault. Fisher’s bodyguard threatens and later attacks Lopez in an effort to end the investigation and protect Fisher. Yet another suspect is Cowboy Jack Ryan, a young lothario who comes to the hotel bar every night looking for hookups with the various actresses. In fact, Cowboy Jack had slept with Lewis the night before the day she was murdered. Cowboy Jack complicates the investigation, because he’s part of an ongoing feud between two ranching families outside Taos, the Ryans and the Luceros. When Cowboy Jack shoots and kills the oldest Lucero son and then flees, he becomes the chief suspect in two murders. Lopez and Sheriff Mathews chase Cowboy Jack and his younger brother across northern New Mexico, finally cornering them at Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu. In the ensuing melee the murderer of Anne Lewis is finally revealed. Includes Readers Guide.

Emeritus Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, James C. Wilson lived in Santa Fe during the turbulent 1970s and wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Reporter. He has lived in Albuquerque since 2012. He is the author of fifteen previous books, including Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon: The Trails, The Ruins, The History; New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, Photographing the Ancient City and Santa Fe, City of Refuge, An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture in addition to Peyote Wolf, Smokescreen, Ghost Canyon, The Dead Go Fast, Painted Skull Ranch, Taos Gothic, and Devil on Canyon Road in the Fernando Lopez Santa Fe Mystery Series.

On the Cover: Cover art by Virginia Maria Romero over photograph by the author of the Taos Mountains from the Sagebrush Inn, Taos, New Mexico.

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THAT GUY IN OUR WOMEN’S STUDIES CLASS
By Allan D. Hunter

A personal memoir of a genderqueer male seeking a political platform within collegiate women’s studies programs in the era before modern gender-identity politics.

In this nonfiction memoir, Derek, a genderqueer sissy male, decides that a women’s studies class in college would be a good place to engage people in discussions about gender. Derek has reason to worry that he’s invading women’s space by attending women’s studies classes. At the same time, he’s a minority within that space, and, as a gender-nonconforming sissy in the 1980s, a person with a gender identity that wasn’t acknowledged and recognized yet, he’s been somewhat marginalized by gender himself. This narrative tale illustrates the complexities of intersectionality, the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender and so forth. The main character is male, the privileged sex in the patriarchal context. The story follows Derek down Oklahoma highways and into heroin dens in Harlem and then into the homeless shelters of 1980s New York City, as the determined but not always practical Derek pursues his dream. Along the way, the story delves into the complexities of privilege and social identity in ways that challenge assumptions about power and marginalization—not in primary-color simplicity but by exploring privilege and deprivation along a number of different dimensions and showing it in all of its native complexity, all while still respecting a concern for empowering the voice of those left out.

Allan D. Hunter became one of the first male women’s studies majors in 1985 at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, graduating with a BA in 1988. He pursued graduate studies at SUNY / Stony Brook, obtaining an MA in Sociology and MSW in Social Work, creating a rich collection of feminist theory papers in the process. “Same Door, Different Closet: A Heterosexual Sissy’s Coming-Out Party” was published in the journal Feminism and Psychology 2 (3) in 1992 and reprinted twice in subsequent anthologies. A second theory paper, “The Feminist Perspective in (and/or On) the Field of Sociology” was published in 2006 (Readings in Feminist Theory, Ed. S. M. Channa, Cosmo Publications). His novel, GenderQueer: A Story From a Different Closet, published by Sunstone Press, is a coming-of-age coming-out story from the genderqueer vantage point, an identity only recently on the social radar.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-375-1
224 pp.,$20.95

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THINKS A LOT HAS HER HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
Mimbres Children Learn About Fairness
By Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel

Thinks A Lot has her head in the clouds, or does she? Thinks A Lot has seen animal shapes in the clouds since she was a little girl. She often saw images in the clouds that sometimes could not be seen by others. Grandfather told her it was a gift she could use to help her people. But, how? Grandmother chose Thinks A Lot to teach the small children of the village how to play and get along with each other. So Thinks A Lot began to teach the children to see images in the clouds and how to look for animal tracks. She thinks it is her work, but her cousins think is it just play. When does work become play, or play become work? In this story the Mimbres children learn an important lesson about fairness. Grandfather explains that equal and fair are not always the same thing. This is the fifth book in a series written to help children learn about good character traits. The children’s adventures are brought to life through the illustrations of everyday life as depicted on the pottery bowls by Mimbres artists of a thousand years ago. Teachers, Librarians, parents, and children of all ages will enjoy this pictorial narrative.

Twin sisters, Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel are dedicated to helping children learn to have respect for the individual and cultural differences of all people. Carilyn is a docent at Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo, NM. Marilyn is the education coordinator for the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in Mimbres, NM, where she gives tours to school children and adults, focusing on the increasing need to preserve and protect southwest New Mexico’s cultural heritage. Born and raised in New Mexico, these sisters have the utmost respect for native cultures both past and present. Their other books in the “Mimbres Children” series, Old Grandfather Teaches a Lesson, Talks All Day Has the Courage to Speak, Hits With His Fist Gives a Helping Hand, Grandmother Tells a Story and Runs Like The Wind Stops in Her Tracks, all published by Sunstone Press.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-300-3
108 pp.,$16.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-609-6
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THRIVER SOUP
A Feast for Living Consciously During the Cancer Journey
By Heidi Bright, MDiv

“Illuminating, empowering, and practical, this ‘support-group-in-a-book’ provides a holistic guide for enlivening your Warrior Goddess’ protection against cancer. Heidi Bright shares her healing journey with vulnerable authenticity and deep insight that arouses inspiration and hope. With hundreds of practical tips, “Thriver Soup” lights the way toward inner and outer transformation. A must-read for all those challenged by cancer and committed to thriving.” —Christine Horner, MD

#2 Bestseller, Amazon.com, Oncology Books

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Cancer patients seeking to integrate meaningful spirituality with practical healing solutions can now feast on a comprehensive blend of self-care options. This book provides a variety of holistic strategies for cushioning chemotherapy and softening surgery while empowering readers to grow in consciousness. Each of more than 250 topics begins with an inspirational quote from one of the world’s wisdom traditions, offers a story to foster self-care and personal transformation, and concludes with a useful tip. With passion, authenticity, and a dash of humor, this book courageously addresses medical topics such as “Finding Chemo,” “Hair Pieces: Turbanator,” and “Recovery: Master the Possibilities.” Holistic care entries include “Nutrient Density: Thriver Soup,” “Shadow Work: Dark Night Rises,” and “Field of Dreams.” Explore these restorative ingredients to enhance your nutritional choices, stimulate your creative juices, foster your personal powers to transform mentally and emotionally, and deepen your connection with others and the Divine.

In 2009, specialists predicted Heidi Bright, MDiv, would die within months from an aggressive end-stage cancer. Heidi discovered powerful ways to manage conventional treatment, love her body, embrace her emotions, play with imagery, deepen her spiritual consciousness, and accept support. After two grueling years, another tumor swelled next to her heart. Heidi knew she had to make a shattering decision, permanently altering her life. After another surgery, she was told to prepare for Hospice. Her next scan was clean. Now she combines her journalism and theological background with fresh insights each Thursday on her blog, www.heidibright.com/blog.

Website: http://thriversoup.com/book/

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-198-6
378 pp.,$39.95

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-059-0
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TIMELESS CARAVAN
The Story of a Spanish-American Family
By Thomas E. Chávez

A New Mexico historian’s history of New Mexico focused on the creative non-fiction account of one family, the Romeros.

Based on extensive research as well as on a career working for cultural institutions, historian Thomas E. Chávez has created a historical novel about the American southwest, specifically in New Mexico and Arizona, a place where Europeans settled in 1598. Here is a historical narrative about one of those families. The story begins and ends with Edward Romero who became the United States ambassador to Spain and is prototypical of the thousands of young men and some women who sought a new life in the new world and became American. These were people taking risks, accepting fate, succeeding, failing, loving, and hating. The Romero story is an American odyssey shared by any number of families in a region and whose cultural legacy is part of the heritage of the United States that only recently has come to the fore in the United States’ national consciousness. This story delineates a part of the heritage of every American and enriches an already beautiful history. A bibliographic essay, maps, and genealogical charts will assist the reader to differentiate places, names, and generations.

Thomas E. Chávez, a historian with a PhD from the University of New Mexico, was director of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico for twenty-one years and, for three years, executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has received awards from the City of Santa Fe and organizations such as the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Fundación Xavier Salas in Spain, the University of New Mexico Alumni Association, and King Felipe VI of Spain. Currently a consultant, he is the author of ten previous books, including Sunstone Press’s Chasing History: Quixotic Quests for Artifacts, Art, and Heritage and at the time of the publication of this book is working on a catalogue of all the documents pertinent to Benjamin Franklin that exist in the archives of Spain.

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TIMELESS QUESTIONS
How World Religions Explore the Mysteries of Life
By James R. Davis

The timeless questions that nag us all, those that ask about our origin, essential nature, way to live a good life, and final destiny, are explored through the ancient traditions of world religions in a probing dialogue between a knowledgeable professor and a persistent, unidentified questioner.

Timeless questions are the questions asked as we confront the mysteries of life: What is our origin, essential nature, best way to live a good life, and final destiny? The questions are timeless because each generation keeps asking them, and their mysteries are never fully resolved. The world religions, in their ancient forms, explore these mysteries and provide not so much answers as useful insight for thinking about human existence. Each chapter in this book explores a particular mystery and its related questions, drawing in the ideas of the religions as needed. These include chapters on God, creation, human nature, social order, the good life, suffering and death, and the fate of the world. Through the persistent inquiry of the “questioner,” in dialogue with a knowledgeable professor, the mysteries are explored in a practical way, relevant to life today, but leaving room for further discussion. Because there is often little opportunity to study religion in school, many people, through no fault of their own, don’t know much about religion, especially world religions. This is not a book to foster belief or doubt. It is designed to provide basic information, enhance cross-cultural understanding, and aid in the development of a philosophy of life. Here you can feel the joy of learning something new while examining the mysteries of your own life through the timeless questions that nag us all.

James R. Davis is a professor and dean emeritus of the University of Denver. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, Yale University Divinity School, and Michigan State University and is the author of eight academic books on college teaching, training, and leadership. A sequence of graduate courses taken at Miami University (Ohio) inspired a life-long interest in world religions. Jim lives at home in a suburb west of Denver, Colorado, with his wife Adelaide, who is originally from Brazil. His novels, Ranch Without Cowboys and The Last Resort are also published by Sunstone Press.


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ISBN: 978-1-63293-486-4
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TRAVELS AND TRAILS
A Historical Tour Guide to West Las Vegas and Montezuma, New Mexico
By Patricia Halverson

A tour guide of the original Las Vegas and Montezuma, New Mexico and the people who helped to develop the area.

Las Vegas, New Mexico was officially settled along the Gallinas River in 1835 even though a community had been established more than 10 years earlier. This settlement became known as West Las Vegas, Town of Las Vegas, or Old Town. When Mexico declared its independence from Spain in 1821 the Santa Fe Trail opened and Las Vegas quickly grew as an important commercial stop. After traveling weeks across the prairies, this was the first settlement for the pioneers in the wagon trains to enjoy fresh food, a bath, and maybe even a bed! As the years progressed many stores, restaurants, and bars sprang up. The town has preserved both early Hispanic architecture and the Anglo influence brought in from the Santa Fe Trail and the railroad. There are many buildings well over 100 years old that currently house working businesses. With this book you can explore the growth of the original town and learn about the people who helped it grow, creating a blend of cultures.

The Montezuma hot springs, only a few miles away, were a special treat. Various hotels and bath houses hosted guests here. The last hotel, now known fondly known as the Castle, is currently the site of the international school, the United World College of the American West. This book also explains how this unique school was founded and how it strives to positively affect world affairs.

In 1879 the railroad laid tracks a mile away and a new community, East Las Vegas, City of Las Vegas, or New Town popped up. The two communities joined in 1970. Over 900 buildings in Las Vegas are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

When Patricia Halverson moved to Las Vegas and became enthralled with the history of the area she went back to school to earn her MA degree in history. She then started a tour company introducing people to history of the area. She also served as the Director of the Chamber of Commerce, worked at the United World College, and became an ordained Lutheran pastor. She and her husband have lived in Las Vegas for many years. Family is a top priority as she encircles husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren!


Softcover:
6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-382-9
66 pp.,$20.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-678-2
66, illustrated pp.,$5.99


TURTLES
By Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson, Author and Illustrator

A humorous, accurate account of the instincts and habits of turtles for young readers.

“This is another delightfully illustrated book by Bronson, who has a knack for capturing nature with light illustrations and easy words. For youngsters who like turtles, this first nature guide packs a lot of information. What do turtles eat? How are their babies hatched? These are only a few of the questions posed, and answered. In large type, beginning readers (who just might be budding biologists) can do research into these intriguing reptiles themselves. They’ll see what a turtle’s neck looks like when pulled inside the shell and what a turtle burrow looks like. They’ll also learn how they’re different from tortoises.” (“Book Chat,” Enchantment)

What do turtles eat? How are their babies hatched? Why can a turtle pull his head inside his shell? What kinds of turtles make the best pets? How should pet turtles be fed and where should they be kept? All these and many other questions are answered in this natural science picture book for young readers. As in “Pinto’s Journey,” “Starlings” and “Coyotes,” also by Wilfrid Bronson and published by Sunstone Press, the text is in large, clear type, and there are many illustrations on each page.

Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson wrote his first book at the age of eight. Called Animal People, it started like this: “This book is for children who are interested in animals and birds. It has verey good pictures in it and children can understand it verey easily.” He later learned to spell, and wrote and illustrated over twenty books for children with “verey good pictures” that they could understand. Young readers everywhere are glad he did.

Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=aEpNfOxQ1lwC

Hardcover:
7 X 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-611-0
84 pp.,$32.95

Softcover:
7 X 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-651-2
84 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-104-6
84 pp.,$9.99


VICENTE SILVA AND HIS FORTY BANDITS, HIS CRIMES AND RETRIBUTIONS
By Manuel Cabeza de Baca in a New Translation from the Spanish
By Dolores Gutierrez Mills and Carmen Cabeza de Baca Pace

This story of the reign of terror and the crimes perpetrated by Vicente Silva and his forty bandits during the early 20th century in the northern New Mexico town of Las Vegas in this new translation by descendants of the author is a tribute to the resilience of the people of Las Vegas during those troubled times.

Vicente Silva and His Forty Bandits, His Crimes and Retributions is a new translation by Dolores Gutierrez Mills and Carmen Cabeza de Baca Pace, of a narrative written in Spanish in 1896 by Manuel Cabeza de Baca, a resident of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The chronicle depicts Las Vegas as a lawless town around the turn of the century. During Silva’s unchecked reign the citizens of San Miguel County lived in fear of the outlaw and his bandits whose crimes included arson, rape, robbery and murder. Manuel was an eyewitness to the crimes committed by Silva and took an active part in the investigation of the offenses perpetrated by this gang. His treatment of life in the frontier West adds to the body of literature that prevailed in those turbulent times. The book is characterized by the exotic vocabulary used, making it a study in hyperbole as the author seeks multiple ways to express his outrage at the disrespect for human life. There are few first-hand accounts of daily life in northern New Mexico and this book adds a refreshing perspective on the character and frightening state of Las Vegas at a formative time in its history.

This new translation was originally conceived by Carmen Cabeza de Baca Pace and on her death the incomplete manuscript was taken over and finished by Dolores Gutierrez Mills. Manuel was the grandfather of Carmen Pace and the great-grandfather of Dolores Mills. Both translators were born and raised in Las Vegas. Carmen attended New Mexico Highlands University, married Howard Pace and had six children. She worked for the Highway Department until her retirement after which time she moved to Mineral Hill. She died in 2017. Dolores has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Highlands University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She also holds three Masters degrees: M.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri, M.A. in Spanish from the University of New Mexico, and M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. She is certified as a TOESL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) teacher and taught at the Universidad Catolica in Quito, Ecuador. She worked as a bilingual speech therapist in Carlsbad, New Mexico Municipal Schools from 2000 until her retirement in 2017.


Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-480-2
96 pp.,$29.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-370-6
96 pp.,$16.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-677-5
96 pp.,$5.99


A VIETNAM JOURNAL
Life at the End of the War
By Terrance J. Brown, FAIA

A daily war journal and collection of pen and ink sketches by architect Terrance J. Brown, FAIA made during his service during the Vietnam War.

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By 1970, opposition to the war in Vietnam had reached a fever pitch and those sent to serve knew it was only a matter of time before America called it quits. While 1st Lieutenant Terrance J. Brown was there, he kept a journal and sketchbook covering ten months of the Vietnam War as lived by a soldier. This book chronicles Terry’s life as part of the war effort. He lived on bases near Saigon and ventured daily by helicopter into the “boonies” to collect information on roads, bridges, fire support bases, jungle clearing operations, and the condition of jungle landing strips in III Corps. His journal entries detail the beauty and struggles of this war-torn country, its people, and our military personnel. It also relates the exhilaration of flying in helicopters, the beauty of Vietnam, close calls with disaster, and the utter feeling of boredom while serving during the end of the war. The illustrations and photographs in the journal demonstrate an eye for detail and capture the essence of scenes and settings of typical life in Vietnam as well as the war itself. Readers will be inspired by the way he interpreted his war experience.

Terry, a Distinguished Military Graduate, received a commission in the US Army through the Reserve Officer Training Corp and graduated with a degree in architecture. He served a year at the Army Engineer School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as an instructor teaching map reading and cross-country travel to Officer Candidate Students before he received his orders for Vietnam. His drawing skill was honed during his architectural studies. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is recognized internationally for his prolific pen and ink drawings and contributions toward promoting cultural sensitivity in his architectural designs for native American communities. He is also the author of Sketchbook on the World: Pen and Ink Travel Sketches, published by Sunstone Press, which includes some 400 pen and ink drawings and stories of his travels worldwide.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-402-4
284 pp.,$38.95

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6 x 9, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-63293-325-6
284 pp.,$22.95


WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE FIFTY
A Woman's Journey Into Midlife
By Mindy Littman Holland

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If you think your forties were challenging—wait until you’re fifty. Just don’t wait until you’re fifty to read this book. It’s easier to handle this momentous change of life if you’re armed with good information, a sense of humor and, perhaps, a stiff drink. Fifty doesn’t happen overnight—the journey into midlife takes years and it’s different for everybody, female and male. Some start earlier, some start later, but in the end, it’s all the same: By the time you’re fifty adjustments are called for.

This book is about helping women (and men, to some extent) navigate the changes that midlife brings. It gives credence, validity and voice to real concerns about entering middle age and practical advice on preserving and/or improving minds, bodies, desirability, confidence and creativity going forward.

The book covers a broad range of topics from the perspective of midlife veterans, members of a silent majority of women that have a lot more to talk about than hot flashes and other physical manifestations of middle age. It is characterized by straightforward, conversational language, humorous anecdotes, helpful suggestions and an unwavering focus on reality, no matter how controversial or unorthodox. Women are hungry to hear about other women’s experiences in this area—and men are anxious to learn how to relate to the changing women in their lives as they are going through their own changes. They are all looking for relief—comic and otherwise.

Wait Until You’re Fifty focuses less on menopause and more on the perspective changes, little murders and unexpected awakenings that midlife precipitates, such as:
• The Permanently Empty Nest (Farewell to fertility)
• Midlife Love (A whole other affair)
• Reprioritizing friendship (Who will be there for the back fifty?)

Mindy Littman Holland wrote this book based on personal experience and interviews with dozens of women and men who had something to say about the joys and adversities of midlife. In addition to writing non-fiction, she writes long and short fiction. Mindy lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-843-1
108 pp.,$16.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-039-1
108 pp.,$4.99


THE WATCHERS’ CLUB
A Novel of Innocence and Guilt
By G. Kim Blank

The startling and brutal murder of two teens in a rural 1960s community seems to have been committed by another teenager—the brother of one of the victims—who is arrested and put on trial, while some kids at the center of the murder’s circumstances stumble upon remarkable evidence that puts everything in doubt.

On an October Saturday night in the 1960s, a motley group of local kids in a rural community, who call themselves the Watchers’ Club, set out on an innocent lark to their local lovers’ lane. Their mission: sneak up on any parkers who might show up. To their delight, they discover a couple of teens making out, one of whom they recognize after they briefly shine a flashlight into the vehicle’s cab—the butcher’s son in his father’s delivery truck. After gleefully disturbing the couple and then running off into the forest, they gather in full innocence to congratulate themselves: mission accomplished. But one of their group, the hapless outsider, Jacob Slough, does not show up. Over the next few days, news emerges that two persons are missing, which then becomes two persons murdered—and at Lovers’ Lane, that night! The community sorely needs to find someone guilty, and all evidence points to poor Jacob. The other kids can’t believe it, nor, when they find out, can they believe who was with the butcher’s son that night. While a prosecutor presents powerful evidence that points to Jacob, two of the kids stumble upon some unexpected and odd evidence that changes everything—all thanks to a stray cat. This novel, with its quick-moving dialogue, odd local characters, quirky moments, and unforeseeable ending, is a compelling, highly original story of innocence and guilt.

G. Kim Blank has published in many genres, including four non-fiction books, as well as co-authoring two writing manuals. Recently he has written an acclaimed online biography of the poet John Keats. Between and during educational stints, he has lived in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, New York, Wales, Southampton (England), and Namibia. He is Professor of Literature at the University of Victoria. The Fisherman’s Secret, the prequel to The Watchers’ Club, is also published by Sunstone Press.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-530-4
234 pp.,$24.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-716-1
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WATER STORIES OF NATIVE AMERICAN AND ASIAN INDIANS
Legends of Rain, Rivers and Lakes
By Teresa Pijoan, PhD and Arun Chintaman Prabhune, PhD

The water legends in this book are from nomadic and settled groups of Native American and Asian Indians of rural India and have marked similarities. There are stories with local mythological and legendary themes covering historical as well as relatively recent periods. Each story highlights man’s life-threatening struggle with nature and, in particular, the water element. Readers will enjoy the similar stories and cultural references of two different native peoples and learn the different types of characters, personalities, traditional dresses, traditional foods, emotions, wishes, views, moral values, rituals, faiths, and beliefs from these two cultures. Everyone has their own legends and myths that help create an awareness of their own purpose, their own life and their personal character. These are stories for all ages to explore, believe and experience.

Teresa Pijoan, PhD, was born in Española, New Mexico, and grew up in Indian communities where she learned the ways and legends of the Native People. Her father was a public health doctor from Barcelona, Spain and her mother was a school teacher from New York. Her grandfather was the famous Spanish author, Jose Pijoan. Teresa Pijoan is a lecturer, storyteller, research writer, and teacher. She has shared her storytelling throughout Central Europe, Mexico, and the United States. She feels myths are “magic lenses” through which cultures can be viewed, understood, and deeply appreciated. Other books by Teresa Pijoan are Dead Kachina Man, American Indian Creation Myths, Native American Creation Stories of Family and Friendship, Granger’s Threat, Healers on the Mountain, Pueblo Indian Wisdom, Myths of Magical Native American Women Including Salt Woman Stories and Ways of Indian Magic, all from Sunstone Press.

Arun Chintaman Prabhune,PhD, was born in Maharashtra, India. Prabhune was inspired by history, mythology, and cultural study because of his father, a doctor who cared for rural people on horseback. He was professor of Marathi literature in Maharashtra and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He is also a researcher, critic, writer, and a student of comparative folk literature, theatre and drama. Prabhune has published many Marathi language books in India, most recently Kitab-e-Navras. His books Mythological Marathi Drama: New Interpretations and Bear Folktales of American Indians have received awards from the state government of Maharashtra. Prabhune is an advisor to the prestigious Marathi literary periodical Akshar Wangmay and was a member of the editorial board of the Marathi literary periodical Pratishthan for two and half decades and the editor of Marathi literary periodical Akshar Yatra. He has published critical articles on comparative folk literature and drama literature.


Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-417-8
304 pp.,$38.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-297-6
304 pp.,$22.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-587-7
304 pp.,$5.99


WESTERN FEVER
The Life and Times of Gideon Truesdell
By Richard C. Fritz

A meticulously researched story of the life and times of Gideon Truesdell (1811–1882), who struggled to amass a fortune, only to lose everything, and had to start over in one of the roughest towns in the old Southwest, where his family became intimately acquainted with Billy the Kid.

Newspapers of the day described young men with a burning desire to get rich on the frontier as having a bad case of “western fever,” and by 1836 Gideon Truesdell had surely caught it. He struggled with life on the frontier until he amassed a million-dollar ($68 million today) fortune in the lumber, agricultural, cattle, and mining businesses. Late in life the Chicago Fire nearly wiped him out, and at the age of sixty-three he started over in Silver City, New Mexico, in one of the roughest towns in the old west. He made a good living in the cattle business, and it was at his son’s hotel that the family became acquainted with teenager Henry Antrim, also known as Billy the Kid, who lived with them for five months. Academic scholars agree that the Truesdells knew him well, and that they liked him. When silver was discovered in Tombstone, Arizona, Gideon organized a cattle business that made him affluent. A year later, he died at the age of seventy-one after an accomplished life during a fascinating period of history.

In 1980, Richard Fritz wrote a thesis while at the University of Wisconsin that, forty-years later, became the basis of Western Fever: The Life and Times of Gideon Truesdell. He spent most of his career as the owner/operator of bowling centers, was a partner in the Kenosha Redskins semi-pro football team, an Indoor baseball franchise, and as president of Southport Properties.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-535-9
544 pp.,$60.00

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-461-1
544 pp.,$48.95


WHEN IT ALL COMES AROUND
A Novel Based on a True Ukrainian Love Story
By Steven M. Best

From the Ukrainian-Russian front to the horrors of Hamburg’s firestorm, Nick Hrab somehow manages to survive and find love in a world turned upside down with hate.

When It All Comes Around is based on the story of the author’s brother and sister-in-law, who emigrated from the Ukrainian/Romanian border area, during World War II. In this tale of survival during wartime. Nick Hrab had just begun milking his family cow one morning when the invading Russian army sends him racing beneath a hailstorm of bullets. With half their family and half their village murdered, the Hrab family fights with the underground resistance for a short time before seeking shelter in Germany. Meanwhile, Hilda, the daughter of a locomotive engineer, is growing up on the sheltered island of Lindau, Germany, directly below the Swiss, German and Italian Alps. After her father is sent to Paris, she and her mother live in Munich, for a time, but the bombing is so heavy they must return to Lindau for safety, only to be caught up in the vengeance of their French and Turkish captors. After a night of Christmas dancing, where Nick and Hilda fall in love, they decide to go to America. Having given up everything for love, Hilda embraces the challenges of leaving everything behind to start a new life in America, while her mother-in-law secretly seeks to destroy her reputation and friendships abroad.

Steven M. Best grew up in the Great Lakes region, in Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, he married into a Ukrainian family, whose story of survival during World War II seemed somewhat of an epic love tale. After retiring from private practice, Best spent several years researching and writing Nick and Hilda’s special story of finding love in a world turned upside down by hate. His first novel, When Philosophers Were Kings, also from Sunstone Press, told the story of his family's many trials during the Civil War, and was critically acclaimed by Midwest Book Review and many others. After its release in 2004, Best received honorable mention at the Georgia Writer of the Year Awards. This is his second novel.

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6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-528-1
180 pp.,$22,95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-696-6
180 pp.,$4.99


WHEREBY THE LEAVES HAVE FALLEN
A Memoir
By Barbara Hegger-Romero

The autobiography of a mother and grandmother at the age of 75.

As fate would have it the author’s vacation to the Southwest and ultimately to Northern New Mexico would lead her to the very essence of her life’s mission. Not only did she stumble upon a holy pilgrimage site, but she ended up opening a gift shop directly across from it. Then she was invited to live in a residence in the historic site of Los Luceros in Northern New Mexico. Subsequently, she met her future husband, who had a similar mission. Sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone and go out on a limb. Just as the acorn contains the mighty oak tree, the self has everything it needs to fulfill its destiny. We don’t need to see to believe but we need to believe to see.

Barbara Hegger-Romero was born and raised in the Midwest. She is the mother of two children and has four grandchildren. She has traveled extensively, having worked in the aviation industry. This autobiography is a tribute to St. Therese, the “little flower.” She experienced synchronicities and affirmations different times in her life. Barbara’s concern and compassion for children compelled her to compose a prayer for abused and neglected children. A serendipitous trip from Chicago to Chimayo, New Mexico transformed her life. She instantly knew the Land of Enchantment was where she wanted to be.


Softcover:
8.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-464-2
82 pp.,$24.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-693-5
82 pp.,$6.99


WHITE SHELL WATER PLACE
An Anthology of Native American Reflections on the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe
By F. Richard Sanchez, Editor

An Anthology of Native Americans offering scholarly dialogue, personal points of view, opinions, and stories regarding the pre and post–historical and cultural foundations of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the occasion of Santa Fe’s 400th Anniversary. Includes Study Guide.

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This anthology, a companion to the Santa Fe 400th Anniverary Commemoration publication, All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, affords Native American authors the opportunity to unreservedly express their ideas, opinions and perspectives on the historical and cultural aspects of Santa Fe using their own voice and preferred writing styles that are not necessarily in accord with western academic and writing conventions.

One cannot truly contemplate the history and culture of Santa Fe without the voices of the Native Americans--the original inhabitants of Po’oge, “White Shell Water Place”. Indeed, much of Santa Fe’s story is conveyed from a western colonial perspective, which, until fairly recently, has predominantly relegated Native Americans to the fringes. However, over the last thirty years colonial narratives regarding Native American history and culture have been, and continue to be, disputed and amended as the pursuit of academic, intellectual and cultural self determination gains momentum in respective Native American tribal and academic communities. The Santa Fe 400th Commemoration has created an opportunity for the Native American voice to be heard.

This anthology is a ceremony of Native voices, a gathering of Native people offering scholarly dialogue, personal points of view, opinions, and stories regarding the pre and post–historical and cultural foundations of Santa Fe.

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Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=8AhCj2FOPCIC&pg=PA21&lpg=PA21&dq=White+Shell+Water+Place+New+Mexica

Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-786-1
188 pp.,$35.00

Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-86534-787-8
188 pp.,$22.00

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-083-4
188 pp.,$17.99


WHY I HATE MODERN ART
By Eli Levin

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For over 100 years Modern Art has received almost universal praise. The author Eli Levin takes exception to this received wisdom. Mr. Levin is of the opinion that fine art has been in accelerating decline for a century and a half. He follows the changes in style from Courbet to Warhol, analyzing the works of well-known artists and pointing to a loss of technical ability, visualization and human concern. The author discerns a pattern in which each avant-garde movement rejects the previous one, with a relentless narrowing of options.

Eli Levin is one of New Mexico’s best-known living, working artists. Starting his career in Santa Fe in 1964, he became recognized for his paintings of local night life. While returning often to his Social Realist roots, his work has also explored mythology, still life, landscape and the nude. The son of novelist Meyer Levin, he has written art reviews and taught art history. He hosts two artist’s gatherings, a model drawing group since 1969 and The Santa Fe Etching Club since 1980. Levin studied painting with Raphael Soyer, George Grosz and Robert Beverley Hale among others, and has Master’s degrees from Wisconsin University and St. John’s College. He continues to paint independently of the major art currents. He is also the author of Santa Fe Bohemia, The Art Colony, 1964–1980, and Disturbing Art Lessons, both from Sunstone Press.


Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-967-4
50 pp.,$16.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-414-6
50 pp.,$4.99


WINGED CLOUDS AND COBALT SKIES
The 1930s Frank Reaugh Sketch Trip Diaries of Lucretia Donnell
By Lucretia Donnell, Carilane Vieregg, Editor

1930s Sketch Trip Diaries of Lucretia Donnell with over a hundred color reproductions of her paintings and sketches under the direction of Frank Reaugh.

Talent, long study, and much hard work produce great art, ordinarily the work of a single person. On the other hand, elements of greatness sometimes find each other, meld, and produce beauty greater than the sum of the parts. So it is with Winged Clouds and Cobalt Skies. Three artists, Frank Reaugh, Lucretia Donnell, and her mother Lucretia, united their talents to do what all great art does: enrich the culture and the lives of others. From 1889 until 1941 Frank Reaugh routinely sketch-tripped the vast and then wild land in the High Plains of Texas and occasionally beyond. In 1905 he began taking his students along for on-the-scene instruction, each being assigned a work detail to keep the party disciplined and moving smoothly, including the keeping of a trip log. On these sketch trips in the 1930s, the teenaged Lucretia Donnell, among other duties, kept the log with apparent thoroughness (at least enough to satisfy Frank Reaugh) but more importantly for us, with perceptivity and all the exuberance of youth, none of which she lost in the intervening years. Little did anyone know in the 1930s that she was writing a book for the ages.


Hardcover:
11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-305-8
200 pp.,$75.00

Softcover:
11 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-63293-286-0
200 pp.,$60.00


WINTER IN TAOS
By Mabel Dodge Luhan

Voted one of the 100 Best New Mexico Books.

New Foreword by Lynn Cline.

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Winter in Taos starkly contrasts Luhan’s memoirs, published in four volumes and inspired by Marcel Proust’s Remembrances of Things Past. They follow her life through three failed marriages, numerous affairs, and ultimately a feeling of “being nobody in myself,” despite years of psychoanalysis and a luxurious lifestyle on two continents among the leading literary, art and intellectual personalities of the day.

Winter in Taos unfolds in an entirely different pattern, uncluttered with noteworthy names and ornate details. With no chapters dividing the narrative, Luhan describes her simple life in Taos, New Mexico, this “new world” she called it, from season to season, following a thread that spools out from her consciousness as if she’s recording her thoughts in a journal. “My pleasure is in being very still and sensing things,” she writes, sharing that pleasure with the reader by describing the joys of adobe rooms warmed in winter by aromatic cedar fires; fragrant in spring with flowers; and scented with homegrown fruits and vegetables being preserved and pickled in summer.

Having wandered the world, Luhan found her home at last in Taos. Winter in Taos celebrates the spiritual connection she established with the “deep living earth” as well as the bonds she forged with Tony Luhan, her “mountain.” This moving tribute to a land and the people who eked a life from it reminds readers that in northern New Mexico, where the seasons can be harshly beautiful, one can bathe in the sunshine until “‘untied are the knots in the heart,’ for there is nothing like the sun for smoothing out all difficulties.”

Born in 1879 to a wealthy Buffalo family, Mabel Dodge Luhan earned fame for her friendships with American and European artists, writers and intellectuals and for her influential salons held in her Italian villa and Greenwich Village apartments. In 1917, weary of society and wary of a world steeped in war, she set down roots in remote Taos, New Mexico, then publicized the tiny town’s inspirational beauty to the world, drawing a steady stream of significant guests to her adobe estate, including artist Georgia O’Keeffe, poet Robinson Jeffers, and authors D.H. Lawrence and Willa Cather. Luhan could be difficult, complex and often cruel, yet she was also generous and supportive, establishing a solid reputation as a patron of the arts and as an author of widely read autobiographies. She died in Taos in 1962.

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Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-194-8
292 pp.,$29.95

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6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-593-5
292 pp.,$26.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-137-4
292 pp.,$9.99


THE WORD THIEF
A Novel
By Marie Romero Cash

The daughter of a famous mystery writer takes on the massive undertaking of completing a book he started before his death, plunging her into more drama than she bargained for.

Lizbeth Newman is a freelance writer in Santa Fe, New Mexico, whose father’s passing changes her life in more ways than one. Anthony Fox Newman was a best-selling author whose novels, set in the badlands of Indian country in New Mexico, generally hit the New York Times bestseller list within a week of their release. Prior to his untimely death, he negotiated a lucrative contract with his publisher and a sizeable six-figure advance. Lizbeth soon learns that the publisher is demanding the remaining half of the manuscript be delivered within six months. If not, they will require repayment of the advance, which Lizbeth knows will bankrupt her father’s estate and void the charitable bequests made in his Last Will and Testament. Lizbeth soon finds her efforts are being secretly derailed by a handsome fellow who comes into her life with the intent of monopolizing her time to keep her from completing the manuscript. As the deadline looms Lizbeth finds herself in a quandary of huge proportions.

Marie Romero Cash is a well-known author and award-winning folk artist whose works are in major museums and private collections throughout the United States and other countries. As an author she has written books and articles on the culture and religion of Northern New Mexico and lectured widely on the subject for the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. Sunstone Press has published several of these books: The Saint Maker’s Daughter; Santos: a Coloring Book of New Mexico Saints; and Lowrider Blues, a Collection of Short Stories and Observations from My Inner Barrio. In addition, she has written a memoir about growing up in Santa Fe, and a mystery series featuring Jemimah Hodge, a forensic psychologist who uses her skills to profile criminals. Marie lives in Santa Fe in the neighborhood where she was born.

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ISBN: 978-1-63293-436-9
136 pp.,$32.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-333-1
136 pp.,$18.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-627-0
136 pp.,$3.99


YOGA FOR KIDS TO TEENS
Themes, Relaxation Techniques, Games, and an Introduction to SOLA Stikk Yoga
By Yael Calhoun, Matthew R. Calhoun, and Nicole M. Hamory

“Yoga for Kids and Teens is a friendly, creative, smiling invitation to take more steps into the journey of yoga. Experience an easy, inspiring, ‘five minute yoga break for classrooms’ and Sola Stikk Yoga, useful for all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities. Charming illustrations with an excellent chapter on healing relaxations to poetically 'melt-the-mind.'" (Lilias Folan, Author of "Lilias! Yoga Gets Better With Age" and "The Inner Smile.")

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Are you looking for a way to have fun with young people while giving them a life-long tool for self-expression, physical and mental health, relaxation techniques, and improved focus? Yoga for Kids to Teens is another fun and easy-to-use handbook for you, as a parent, teacher, or young person, to enjoy. The authors of Create a Yoga Practice for Kids (Sunstone Press, 2006) introduce Nicole M. Hamory's SOLA Stikk Yoga, a lively approach to yoga for all ages. Find creative games, interactive themes, mind-melting relaxation, five-minute classroom yoga breaks and more.

Yael Calhoun, M.A., M.S., is the Executive Director of GreenTREE Yoga. She is an author and educator, living at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her family. She is a co-author of Create a Yoga Practice for Kids. Matthew R. Calhoun, C.E.Ht, is a certified children's yoga teacher and holds three certifications in hypnotherapy. He is a co-author of Create a Yoga Practice for Kids and lives in New York. Nicole M. Hamory is the Program Director for GreenTREE Yoga and is the creator of the SOLA Yoga Stikk program. She teaches yoga to diverse groups of people and lives in Salt Lake City.

Sample Chapter
Website: http://books.google.com/books?id=ZSs4faadO6wC

Softcover:
8 1/4 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-86534-686-4
172 pp.,$26.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-157-2
172 pp.,$5.99


 
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