Winner of the Western States Book Award for Creative Nonfiction
From Tucson to Bisbee is only a hundred-mile trip through the basin and range country of southeastern Arizona, but Richard Shelton makes it a memorable ride through time and experience. . . a memoir rich in the history of the area and in wisdom about the natural world. . . . Shelton has a generous sense of humor, a clear vision of the world and, ultimately, wonderful stories to tell.
Michael Pearson, New York Times Book Review
Humor, poignancy, humaneness, word magicthese all make Going Back To Bisbee
fit company with Dillard, Eiseley, Abbey, and Graves. . . . A beautiful book.
Journal of the West
A poet of elegance and precision.
Poet-professor Shelton offers his first full-length prose workand it's cause for celebration. . . . recalls the violent history of this long-isolated border area. . . . Shelton's literary touch is sure, and he seemingly achieves his effectsnostalgic, witty, inspirationalwith little effort. A delightful companion piece to Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence
He's a magician, hypnotizing his audience one moment with a tribute to coyotes, then waking them to a discussion of the Apache wars. . . . Shelton possesses great generosity of soul, a gift for observation, and golden sense of humor.
A powerful annal of place. . . . Shelton imbues landscapes, flora and fauna with resonance, imprinting themes of memory, history and human nature in the reader's mind. . . . Shelton knows the lore and life of Southern Arizona, and his diction, both precise and evocative, reflects his poetic skills.
There's so much in this book to discover, so many evocative passages and entertaining side trips.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
A heartfelt memoir, a spectacular natural and social history of a spectacular land. It is as fine a book as you will read this year.
San Diego Tribune
It enriches the life of the reader by reminding him of his own past. . . . A lyrical search to determine what has happened during a life lived and experienced.
El Paso Times