Book Club Kit: Going Back to Bisbee

Going Back to BisbeeGoing Back to Bisbee
by Richard Shelton
First Published: 1992 (OneBookAZ 2007)
7 Copies & Reading Guide

Richard Shelton first came to southeastern Arizona in the 1950s as a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. He soon fell in love with the region and upon his discharge found a job as a schoolteacher in nearby Bisbee. Now a university professor and respected poet living in Tucson, still in love with the Southwestern deserts, Shelton sets off for Bisbee on a not-uncommon day trip. Along the way, he reflects on the history of the area, on the beauty of the landscape, and on his own life.

Reading Guide:
OneBookAZ – Includes Themes and Discussion Questions
ReadingGroupGuides – General questions for Memoirs

Publishers WeeklyReviewed 05/04/1992
Kirkus Reviews – “Editor Review” – June 1, 1992

Richard Shelton’s Website:

More about Bisbee and Southeastern Arizona:
Bisbee – City of Bisbee, Wikipedia, Visitor Center, & Chamber of Commerce
Ghost Towns – Cochise County, Santa Cruz County, Pima County
Discover Southeast Arizona – Old Tombstone, Ghost Towns, and more.

More OneBookAZ picks:
2011: Hopi Summer: Letters From Ethel to Maud by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis
2010: The Trunk Murderess, Winnie Ruth Judd by Jana Bommersbach
2009: Capirotada: A Nogales Memoir by Alberto Rios
2008: These Is My Words (Book Club Kit) by Nancy E. Turner
2006: An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg
2002: Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

OneBookAZ Kids selections:
2011: Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
2010: The Three Little Javelinas/Los Tres Pequeños Jabalíes by Susan Lowell, illustrated by Jim Harris
2009: Hip, Hip, Hooray, It’s Monsoon Day!/¡Ajúa, ya llegó el chubasco! by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
2008: Danger in the Desert by Terri Fields
2007: Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

Book Club Kit: The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison CountyThe Bridges of Madison County
by Robert James Waller
First Published: 1992
5 Copies & Reading Guide

Robert Kincaid, a photographer and free spirit, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, reveal what it is like to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.

Reading Guide:
Dynamics Book Discussion Club – Includes Author Info and Discussion Questions

Reviews and Articles:
Entertainment Weekly – “Book Review” by L.S. Klepp and “A Bridge Too Far” by Mark Harris
The Independent (UK) – “Cowbore of Yesteryear” by Nicolette Jones

More about those bridges:
Wikipedia – Madison County, Iowa, Covered Bridge – Covered Bridges of Madison County, Iowa

Read the book? Want to see the movie? Check the catalog to see if your local library has a copy!

If you enjoyed The Bridges of Madison County, you might like:
A Thousand Country Roads: An Epilogue to The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Book Club Kit) by Audrey Niffenegger