Literary

10 Books Every Arizonan Should Read

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The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea Extra points for reading this true story of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, not only because it was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a national bestseller, but because it's on the reading list for the now banned Ethnic Studies course in Tucson public schools.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie This kickass collection includes the story "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," on which the movie Smoke Signals is based. Like Urrea, Alexie is an author whose work was part of the Ethnic Studies course that was banned in Tucson, about which Alexie had this to say: "In the effort to vanish our books, Arizona has actually given them enormous power. Arizona has made our books sacred documents now."

Weird Arizona: Your Travel Guide to Arizona's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Wesley Treat The title says it all -- and the guide lives up to it.

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