The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973

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heavy view of people. It is a very provocative recollection of a young
person discovering and uncovering America. Gordon's unpretentious
but dramatic style pencils a stark and deceptively simple picture of
bums, VISTA bureaucrats, small-town sheriffs, and the other volunteers
who collided with these realities with him.
Roxy Gordon is about two years older than I. We went to the same
school (University of Texas). He decided to direct his "youthful ideal-
ism" by joining Volunteers In Service To America. I too spent three
years in VISTA feeling the turmoil and learning the lessons as poetically
as he puts them on paper. And Roxy wears a cowboy belt much like my
own.
I don't just read my own experiences in his work. His first book, Some
Things I Did, is one of the truest statements I have read in some time.
Pittsburgh JIM B. PEARSON, JR.
Book Notes
My Girlhood among Outlaws. By Lily Klasner. (Tucson: University of Ari-
zona Press, 1972. Pp. 336. Illustrations, index. $7.50.)
This is the welcome publication of a manuscript written by a very literate
Texan who was transplanted to New Mexico in the 187o's. The author gives
a perhaps one-sided version of tales often told of outlaws, but Eve Ball, who
edited the manuscript, attempts to keep the record straight with numerous
footnotes. There is considerable discussion of Billy the Kid and lesser out-
laws of the time. The Lincoln County War and its participants receive a
full share of attention. John S. Chisum was an intimate friend of Mrs. Klas-
ner and her family, and she devoted one-third of the book to him. Since she
had access to his ranching records, she tells much about his personal busi-
ness. This book should appeal to collectors in several areas: cattle, outlaws,
New Mexico, and Texas, and is a worthy addition to the literature of the
Southwest covering the late nineteenth century.
Texas A&M University FREDERICK S. WHITE, SR.
New Perspectives on the Pueblos. Edited by Alfonso Ortiz. (Albuquerque:
University of New Mexico Press, 1972. Pp. xx+34o. Appendices, maps,
notes, tables, references, index. $ 11.)
New Perspectives on the Pueblos is another excellent, scholarly anthro-
pological contribution in a series edited by Douglas W. Schwartz and spon-

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