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"[Miller is] a superb reporter and slyly funny stylist. This is a compulsively readable book by one of our best non-fiction writers." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Tom Miller knows his Southwest, and in [this book] he takes us on a tour of some of its quirky, funky characters and out-of-the-way places." —Los Angeles Times

"Miller is as quirky and delightful as ever, treating the Southwest as a vast midden from which he plucks many odorous but tasty treasures. The fun, as usual, comes from watching Tom digest." —Larry McMurtry

"Tom Miller loves the American Southwest the way a man loves a wayward, difficult woman, accepting her trashy, all-too-interesting history while knowing the heartbreaking truth. A rueful, wonderful, highly personal guide." —Martin Cruz Smith

"Residents, potential visitors, and armchair travelers alike will be captivated by Miller’s informative and often humorous book, in which the romance and reality of the Southwest are intermingled within a fine narrative." —Library Journal

"Miller’s essays in Revenge of the Saguaro are travel writing of a sort, but they are of a different species entirely than the tips about what posh places to eat at or sleep in that one finds in glossy travel magazines. Instead, Miller offers an insider’s account of the grit, local gossip, and glorious bad taste that are a part of what endears the Southwest to its residents."—New West- Books & Writers

"Imaginative, inventive, witty…Miller has written a wonder-filled book." —The Salt Lake Tribune

"Miller writes with passion about the region and relays it with as much skill as John Steinbeck." —Siouxland Weekly (Iowa)

"Maybe the story of David Grundman—the man who, out of boredom, shotgunned a 125-year-old saguaro cactus only to be crushed to death under its 3,000 pound carcass—is a metaphor for man’s struggle against nature in the unforgiving Arizona desert. Maybe it’s just hilarious. Tucson travel writer Tom Miller seems to think the latter… [Miller's telling] elevates a good anecdote into a great piece of writing." —San Antonio Current

About the Author

Tom Miller has been writing about the American Southwest and Latin America for more than three decades. Miller began his journalism career in the underground press of the late 1960s, and has written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, Natural History, and Rolling Stone. He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Regla. Pete Hamill is a novelist, essayist and journalist whose career has endured for more than forty years.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933693606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933693606
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,840,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cynthia Dagnal-Myron on April 17, 2013
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Tom Miller's book reminded me of all the reasons I'll never be able to move back to Chicago, much as I love Sweet Home. He knows the border towns and back roads better than most, and tells stories of those places and the people who live in those towns and on those roads like both a journalist and a poet. I thought I knew the history of some of the places he writes about, but now, I realize how much I still have to learn. Learning from Tom Miller is a pleasure. And this book is a treasure.
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