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Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton
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Mar 20, 2007

it was ok

I think I'm off of memoirs. Sheldon's book is a combo memoir/travel writing piece that is at base pretty pedestrian. There are some interesting snippets of history about the San Pedro Valley and that's all well and good, but I found myself not really engaged in the author's solipsistic reveries about "place." He's also a poet, and the several excerpts of his poetry woven into the text are just terrible. Trite musings I can handle, but bad poetry, well, that just eclipses any enjoyment from the text whatsoever.

This was the OneBook AZ selection for 2007, so I felt compelled to read it (that, and its been on my shelf for years). I'm not sure who on the Humanities Council and Library and Archives actually selects the books for this event, but every year they become more and more boring- not at all the entree into reading they are meant to be.

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