“Bringing Out the Untold Life: Recollections of Mildred Reid Grant Gray” related to Claire E. Scheuren
(Zeitgeist West Publishing, $25)
From 1946 through the 1970s, Gray was the telegraph operator in the small Nova Scotian village of Garbarus. As the introduction says, this meant she was the “911, information and referral service, spiritual adviser and companion to people giving birth and people dying.” Her remarkable memory also includes details of her own family and village life.
“Mosquito Creek Inn” by Sherrie Todd-Beshore
The Mosquito Creek Detective club makes its debut in the first of four books each relating the adventures of an intrepid, resourceful group of young amateur detectives in the small Montana town of Mosquito Creek. In accounts that tend to ramble, they find lost heiresses, valuable paintings and uncover plots using clues mostly overlooked by local adults. The other titles are: “Black Eagle Pass,” “High Stakes Gamble,” and “Dakota Mist.”
“A Las Vegas Memoir” by Sheldon Sid Brodkin
Retired manufacturer, former Navy boxer and memoirist Brodkin, now in his late 80s, in this edition of his life’s journey remembers a high school athlete who was one of his heroes, Ash Resnick. Resnick became a successful Las Vegas entrepreneur and a good friend. The Brodkins enjoyed Las Vegas and Resnick made many of their trips memorable with opportunities to meet celebrities and see sold-out shows.
“The CIA Connection” by J.E. Kelly
For six years in the 1960s, Kelly, after two years training in an aviation mechanics school, went to work for Intermountain Air, a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, located at Marana Air Park. Committed to secrecy about the company’s activities, he can now say that his work involved repairing, converting and delivering aircraft around the world. A capable writer, a careful observer with an incredible memory (or a good diary), Kelly’s account of his activities — without telling any secrets — makes good reading.
“The Horse Lover”
H. Alan Day
(University of Nebraska Press, $24.95 hardcover)
In the late 1980s Arizona cattle rancher Day, whose family includes his sisters, Ann Day,a former member of the Arizona Legislature and the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, bought a 35,000-acre ranch in South Dakota and then persuaded the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse Division to allow him to establish a wild horse sanctuary on it. At Mustang Meadows, the first federally financed horse sanctuary in the United States, Day provided a home to 1,500 wild horses for about half the cost the BLM was paying at the time to “warehouse” them. Day recounts in his well-written (with Lynn Wiese Sneyd) account, “The HorseLover,” that it was a bumpy but rewarding ride. When he had to resubmit his bid after five years, however, he lost out to a lower bidder in Oklahoma.
“Confessions of a Glommer: Independence, Indifference and Love” by Lee Marie Schnebly
Longtime Tucson TV watchers may be surprised to learn that affable Larry Schnebly, a popular KGUN-TV fixture for more than 30 years, once responded to his wife’s question about what would make him happy: “Just leave me alone.” And from that request, Lee Schnebly, now a marriage counselor, builds her book of marital advice. The Schneblys are about to celebrate 60 years of marriage and four children. How they did it, despite the fact that she likes to “glom” onto people and he doesn’t like to be “glommed onto,” is the entertaining subject of this book.
“The Winds of Change” by Gail Bornfield
Educator Bornfield has written the five stories included in this collection for middle school readers. They depict animals, such as an orphaned elephant and a pelican blown off his home base, as well as humans meeting the challenges of change and loss.
“Malice Stalks the Leopard: Book Two of the Vespers Series,” by R.M. Vassari and Lucia Olivia Lampe
(Vasari & Lampe LLC, $14.99)
This is the second in the trilogy depicting Sicily’s tumultuous 13th century. Assassinations, poisonings and betrayals pepper the account, which once again centers around the Leopard cantina and its intrepid owners. There is lots of material about the details of everyday living.