Bookmans has many and varied loves with the deepest of soft spots for Arizona and all its troubles and trappings. We are a complex state geographically, politically and socially. We can’t think of a better way to embrace Love of Reading month than to explore our own back yard.

Explore Arizona in Books

Bookmans Speedway has a featured display on local interest with lots of titles in all genres to help you along. They offer the following titles for your consideration:

The Reaper’s Line: Life and Death on the Mexican Border by Lee Morgan, II
Current events both social and political are examined in Lee Morgan’s The Reaper’s Line. This memoir from “the Serpico of the desert line” gives a firsthand account of what happens on the U.S./Mexico border. Morgan claims that there exists a low-level war between U.S. lawmen and Mexican narco-traffickers. Follow along with this gritty story of a complicated and harrowing issue.

Boy, Howdy! The First 25 Years of Arizona Boys Ranch by Paul Hughes
Grab a copy of Boy Howdy by Paul Hughes to enter the world of a real boys ranch that was established in 1951 to house boys in crisis. Meet Eddie, first ever resident of the ranch, as he goes from troubled boy to successful businessman. Follow as this often humorous and always touching story of “Mom and Pop” who work in the fresh Arizona air to guide these children.

What Is Arizona Really Like? by Reg Manning
For a lighthearted look at a sticky subject read What Is Arizona Really Like?.  Labeled as a book to help you identify strange plants that “you may bump into in the desert,” the small volume covers all the plants that we hope won’t cover you. You’ll also learn about scenic and historic spots that haven’t made the big books. “I thought you’d rather hear about points of interest near cities, than about the cities themselves,” says Manning.

From hiking guides to mining history, Bookmans has a special display to recommend titles on local lore, interest and history. Explore Arizona by taking another look at your home state through books.

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