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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Turning the pages of 2017--Books I've read

Who am I? Books tell lots of stories. Here's what I've read since late August--11 complete, four others in various stages.
      Total completed this year--30. Partial, and probably unfinished, 8. Four current at the bottom will be completed.


  • Draft No. 4, John McPhee, fav author, stories about his writing
  • Falcon, Helen Macdonald, the story of falcons throughout history
  • River of Traps, William deBuys & Alex Harris, story and photos of a New Mexico mountain life
  • Valles Caldera, William deBuys & Don J. Usher, story & photos of New Mexico's national preserve 
  • Pure  Quill, Photographs of Barbara Van Cleve and her story, Susan Hallsten McGarry, western horse woman
  • Becoming A Warrior, Moose Tyler, my friend and UCO colleague
  • The Western Star, Craig Johnson, Longmire
  • The Bridge Troll Murders, Shelton Russell, Oklahoma author and Oklahoma train setting
  • The Pocket Thomas Merton, insightful Catholic monk
  • The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
Reading Now
  • Texas Blood, Roger D. Hodge, seven generations in the borderlands
  • Death in the Sahara, Michael Asher, Timbuktu railway expedition massacre
  • Enchantment and Exploitation, William deBuys, story of New Mexico's Sangre de Cristos mountains
  • A Moveable Feast, (Rereading) Hemingway
Partial--English Grammar and Composition, John Warringer, high school senior English text

Here's the link to my first eight months' reading:

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