Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Summer Reading Program Starts Soon!


With a theme of “Our State, Our Story: Celebrating 100 Years of Arizona,” the Copper Queen Library’s free Summer Reading Program (SRP) for children ages 5-12 will begin on Wednesday, June 6, at 10:30am in the Children’s Library.

Registration is now open and will continue through the end of the program. While weekly attendance is encouraged, Bisbee children and out-of-town summer vacation visitors who are unable to attend every session are welcome to participate on a drop-in basis.

Meeting on Wednesday mornings from June 6 to July 25 from 10:30am–noon (with the exception of July 4), SRP will offer kids a creative and fun introduction to Arizona history with music, painting, poetry, crafts, and snacks. Programming is supported by the City of Bisbee and through the generosity of the Friends of the Copper Queen Library.

The schedule is:

June 6: Pat Rhoads – Paint Arizona in Watercolors
June 13:
Patty Wells – Arizona Gardening
June 20: Colleen Crowlie – Poetry & Collage Poetry Posters
June 27: Candace Benjamin – Early Arizona Pioneers
July 4: Closed for Independence Day
July 11: Pat Panther – Musical Morning With Pat
July 18: Patty Wells – 100 Years of Grade Schools in Arizona
July 25: Program Wrap-Up & Celebration

To register your child or family for the Summer Reading Program, pick up an SRP form and program brochure at the Library Circulation Desk. For more information, contact the Copper Queen Library at 432-4232.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Booklist's Reading List: Best Genre Adult Fiction, 2012

--Booklist Feature (First published in the March 1, 2012 issue of Booklist)

Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, the Reading List Council, consisting of librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development, selects an annual list of outstanding genre fiction. This list is made up of one title in eight different categories: Adrenaline (encompassing thrillers, suspense, and action/adventure); Fantasy; Historical Fiction; Horror; Mystery; Romance; Science Fiction; and Women’s Fiction. All titles were published in 2011.


Before I Go to SleepBefore I Go To Sleep. By S. J. Watson, HarperCollins, $25.99 (9780062060556).

Each morning, Christine wakes with no memory. From the clues she left herself, she tries to piece together her identity and sort lies from the truth. This novel’s unrelenting pace thrusts the reader into the confusion of a waking nightmare, in which revelations from Christine’s past lead to a frantic crescendo. Read-alikes: Tanya French’s The Likeness, Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island, and Memento (Summit Entertainment, 2000).

Shortlist: Now You See Me, by S. J. Bolton (St. Martin’s); Spiral, by Paul McEuen (Dial); The Woodcutter, by Reginald Hill (HarperCollins); and You’re Next, by Gregg Hurwitz (St. Martin’s).


The Night Circus. By Erin Morgenstern. Doubleday, $26.95 (9780385534635).

Le Cirque des Rêves is utterly unique, disappearing at dawn in one town only to mysteriously reappear in another. At the heart of the circus are two young magicians involved in a competition neither completely understands. The dreamlike atmosphere and vivid imagery make this fantasy unforgettable. Read-alikes: Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Shadow of the Wind, and The Prestige (Touchstone Pictures, 2006).

Shortlist: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown); The Magician King, by Lev Grossman (Viking); The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW); and Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes (Angry Robot).

Historical Fiction

DocDoc. By Mary Doria Russell. Random, $26 (9781400068043).

In the early days of Dodge City, a genteel, tubercular southern dentist forges a friendship with the infamous Earp brothers. Combining historical details and lyrical language, this gritty psychological portrait of gunslinger Doc Holliday reveals how the man became the legend. Read-alikes: Pete Dexter’s Deadwood, Gerald Kolpan’s Etta, and Robert B. Parker’s Gunman’s Rhapsody.

Shortlist: Bright and Distant Shores, by Dominic Smith (Pocket); Lionheart, by Sharon Kay Penman (Putnam); Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles (Viking); and The Sea Captain’s Wife, by Beth Powning (Penguin).


The Ridge. By Michael Koryta. Little, Brown, $24.99 (9780316053662).

The unexplained death of an eccentric lighthouse keeper in the isolated Kentucky woods, followed by a mysterious threat to a large nearby cat sanctuary, prompts an investigation by a journalist and the local sheriff. Palpable evil and a sense of dread drive this chilling tale. Read-alikes: Stephen Irwin’s Dead Path, Christopher Buehlman’s Those across the River, and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Harbor.

Shortlist: The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan (Knopf); The Night Strangers, by Chris Bohjalian (Crown); Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory (Del Rey); and The White Devil, by Justin Evans (HarperCollins).


Devotion of Suspect XThe Devotion of Suspect X. By Keigo Higashino. Minotaur, $24.99 (9780312375065).

An introverted mathematician matches wits with a brilliant former colleague to protect the neighbor he secretly adores from a murder charge. Although the reader knows the murderer’s identity from the beginning, this unconventional Japanese mystery remains a taut psychological puzzle. Read-alikes: Natsuo Kirino’s Out, John Verdon’s Think of a Number, and Sherlock (BBC, 2010–12).

Shortlist: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, by Sara Gran (Houghton); Killed at the Whim of a Hat, by Colin Cotterill (Minotaur); The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo (Knopf); and A Trick of the Light, by Louise Penny (Minotaur).


Silk Is for Seduction. By Loretta Chase. Avon, paper, $7.99 (9780061632686).

Ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirot will do almost anything to secure the patronage of the Duke of Clevendon’s intended bride. Neither her calculated business plan nor his campaign of seduction can withstand the force of their mutual attraction. Witty banter and strong-willed characters make this a memorable tale. Read-alikes: Madeline Hunter’s Dangerous in Diamonds, Elizabeth Hoyt’s The Raven Prince, and Judith Ivory’s Untie My Heart.

Shortlist: Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison (Berkley); A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal, by Meredith Duran (Pocket); My One and Only, by Kristin Higgins (Harlequin); and When Beauty Tamed the Beast, by Eloisa James (Avon).

Science Fiction

Leviathan Wakes. By James S. A. Corey. Orbit, paper $15.99 (9780316129084).

The missions of a jaded cop and a dedicated officer collide as the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. A mystery adds a noir touch to this space opera featuring deeply flawed yet heroic characters, nonstop action, and Earth versus Mars politics. Read-alikes: M. J. Locke’s Up against It, Peter Hamilton’s Pandora’s Star, and Paul J. McAuley’s The Quiet War.

Shortlist: Embassytown, by China Miéville (Del Rey); The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi (Tor); Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline (Crown); and When She Woke, by Hillary Jordan (Algonquin).

Women’s Fiction

The Language of FlowersThe Language of Flowers. By Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Ballantine, $25 (9780345525543).

A former foster child struggles to overcome a past filled with abuse, neglect, and anger. Communicating through the Victorian language of flowers allows her to discover hope, redemption, and a capacity for love. Damaged, authentic characters create emotional tension in this profoundly moving story. Read-alikes: Paula McLain’s Like Family (nonfiction); Helen Humphreys’ The Lost Garden, Janet Fitch’s White Oleander.

Shortlist: Deep Down True, by Juliette Fay (Penguin); Joy for Beginners, by Erica Bauermeister (Putnam); The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown (Putnam); and What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty (Penguin).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Over 100 New Titles Added to Collections

--CQL Acquisitions

The following items were added to the Copper Queen Library's collections this past month:


Adult Fiction (General)

Anaya, Rudolfo A. Randy Lopez goes home

Baldacci, David. Zero day

Brockmann, Suzanne. Force of nature

Foenkinos, David. Delicacy

Freveletti, Jamie. The ninth day

Froderberg, Susan. Old Border Road

Genova, Lisa. Left neglected

George, Alex. A good American

Gerritsen, Tess. The silent girl

Ivey, Eowyn. The snow child

Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer. Shards of memory

Koontz, Dean R. 77 Shadow Street

Krentz, Jayne Ann. Copper beach

Livesey, Margot. The flight of Gemma Hardy

Penney, Stef. The invisible ones

Rice, Anne. The wolf gift

Robards, Karen. Sleepwalker

Savage, Michael. Abuse of power

Urrea, Luis Alberto. Queen of America

Wolitzer, Hilma. An available man

Adult Fiction (Fantasy)

Hobb, Robin. City of dragons

Hobb, Robin. Dragon keeper

Martin, George R. R. A storm of swords

Martin, George R. R. A dance with dragons

Adult Fiction (Mystery)

Barr, Nevada. The rope

Clark, M. J. B. The look of love

Gardner, Lisa. Catch me

Grimes, Martha. The black cat: a Richard Jury mystery

Jance, Judith A. Left for dead

Johansen, Iris. Eve

Kaminsky, Stuart M. People who walk in darkness

Kellerman, Faye. Gun games

McCall Smith, Alexander. The Saturday big tent wedding party

O'Connell, Carol. The chalk girl

Patterson, James. Private: #1 suspect

Sallis, James. The killer is dying

Stabenow, Dana. Restless in the grave

Vachss, Andrew H. That's how I roll

Adult – Non-Fiction (All Subjects)

Ackerman, Diane. One hundred names for love: a stroke, a marriage, and the language of healing

Ashenburg, Katherine. The dirt on clean: an unsanitized history

Boo, Katherine. Behind the beautiful forevers

Brewer, Janice K. Scorpions for breakfast: my fight against special interests, liberal media, and cynical politicos to secure America's border

Cain, Susan. Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking

Davis, Kate. Raptors of the West: captured in photographs

Davis, Wade. Into the silence: the Great War, Mallory, and the conquest of Everest

Estabrook, Barry. Tomatoland: how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit

Foster, Thomas C. Twenty-five books that shaped America: how white whales, green lights, and restless spirits forged our national identity

Mad Coyote Joe. The Sonoran grill

Mueller, Tom. Extra virginity: the sublime and scandalous world of olive oil

Radford, Benjamin. Tracking the chupacabra: the vampire beast in fact, fiction, and folklore

Ross, Andrew. Bird on fire: lessons from the world's least sustainable city

Schenone, Laura. A thousand years over a hot stove: a history of American women told through food, recipes, and remembrances

Steiger, Brad. Real monsters, gruesome critters, and beasts from the darkside

Twain, Mark. Who is Mark Twain?

Willes, Margaret. Reading matters: five centuries of discovering books

Wolman, David. The end of money: counterfeiters, preachers, techies, dreamers-and the coming cashless society

Zalasiewicz, J. A. The planet in a pebble: a journey into Earth's deep history

Adult – Non-Fiction (Biography/Autobiography)

Bartok, Mira. The memory palace

Harrison, Olivia. George Harrison: living in the material world

Havens, Charnell. Quincy Tahoma: the life and legacy of a Navajo artist

Hendrickson, Paul. Hemingway's boat: everything he loved in life, and lost, 1934-1961

Iyer, Pico. The man within my head

Merrill, C. S. Weekends with O'Keeffe

Poppa, Terrence E. Druglord: the life and death of a Mexican kingpin

Rodriguez, Luis J. It calls you back: an odyssey through love, addictions, revolution, and healing

Rutter, Michael. Bedside book of bad girls: outlaw women of the Old West

Adult – Non-Fiction (Southwest Collection)

Bogener, Steve. Llano Estacado: an island in the sky

Cleere, Jan. Levi's & lace: Arizona women who made history

DeBuys, William Eno. A great aridness: climate change and the future of the American southwest

DeWitt, Dave. The southwest table: traditional cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona

Griffith, James S. A border runs through it: journeys in regional history and folklore

Heidinger, Lisa Schnebly. Arizona: 100 years grand

Lamberton, Ken. Dry river: stories of life, death, and redemption on the Santa Cruz

Maril, Robert Lee. The fence: national security, public safety, and illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border

Mullaly, Katie. Scare-izona: a travel guide to Arizona's spookiest spots

Niethammer, Carolyn J. Cooking the wild Southwest: delicious recipes for desert plants

Adult Non-Fiction (Southwest Collection: Biography)

Connors, Philip. Fire season: field notes from a wilderness lookout

Hayden, Julian D. Field man: life as a desert archaeologist

Kristofic, Jim. Navajos wear Nikes: a reservation life


Children’s – Easy

Diesen, Deborah. The pout-pout fish

Diesen, Deborah. The pout-pout fish in the big-big dark

Willems, Mo. Naked mole rat gets dressed

Juvenile – Fiction

DiTerlizzi, Tony. A giant problem

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The wyrm king

Hunter, Erin. Island of shadows

Hunter, Erin. The forgotten warrior

Lai, Thanhha. Inside out & back again

Lasky, Kathryn. Frost wolf

Ness, Patrick. A monster calls

Riordan, Rick. The red pyramid

Juvenile – Non-Fiction (All Subjects)

Boritzer, Etan. What is a family?

Exley, Lynda. Arizona, way out west & witty: awesome activities, humorous history, and fun facts

Young Adult – Fiction

Whaley, John Corey. Where things come back


Audiobooks – Fiction

Box, C. J. Force of nature

Cook, Robin. Death benefit

Crawford, Dean. Covenant

Crombie, Deborah. No mark upon her

Duenas, Maria. The time in between

Eco, Umberto. The Prague cemetery

Fforde, Jasper. The well of lost plots

Fluke, Joanne. Cinnamon roll murder

George, Elizabeth. Believing the lie

Jance, Judith A. Left for dead

Jin, Ha. Nanjing requiem

Kay, Guy Gavriel. The darkest road

McCall Smith, Alexander. The forgotten affairs of youth

O'Connell, Carol. The chalk girl

O'Nan, Stewart. The odds

Penney, Stef. The invisible ones

Shteyngart, Gary. The Russian debutante's handbook

Audiobooks – Non-Fiction

Dawkins, Richard. The magic of reality: how we know what's really true

Giffords, Gabrielle D. Gabby: a story of courage and hope

Movies (DVD) – Documentaries

Big cats collection

The dark ages

Jane Goodall's return to Gombe

Manufactured landscapes

The real dirt on Farmer John

Revenge of the electric car

Spirits of the jaguar

Movies (DVD) – Fiction


A better life

The big year



Children of a lesser god

Crazy, stupid, love

The descendants



The ides of March

J. Edgar

Love in the afternoon

Margin call

Midnight in Paris


My week with Marilyn

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: the lightning thief

Pixote: a lei do mais fraco = Pixote: the survival of the weakest

The adventures of Tintin



Water for elephants

Twilight: Breaking dawn (Part 1)

Travel Roundup: Spring Travel Guides, 2012

--by Brad Hooper (first published in Booklist, April 1, 2012)

Evidence, both anecdotal and statistical, leads us to believe that only the direst of circumstances will discourage travelers from traveling. And that is as it should be. May every horizon continue to open up for us. With that sentiment in mind, we offer our annual spring roundup of recommended titles that have appeared over the past six months. —Brad Hooper

DK Family Guide to LondonDK Eyewitness Travel Guides (DK, paper).

  • Family Guide: London. $25 (9780756689544).
  • Family Guide: New York City. $25 (9780756689551).
  • Family Guide: Paris. $25 (9780756689568).
  • Family Guide: Washington, D.C. $25 (9780756689575).

These guides bring DK’s usual visual and informational superiority to bear on how to give kids the best time in these fabulous cities.

Frommer’s Guides (Wiley, paper).

  • Australia. 18th ed. $26.99 (9781118065068).
  • Boston. $19.99 (9781118017210).
  • Honduras. 2d ed. $21.99 (9781118072752).
  • New York City. $19.99 (9781118027400).
  • Poland. 2d ed. $21.99 (9780470681602).
  • Seoul Day by Day. $13.99 (9780470931448).

Turn to a Frommer’s guide and you can rest assured you will find reliable information and guidance, all presented with good spirit.

A Grand Tour of Gardens: Traveling in Beauty through Western Europe and the United States. By Annie Sinkler Whaley LeClercq. Univ. of South Carolina, $29.95 (9781611170689).

Very stylish two- to three-page essays on historic gardens of particular note in the U.S. and Europe make up this lovely guide.

Great British Pubs. By Adrian Tierney-Jones. IPG, paper, $23.95 (9781852492656).

One of the things Britain is synonymous with in the traveler’s mind is pubs, and more than 200 of those hallowed institutions for socializing are profiled in this comprehensive guide.

Contemporary New York City ArchitectureGuide to Contemporary New York City Architecture. By John Hill. Norton, paper, $29.95 (9780393733266).

The Big Apple is an architectural heaven, and visitors and natives alike will appreciate this very nicely illustrated and quite comprehensive guide to architectural gems big and small throughout the five-borough area.

Hidden Gardens of Paris: A Guide to the Parks, Squares, and Woodlands of the City of Light. St. Martin’s/Griffin, paper, $19.99 (9780312673338).

The gardens of Paris offer an additional level of delight when visiting the French capital, and this hospitable guide takes you to places you might not have found on your own.

Interlink Guides (Interlink, paper).

  • Cadogan Guide: Bilboa and the Basque Lands. 5th ed. $21.95 (9781566568807).
  • Cadogan Guide: Marrakesh, Fez, and Rabat. 2d ed. $21.95 (9781566568203).
  • Café Life: London. $20 (9781566568852).
  • Cambridge: A Cultural and Literary History. $15 (9781566565417).
  • Jewish London. $17.95 (9781566569002).
  • The Roman Provence Guide. $20 (9781566568968).
  • The Rome Guide: Step by Step through the Art, Culture, and History of the Eternal City. $25 (9781566568364).
  • A Traveller’s History of Oxford. $14.95 (9781566564670).
  • A Traveller’s History of Poland. $14.96 (9781566566551).

This series of travel guides continues to exhibit flair of presentation, width of geographical and activity coverage, and general high-level informativeness.

Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints. By Mike Urban. Countryman, paper, $18.95 (9780881509991).

The book’s subtitle pretty much says it all: 75 three-page profiles of the best places that serve lobster, with each entry enticingly illustrated.

Museyon Guides (Museyon, paper).

  • Chronicles of Old Boston. $19.95 (9780984633401).
  • Chronicles of Old Las Vegas. $18.95 (9780984633418).
  • Chronicles of Old Paris. $19.95 (9780984633425).

Through the personal stories of many individuals who had strong affiliations with these three cities, the colorful history of each place is evoked.

National Geographic Guides (National Geographic, paper).

  • Guide to National Parks of the United States. 7th ed. $26 ((78142620869).
  • The 10 Best of Everything. 3d ed. $21.95 (9781426208676).
  • Walking London. $14.95 (9781426208706).
  • Walking New York. $14.95 (978142620873).
  • Walking Paris. $14.95 (978142620873).
  • Walking Rome. $14.95 (9781426208720).

Nat Geo guides are known for their exquiste illustrations, and these new entries in the line-up are no exceptions. The walking guides are portable and easy to follow and gorgeous to look at; the national parks guide is indispensable for pre-trip planning; and the 10-best book (international in scope) is a greatly informative and enjoyable guide to such things as best hamburgers, shopping avenues, cathedrals, and literary tours.

Oddball IllinoisOddball Illinois: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places. 2d ed. Chicago Review, paper, $16.95 (9781613740323).

Does Illinois strike you as a rather bland state? Prepare to be disabused of that notion when you investigate the pages of this fun guide to all kinds of quirky places to see in the Prairie State, from a Superman statue to a two-story outhouse.

A People’s Guide to Los Angeles. By Laura Pulido and others. Univ. of California, paper, $27.95 (9780520270817).

This is not your usual roundup of traditional tourist sites in L.A. but, instead, a unique and vastly informative guide to places of interest and importance in the struggles of race, labor, gender, and the environment.

Places of Faith: A Road Trip across America’s Religious Landscape. By Christopher P. Scheitle and Roger Finke. Oxford, $27.95 (9780199791521).

Handsomely formatted, this guide takes readers on a cross-country tour of churches, synagogues, Islamic centers, and other places of faith in small towns and rural areas.

A Route 66 Companion. Ed. by David King Dunaway. Univ. of Texas, paper, $19.95 (9780292726604).

What a fun book for pre- or post-trip reading: an anthology of fiction, poetry, memoir, and oral history about legendary Route 66, written by a great selection of outstanding writers, including Joan Didion, John Steinbeck, and Henry Miller.

Sterling Guides (Sterling/Anova).

  • The Cathedrals of England. $24.95 (9781849940290).
  • The Spirit of London. $24.95 (9781849940283).

These are two very special books: facsimiles of titles originally published in the 1930s and considered classics of travel literature, they may be used quite successfully as pre- or post-trip pleasure reading; after all, England’s capital city and cathedrals throughout the land have endured and will continue to do so!

Volunteer VacationsVolunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others. By Bill McMillon and others. 11th ed. Chicago Review, paper, $18.95 (9781569768419).

If you want to take a trip that is more than just a self-indulgence and want to do some good for people other than yourself, consult this comprehensive guide to organizations and outfits that cater to travelers’ interests in helping others.

The World’s Most Haunted Places. By Jeff Belanger. 2d ed. New Page, paper, $15.99 (9781601631930).

The supernatural in all its manifestations is increasingly popular, and to make a vacation out of taking in particularly haunted sites from all over the world, including the White House and the great ocean liner Queen Mary, can only be fun.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Library Offers Online Historical Newspapers

--by Peg White

The Copper Queen Library is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our new digital newspaper collection. Titled America’s Historical Newspapers and providing access to over 1,000 newspapers from 1690-1922, this collection is provided free to CQL patrons.

America’s Historical Newspapers is the most comprehensive digital newspaper resource available. Created through partnerships with the American Antiquarian Society, the Library of Congress, the Wisconsin Historical Society and more than 90 other institutions, it offers searchable digital facsimiles of thousands of titles from all 50 states, including Arizona. With eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, and obituaries and more, this collection uniquely chronicles the evolution of American culture and daily life from 1690 to the recent past.

The America’s Historical Newspapers database enables library patrons to easily search and browse archived news articles, editorials, reviews, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries, and a variety of special sections. Patrons can use this resource for general reference or to research local and national issues, events, people, government, education, arts, business, sports, real estate, and much more.

As the first draft of history, American newspapers have preserved essential records and detailed accounts of the people, issues and events that shaped the nation for hundreds of years. In the 1800s, American newspapers were often published by small-town printers and reflected the interests and values of the communities they served. But as the country grew and changed, so too did its newspapers. In the 19th century, the number of titles published rose dramatically, and newspapers were transformed by an increasing emphasis on society, industry, scientific advances, investigative journalism, and human-interest stories. By the early 20th century, nearly every town in the United States had its own newspaper – and many of the stories from those local newspapers were picked up regionally or even nationally (as a search of “Bisbee, Arizona” will show, for example: “Explosion at the Denn Mine: Eight Thousand Pounds of Dynamite Go off No One Killed;” Duluth News-Tribune, January 6, 1907, page 7).

With America’s Historical Newspapers, national and local history truly come alive. Search for “George Washington” or “Paul Revere” or “witchcraft,” “Spanish influenza” or “prohibition” or “Bisbee stage robbery” and see stories as they actually appeared in newspapers around the country (and all the other stories and ads that appeared on the same page!).

America’s Historical Newspapers can be searched on library workstations or on home computers by Dates & Eras, Article Types, Languages, Places of Publication, and/or Newspaper Titles. To get started, visit the library’s web page and click the America’s Historical Newspapers button (home users will be asked to sign in with their library barcode).

For more information, please contact the Copper Queen Library at 432-4232.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Arizona Centennial Titles in CQL's Rare Books Collection

--by Jason Macoviak

As the oldest continuously-operating public library in Arizona, the Copper Queen Library has purposefully preserved many rare and interesting volumes from the 19th and early 20th centuries in the Rare Books Collection, housed in the Library Meeting Room on the second floor.

The Copper Queen Library is celebrating this year’s Centennial by highlighting some of the most interesting titles in our Rare Books Collection that were published in 1912. These are the books that the citizens of Bisbee were reading and discussing in the mines and on the streets as Arizona was officially ushered into statehood on February 14, 1912.

The Loss of the SS Titanic: Its Story and Its Lessons
By Lawrence Beesley (1877-1967)

Published within months of the sinking of the Titanic, Beesley’s highly successful memoir tells his first-hand account of the tragedy as a passenger on the SS Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage across the Atlantic. It was published by the Houghton Mifflin Company of New York.

Bessley, a widower, left his young son to sail to America for holiday aboard the Titanic. He was in his cabin reading when it struck the iceberg just before midnight on Sunday, April 14. After the collision, Beesley boarded Lifeboat 13 and was lowered into the icy Atlantic with 63 other passengers. After four hours, the lifeboat was rescued by SS Carpathia, and Beesley became one of 705 people who survived the wreck. The now-famous disaster claimed the lives of 1,314 people.

The Concrete House and Its Construction
By Maurice M. Sloan

Until the end of the 18th century, concrete had seen little development since the basic lime mixture of Roman times. But by the middle of the 19th century, companies were beginning to make significant changes in their manufacturing systems, leading to the creation of modern cement and concrete. This system was developed and perfected by Portland Cement, which also became the publisher of Sloan’s book.

In his book, Sloan states the advantages of the concrete house and discusses architectural design, details of construction, and operations in the construction field. He also includes calculations and tables, making this the one-stop reference guide to the “new” construction.

Four-Footed Americans
By Mabel Osgood Wright (1859-1934)

Best known for founding the Connecticut Audobon Society in 1898 and her numerous children’s books and nature writings, Wright dedicated her life to the preservation and promotion of natural beauty. Much of the material to which she gave attractive literary expression she found in the large garden at her home in Fairfield, Connecticut.

In her children’s book, Four-Footed Americans, Wright paints a colorful picture of the natural world, as a family and their friends spend Fall and Winter at Orchard Farm and become acquainted with their “four-footed” friends of the outdoor world, including a “mischief-making” family of squirrels. The book was illustrated by Ernest Seton Thomas, who was an early pioneer of the modern school of animal fiction writing, and was published by The Macmillan Company of New York.

The Desert
John Van Dyke (1856-1932)

In the early Summer of 1898, John Van Dyke, an asthmatic 42-year-old art historian and critic, rode an Indian pony out of the Hemet Valley and headed southeast into the Colorado Desert. With his dog, his guns, and few supplies, Van Dyke wandered, mostly alone, for nearly three years across the deserts of California, Arizona, and Mexico. He sought both health and beauty in the dry country and wrote that the desert “never had a sacred poet; it has in me only a lover.”

Widely acclaimed by noted authors such as Edward Abbey and Joseph Krutch, Van Dyke’s book, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons of New York, is often considered a masterpiece of personal philosophy, containing precise scientific analyses of diverse phenomena (from erosion to sky colors) and prescient ruminations on the nature of civilization.

The Indians of the Terraced Houses
By Charles Francis Saunders (1859-1941)

Taken from his personal experiences and observations during a sojourn of several years among the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona, Saunders’ book is told in the form of a travel narrative and includes about 50 illustrations from photographs taken by the author and his companion, E.H. Saunders. It was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons of New York.

At the center of Saunders’ book is his attempt to paint a new and appropriate view of the American Indian, not as “the warpath-treading, scalp-raising stock of the novels and Wild West shows,” but as “experienced stonehouse builders and town-dwellers, devotees of peace and order, with a fairly well-developed civilization of their own.” He also tried to raise awareness to the defects he saw in the then-present policy of the American Government in regard to the Indians. Saunders wrote: “If any steps are to be taken, they need to be taken quickly; for the native arts and customs of the Pueblos and their individuality as a people have suffered more in the last decade or two of Washington than during the whole three centuries of Spanish domination.”

The Forester’s Manual
Ernest Thomas Seton (1860-1946)

Born in Scotland and raised in Toronto, Seton was a noted author, wildlife artist, naturalist, and a founding pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America. Over the course of his life, Seton created thousands of drawings and sketches of animals and Native American subjects, wrote more than 75 fiction and nonfiction books, and published thousands of scientific articles on animals, nature, and conservation in the environment. His most famous work of fiction, Wild Animals I Have Known, has been continuously in print since its original publication in 1898.

Published by the Country Life Press in New York, The Forester’s Manual was meant to serve as a guidebook (“not a Botany”) to the forest trees of eastern North America. Seton writes in his preface: “In it I am to give the things that appealed to me as a boy: First the identification of the tree, second where it is found, third its properties and uses, and last, various interesting facts about it.”

Pioneer Mothers of America
Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green

Published as a two-volume set by Putnam’s Sons of New York, Pioneer Mothers of America served as a record of the “more notable women of the early days of the country.” According to the Greens, it was prepared not only to perpetuate the memory of these women, “but to accentuate the lessons they have left behind in the making of good citizens and broader and better men and women.”

Featured in Volume 1 are the “Women of the Pioneer Days,” which includes Pocahontas, Priscilla Mullins of Plymouth (“The Maiden of the Mayflower”), and Ann Hutchinson (“America’s First Club Woman”). Featured in Volume 2 are the “Splendid Women of ’76,” which includes Martha Washington, Molly Pitcher, and Mary Redmont (“The Little Blackeyed Rebel”).

Three Wonderlands of the American West
Thomas D. Murphy (1866-1928)

With sixteen color reproductions from original paintings by Thomas Moran, Murphy’s “notes of a traveler” covers the beauty and grandeur of the West’s Big Three (Yellowstone Park, Yosemite National Park, and the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River) - a “land of weird mountains, crystal cataracts, and emerald rivers, all glowing with a riot of color that seems more like an iridescent dream than a sober reality.”

Published in 1912 by L.C. Page and Company of Boston (seven years before the Grand Canyon was named a national park), Three Wonderlands of the American West offered readers their first look at these wonders - for in addition to the paintings, Murphy included 32 duogravures from photographs, as well as maps of the regions. Of the Grand Canyon, Murphy writes: “It is so unlike anything else on Earth that the most hardened traveler is unprepared for its revelations; nowhere else has he seen - or may he see - its match for strangeness and beauty in color and form.” (p. 110)

Cowboy Lyrics: The Roundup Edition
Robert V. Carr (1877-1931)

Born in South Dakota, Robert Carr, also known as the “Cowboy Poet,” did not write his lyrics of the western cattle range from the window of a Pullman, or in ease and comfort. He came by his knowledge of cowboy life through experience and observation. In an interview published in the Desert News of Salt Lake City in 1913, Carr explained: “I believe I was about 14 years old when, in addition to an overpowering ambition to be a cowboy, I began to cherish fond hopes of becoming a writer. Possessing a couple of Indian ponies, I drifted from ranch to ranch, from cow outfit to cow outfit, and when I was not annoying the cooks, I was scribbling poetry.”

In Cowboy Lyrics, his third and final book, Carr poeticizes ranch and range life with lyrics that capture the spirit of the cowboy and life lived in the wild and untamed west, with poems like “When Cowboys Jest,” “Love Lyrics of a Cowboy,” and “Voices of the Wolf.” Carr spent the rest of his literary career writing cowboy fiction for Western periodicals, such as True West and Frontier. Cowboy Lyrics was published by The Small, Maynard & Company of Boston and was dedicated to the “Range Riders.”

The Dog Book
James Watson (1845-1915)

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Watson began breeding Collies there and continued with the breed in this country. His Ch. Glengarry was the first American dog to win the breed at Westminster. When he died at age 70, he left his extensive library of personal notes and evaluations of dogs to the American Kennel Club, of which he was a founder. He also served as editor of the American Kennel Register and the American Kennel Gazette and was one of the founders of both the Collie Club of America and the American Spaniel Club. He imported the first Irish Terrier to the U.S. and was responsible for giving the Boston Terrier breed its name.

Considered the most important early American work on dogs, The Dog Book, published by Doubleday, Page and Company of New York, describes the popular history of the dog and offers practical information as to the care and management of house, kennel, and exhibition dogs, as well as descriptions of “all important breeds.” It is illustrated from photographs, paintings, and rare engravings.

The Spider Book
John Henry Comstock (1849-1931)

The self-proclaimed naturalist attended Cornell University just one year after they opened their doors and was asked to teach entomology classes there before he even had the chance to graduate. Over the course of his long career, Comstock became the eminent researcher of entomology and arachnology. But it may be said that Comstock’s greatest contribution lay in his influence as a teacher, which came about through his written word and personal influence on the “first generation” of entomologists trained in the U.S. and through their subsequent influence on the following generation.

In The Spider Book, published by Doubleday, Page and Company of New York, Comstock explores the magical and often misunderstood world of spiders and their close relatives, scorpions. In his Introduction, the author writes: “Of all of our little neighbors of the fields there are none that are more universally shunned and feared than spiders, and few that deserve it less.”