Going Back to Bisbeeby Richard Shelton
"Humor, poignancy, humaneness, word magic--these all make Going Back To Bisbee fit company with Dillard, Eiseley, Abbey, and Graves. . . . A beautiful/i>/i>
"A memorable ride through time and experience from booming Tucson to struggling Bisbee, Ariz., with fascinating sidetracks into botany, history and biology."--New York Times Book Review
"Humor, poignancy, humaneness, word magic--these all make Going Back To Bisbee fit company with Dillard, Eiseley, Abbey, and Graves. . . . A beautiful book."--Journal of the West
"Shelton's literary touch is sure, and he seemingly achieves his effects--nostalgic, witty, inspirational--with little effort."--Kirkus Review
"A poet of elegance and precision."--Harvard Review
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Now this is one of those light reads that will linger for years. It made me want to go. I feel like I went with him. So chillingly written. So easy to read. so worth the time.
Shelton is an artist who takes us into his mind and soul and brings understanding and enlightenment to what we see of the southwest and the human spirit
Reading Mr. Shelton's book back to Bisbee was like sitting in the passenger seat of 'old Blue' his trusty van and listening to a master storyteller take you on a journey through time and place in a way that leaves a true appreciation for the desert southwest and the 'funky' little town of Bisbee - it certainly explains a lot about my first impressions of Bisbee - like the shops that tend to open 'when they want to' and close 'when they feel like it' - I loved this book and thank you very much for the journey Mr. Shelton!
Richard Shelton is probably the best poet in the Southwest. His books on the Sonoran desert and the odd surrealistic quality of his verse have captured everyone who has lived there. His prose is less well-known, but this book is in the process of changing all that. Even though the book has been out for a few years, I just got around to reading it after reviewing Michael Hogan's 'Mexican Mornings' where he encapsulates Shelton's work in a loving essay. There is in Shelton's prose the delight and enthusiasm of a popular and gifted teacher as he takes us 'back to Bisbee, historically and literally, travelling through space and time in an old pickup,through the desert, up the Mule Mountains, and then down into this old Phelps-Dodge mining town which, next to San Miguel Allende, is probably the most charming village on the continent. Let's hope it stays that way and that, as Shelton's readers increase in the 21st century, Bisbee itself stays pristine in its 19th century time warp.