Books by Resident Authors


Casas Arroyo is home to several authors and artists. Check out their books by following an author link below, or scrolling down for all books:



Hermann K. Bleibtreu

Human Variation: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology
by Hermann K. Bleibtreu, James F. Downs, 1972, Macmillan Pub.

Human variation; readings in physical anthropology
by Hermann K. Bleibtreu, 1971, Glencoe Press.

Human Variation
by Hermann K. Bleibtreu, James F. Downs, 1971, Macmillan Pub.

Gail and Bill Eifrig

Measuring the Days: Daily Reflections
by Walter Wangerin, Gail McGrew Eifrig (Editor) , 1993, Harpercollins.
From the works of an acclaimed writer, winner of the American Book Award — daily meditations selected from the writings of Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Frederick Fisher

A Globe-Trotter’s Guide (Culture Shock! Practical Guides)
by Frederick Fisher, 1995, Graphic Arts Center Pub.
Eileen and Frederick Fisher have traveled for sixty months in twenty-five years-through America, Asia, Australia and Europe. The are amateurs in two senses – they love it, and they budget for it. They are professionals, since they have taught themselves how to do it well. Fred tells you in lively language of many ways to get the most fun, comfort and satisfaction with the least worry, hassle and cost. He writes for those who are escaping from the routine two-week package tours, into adventure-by land, sea or air, in their own style and at their own pace. His advice covers planning, paying, flying, cruising, negotiating, eating, shopping and keeping fit. This book is full of shrewd tips.

Welcome to Israel (Welcome to My Country)
by Geraldine Mesenas, Frederick Fisher, 2001, Gareth Stevens Pub.

Welcome to Indonesia (Welcome to My Country)
by Geraldine Mesenas, Frederick Fisher, 2001, Gareth Stevens Pub.

Israel (Countries of the World)
by Frederick Fisher, Ken Chang, 2000, Gareth Stevens Pub.

Indonesia (Countries of the World)
by Mark Cramer, Frederick Fisher, 2000, Gareth Stevens Pub.
“Grade 4-8 – These books give detailed explanations of the countries’ geography, history, government, economy, religion, cultural aspects, and major sites of interest. Chock-full of valuable information, they are accompanied by lively, bright, and glossy photographs. Both reveal the mixture of traditional and contemporary life that permeates these societies. An “at a glance” page gives fast facts about the country. The glossary is especially useful as it has an explanation of unfamiliar English words, as well as those in the particular country’s language. However, a pronunciation guide for the word “Myanmar” is never given. Also, in Indonesia, names such as Megawati Sukarnoputri lack pronunciation guidance. Despite this inconsistency, readers will be rewarded with a sense of the past experiences that these countries endured and an up-to-date perspective of their current situations.”
– Alida F. Given, Fairhope Intermediate School, AL, School Library Journal

Myanmar (Countries of the World)
by Frederick Fisher, Pauline Khng, 2000, Gareth Stevens Pub.

Myanmar (Countries of the World)
by Frederick Fisher, Geraldine Mesenas, 1999, Gareth Stevens Pub.

Mongolia (Festivals of the World)
by Frederick Fisher, 1999, Gareth Stevens Pub.
Describes how the culture of Mongolia is reflected in its many festivals, including the Obo Shrin Festival, Naadam Festival, and Tsagaan Sar.

by Frederick Fisher, Irene Khng, Zhen Ai Ling, Catherine Khoo, 1994, Macmillan General Reference.

Confucius Jade
by Frederick Fisher, 1993, Times Books International.

China Adventures
by Frederick Fisher, Frances Chastain, 1986, Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub.

Juanita Havill

I Heard It from Alice Zucchini: Poems About the Garden
by Juanita Havill, Christine Davenier (Illustrator), 2006, Chronicla Books.
“Kindergarten-Grade 6 – A bountiful harvest of lyrical poems that expresses delight in the world of nature. It is hard to resist singing such selections as Dainty Doily Dill Weed: Dainty Doily Dill Weed/dances in the breeze,/waving yellow blossoms,/calling to the peas. The poems are easily committed to memory due to their flawless rhythms and storytelling narratives. In Nursery Rhyme, the King of the Beetles and his queen, both wearing armor of golden green, will lose their home when the Rhubarb forest is baked in a pie. In another poem, a sweet but short marriage is arranged between a bee and Sweet Cicely, who laments, ‘I flower in May,/in June, go away./How could we have enough time?’ Havill knows how to craft a lullaby, a lyric to be sung, and a rhyme that begs chanting. Well suited to the charm of the verse, Davenier’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations transport readers to the ground level of the garden alongside mice, snails, crickets, and a busy young fairy. The book’s arrangement reflects the cyclical movement from season to season. A table of contents offers 20 poems ripe for the picking from this first-choice book.”
– Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA

Jamaica’s Find (Reading Rainbow) by Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator), 1987, Houghton Mifflin.
“There are happy endings all around when Jamaica finds an old stuffed animal and has the satisfaction of returning it to the grateful owner. Ages 4-8.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

Jamaica and Brianna
by Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator), 1996, Houghton Mifflin.
“Peer approval and the need for good communication are the themes of this quietly appealing story. Like many younger siblings, Jamaica is often stuck wearing hand-me-downs, in this case, her big brother’s “old gray boots.” After her friend Brianna makes fun of Jamaica for wearing “boy boots,” the resourceful heroine enlarges a hole in the toe of one of the offending galoshes, thus speeding up the need for a trip to the shoe store. When Jamaica returns to school, resplendent in a brand-new pair of cowboy boots, Brianna is once again ready with a put-down. Hurt, Jamaica retaliates with a remark about Brianna’s own footwear. As in her previous Jamaica books, Havill displays a clear grasp of what matters to children. The simple, direct prose finds its complement in O’Brien’s cozy, realistic watercolors. The pictures of Jamaica and Brianna are convincing; an additional pleasure are the vividly rendered bit players (Jamaica’s classmates and family) who grace the background of nearly every page. Ages 4-8.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

Jamaica’s Blue Marker
by Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator), 2003, Houghton Mifflin.
“PreSchool-Grade 2 – Jamaica is not thrilled about having to share her blue marker with Russell. He never has the supplies he needs, and this time he takes the marker and draws all over her picture. The next day, she discovers that he is moving. With the help of her father, she begins to understand that her classmate is mean because he is unhappy about leaving and gives him her blue marker to remember her by. Havill once again captures important events in the lives of young children through the kind and thoughtful Jamaica. Through an everyday occurrence, she learns a strong lesson about feelings?her own as well as others’. O’Brien’s full-page watercolor illustrations feature a multiethnic classroom and beautifully reflect the expressions and moods of the main characters.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

Eyes Like Willy’s
by Juanita Havill, David Johnson (Illustrator), 2004, HarperCollins.
“Grade 5-9 Ð Childhood friends are separated by tragic world events in this thoughtful World War I tale. Guy and Sarah live in Paris and vacation with their parents in Austria in the summer of 1906. There they make a fast friend in Willy, who is Austrian. The three children become inseparable and spend every summer vacation together. However, as Europe is drawn into the political turmoil leading to World War I, Guy and Willy, now young men, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. Both become soldiers and fight for their countries, hoping to be reunited as friends someday. The story is told from Guy’s point of view, from his childhood with Willy to his experiences as a soldier in the trenches. It follows a natural progression from the three characters’ youthful innocence to a more mature, worldly wise voice. The pacing is quick and the depiction of war is not glossed over, but realistic and honest. The writing is spare; every word counts. Pair this memorable story with Theresa Breslin’s Remembrance (2002) and Iain Lawrence’s Lord of the Nutcracker Men (2003, both Delacorte) for different viewpoints of the era.”
– Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH

Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring
by Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator), 2001, Houghton Mifflin.
“Kindergarten-Grade 3 — After a handful of books featuring Jamaica, the title of this story signals a shift of the limelight to Brianna. The two young friends are to dance in a ballet recital, cast as a sunflower and a bumblebee. Both girls admire and slightly envy Brianna’s older sister, Nikki, who is featured as the butterfly queen. Somewhat predictably, Nikki falls ill and Brianna, who has learned the coveted role, is prepared to step in. But, in a surprise twist, she also comes down with the bug and the show goes on without either of them. The narration then turns to the two sick girls at home on the night of the recital. When they are well, they get together with Jamaica to perform for their families. This author/illustrator team works well together in portraying realistic children in an ethnically diverse setting. Each child in the ballet class has a distinct physical appearance that suggests an individual personality. The girls’ families are supportive and involved. The watercolor-and-pastel illustrations of the various places, dance movements, and costumes are affectionately real-not slick or romanticized. Readers who have come to enjoy the earlier books for their calm and sensible approach to the everyday dilemmas that Jamaica faces will certainly want to read this one. Newcomers will, too.”
– Dorian Chong, San Jose State University, CA

Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher
by Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator), 2001, Houghton Mifflin.
Kindergarten-Grade 2 – Jamaica and her classmates have a substitute teacher for the week. Mrs. Duval is warm, encouraging, and fun, and the children are eager to please her. When it’s time for the spelling test, Jamaica realizes that she’s forgotten to study and copies from a friend. Troubled, she confesses to Mrs. Duval, who reassures her that she doesn’t have to be perfect to be special in her class. The full-color artwork depicts a modern classroom with a diverse student body. O’Brien focuses her attention and detail on the two main characters, bringing them visually to the front of the illustrations. A delightful story with a gentle message.”
– Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ

Leroy and the Clock
by Juanita Havill, Janet Wentworth (Photographer), 1988, Houghton Mifflin.
“Visiting his grandfather all by himself for the first time, five-year-old Leroy has trouble getting used to the routine and the big loud clock that bongs every hour.”

Treasure Nap
by Juanita Havill, Elivia Savadier (Illustrator), 1992, Houghton Mifflin.
“A favorite family story acts as a lullaby in this picture book. When Alicia complains that it is too hot to take a nap, her mother sets up a cooler place for them downstairs. As the fan blows across a bowl of ice cubes, Alicia and baby Ramon nod off as Mama tells the story of how their great-grandmother came to the U.S. from Mexico many years ago, carrying her treasure–a serape, a pito (flute-like instrument), and a wooden bird cage that is still valued in Alicia’s family today. Havill’s ( Jamaica Tag-Along ) unassuming text has a calming quality, perfect for bedtime reading. When paired with Savadier’s bright palette, the story’s images spring to life with ethnic flair. Unfortunately, several of Savadier’s human figures are misshapen, but the warmth of the tale compensates for this shortcoming. Ages 4-8. “
– Publisher’s Weekly

Sato and the Elephants
by Juanita Havill, Jean Tseng, Mou-Sien Tseng, 1993, HarperCollins.
“Grade 2-4-A visually attractive book, created to help children understand one of the ugly realities of the world-the slaughter of African elephants for the ivory trade. The story is told from the perspective of a Japanese boy who learns the craft of ivory carving from his father, allowing readers to identity with someone whose proud way of life and livelihood are threatened by the world’s ecological concerns. His painful decision to give up his hard-won skill in favor of carving in stone begins with his discovery of a bullet in a large piece of ivory. He then has a dream of being with the elephants on the African plain. The text is straightforward and contains interesting details, but the mood is developed largely through the fine watercolor illustrations. They primarily depict images of modern Japan, yet show the continuity of traditional ways. The pages are beautifully composed, using a variety of dominant colors to convey changing feelings, and are filled with the kind of detail that fascinates children. However, because the transition into the dream is so seamless, the book’s message is likely to be confusing and unconvincing to readers. The approach here is creative, but the story’s appeal and effectiveness are limited by its unclear dream sequence.”
– Loretta Kreider Andrews, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore

Jamaica Tag-Along
by Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator), 1990, Museum of Zoology, Houghton Mifflin.
“Termed by PW “as sensitive and charming as its predecessor,” this sequel to Jamaica’s Find tells of Jamaica’s hurt feelings when her older brother won’t let her tag along with his friends. Ages 4-8.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

It Always Happens Leona
by Juanita Havill, 1991, Random House Books for Young Readers.
“Grade 3-6 — It’s tough being in the middle, as eight-year-old Leona knows. With a hip older sister and a younger brother who reminds people of a teddy bear, Leona is having a hard time being noticed, even when she jumps off the high diving board and gets stuck on the roof while rescuing her favorite purple purse. But when Uncle Rosco turns up for a family get-together, Leona thinks her day may finally have arrived. He knows stories about the naughty things her mother did as a child, doesn’t mind if she shares his coffee, and takes her for a spin on his motorcycle. What she discovers, however, after a frightening tumble into Lake Michigan, is that she is loved after all and her parents are sympathetic to her feelings when she shares them. Leona is a feisty sort, and her constant involvement in messes, sometimes intentional, sometimes innocent, keeps the story moving at a fast pace, although the potential danger of some of her antics is unsettling. There is enough detail about the supporting characters for readers to know them, especially the easy-going, humorous Rosco. Leona’s discussion with her parents at the conclusion gets across clearly, without belaboring the point, that people need to share their feelings and to understand that everything in life is not always equal. The simple illustrations and the “Annie”-look McCully gives Leona match well with the breezy style of the writing. A story even “non-middles” should enjoy.
– Joanne Aswell, Long Valley Middle School, NJ, School Library Journal

Leona and Ike
by Juanita Havill, 1992, Random House Books for Young Readers.
“Grade 3-5 — A wonderfully true-to-life story of two very different children who become friends through necessity and discover that they really like each other for, or maybe in spite of, their differences. Leona and her new neighbor Ike get off to a rocky start but are soon doing things together because they are both desperate for company. Ike’s parents are divorced, he is an only child, and he has an enormous talent for playing the cello. Leona feels very ordinary by comparison; she has two loving parents, a brother and a sister, and no outstanding talents. When Ike’s parents suddenly decide that he should leave town and live with his father, the children are devastated and immediately begin to plot his escape. Havill does not dwell on the divorce situation, but is realistic about the pain it causes the boy. The main characters are portrayed as real children; their concerns and reactions are typical of their age group. The pen-and-ink illustrations enhance the changing moods of the story. Sure to be a hit with young readers.
– Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC, School Library Journal

Kentucky Troll
by Juanita Havill, Bert Dodson (Illustrator), 1993, Lothrop Lee & Shepard.
“This diverting and unusual tale stars, of all things, a Swedish troll who journeys to frontier America. Endeavoring to make a life among the folks in his new Kentucky home, Young Troll disguises himself as a man, acquires material goods and pines for a wife. Narrated in a droll and gentle style that falls pleasantly on the ear, Havill’s ( Jamaica’s Find ) somewhat lengthy saga possesses many of the ingredients of a homespun folktale: the pretty country lass who catches Young Troll’s eye, the magic powder that allows the hero to churn unsurpassed butter, the townsfolk who mass in search of the troll after his magic goes awry. These discrete elements, however, never build to a satisfying climax–instead, the thwarted protagonist simply withdraws from society, concluding that people and trolls were never intended to mix. Dodson’s ( Supergrandpa ) illustrations portray a suitably ugly–and occasionally oddly appealing–title character, but ultimately, apart from a certain cuteness, lack a distinguishing style. Ages 5-up.” Ages 7-11″
Publisher’s Weekly

Saving Owen’s Toad
by Juanita Havill, 1994, Hyperion.
“Grade 4-5 – Poor Owen is suffering from the proverbial “little brother syndrome.” As the youngest of three children, he feels bullied, looked down upon, overwhelmed, and always slighted. This situation is amplified by the fact that he and his brother Richard are represented as two stereotypically opposite types. Owen is gentle, kind, and loves animals. Richard would rather shoot them, and is bossy and domineering. When he thinks up a money-making venture of catching and selling toads to the neighbors, Owen stands up to his brother and sabotages the enterprise. Richard’s personality is transformed after he feels responsible for an accident that forces Owen to have stitches in his leg. His main motive seems not to be remorse but fear that Owen will tell on him. This is a light, fast-paced read, but the older boy’s complete turnaround is somewhat implausible and makes for sketchy characterization.”
– Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY, School Library Journal

Jennifer, Too (Hyperion Chapters)
by Juanita Havill, 199?, Hyperion.
“Grade 2-3-In these three episodes, Jennifer is bored and wants to join her older brother, Matt, and his friend in their exciting escapades. And so, when she finds the boys wearing raincoats and pretending to be spies, she dresses in her own disguise – a pillowcase-and solves a mystery at a neighbor’s house. Next, while the boys tell ghost stories in the attic, she and her cat unintentionally frighten them away. Lastly, she wants to be a knight, but is told that she must be either the queen or the wizard. However, when she creates majestic shields for them, the boys are impressed and anoint her “Sir Jennifer.” This slight book cleverly makes the point that girls should demonstrate their capabilities to boys who treat them stereotypically. The large type, easy-reader format, and simple language make it appealing to beginning readers. While similar in format to the “Something Queer” series by Elizabeth Levy, the black-and-white sketches here are bland, and add little to the humorous, enjoyable plot. While not a surefire winner, this title does have merit and may appeal to reluctant readers.
– Debra S. Gold, Parma Heights Library, Parma, OH, School Library Journal

The Magic Fort
by Juanita Havill, Linda Shute (Illustrator), 1991, Houghton Mifflin.
While playing in their “magic fort,” an easily climbable tree, Kevin’s brother Joseph breaks his arm, teaching both boys a lesson in responsibility and playing together.

Farmer Gus and the Very Big Sneeze (Scott Foresman Reading)
by Juanita Havill, Bill Hartman (Illustrator), 2000, Scott Foresman.

Aliens in Ancient Egypt
by Juanita Havill, Peter Ferguson (Illustrator), 2001, Addison-Wesley Education Pub.
Leveled Reader 179 B: scholastic book to improve vocabulary and critical thinking. Level: easy/average.

Shoebox Library Level 9 (Scholastic Literacy Place)
by Gay Su Binnell, Delores Johnson, Kevin Henkes, Tony Johnston, Tomie dePaola, Mike Thaler, Virginia Lee Burton, Juanita Havill, Aesop, Bernice Chardiet, 1996, Scholastic.
Set of 32 (4 copies of each title) paperback Level 9 Scholastic SHOEBOX LIBRARY books in matching storage box, with corresponding Shoebox Library folder. The folder includes a paperback Teacher’s Guide (ISBN# 0-590-84308-7), sheet of Level 9 Shoebox Library stickers, and a packet of Shoebox Library Cards. The titles of books are: The Best Teacher in the World, City Mouse-Country Mouse, Jamaica’s Find, Katy and the Big Snow, Pack 109, The Quilt Story, Sheila Rae the Brave, and What Kind of Baby Sitter is This?

Renate Kloeppinger-Todd

Meeting Development Challenges: Renewed Approaches to Rural Finance,
by Renate Kloeppinger-Todd, 2006,
The World Bank Agriculture and Rural Development Department, Washington, DC

Leasing: An Underutilized Tool in Rural Finance
by Ajai Nair and Renate Kloeppinger-Todd, 2006,
The World Bank Agriculture and Rural Development Department, Washington, DC.

Buffalo, Bakeries and Tractors: Cases in Rural Leasing from Pakistan, Uganda and Mexico
by Ajai Nair and Renate Kloeppinger-Todd, 2007,
The World Bank Agriculture and Rural Development Department, Washington, DC

Reaching Rural Areas with Financial Services: Lessons from Financial Cooperatives in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Sri Lanka,
by Ajai Nair and Renate Kloeppinger-Todd, 2007,
The World Bank Agriculture and Rural Development Department, Washington, DC

Providing Financial Services in Rural Areas: A Fresh Look at Financial Cooperatives
by Renate Kloeppinger-Todd, 2008,
The World Bank Agriculture and Rural Development Department, Washington, DC.

Innovations in Rural and Agriculture Finance
by Renate Kloeppinger-Todd and Manohar Sharma (editors), 2010,
International Food Policy Research Institute and World Bank, Washington, DC

Jonathan Lunine

Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series)
by Jonathan Lunine, 1998, Cambridge Univ Press.
“. . . excellent, abundantly illustrated . . . Elements of cosmology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and philosophy are presented in a coherent, connected fashion that is easily readable and understandable by college students, advanced high school students, and laypersons who have a science background. The volume is an excellent textbook and resource for science teachers . . .”
– Science Books & Films

Astrobiology: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
by Jonathan Lunine, 2004, Addison Wesley.
“This astrobiology textbook is brilliant but demanding — not everyone, even science fans, wants to know this much about life in the universe! Lunine describes his book as “a comprehensive treatment of astrobiology for upper level undergraduate students and beginning graduate students”. The book is also targeted at senior scientists who want an introduction to this new discipline. The resulting volume of 586 densely packed pages is a tour de force of basic physics and chemistry as well as biology and planetary science. The first half the book leads the reader through the fundamentals of physics, biochemistry, and microbiology essential to understanding the origin of life. The second half covers life on Earth, the habitability of Mars, Europa and Titan, other planetary systems, the co-evolution of life and its host planet, and the evolution of intelligence. The mostly monochrome illustrations are well selected, but printing quality occasionally lapses — the only reason I rate this book four stars and not five.”
– Dave Morrison

Paul S. Martin

Twilight of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America (Organisms and Environments)
by Paul S. Martin, 2005, Univ. California Press.
“Paleontologist Martin delivers an energetic and highly entertaining look at one of the most controversial issues in his field of geoscience: overkill, the argument that “virtually all extinctions of wild animals in the last 50,000 years are anthropogenic, that is, caused by humans” and not by climate change. As one of the leading advocates of this theory, Martin uses his own extensive researchÑas well as amusing insights from his personal life and careerÑto make his case. He draws on studies from Costa Rica and Madagascar to California and the Grand Canyon, and brings alive on the page such extinct creatures as mammoths, mastodons and the “gentle giant” ground sloths, which he shows were present in North America before the arrival of prehistoric people. He is quite fair in presenting opposing arguments and displays his ability to explain complex concepts in understandable ways. But while Martin is convincing in his reasoning and his suggestions for developing new ecological parks to increase our appreciation of the lost beasts, what is most memorable is his ability to show that “we are half blind if we behold the Grand Canyon without visions” of its extinct species. 17 b&w photos, 12 line drawings.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

Gentry’s Rio Mayo Plants: The Tropical Deciduous Forest and Environs of Northwest Mexico (Southwest Center Series) (Southwest Center Series)
by Howard Scott Gentry, Paul S. Martin, David Yetman, Mark Fishbein, Phil Jenkins, Thomas R. Van Devender, Rebecca K. Wilson (Editors), 1998, Univ. Arizona Press.
“I was given the opportunity to catalog Dr. Gentry’s herbarium collection at the Desert Botanical Garden in 1987-88. I haven’t seen the new edition mentioned here, but read the original work at the time I was cataloging his herbarium specimens. Through it, I was able to share his experience as an explorer in the spirit of John Wesley Powell, someone who knew that the American southwest is best delineated by watersheds, not along false lat/long lines. I met Dr. Gentry a couple of times, and remember the occasions well. Last time I saw him, when I was cataloging his collection, I overheard a conversation between him and a consultant for the Fort McDowell Indian Community. The consultant was asking about desert-adapted crop plants. Dr. Gentry went into great detail describing many desert plants suited to agriculture – tepary beans, jojoba, Lippia (Mexican oregano), agave, chiltepines, gum arabic, etc. I learned a lot just by eavesdropping. The consultant listened, but did not hear the words. He recommended that the Fort McDowell people plant cotton. Not because it was best suited to desert agriculture – far from that. They planted cotton because it needs vast quantities of water. They did not want the best desert-adapted crops. What they wanted, instead, was the best crop for wasting water, so that they could establish valid rights to the water. Worse, I watched them clear off vast acreages of mesquite forests to make room for the water-wasting cotton crop. The Hopi call this koyaanisqatsi. This book should help folks in southwestern north America realize that we have a bounteous resource, if we can only learn to use it.”
– S. Jones

Packrat Middens: The Last 40,000 Years of Biotic Change
by Julio L. Betancourt, Thomas R. Van Devender, Paul S. Martin (Editors), 1990, Univ. Arizona Press.

Quaternary Extinctions: A Prehistoric Revolution
by Paul S. Martin, Richard G. Klein (Editors), 1989, Univ. Arizona Press.
“This book is not for the novice. However, it is an excellently organized and drafted presentation of 40 papers on the variously submitted causes for the extinction of many dominant and marvelous animals, from the end of the Ice Age to our own time. Since no formal records were kept on this decline, even though many vanishings occurred during the time of record-keeping people, the scientist is left to investigate and to hypothesize on the cause or causes of the extinctions. Recorded here are many of those investigations and their results. The diversity of opinion is an exciting testament, not only to the ingenuity of the investigators, but to the processes of science itself.”
– Jerald R Lovell

Steve and Karen Strom

Observatories of the Southwest: A Guide for Curious Skywatchers
by Douglas Isbell and Stephen Strom, University of Arizona Press.
With its clear skies and low humidity, the southwestern United States is an astronomer’s paradise where observatories like Kitt Peak have redefined the art of skywatching. The region is unique in its loose federation of like-minded research outposts and in the quantity and diversity of its observatories – places captured in this unique guidebook.Douglas Isbell and Stephen Strom, both intimately involved in southwestern astronomy, have written a practical guide to the major observatories of the region for those eager to learn what modern telescopes are doing, to understand the role each of these often quirky places has played in advancing our understanding of the cosmos, and hopefully to visit and see the tools of the astronomer up close. For each observatory, the authors describe its history, highlights of its contributions to astronomy – with an emphasis on recent results – and information for visitors. Also included are wide-ranging interviews with astronomers closely associated with each site. Observatories covered range from McDonald in Texas to Palomar in California, with significant outposts in between: Arizona’s Kitt Peak National Observatory southwest of Tucson, the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, and the Whipple Observatory outside Amado; and New Mexico’s Very Large Array near Socorro and Sacramento Peak close to Sunspot. In addition to describing these established institutions, they also take a look ahead to the most powerful ground-based telescope in the world just beginning to operate at full power on Mount Graham in Safford, Arizona. With more than three dozen illustrations, the book is accessible to amateur astronomers, tourists, students, and teachers – anyone fascinated with the contributions that astronomy has made to deepening our understanding of humanity’s place in the universe, whether exploring the solar system from Lowell Observatory or studying the birth of stars using the army of giant radio telescopes at the Very Large Array. This book aims to inspire visits to these sites by illuminating the major scientific questions being pursued every clear night beneath the dark skies of the Southwest and the amazing machinery that makes these pursuits possible.

Earth Forms
Photographs by Stephen Strom, Essays by Gregory McNamee & Albert Stewart, Dewi Lewis Publishing.
Stephen Strom has photographed in the southwestern desert lands of the United States for more than 20 years and this book brings together, for the first time, a selection of his most powerful and memorable images. Strom brings to this landscape the sensibilities of an astronomer who has lived in the desert for almost two decades. His photographs capture a land shaped both by the millennial forces of prehistory and also by yesterday’s cloudburst. His images have the power to compress vast desert spaces in an illusion of intimacy and comprehension, presenting undulations of colour and form which appear reimagined in a light that at once penetrates and sculpts. Published in 2009, the book Earth Forms, with essays by Gregory McNamee and Albert Stewart, is the first fine art quality monograph of Stephen’s photographs. To assure images of the highest quality, Stephen was present at EBS in Verona, Italy when the final proofs were made. He and Dewi Lewis, the publisher, certified the adjustments made before each page was printed. Visit the website for the book!

Otero Mesa: Preserving America’s Wildest Grassland
by Gregory McNamee, Foreword by Bill Richardson, Photographs by Stephen Strom & Stephen Capra, 2008, University of New Mexico Press.
Full-color images by renowned photographers Stephen Strom and Stephen Capra unite with text by prizewinning nature and geography writer Gregory McNamee to document the subtle landscape of 1.2 million acres of remote Chihuahuan Desert grassland in southern New Mexico. Home to many species of wildlife and native plants, Otero Mesa is a place of extraordinary beauty and ecological significance faced with the increasing threat of oil and gas development that has plagued the Rocky Mountain West. “It is a strange and empty place, a place whose contours suggest that those who do not know it are best to leave it alone, as those who do know it will do in all events. And, as with all strange and empty places in this increasingly crowded, increasingly monocultural world, Otero Mesa is an important island in our geography of hope, a place that warrants concern and protection. Rightly, for it is very much under threat.” — Gregory McNamee in Otero Mesa

Sticks And Stones: An Alphabet Book For The 21st Century
by Karen M. Strom, 2006,
“Don’t be fooled by your cursory first impression of this “Alphabet Book for the 21st Century”. Although it is organized by the presentation style of a children’s ABC book, there is much more here than initially meets the eye. It uses the English alphabet and images of the borderland of southern Arizona as an entry into the intersection of the natural world and its human inhabitants. At this intersection, it offers the reader an opportunity to make connections in a mode that is both as old as primitive alphabets shaped by hand with sticks and stones and as new as 21st century alphabets that inhabit our pervasive computers, where bits and bytes fly by at unimaginable rates. If you let both approaches to this mode of processing information work in your mind simultaneously, you will find the imagery in the book taking you places where currents cross and fresh insights arise.”
– Suzan Edwards

Tséyi’ / Deep in the Rock: Reflections on Canyon de Chelly (Sun Tracks)
by Laura Tohe, Stephen Strom, photographer, 2005, Univ. Arizona Press.
To visitors it is Canyon de Chelly, a scenic wonder of the Southwest whose vistas reward travelers willing to venture off the beaten track. But to the DinŽ, it is Tséyi’, “the place deep in the rock,” a site that many have long called home. Now from deep in the heart of the Diné homeland comes an extraordinary book, a sensitive merging of words and images that reflects the sublime spirit of Canyon de Chelly. Diné poet Laura Tohe draws deeply on her heritage to create lyrical writings that are rooted in the canyon but universal in spirit, while photographer Stephen Strom captures images that reveal the very soul of this ancient place. Tohe’s words take readers on a journey from the canyon rim down sheer sandstone walls to its rich bottomlands; from the memory of Kit Carson’s rifle shots and the forced march of the Navajo people to the longings of modern lovers. Her poems view the land through Diné eyes, blending history, tradition, and personal reflection while remaining grounded in Strom’s delicate yet striking images. These photographs are not typical of most southwestern landscapes. Strom’s eye for the subtleties and mysticism of the canyon creates powerful images that linger in the mind long after the pages are turned, compelling us to look at the earth in new ways. Tséyi’ / Deep in the Rock is a unique evocation of Canyon de Chelly and the people whose lives and spirits are connected to it. It is a collaboration that conjures the power of stories and images, inviting us to enter a world of harmony and be touched by its singularly haunting beauty.

Sonoita Plain: Views from a Southwestern Grassland
by Jane H. Bock, Carl Bock, Stephen Strom, photographer, 2005, Univ. Arizona Press.
“In an era when advocates for nature sometimes do convincing imitations of the most smug and self-righteous religious believers, condemning sin in others and ignoring it in themselves, the Bocks and Strom are a refreshing exception. . . . [They] show us how to be both Naturalist and Humanist, warning us, instructing us, amusing us, and raising our spirits at the same time.”
– Patricia Nelson Limerick, author of Something in the Soil
“Any full portrait of a society–and the Sonoita Plain is a society: of lands, plants, skies, creatures (including humans)– must be artful, lyrical, factual, historical, mythical, insightful and inspiring. This is a tremendous order–and it’s all here in this beautiful marriage of text and photographs.”

– Joy Harjo, author of How We Became Human and Secrets from the Center of the World

Secrets from the Center of the World (Sun Tracks, Vol 17) (Sun Tracks, Vol 17)
by Joy Harjo, Stephen Strom, photographer, 1989, Univ. Arizona Press.
“Joy Harjo is a multi-talented artist – poetry and music (with Poetic Justice) available. Here she has paired her words to Stephen Strom’s photographs. His photographs of landscapes have an unusual and very effective use of colors . . . many reminding me of the softness of watercolor or pastels.”
– M. J. Smith

Mark R. Stromberg

California Grasslands: Ecology and Management
by Mark R. Stromberg, Jeffrey D. Corbin, Carla M. D’Antonio (Editors), 2007, Univ. California Press.
“The structure and function of California grasslands have intrigued ecologists for decades. The editors of this volume have assembled a comprehensive set of reviews by a group of outstanding authors on the natural history, structure, management, and restoration of this economically and ecologically important ecosystem.”
– Scott L. Collins, Professor of Biology, University of New Mexico

Montezuma quail: Cyrtonyx montezumae (The birds of North America)
by Mark R. Stromberg, 2000, Birds of North America.

Mammals in Wyoming (Public Education Series)
by Tim W. Clark & Mark R. Stromberg , 1987, University of Kansas, Natural History Museum.

Sam Wright

Koviashuvik: Making a Home in the Brooks Range
by Sam Wright, 1997, Univ. Arizona Press.
“Sam Wright takes us to Kovishutok and his Koviashuvik through a prose that at first was halting in its simplicity. As one reads on, as it is clear one reviewer did not, the lithe of the language carries the story telling of native speach and perceptions. I have lived through this evolution of myths and new myths, but seldom have I read an odessy that contains insight, pathos, empathy, and as an aside, a love story with Sam’s wife Billie. The Brooks range and Alaska come alive, are described in brillant detail, and historicaly chronicalized. I am a little closer to Koviashuvik in my own life for having read this book.”
– A reader on

Edge of Tomorrow: An Arctic Year (Northwest Voices Essay Series)
by Sam Wright, 1998, Washington State Univ. Press.
“Few people are able to synthesize their lives from being born and raised in the west, to being a scientist, to become a minister in a free thinking liberal church, to an be outdoorsman and to put into practice his philosophy by combining it with living off the land as our ancestors did. My wife bought the book at our meeting of our group interested in communing with nature. I spent the last three hours reading it in one gulp. It has been as satisfying an afternoon as I have had in many a year. Sam structures his philosophy and experience with the calendar and the events of the year in his in his cabin just below the Arctic Circle. His wisdom comes thru the stories he tells and the parables that he creates. With his wide-ranging experience in life, his story becomes an adventure of the mind. Get the book and enjoy.”
– Frank Kadish

The Way It Was: Letters to Unborn Posterity
by Sam Wright, 2011, Dudley Court Press.

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