We have visited several bookstores on our journey and just came home on threat of rain from the Crave coffee shop. We spent the longest time poring over our finds to the sound of thunder and sight of darkening sky.
However I brought several books with me, also.
- The Route 66 Cookbook, Marian Clark, which I have been using as a guidebook to find unique places.
- Indian Arts of the Southwest, Susanne and Jake Page, information on local reservations and the crafts particular tribes create.
- Story Structure Architect, Victoria Schmidt, as I revise my stories.
- Falcon's Haunt, Carol Warburton, a gothic novel set in historical Mexico. I always like to read a novel related to my vacation locale, and this was my closest find. I did however finish The Turquoise Mask, by Phyllis Whitney, last summer, which described Albuquerque and the surrounding countryside vividly.
From Collected Works, Santa Fe:
- A Taste of Enchantment: Treasured Recipes from the Junior League of Albuquerque. It was quite expensive, but my souvenir from the journey. I try to find a local cookbook whenever I travel. The recipes are elegant, with numerous photos of gracious, inspiring decor.
From Big Star Bookstore, Santa Fe:
- The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. This will help me when building character names.
- Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin, Marion Meade. A research work for women of the 1920's, mainly as I revise The Siren.
From Bird Song Bookstore, Albuquerque:
- High-spirited Women of the West, Anne Seagraves. Ever since I picked this up I have been glued to it.
- Westering Women and the Frontier Experience 1800-1915, Sandra L. Myres. Another research work, mainly for my novel The Swindler.
There were so many others I wanted. It was difficult to keep the numbers down. When I get home I am going to start setting reading goals and priorities; however, High-spirited Women of the West may be read already by then.