Pima County Public Library has 21 titles it lists as selections in its Southwest Books of the Year: Best Reading 2011.

The top of the list includes "A Border Runs Through It: Journeys in Regional History and Folklore," by Tucson folklorist Jim Griffith and illustrated by Arizona Daily Star editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, as well as "Queen of America," the sequel to "The Hummingbird's Daughter," by Luis Urrea.

The reading list is a publication of the Pima County Public Library's Southwest Literature Project, which is funded by the Friends of the Pima Public Library.

Some other selections include:

• "Cow Country Cooking: Recipes and Tales from Northern Arizona's Historic Ranches," by Kathy McCraine.

• "Crazy from the Heat: A Chronicle of Twenty Years in the Big Bend," by James H. Evans.

• "Desert Towers: Fat Cat Summits and Kitty Litter Rock," by Steve "Crusher" Bartlett.

• "Field Man: Life as a Desert Archaeologist," by Julian D. Hayden.

• "The Killer Is Dying: A Novel," by James Sallis.

• "Kit Carson: The Life of an American Border Man," by David Remley.

• "Llano Estacado: An Island in the Sky," by Stephen Bogener and William Tydeman.

• "Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life," by Jim Kristofic.

• "Old Border Road," by By Susan Froderberg.

• "Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist," by Charnell Havens and Vera Marie Badertscher.

• "The Rio Grande: An Eagle's View," by Adriel Heisey.

Children's books include:

• "Alfonso Grows Up on the Sheep Trail," by Cindy Shanks.

• "Amadito and the Hero Children/Amadito y los Niños Héroes," by Enrique R. Lamadrid.

• "Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog," by Elizabeth Davidson.

• "A Cowgirl and Her Horse," by Jean Ekman Adams.

• "Desert Night Desert Day," by Anthony D Fredericks.

• "The Lovesick Skunk," by Joe Hayes.

• "Southwest Colors," by Andrea Helman.

Want to learn more?

Southwest Books of the Year is distributed to libraries and bookstores throughout Arizona. A full listing of all the books reviewed by the panelists is published online at www.library.pima.gov/books/swboy

Contact reporter Patty Machelor at 806-7754 or pmachelor@azstarnet.com