NEW RELEASES
LPD PRESS & RIO GRANDE BOOKS



JUNE 2010

Senator Pete Domenici’s Legacy
The Proceedings from the 2009 Pete V. Domenici Public Policy Conference, edited by Vicki Taggart
in collaboration with New Mexico State University
Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) served in the U.S. Senate for over thirty-six years. He has a long legacy of contributions to New Mexico as well as the entire country. The Pete V. Domenici Public Policy Institute, located at New Mexico State University, holds an annual conference on Domenici’s legacy.
25 illustrations 276 pages
$24.95/PB (978-1-890689-92-6) $35.95/HB (978-1-890689-78-0)



They That Laugh Win
To Dr. Rubén Cobos With Love
by Evelia Cobos
This memoir about family focuses on overcoming an impoverished childhood to achieve fame —Dr. Rubén Cobos was one of the most important folklorists in te Southwest. Written by Cobos’ daughter, it is about helping others to overcome mental illness through an examination of one’s childhood, discovering the “why” as one comes to control, adapt or endure one’s torments.
22 photos - 230 pages $16.95/PB (978-1-890689-72-8)


APRIL 2010
Not Just New Mexico's Senator
by Martin J. Janowski
Many New Mexicans knew of Senator Pete V. Domenici during times when he worked on behalf of their specific interest or concern. That number grew substantially through his accomplishments over a 36-year Senate career, so much so that nearly everyone in the state proudly referred to him as “their Senator in Washington.” This book discusses four complex and critical issues of national and international importance where Senator Domenici took a leadership role developing solutions to long-standing problems. Each topic is self-contained, so pick the chapter that interests you the most. The book addresses only four subjects, a small sample of a long Senate career, but provides clear evidence that Senator Pete V. Domenici was “not just New Mexico’s Senator.”
12 illustrations - 120 pages $17.95/PB (978-1-890689-39-1) $28.95/HB (978-1-890689-73-5)


Los Chilitos
by Viola Peña with illustrations by Jerry Montoya
Los Chilitos is a very New Mexican story for children about the Little Chile Peppers by Viola Peña of Grants, New Mexico. The bright pictures of Salcita, Paula, Cía, Pepita, Chilito, Mona, Dormilón, and Marco chile peppers make an appealing story of New Mexico’s favorite crop. The illustrator is Jerry Montoya, also from Grants. This is all about how chile grow and what they can be used for; and all with Grandfather’s help. This is a great way for kid’s to learn all about chiles in the field!
33 illustrations - 48 pages $16.95/PB (978-1-890689-68-1)




One Nation, One Year
Photographs by Don James with text by Karyth Becenti
in collaboration with Albuquerque The Magazine
“One Nation, One Year” is a photographic journey that transcends borders, languages, distance, time, and cultural barriers. For one year, Navajo photographer Don James drove from one side of the Navajo Nation to the other documenting arts, traditions, sports, and people. He travelled by dirt road, horseback, on foot—even as a hitchhiker— for more than 10,000 miles. The Navajo Nation and its people have been extensively photographed over the last century, but never from the eye of one of its own. Because he’s native, and knows the land and people, James embarks on a journey to show the world a different view of his culture, through his eyes and his Nikon lens. His understanding of the Navajo gives us a glimpse at a people previously off-limits to outsiders. Edited by Navajo writer Karyth Becenti, the narrative that accompanies the images are succinct and enlightening, offering the viewer the chance to at once see the Navajo people and feel a small piece of their lives.
213 illustrations - 132 pages $24.95/PB (978-1-890689-99-5)



Sunshine & Shadows
edited with introduction by Richard Melzer
In collaboration with the Historical Society of New Mexico
Sunshine and Shadows in New Mexico’s Past has one main goal: to reveal the sharp contrasts in New Mexico history. As with all
states, New Mexico has had its share of admirable as well as deplorable moments, neither of which should be ignored or exaggerated at the other’s expense. New Mexico’s true character can only be understood and appreciated by acknowledging its varied history, blemishes and all. The first of three volumes, Sunshine and Shadows in New Mexico’s Past: The Spanish Colonial and Mexican Periods represents the New Mexico Historical Society’s humble gift to New Mexico as the state celebrates its centennial year of statehood in 2012.
I am excited to see this Historical Society of New Mexico publication. Most of us understand that there is much good research and historical writing that never gets published, especially in book form. This lack is especially true of New Mexico, where there will never be a lack of history to uncover and share. For over three decades the Historical Society of New Mexico through its La Crónica de Nuevo México has provided a key outlet of well-researched historical articles. The result is a treasure- trove of information that is important, intriguing, entertaining, and well worth preserving in this permanent form. Without question, HSNM’s centennial gift to the state is both welcome and appropriate.
Dr. Thomas E. Chávez, noted historian and former Director, Palace of the Governors and National Hispanic Cultural Center
17 illustrations - 364 pages $18.95/PB (978-1-890689-24-7)


New Mexico’s Finest
Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty by Don Bullis
Nearly 200 men and women have died while working as peace officers in New Mexico since 1846, the year that New Mexico became a part of the United States. This book tells each officer’s story. A number of these law officers died in the violent days of New Mexico’s frontier in the years between the end of the U.S. Civil War and the turn of the century in 1901.
Sheriffs and their deputies have suffered the greatest number of fatalities at 70; the New Mexico State Police Division of the Department of Public Safety is next with 30 officers killed in the line of duty since 1937. Among municipal police departments, Albuquerque is the largest, and has suffered the most on-duty causalities at 14 since 1886. No matter the details, each of these officers is deserving of recognition, and commendation for offering up the ultimate sacrifice: his or her life.
112 illustrations - 364 pages $19.95/PB (978-1-890689-69-8)


Fray Angélico Chávez
A Bibliography of Work 1925-2010

by Phyllis Morgan
New Mexico’s first native-born Franciscan priest, Fray Angelico Chavez (1910-1996) is known as a prolific poet and historian, a literary and artistic figure, and an intellectual who played a vital role in Santa Fe’s community of writers. Chavez is considered to be the most prolific U.S. Hispanic writer of the twentieth century. His knowledge of many aspects of New Mexico’s history, the history of the Catholic Church in New Mexico, and related archival documents was unsurpassed. This is a bio-bibliography of his published works and works about him from 1925 to 2010 and a chronology of his life. This work is written, edited, and compiled by award-winning author Phyllis S. Morgan of Albuquerque.
5 illustrations - 144 pages $16.95/PB (978-1-890689-15-5)




Fe y tragedias
Faith and Tragedies in
Hispanic Villages of New Mexico

Collected & edited by Nasario García
Stories like these of tragedy and sadness shared by old-timers (viejitos) are as diverse as the voices behind them. Each bilingual account personifies faith, fortitude, compassion, and buoyancy. Without these human attributes, people beset with tragedy would have succumbed to tragedy itself.
The point in this book is not to promote or engage in doom and gloom. Rather, it is to show how humble but strong and devout folks living in isolation—in most cases far removed geographically from an urban environment—coped with tragedy and despair. The net and psychological effect of murder, drowning, the Rangers’ indiscriminate and callous slaughtering of poor people’s cattle, bewitchment, or the quirks of nature on the human psyche was profound but not daunting. “These are real people talking about real lives.”
If the victims of misfortune became heroes in their community, then the aggrieved surely could be categorized as tragic heroes. A more praiseworthy tribute could not be accorded these courageous and remarkable men and women who believed in redemption.
23 photographs - 174 pages $16.95/PB (978-1-890689-56-8)


The Indians of Arizona & NM
Nineteenth Century Ethnographic Notes
of Archbishop John Baptist Salpointe
Edited & Annotated by Patricia Fogelman Lange, Louis A. Hieb, and Thomas J. Steele, S. J
This volume describes the little-known world of John Baptist Salpointe, successor to Archbishop Lamy and the second Archbishop of Santa Fe, who worked among Indian tribes in both Arizona and New Mexico during the tumultuous final years of the frontier between 1860-1898. All of his impressions and accumulated knowledge of Indian/White relations over this thirty-plus-year period are vividly described in his varied vignettes enhanced by the editors through extensive annotations contributing to a broader historical background for the reader. The growth of this church dignitary from a young French priest who volunteered to live in the desolate Southwest to a resourceful man of strong will and determination as he encouraged the expansion of parishes, created religious schools, hospitals, and parishes, attended Indian ceremonies, and collected tribal statistics, tribal history, and folk tales from informants. This book will have special historical appeal to those readers interested in the frontier, Church philosophy, and Indian tribes of Arizona and New Mexico.
26 photographs - 392 pages $19.95/PB (978-1-890689-57-5)




FEBRUARY 2010

STARTIN' THE FIRE
by George Hensler


OCTOBER 2009

SHOES FOR THE SANTO NINO
by Peggy Pond Church with illustrations by Charlie Carrillo



THE TALE OF THE PRONGHORNED CANTALOUPE
by Sabra Brown Steinsiek with illustrations by Noel Chilton



SEPTEMBER 2009

DUELS, GUNFIGHTS & SHOOT-OUTS
by Don Bullis

JULY 2009


SENATOR PETE DOMENICI'S LEGACY
edited by Jon Hunner



A CENTURY OF MASTERS
by Nicholasa Chavez



SACRED FEMININE
by Judith McLaughlin



JUNE 2009


VISIONS UNDERGROUND
by Lois Manno



OLD WEST TRIVIA BOOK
by Don Bullis



MARCH 2009


THREE DOG NIGHT
by Cheryl Montoya with illustrations by Jerry Montoya


NOVENA TO THE SANTO NINO (new edition)
by Charles M. Carrillo, Thomas J. Steele, and Felipe Mirabal



RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE OF HISPANO NEW MEXICO (new edition)
by Thomas L. Lucero and Thomas J. Steele



BALLOONING SAFETY SEMINARS
by Thomas S. McConnell, M.D.



DECEMBER 2008



THE WHOLE DAMNED WORLD: AGGIES AT WAR, 1941-1945
World War II Correspondence of Dean Daniel B. Jett
Martha Shipman Andrews, editor, with an introduction by Richard A. Melzer



NOVEMBER 2008


MARTINEZTOWN, 1823-1950
by Joseph Sanchez and Larry Miller



NEW MEXICO & POLITICIANS OF THE PAST
by Don Bullis




SEPTEMBER 2008


NEW MEXICO: A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY, VOL II
by Don Bullis



AUGUST 2008


THE GENIZARO & THE ARTIST
Stories from New Mexico Villages
by Napoleon Garcia & Analinda Dunn



OUR FAVORITE RECIPES
Tried and true dishes from the pages of Albuquerque the Magazine


JUNE 2008

NEW MEXICO IN 1801:
The Priests Report
by Rick Hendricks



MAY 2008


THE STRANGER COMES AT SUNDOWN
Living & Dying with Parkinson's
by Jane Kriete Awalt



APRIL 2008


SAINTS OF THE PUEBLOS
by Charles M. Carrillo