Nancy's Travelblogue

... there isn't a train I wouldn't take, no matter where it's going. -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Location: California, United States

Thursday, May 26, 2005


*Travel east on I10 from Tucson to Benson
*Get off on Ocotillo Road and turn left. Travel north for 2 ½ miles. If it feels like you are leaving town and traveling into nowhere, then you are on the right track.
*Just about the time you think you’ve got the directions all wrong, you will see a dirt road marked Singing Wind Road on your right. Turn onto it.
*Travel on this dirt road until you come to an unpretentious ranch home at the left fork in the road. If you look carefully you will see a small sign, Books on the Southwest. That is the only clue you are in the right place.
*When you get the ranch house ring the big iron bell at the entrance, and just to on inside.

Start browsing right away, because very shortly proprietress Win Bundy will come to greet you and give you a tour, shelf by shelf, from American history to desert zoology -- specializing but not limited to the Southwest.

Win is as interesting as the books she sells, though she would be dismayed to hear me say it. With masters degrees in library science and history, she says she would be good acquisitions librarian., and indeed she would.

She has lived on this ranch for 50 years and raises natural beef along with selling books. She is a matchmaker of sorts. Her life passion is to hook up the right book with the right reader. She pulled out an armful of books she though would be good for me. Of those I chose three about New Mexico:

The Milagro Beanfield war / John Nichols. (Henry Holt, 2000)
Los Alamos : a novel / Joseph Kanon. (Dell, 1997)
The Cloud-climbing railroad / Dorothy Jensen Neal (Texan Western Press, 2001)


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