"Desert Trader: The Life and Quilts of Goldie Tracy Richmond"
By Carolyn O'Bagy Davis (Sanpete Publications, $24.95)
Goldie Richmond was a remarkable woman whose life is a tribute to sheer determination to survive enhanced by natural artistic talents for traditional "ladies" handcrafts - most spectacularly, quilting. With her first husband, Marion Tracy, in 1932, she opened a trading post on Arizona Highway 86 on the Tohono O'odham reservation. After Tracy's death in 1938, Goldie, who married Jim Richmond in 1941, operated the trading post until 1966. Along the way she became, as a newspaper headline declared, "a living legend," not only because she was a respected trader but for her unique storytelling quilt patterns. This is Richmond's second biography (the first, "Angel to the Papagos," by Charlsie Poe, is out of print). Davis has done a fine job in organizing the facts of Richmond's life. Lots and lots of good photographs. Unfortunately, there is no index.
"Woman Overboard: Living the Dream"
By Camille Gannon (Neaptide Publishing, $16)
Camille Gannon, a medical records specialist, started out as little more than being a good sport about sailing. She wasn't a water lover - drowning haunted her. She spent the 30 days of her first boat trip - to the Galapagos - seasick. But she loved her husband and he was a sailor, so off she went on trips around the world in a 16-year-old, 44-foot-long Kelly-Peterson sailboat that Peter Gannon refurbished and they named "Sojourner." She became a good sailor, and this is an entertaining account of their sailing years.
"Challenging the Unseen, Discover the Power Within"
By Anastasia Siavou Holler (Holler Books, print, $16.95; Kindle, $7.99)
There is a subtitle to Holler's cheery book: "Archangel Michael's Miracles in My Life." A native of Greece, Holler has recorded incidents in her successful life and collected stories from friends, all about answered prayers, lifesaving coincidences and what you might call "lucky breaks."
"The Journey of a Mayan Princess: A 2012 Prophecy Book"
By Nellie Hummel
(Dorrance Publishing Inc. $8.50)
Hummel uses a Mayan prophecy that went around the doomsday circuit predicting the end of the planet as the basis for this little fairy tale about a Mayan princess living many centuries ago on the cusp of the prediction. It was not meant to be a doomsday tale, and Hummel will tell you why.
"Special Offers: Book One of the Coursodon Dimension Series"
By M.L. Ryan (Running With Scissors Publishing, $8.99)
If you are into "spiritual convergence" and/or "parallel worlds," this could be the book for you. It also could make you very cautious the next time you think of buying electronic devices (they can be used as bridges between the universes). Let Hailey Parrish, who works for a company that makes cheese out of chinchilla milk, get you started in what appears to be the beginning of a series.
"L'Immortalite: Madame LaLaurie and the Voodoo Queen"
By T.R. Heinan (Nonius LLC, $14.99)
The principal activity of this exercise in horror takes places in New Orleans in the mid-1830s. Dr. LaLaurie researches Galvanism in his home laboratory using slaves as guinea pigs. (The best known acolyte of Galvanism is Dr. Frankenstein.) His wife, Delphine, wants only to become immortal. Marie Laveau, a practitioner in the black arts, achieves this in a spectacular if unexpected way.
"Carved in Stone"
By Fran Marian (Red Hills Press, $14.95)
The time is 1400 B.C. The place is Anatolia in what is modern-day Turkey. The cast of characters includes the expiring Hittite king (whose final words, which were inscribed on a clay tablet, are destroyed by his ambitious queen) and various members of his family all striving for a position in the new government. Former journalist and publicist Marian has done a lot of digging, and this interesting, intricate novel is the result. It also looks as though it may be the first in a series.
"The Path to Inner Peace: A Manual for Living in Turbulent Times"
By Larry Wharton (Xlibris, print, $15.99; Kindle, $3.99)
Retired organizational instructor Wharton has put a lifetime of personal searching into a brief series of guidelines for simplifying life.
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