2014/04/06

The Joy of Ruins

Really interesting video-essay on the Financial Times Arts page, prompted by an exhibit at the Tate gallery.  Peter Aspden talks about the lure of urban decay and the appeal of ruins.  He looks at lost London, post-Katrina New Orleans and Hitler's Atlantic Wall.



I was pleased to see Iain Sinclair, who says that ruins help us think about our own mortality.

It reminds me of a donated book I once put in the library collection, The Pleasure of Ruins, by Rose Macaulay.

We used to get teenagers coming in, asking about our file of clippings on Sunland Center, a hospital for the mentally and physically disabled in Tallahassee.  It stood empty for many years before it was finally torn down, and was rumored to be haunted.

In February, I had an inquiry about an establishment called the City Hotel.  Was it still standing?  I discovered that it had been built around 1828 and had been the "best tavern in town".  The Count de Castelnau stayed there, as well as the poet, Sidney Lanier.  But it burned down in 1886, and the state capitol building and grounds occupy its former place.

2014/01/29

Whisperers

I processed a request for a new book, The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting by Clara Parkes.  I knew, of course, about the 1995 book that started it all, The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans's first, hugely successful novel, which became a motion picture starring Robert Redford.
"He is the stuff of legend.  His voice can calm wild horses and his touch heal broken spirits.  For secrets uttered softly into pricked and troubled ears, such men were once called Whisperers.  Now Tom Booker, the inheritor of this ancient gift, is to meet his greatest challenge." - publisher's description
 The Horse Whisperer sounds like a shaman or a wizard.  Some reviewers characterized Evans's novel as "new age".  He talks to the animals, like Doctor Doolittle or Saint Francis.  He has a higher awareness and sensitivity, a capacity for deep intimacy and understanding.

I was vaguely aware that other books had followed with "whisperer" in their titles.  As with the "French lifestyle" books a few months ago, I thought it would be fun to see what the body of "whisperer" books looked like.  There proved to be so many that I was almost sorry I looked!

Though a novel, The Horse Whisperer fathered a genre of self-help and memoir writing.  The most successful writer of "Whisperer" self-help books has to be Tracy Hogg, whose 2001 title, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, and several sequels, plus a 2002 television series, The Baby Whisperer, surely helped popularize the "Whisperer" as a self-help "brand".

Other subjects of the "Whisperer" treatment include dogs, children, students, teens, men, (dudes, husbands, frogs), bullies, ("jerks"), and ghosts.  I didn't see any "Wife Whisperer" or "Girlfriend Whisperer" books.


The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, fiction, (1995).


The Man Who Listens To Horses by Monty Roberts, biography, (1997).


The Horse Whisperer starring Robert Redford, film, (1998).


The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training by Paul Owens and Norma Eckroate, (1999).

The Tarantula Whisperer:  a celebrity vet shares her secrets to communicating with animals by Laura Pasten, (1999).


The Cow Whisperer:  Stories from the Big Sky Country of Ranchin', Romance, and Rugrats Paperback by Skip Halmes, (2001).

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau, (2001).

Spirit Whisperers : Teachers Who Nourish a Child's Spirit by Chick Moorman, (May 1, 2001).


Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers by Tracy Hogg, (2002).

Wild Thing (Winnie the Horse Gentler, Book 1) by Dandi Daley Mackall, juvenile series, (2002).


The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior--Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through... by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau (2004). 


Secrets of the People Whisperer: A Horse Whisperer's Techniques for Enhancing Communication and Building Relationships... by Perry Wood, (2005)


Whispers from the Woods: The Lore & Magic of Trees by Sandra Kynes, )2006)..  


The Puppy Whisperer: A Compassionate, Non Violent Guide to Early Training and Care by Terence Cranendonk, Paul Owens and Norma Eckroate, (2007).

The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia by Orlando Figes, (2007).


The Man Whisperer: Speaking Your Man's Language to Bring Out His Best by Rick Johnson, (2008).

The Teen Whisperer: How to Break through the Silence and Secrecy of Teenage Life by Mike Linderman and Gary Brozek, (2008).


The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller and Jeff Anderson, (2009).

The Dog Whisperer by Nicholas Edwards, juvenile series, (2009).

The Dog Whisperer Presents - Good Habits for Great Dogs: A Positive Approach to Solving Problems for Puppies and Dogs by Paul Owens and Norma Eckroate, (2009).

The Elephant Whisperer:  My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony, (2009).

The Pony Whisperer by Janet Rising, juvenile series, (2009).


Life Lessons from a Horse Whisperer by Dr. Lew Sterrett, (2010).

The Man Whisperer: A Gentle, Results-Oriented Approach to Communication by Donna Sozio and Samantha Brett, (2010).  

The Spirit Whisperer: Chronicles of a Medium by John Holland, (2010).


The Frog Whisperer: A 3-Step Approach to Finding Lasting Love by Jane E Atkinson, (2011).

The Ham Whisperer's Technician Class License Course by Andy Vellenga, (2011).

The King Whisperers: Power Behind the Throne, from Rasputin to Rove by Kerwin Swint PhD, (2011). 

Man Whisperer (Zane Presents) by Allegra Adams, erotica, (2011). 

The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer by Maureen Hancock, (2011).

The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master by Martha Alderson (2011).

The Project Whisperer: Understanding The Human Part of The Gantt Chart by Pam Stanton, (2011).

Sleep: Top Tips from the Baby Whisperer: Secrets to Getting Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau, (2011).  

Soul Whisperer by Jenna Kernan, fiction, (2011).

The Student Whisperer by Oliver DeMille and Tiffany Earl, mentoring, (Mar 1, 2011).

The Whale Whisperer: Healing Messages from the Animal Kingdom to Help Mankind and the Planet by Madeleine Walker, (2011). 


The Child Whisperer, The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, and Cooperative Children by Carol Tuttle (2012).

The Daemon Whisperer by Candice Bundy and Amber Shah, young adult fiction, (2012).

The Dude Whisperer: Dating tips for the modern girl: how to stay cool, be funny, and flirt with the right guy... by Rebecca Jean Tingley, (2012).

The Jerk Whisperer: How to Deal with Tyrants, Tormentors, and Bullies... and Still Keep Your Sanity! by Stephen Birchak, (2012).  

The Orchid Whisperer: Expert Secrets for Growing Beautiful Orchids by Bruce Rogers and Greg Allikas, (2012).

The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories by Martha Alderson (2012).

The Serial Killer Whisperer : how one man's tragedy helped unlock the deadliest secrets of the world's most terrifying killer by Pete Earley, (2012).

Wolf Whisperer by Karen Whiddon, (fiction) 2012


The Body Whisperer: Your Symptoms Tell Me Your Truth by Christine Denise Lang, (2013). 

The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do--and How to Get Them to Do What You Want by Mieshelle Nagelschneider (2013).

Flowerspeak: The Flower Whisperer's Guide to Health, Happiness, and Awakening: How the Flowers Assist in the Expansion... by Elizabeth M. Patric, (2013).

The Marriage Whisperer:  Tips to Improve Your Relationship Overnight by Patt Hollinger Pickett, (2013).

Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom from Self-Defeating Emotional Habits by Tara Bennett-Goleman, (2013).

The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing by Martha Alderson, (2013).  

Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits by Donalyn Miller and Susan Kelley, (2013).

Soul Whisperer: Why the Church Must Change the Way It Views Evangelism by Gary Comer, (2013).

Walkin' with the Ghost Whisperers: Lore and Legends of the Appalachian Trail by J. R. Tate, (2013).

The Werewolf Whisperer (Vampire Love Story #2) by H.T. Night, (2013).

Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World by J.H. Brennan, (2013).

The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks, (juvenile) 2013. 

The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting by Clara Parkes, (2013).


Antonia, the Horse Whisperer: The Rosenburg Riding Stables, Volume 1 by Elisabeth Zölle, juvenile series, (2014).

Death of a Dog Whisperer (A Melanie Travis Mystery) by Laurien Berenson, (2014).

Family Whispering: The Baby Whisperer's Commonsense Strategies for Communicating and Connecting with the People... by Melinda Blau and Tracy Hogg, (2014).

The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball's Best Players by Idan Ravin, (2014).

The Husband Whisperer: The Gentle Approach to Communication in Marriage by Kevin Hinckley and MED LPC, (2014).   

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl PhD, (2014).

Secrets of the Wine Whisperer:  or How I Learned to Drink Wine and Found Ecstasy, Joy, Peace, Happiness, Life, and Salvation by Jerry Greenfield, (2014).

The Shark Whisperer (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians) by Ellen Prager and Antonio Javier Caparo, (2014). 

2014/01/11

ILLin'

 Around 2003-4 our library systems guy built a tool which, among other things, let us automate request processing for new materials and materials not owned,  Before the "Materials Request Database", (MRD), requests for new materials were handled by moving paper cards around in file drawers.  The MRD could also flag requests if the patrons had expired or delinquent accounts.  It could generate e-mail notices to patrons.  It could place holds for patrons as new materials were cataloged.  It was also linked to OCLC, letting us send interlibrary loan renewal requests without having to log in to OCLC.


But over time, upgrades to our SIRSI library system and to OCLC have broken things in the MRD.  The man who built it retired long ago.

In December 2013 we migrated to ILLiad, an OCLC product for interlibrary loan and document delivery.  We have adapted it to handle new materials requests as well.


Patrons now must create an ILLiad account to make new or ILL requests, but they can track their requests, which they have not been able to do for some time.  Staff can search OCLC, Ingram, Amazon and Google all in the client's request window.  Patrons are now limited to five active requests, which ought to ease the load on our overburdened book selection and ILL staff.

We are still working the bugs out, but it is surprising how quickly our patrons have adapted.  Very quickly after we made ILLiad available at the beginning of January, they began to sign up and submit requests.  We are also creating accounts for patrons who cannot do it themselves.


We are unveiling a new library web site very soon, with a cleaner look, integrated into the main Leon County site.

Old site:


New site:


2013/11/24

Just A Dugout That My Dad Built



Lately I have been watching "Let's Plays" on YouTube, videos made by gamers playing their favorite games.


It was the combination of Let's Play Fallout 1 with the 50th anniversary of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy that got me thinking about our fallout shelter.

My family moved into our new house in Maitland, Florida, ("Dommerich Woods" was the name of the subdivision), in the fall of 1962.  Its Modern design was the work of the architect Manfred Lopatka.


 Unlike the one in the "New Frontier" video, our bomb shelter was built under the house.  An ordinary door in the middle of the house opened onto stairs leading down to a bare, concrete room, about 15' x 20'.  I wish that I had pictures of it.  My father had filled metal trash cans with canned food and medical supplies.  He also had a Family Radiation Measurement Kit.

Thank God, (and JFK too), that the tensions of the Cold War years, brought to a fever pitch by the raising of the Berlin Wall and the  Cuban Missile Crisis, did not erupt in a nuclear war.

We watched a program Friday night presented by Tom Brokaw, "Where Were You:  The Day JFK Died."  They say that everyone remembers where they were, but I can't remember a thing.  I was nine years old.  My wife recalls clearly being sent home from school that day.  My parents were Republicans, and so would not have felt the loss in the way that JFK's supporters did.  I am not even sure that we owned a television.

The fallout shelter became my father's "study", as well as the first place my sister Carol and I could play rock music.  We used my dad's old portable 45 rpm record player to play my first rock single, the Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand", again and again.








2013/10/23

Three Little Words

 Anyone remember Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)?  The film's catchy title spawned  a great number of similar titles  and headlines.  I wondered whether Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love might be doing the same when I took a request for Eat, Move, Sleep, a self-help book by Tom Rath.  It hasn't caught fire like SL&V, lacking the salacious appeal of the film title, but I found a few.

Eat, Pray, Love has an improving, new-age sound:  Three Steps to a New You.  So do its imitators, saving the last one, Drink, Play, F@#k, which appears to be a gonzo take on EPL from a "guy's" point of view.

Eat! Move! Play!: A Parent's Guidefor Raising Healthy, Happy Kids by Weight Watchers 

Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath 

Eat-Taste-Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living by Thomas Yarema, et al. 

Work, Love, Pray: Practical Wisdom for Young Professional Christian Women and Those Who Want to Understand Them by Diane Paddison 

Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand by Andrew Gottlieb

I'll add more titles if I run across any.
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Interesting post and comments at CHE's Lingua Franca blog on the origin of the word, "dude".
it seems almost certain that “dude” derived from “doodle,” as in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”... For some reason, early in 1883, this inspired someone to call foppish young men of New York City “doods,” with the alternate spelling “dudes” soon becoming the norm.
 I always associated the word with surfers, later with headbangers and stoners.

2013/09/28

French Lessons

I was poring over selection lists, (lists of new books on-order), at the reference desk on a Thursday evening, when I saw French Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude, by Mireille Guiliano.  Here is yet another addition, I thought, to the genre of French Lifestyle books.

Guiliano has been the leading light of this school, beginning with her 2004 bestseller, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure. But she is not the first, and many others in the last ten years have looked to the French for wisdom on how to live a better life.

The first "French Lifestyle" book I found, (leaving aside more conventional books on French cookery, travel, or interior design), is Will Clower's 2001 book, The Fat Fallacy : Applying the French Diet to the American Lifestyle.  It is very similar to the Mediterranean Diet.

The trend continued to percolate, picking up noticeably in 2011.  Woody Allen was a bellwether with his 2011 film, Midnight in Paris.

 Pamela Druckerman found a new angle in 2012 with Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, following the controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua's 2011 book about Chinese child-rearing.

2001
The Fat Fallacy : Applying the French Diet to the American Lifestyle - Will Clower (2001)

2002

2003
Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl - Debra Ollivier (2003)

Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living - Robert Arbor (2003)

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: Why We Love France but Not the French - Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow (2003)

2004
French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure - Mireille Guiliano (2004)

2005
The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour - Joan DeJean (2005)

The French Diet: Why French Women Don't Get Fat - Michel Montignac (2005)

2006
All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women - Helena Frith-Powell (2006)

The French Don't Diet Plan: 10 Simple Steps to Stay Thin for Life - Dr. William Clower (2006)

French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, and Pleasure - Mireille Guiliano (2006)

2007
My French Life - Vicki Archer (2007)

2008

2009
French Women Don't Sleep Alone: Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love - Jamie Cat Callan (2009)

What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind - Debra Ollivier (2009)

Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility - Mireille Guiliano (2009)

2010
Bon Courage: Rediscovering the Art of Living (In the Heart of France) - Ken McAdams (2010)

Courage and Croissants, Inspiring Joyful Living, A Story and Life Guidebook - Suzanne Saxe-Roux (2010)

French Essence: Ambience, Beauty, and Style in Provence - Vicki Archer (2010)

The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook - Mireille Guiliano (2010)

Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France - Karen Wheeler (2010)

2011
Bonjour, Happiness! - Jamie Cat Callan (2011)

Chic & Slim: How Those Chic French Women Eat All That Rich Food And Still Stay Slim - Anne Barone (2011)

Chic & Slim Toujours: Aging Beautifully Like Those Chic French Women - Anne Barone (2011)

Chic & Slim Encore: More About How French Women Dress Chic Stay Slim-And How You Can Too - Anne Barone (2011)

The French Cat - Rachael Hale McKenna (2011)

La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life - Elaine Sciolino (2011)

Paris Was Ours:  Thirty-Two Writers Reflect On The City Of Light - Penelope Rowlands (2011)

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange - Ines de la Fressange (2011)

Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi - Olivier Magny (2011)

Toute Allure: Falling in Love in Rural France - Karen Wheeler (2011)

2012
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting - Pamela Druckerman (2012)

Doodling in French: How to Draw with Joie de Vivre - Anna Corba (2012)

Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis - Alice Kaplan (2012)

French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters - Karen Le Billon (2012)

How The French Invented Love:  nine hundred years of passion and romance - Marilyn Yalom (2012)

Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France - Vivian Swift (2012)

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris - Jennifer L. Scott (2012)

LIVING LIKE A LOCAL: Stories of Our Life in France - Shelley Row (2012)

Paris in Love: A Memoir - Eloisa James (2012)

The Skinny, Sexy Mind: The Ultimate French Secret - Trish Blackwell (2012)

Tout Soul: The Pursuit of Happiness in Rural France - Karen Wheeler (2012)

2013
Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting - Pamela Druckerman (2013)

Forever Chic: Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance - Tish Jett (2013)

French Twist:  An American Mom's Experiment In Parisian Parenting - Catherine Crawford (2013)

French Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude - Mireille Guiliano (2013)

Ooh La La!:  French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day - Jamie Cat Callan (2013)

The Parisian Diet: How to Reach Your Right Weight and Stay There - Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen (2013)

Parisian Chic Weekly Planner 2014 Calendar - Ines de la Fressange (2014)

2013/09/17

"Books Have Their Destinies”

Three years ago I wrote about emptying my parents' house of all their books and other belongings.  Earlier this year I wrote about .a retired colleague weeding his books as he moved from his house to a retirement community, and linked to a column by Stanley Fish written in a similar vein.

Here is a piece by Harry Eyres from the Financial Times that was mentioned in the Anthony Powell List, Goodby, my good companions, in which he reflects on disposing of his parents' library.
I couldn’t help feeling that books were rather like people: some more formal and off-putting, others more racy; some simply for show, others with unpromising outsides but rich interiors. They did more, in fact, than furnish a room; they were companions who could offer insights, good advice, or just reliable escapism, as one went through the stages of life.
Now the books are being dispersed (not all, to be sure, but very many), and I fear for their future, almost as if they were refugees...
As I dispose of the books – many are going to charity shops and I hope they will find good homes – I can’t help wondering if my generation is the last that will oversee such a process.
I don't know.  I don't think so, but time will tell.  The age of ink and paper and printing has been relatively brief:  a few centuries.

2013/09/08

Fields Of Gold

I heard this rendition of Fields of Gold, by the St. Olaf Choir and Orchestra, on Prairie Home Companion this weekend.  The song appeared originally on Sting's 1993 album, Ten Summoner's Tales.  I was powerfully moved.

2013/08/27

Another Monday At The Public Library

Coming in the door as I unlocked it this morning, a man told me that there were yellow jackets near the entrance there on the second floor.  I told him I would pass it along, and returned to the desk for the opening rush of calls and walk-ups.  I tried calling T., who is normally in charge of getting some men to come and deal with something, but she was not there.  I tried a couple of other people in administration.  No answer.  The week before Labor Day, it seemed a lot of people were off.  I thought I would just see these yellow jackets for myself, and went outside.  There is a large planter there on the landing, and the plants in it had bloomed with little white flowers.  Bees were collecting nectar from the flowers.  Not a yellow jacket in sight.  I was glad I had not reported it.

A lot of requests for Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias by Jane Velez-Mitchell, about a woman whose trial for a shocking murder has been heavily covered on television.

Speaking of which, J., a regular caller, retired native of the Bronx, ("but don't tell anyone!"), and dedicated watcher of "court TV", phoned to find out the opening day for the new Tallahassee location of Whole Foods Market.  I would not have heard of Jodi Arias had not J. filled me in.  J. makes the rounds of natural foods stores, and often calls for more information on new construction in Tallahassee.  There are a lot of new chain restaurants being built here now.

A woman came in from Americorps, directed here by the Tallahassee Democrat.  She was looking for an employment ad they had run in August 2010 in the classifieds.  Unfortunately, our ProQuest archive of the Democrat does not include advertisements.  I set her up with the microfilm viewer.  After lunch she came back and said she had looked at August and July 2010, with no luck.  She had hoped to use the ad as a model for a new one, and was not sure what she wanted to do now.

Mr. L., the church and school supplies dealer, wanted a contact for the Tallahassee chapter of Woodmen of the World.  He had read that they were donating a U.S. flag and pole for the opening of a new city facility, and thought he might sell them a flag and pole.

Blind Man Who Cooks called, wanting a simple recipe for rice pudding, which I supplied from The Joy of Cooking.  I could hear his Braille machine clacking as I read it to him.  The basic recipe didn't include eggs, which he thought he remembered, so I gave him the "Swedish" variant, which did include eggs.

And so it goes, world without end, amen.

2013/08/22

The Mental Traveler

In 1981 I bought a drum in Santa Fe at the crafts market.  It was a ceramic, doumbek drum with a goatskin head, made by hippies from Bisbee, Arizona.  I kept the drum for years, eventually selling it to a young woman who saw my notice on the community board at our food coop.

I wondered about those drummers from Bisbee.  What sort of place was Bisbee, that they would call it home?

I never heard of Bisbee again until I discovered Betsy Thornton's Chloe Newcombe mysteries.  They caught my attention because the second book in the series, High Lonesome Road, is about the murder of a bookmobile driver, and has a wonderful dust jacket illustration.  They are set in the fictional town of "Dudley", but it's obvious that it's really Bisbee.  Chloe Newcombe is a Victim Advocate for the Cochise County Attorney's Office, a position held in real life by the author.

In A Song For You, Thornton goes much deeper into the life of Bisbee than before:  its recent past as a haven for hippies and artists, and its makeover as an arty tourist destination.  You finish the book feeling you've lived there yourself for a little while.

I spent some time "Google Street-Viewing" around Bisbee, as I often do with books.  I found several murals near the Circle-K on Tombstone Canyon Road.  You can find better pictures of them by searching "Bisbee murals", but here are my Street-View snaps.