Arizona… in books

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As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Arizona.


Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

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Barbara Kingsolver is one of the most well-known modern American writers, and with good reason. This novel focuses on a woman who travels back to her hometown in Arizona. While there, she has to deal with an ailing father, an environmental catastrophe, and a new man.


The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd by Jana Bommersback

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Winnie Ruth Judd was convicted of murdering her two best friends in the early 1930s. This non-fiction book re-examines her case as well as spending some time looking into Arizona during that time period.


Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton

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Richard Shelton is a poet that moved to Arizona in the 1950s and fell in love with the area. This book is his way of telling the world why.


The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea

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I imagine this is a difficult book to read, but I think it’s one that is important. This non-fiction book is about a group of 26 men crossing the Mexico-America border into Arizona. Only 12 were left alive.


Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest by Sandra Day O’Connor

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Sandra Day O’Connor might be a name that you recognize – she was the first woman to serve on the American Supreme Court. This memoir is about her childhood growing up on a ranch in Arizona.


Drowning Tucson by Aaron Michael Morales

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Drowning Tucson is a novel set in 1980s Arizona in a particularly rough neighborhood.


What are your favorite books set in Arizona? Let me know in the comments!




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