"Alexander O. Brodie: Frontiersman, Rough Rider, Governor"
By Charles H. Herner (TCU Press, $29.95)
A diligent and admiring biography of Arizona Territory's 15th governor (1902-1905) by veteran researcher Herner, a retired educator and U.S. Army Reserve colonel. Brodie was born on a farm in New York and achieved (with some glitches) a respected career in the military. He also managed jobs in mining and business as well as becoming a successful Arizona territorial politician. The high point of his military career was probably serving with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish American War. Excellent index!
"Concrete Savior: A Dark Redemption Novel"
By Yvonne Navarro (Pocket Books, $7.99)
The continuing saga of fallen angel Bryanna Malak, a former intimate of Lucifer condemned to live on Earth. She is still struggling to get back to heaven. Her crusade is now complicated by a relationship with a Chicago detective.
"Hereford: The History of a Forgotten Frontier Town"
By Suzanne Arnold (San Pedro Press, $16.95)
Although Hereford has "disappeared into history," writes Arnold from nearby Palominas, during its roughly century of existence beginning in the 1870s it was a thriving commercial and ranching district. Arnold has recaptured a cameo account of this lively existence by, among other things, interviewing longtime residents. There is a limited index.
"The Language of Beads: A Reader's Guidebook"
By David D. Smith (One Mighty Oak Publishing Co., $12.80)
The world of beads is as fascinating as it is, apparently, ancient. Smith intends his slender, attractive volume to be a work manual as well as an introduction. It would certainly be a good textbook for anyone taking a beading class.
"E Facile! (It's Easy!): A Cookbook for Men"
By George Domino (Imago Press, $15)
Simple, straightforward, this is a book filled with a variety of what appear to be really good recipes - some of which are not too easy to find (such as spaghetti puttanesca). Despite pitching itself to men, it is for anyone - male or female - interested in improving their home-cooked meals without committing their lives to the kitchen.
"The Magic Nickel"
By Tombo (Inspiring Voices, $16.99)
The subtitle to this children's book is, "A fable about an unhappy salesman, a sad retired person and an invisible monster." And, of course, a magic nickel that makes everything right, although its credentials are somewhat questionable.
"The More I Learned, The Less I Knew: A teacher's memories"
By Ernie Gabrielson (iUniverse, $16.95)
Like the scholar in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," whom he quotes, Gabrielson's lifelong motto was, "gladly would he learn and gladly teach." This warmhearted memoir is a tribute to that guiding premise.
"The Trivia Lover's Guidebook to the World"
By Gary Fuller (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., $16.95)
In this well-written compendium, retired geography professor and cruise ship lecturer Fuller makes learning world history fun, using a whole raft of well-known and little-known facts.
And, from a story about a quiz-show contestant who answered, "Idaho," to the question "What place does pineapple, aloha and leis describe?" it is clear he is also on a crusade to introduce his readers to the world they live in.
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