Top Books on New Mexico

Top Books on New Mexico


When State Historian Rick Hendricks asked our readers, "What  would you recommend as a good book about New Mexico?" the results were astounding, both in percentage of response (42%) and in quality and depth of books and authors.

This list will satisfy the most scholarly student of history and the dilettante equally.



Anaya, Rudolfo

Bless Me Ultima

Anaya, Rudolfo

Serafina´s Stories

Arellano, Juan Estevan

Inocencio: ni pica, ni escarda, pero siempre come el mejor elote

Lange, Charles H., and Carroll L. Riley

The Southwestern Journals of Adolph Bandelier

Ball, Eve

In the Days of Victorio

Bradford, Richard

Red Sky at Morning

Brooks, James F.

Captives and Cousins

Caffey, David L.

Frank Springer & New Mexico

Calvin, Ross 

Sky Determines

Castillo, Ana 

So Far from God

Chauvenet, Beatrice 

Hewett and Friends: A Biography of Santa Fe's Vibrant Era 

Cather, Willa

Death Comes for the Archbishop

Chavez, Denise

Loving Pedro Infante

Chavez, Fray Angelico

Origins of New Mexico Families

Chavez, Tom 

New Mexico

Church, Peggy Pond 

The House at Otowi Bridge  

Clark, Ira G.

Water in New Mexico: A History of Its Use and Management

Cleveland, Agnes Morley

No Life for a Lady

Colligan, John

The Juan Paez Hurtado Expedition

Conat, Jennet

109 East Palace

Kessell, John L., Rick Hendricks, Meredith D. Dodge, and Larry D. Miller

The Journals of Don Diego de Vargas

deBuys, William 

Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard times of a New Mexico Mountain Range

deBuys, William  and Alex Harris

River of Traps  

Ebright, Malcolm

Land Grants and Lawsuits in Northern New Mexico  

Ebright, Malcolm and Rick Hendricks

The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genízaro Indians, and the Devil. 

Espinosa, J. Manuel

The Pueblo Revolt of 1696 and the Franciscan Missions in New Mexico

Esquibel, José Antonio  and John B. Colligan

Recolonization of New Mexico

Etulain, Richard W.

Contemporary New Mexico, 1940-1999

Fergusson, Erna

Dancing Gods

Flint, Richard

No Settlement, No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada

Garrett, Pat

The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

Gutierrez, Ramon A.

When Jesus Came, The Corn Morthers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846

Holmes, Jack E.

Politics in New Mexico

Hillerman, Tony

All books written by Tony Hillerman

Hillerman, Tony,  Robert Reynolds, and David Muench

New Mexico, Rio Grande, and Other Essays  

Horgan, Paul

Lamy of Santa Fe

Jette, Eleanor

Inside Box 1663 

Julyan, Robert

Place Names of New Mexico

Keheler, William

All books written by William Keheler

Kendall, George Wilkins

Narrative of the Texas Santa Fe Expedition

Kessell, John L.

Kiva, Cross and Crown

Kessell, John L.

Remote Beyond Compare

Kessell, John L.

Spain in the Southwest  

Knaut, Andrew L. 

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680: Conquest and Resistance in Seventeenth-Century New Mexico. 

LaFarge, Oliver

Behind the Mountains

Larson, Robert W.

New Mexico's Quest for Statehood, 1846-1912

Laughlin, Ruth 

The Wind Leaves No Shadow 

Lummis, Charles

Mesa, Canyon and Pueblo

Momaday, N. Scott

House Made of Dawn

Montgomery, Charles H.

The Spanish Redemption: Heritage, Power, and Loss on New Mexico’s Upper Rio Grande 

Marriott, Alice

Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso

McKenna, James A.

Black Range Tales

Muench, David

New Mexico 

Nichols, John

Milagro Beanfield Wars

Nichols, John

The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn

Nichols, John

The New Mexico Trilogy

Nichols, John

The Nirvana Blues

Otero, Governor Miguel Antonio

My Life on the Frontier: 1864-1882

Otero, Governor Miguel Antonio

My Nine Years as Territorial Governor of New Mexico: 1897-1906

Padilla, Carmen

The Chile Chronicles: Tales of a New Mexico Harvest

Pillsbury, Dorothy

Adobe Doorways

Pillsbury, Dorothy

No High Adobe

Pillsbury, Dorothy

Roots in Adobe

Russell, Shaman Apt

Songs of the Fluteplayer

Pillsbury, Dorothy

Star Over Adobe

Roberts, David

The Pueblo Revolt

Sanchez, George

Forgotten People

Sides, Hampton

Blood and Thunder

Silko, Leslie Marmon


Silverberg, Robert

The Pueblo Revolt  

Simmons, Marc 

Albuquerque: A Narrative History

Simmons, Marc 

The Last Conquistador: Juan de Oñate and the Settling of the Far Southwest

Simmons, Marc 

New Mexico: An Interpretative History

Smith, Pamela

Passions in Print:  Private Press Artistry in New Mexico, 1834-Present

Stella M. Drumm, editor

Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846–1847

Szasz, Ferenc M.

Larger than Life

Szasz, Ferenc M.

The Day the Sun Rose Twice

Thomas, Alfred Barnaby

After Coronado

Twitchell, Ralph Emerson

Leading Facts of New Mexico History

Villagra. Gaspar Perez de

Historia de la Nueva Mexico, 1610

Weigle, Marta

Telling New Mexico: A New History

Wilson, Chris

The Myth of Santa Fe:  Creating a Modern Regional Tradition

Semos Unlimited, Inc.

Nuevo Mexico: An Anthology of History

Weber, David J.

The Spanish Frontier in North America 





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