The Call of the Canyon (University of Arizona Press, $24.95)

Ladies of the Canyons cover

What do you get when you combine gutsy bravado, a genteel Victorian society background and the rugged backdrop of the Southwestern cultural landscape? You get a colorful mosaic of New Mexico and the Four Corners region during the early years of the 20th century. Lesley Poling-Kempes’ Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest is a wonderful and inspiring story of women who wanted more to their lives than that set in their rather tedious, staid world. Women will love the book; and men can’t help but admire the rare and admirable ladies who came west and never looked back. It is a fitting tribute to the land and peoples of the Southwest and those who challenged their own society, embraced and enriched their new wild canyon country and who thrived because of it.

Lynda Sanchez, author of Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico: From the Sacred Mountain

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