This study is built on the foundational premise that history matters: that social factors were critical elements—just as important as deteriorating climate, increasing population, and resource stress—in the decision by different groups to leave the region. Glowacki synthesizes the results of an impressive variety of analyses.
—Patrick D. Lyons, co-editor of Migrants and Mounds: Classic Period Archaeology of the Lower San Pedro Valley
Glowacki presents arguments for how the 1200s were experienced using settlement patterns and architectural patterns as her primary data source. Glowacki's historical landscapes are a combination of built environment, physiography, agricultural success, population density, and population change.
—Sarah Schlanger, editor of Traditions, Transitions, and Technologies: Themes in Southwestern Archaeology
Glowacki's book singularly captures the sweep of the histories that resulted in the massive migrations to the south.
—Journal of Anthropological Research
Living and Leaving is a well-argued and coherent account, supported with primary data and illustrated with striking black-and-white photographs that give a sense of the landscape.
—New Book Chronicle