Arizona… in books


As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Arizona.

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver


Barbara Kingsolver is one of the most well-known modern American writers, and with good reason. This novel focuses on a woman who travels back to her hometown in Arizona. While there, she has to deal with an ailing father, an environmental catastrophe, and a new man.

The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd by Jana Bommersback


Winnie Ruth Judd was convicted of murdering her two best friends in the early 1930s. This non-fiction book re-examines her case as well as spending some time looking into Arizona during that time period.

Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton


Richard Shelton is a poet that moved to Arizona in the 1950s and fell in love with the area. This book is his way of telling the world why.

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea


I imagine this is a difficult book to read, but I think it’s one that is important. This non-fiction book is about a group of 26 men crossing the Mexico-America border into Arizona. Only 12 were left alive.

Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest by Sandra Day O’Connor


Sandra Day O’Connor might be a name that you recognize – she was the first woman to serve on the American Supreme Court. This memoir is about her childhood growing up on a ranch in Arizona.

Drowning Tucson by Aaron Michael Morales


Drowning Tucson is a novel set in 1980s Arizona in a particularly rough neighborhood.

What are your favorite books set in Arizona? Let me know in the comments!

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