What are the best books set in the American Southwest?

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    #1Going Back to Bisbee

    Going Back to Bisbee
    Going Back to Bisbee is a memoir written by Richard Shelton which consists a narrative of his journeys around the Southwestern deserts of America. 
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    Jeremy Stone
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton is an interesting and descriptive read about the city of Bisbee, AZ. I learned a lot about the history of the area for this book, and the written made me want to visit and experience the city myself. "
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    #2The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

    The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

    The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons is a non-fiction book written by John Wesley Powell wherein he shares his accounts of his crews' adventures along the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon.

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    Carl Richardson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Adventures are fun"
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    #3The Land of Little Rain

    The Land of Little Rain

    The Land of Little Rain is a non-fiction book written by Mary Austin which includes a collection of meditations on the wonders of the Mojave Desert.

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    Jennifer Reyes
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I thought The Land of Little Rain was an interesting book very descriptive and very easy to follow without being to simple i enjoyed it "
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    #4The Never-Open Desert Diner

    The Never-Open Desert Diner

    The Never-Open Desert Diner is the first book in the mystery fiction series Ben Jones written by James Anderson which centers on the love story between Ben Jones and Claire.

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    Justin Jensen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #5The Journey Home

    The Journey Home

    The Journey Home is a non-fiction book written by Edward Abbey and Jim Stiles which gives a portrait of the American West that will soon be forgotten in the future. 

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    Kyle Harris
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is very good.It consists all the areas covering American Southwest"
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    #6The Secret Knowledge of Water

    The Secret Knowledge of Water

    The Secret Knowledge of Water is a non-fiction book written by Craig Childs wherein he shares his exploration in the deserts of the American West in search of water revealing the natural world at its most extreme.

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    Brian Wright
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Secret Knowledge of Water is an amazing real story of Craig Childs who explores the American West (or more precisely Southwest) in search of water. I was impressed by the perseverance and dedication of people of that time."
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    #7Down the River

    Down the River

    Down the River is a collection of essays written by environmentalist Edward Abbey wherein he explores the beauty of some of the greatest stretches of the American wilderness. 

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    Jerry Lucas
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you're a big fan of the Wilderness then this book is definitely right up your alley. The author explores a lot of great outdoor landscapes located across the United States. After reading this book, my interest and wanting to explore different states was definitely peaked. The author obviously has a lot of travel experience and mentions some really great places to visit if you like exploring the outdoors. I would highly recommend this book if you are a fan of hiking and or camping in the United States."
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    #8Desert Solitaire

    Desert Solitaire
    Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey is a passionate tale of a man who lived in a desert. With a lot of details and humor, this incredible book lets you reconsider your relationship with nature.
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    Larry Henry
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I'm not a huge fan of this book but it did take place in the American Southwest. If you need a book like this I guess that this will work. "
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    #9The Stonegate Sword

    The Stonegate Sword

    The Stonegate Sword is a Christian fantasy fiction and the first book in Stonegate series written by Harry James Fox. It is first published in 2015 by Foxware Publishing LLC.

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    Benjamín Barragán
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Fox has written a compelling tale of a future in which society has regressed back to medieval –like status where horses, swords and of course epic battles are par for the course. There is a strong religious theme throughout this novel and the author seamlessly communicates the nuances of the futuristic landscape he has created. A very interesting read, which will no doubt give the reader and deeply satisfying experience."
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    #10The False Prophet (Stonegate)

    The False Prophet (Stonegate)
    The False Prophet is the second book in the Christian fantasy series Stonegate written by Harry James Fox which continues the story of Donald, Rachel, Carla, and Philip.
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    Sara Powell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The False Prophet, by Harry James Fox, is set in a post-apocalyptic America where a plague wiped out a large majority of its inhabitants. The remaining populace, left angry and bitter, instigated wars and caused even more deaths while seeking retribution from various groups of people. With all remnants of modern civilization long gone, their society was essentially thrown back into the dark ages. At the opening of the book, the son of a mysterious prophet named Hiram Abaddon now seeks to continue his father’s legacy of dominion over any that do not support him. The book has Biblical references with the main opposition to Abbadon (the False Prophet) consisting of Christians. The story plays out like one would imagine the tribulation as discussed in the Bible, with Abbadon seemingly synonymous with the Antichrist. One man, Donald of Fisher, along with a group of comrades, sets off to gain support in the fight against The False Prophet. The book is definitely picks up speed as the story progresses; the first half is slow to build and relatively uneventful but does well to setup the rest of the story. In this way it reminds me of Game of Thrones, in that it was a lot of information upfront, but once you were caught up, you were hooked. When news reaches Prophet City that there is an uprising, the story line really picks up and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Right from his introduction in the story, The False Prophet’s character is intriguing and easy to hate. Which is a perfect setup and a stark contrast to Donald of Fisher. The fact that the False Prophet is easy to dislike and connect with as an enemy really helped to keep my interest piqued. Although I felt like Donald’s character could of used more depth, it could easily be that I wanted this depth because his character was also so intriguing and begged to be explored."

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Best What are the best books set in the American Southwest
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Going Back to BisbeeBooks 35 Paid
2The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its CanyonsBooks 30 Paid
3The Land of Little RainBooks 26 Paid
4The Never-Open Desert DinerBooks 24 Paid
5The Journey HomeBooks 15 Paid
6The Secret Knowledge of WaterBooks 12 Paid
7Down the RiverBooks 10 Paid
8Desert SolitaireBooks 4 Paid
9The Stonegate Sword Books 4 Paid
10The False Prophet (Stonegate)Books 1 Paid
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