10 Books Every Arizonan Should Read

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The Trunk Murderess Winnie Ruth Judd by Jana Bommersbach If you live here and you don't know the name Winnie Ruth Judd, you're in for a gruesome treat. Not only does Bommersbach's book offer up the bloody and mysterious story of Arizona's answer to Lizzie Borden, it also paints a vivid portrait of life in Arizona in the early part of the 20th century.

Capirotada by Alberto Álvaro Rios Rios' memoir of growing up in Nogales, Arizona, and its mirror city, Nogales, Mexico, just across the border, would be required reading even if the man weren't our state's first poet laureate: Like the dish for which it's named, this uniquely Arizonan book is an improbable but delicious combination that defies categorization.

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