Library Journal - Library JournalThese two books, the latest in the ``Geographic Series'' offered by the publisher, bring the collection to over 40 titles covering 19 states. The books feature stunning photographs on every page and informative, readable text. The series covers landscape, history, and current conditions in the area, but the books are not written to a formula. New Mexico focuses on the past and present cultures of the state, from the Anasazi pueblo dwellers to more recent American Indians and Anglo settlers. This work portrays the architectural, economic, geological, biological, and cultural forces that have shaped the area and its peoples. Texas's Big Bend Country , by describing a sparsely settled area, naturally has a different emphasis. Here the focus is on the geology and natural history of this isolated bit of frontier. This is the story of abandoned mines and ghost towns, of the land and its few human but many animal and vegetable inhabitants. These are books for armchair travelers, or for reading as background for a trip, or just for browsing and remembering. The prices are remarkably reasonable, considering the numerous color photographs. For general collections.--Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
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