10 Books Every Arizonan Should Read
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Inspired by Business Insider's map of the most famous book from every state, we put together our own list of 10 books every Arizonan should read, or at least have on the nightstand. We can get number one out of the way right up front -- it's Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees, which, according to the map, is the book our state is most famous for. Below are the other 9 selections, for your reading pleasure:
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The Trunk Murderess Winnie Ruth Judd by Jana Bommersbach
If you live here and you don't know the name Winnie Ruth Judd, you're in for a gruesome treat. Not only does Bommersbach's book offer up the bloody and mysterious story of Arizona's answer to Lizzie Borden, it also paints a vivid portrait of life in Arizona in the early part of the 20th century.
Capirotada by Alberto Álvaro Rios
Rios' memoir of growing up in Nogales, Arizona, and its mirror city, Nogales, Mexico, just across the border, would be required reading even if the man weren't our state's first poet laureate: Like the dish for which it's named, this uniquely Arizonan book is an improbable but delicious combination that defies categorization.