True Stories by Terry Tempest Williams, Tony Hillerman, Barbara Kingsolver, Edward Abbey, Colin Fletcher, Alex Shoumatoff, and many more
Edited by Sean O’Reilly and James O’ReillyWhile the physical boundaries of the American Southwest encompass the states of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, the spiritual and atmospheric impact of the region is far more vast. Travelers’ Tales American Southwest, a gathering of true tales by leading Southwest authors and emerging writers, brings to life this complex and compelling region. As one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, the Southwestern United States is known for its rugged spiritual landscape, wide open spaces and magical call to adventure. In places remote and arid, in others mountainous and lush, the Southwest has long lured explorers and writers of all ages.

From an illuminating horseback ride through Apache land in Arizona to a visit with Las Vegas magicians Siegfried and Roy, the true stories in American Southwest come together to create a literary roadmap of the region. There is something for every type of reader and traveler in the book, whether curious, daring, skeptical, nature loving, cautious, young or experienced. With an introduction by the editors, and with stories spanning the spiritual to the edgy and adventurous, American Southwest includes some of today’s most exciting and fresh writing about the Southwest.

In Travelers’ Tales American Southwest, readers will:

  • Walk in beauty with Alex Shoumatoff as he explores the world of the Navajo
  • Experience the importance and power of water with Edward Abby in Utah
  • Feel the heartbeat of ancient culture with Tony Hillerman in Canyon de Chelly
  • Discover a new freedom horseback riding with Apaches with Susan Hazen-Hammond
  • Live in harmony with the beasts and the heat in Tuscon with Barbara Kingsolver
  • Fly above fabled terrain with Mariana Gosnell in a single-engine plane
  • Experience the mysterious healing power of the desert with Belden C. Lane
  • …and much more.

The book includes a resource section with information on weather, local dos and don’ts, recommended reading and contacts. Travelers’ Tales American Southwest provides close-up encounters with this compelling region, and truly answers the question “What’s it like to be there?”

About the Editors

Sean O’Reilly has co-edited numerous books in the Travelers’ Tales series, ranging from extreme adventure (Danger!) to the life of the spirit (The Road Within). He is the co-editor of many of Travelers’ Tales country and city guides, including France, Paris, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. He lives in Arizona with his family.

James O’Reilly, president and co-publisher of Travelers’ Tales, wrote mystery serials before becoming a travel writer in the early 1980’s. He’s visited more than 40 countries and co-edited many Travelers’ Tales books, winning eight awards for excellence. James lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best in travel and spiritual writing from world-famous authors to new and emerging writers. Our goal is to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The series includes: country and regional guides; books which explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; Footsteps: The Soul of Travel, a series that features single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a new series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a whole new audience. Travelers’ Tales American Southwest is the 20th in the country and regional guide series.

Travelers’ Tales American Southwest
Edited by Sean O’Reilly and James O’Reilly
Travelers’ Tales, March 2001
$17.95 ($27.95 Canada), trade paperback, 312 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 1-885211-58-9