Anyone who has ever stared down an angry bull coming full throttle across an arena, aimed right at your gut, will understand why Louise Serpa adamantly and often uttered the adage that became her motto. “Never Don’t Pay Attention:” The Story of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa chronicles the amazing account of a New York society woman who ended up out west with her nose buried in the dirt and her eye glued to a camera, loving every minute of becoming the first woman endorsed by the Rodeo Cowboys Association to venture inside the arena and shoot some of the most exciting and incredible photographs of rodeo action.
"I haven't read a more enjoyable book in years. It is so well researched and so well written that I just couldn't put it down. Louise was certainly one of a kind and Jan painted a wonderful portrait of her extraordinary life."- Guy Baty
Levi's & Lace
Levi's & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History
Publisher: Rio Nuevo Publishers ISBN: 978-1933855530
Award-winning author Jan Cleere brings her exceptional skills in research and writing to a new book about more than 35 heroic women of Arizona. From teachers and entrepreneurs to artists and healers, Levi's and Lace provides an informative text that highlights historical Hispanic, African American, Native American, and Anglo women who made their mark in the intriguing history of this state.
Amazing Girls of Arizona
Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers
Published: 2008 Publisher: TwoDot, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield ISBN:978-0-7627-4135-9
Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers presents a collection of incredible tales about young girls who experienced bold adventures and survived incredible challenges in early Arizona. From the early 1800s to present day, Arizona girls have left deep pioneering roots across their state. Hardships and heartache, accolades and applause, and just plain hard work encompass the lives of theses resourceful young innovators. Spellbinding, compelling stories of enterprising young girls who conquered the west in their own style.
Selected one of the best books of 2009 by the Arizona Book Publisher's Association 2009 Winner Best Young Adult Non-Fiction Awarded by the Arizona Book Publishing Association 2008 Finalist National Best Books Award for Young Adult Non-Fiction
Nevada's Remarkable Women
Nevada's Remarkable Women
Published: 2005 Publisher: TwoDot, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield ISBN: 0-7627-2739-X
Nevada's Remarkable Women presents the compelling stories of twelve pioneering women, plus a remarkable group of nuns, who braved dangers and desolation in Nevada Territory during the tumultuous 1800s. Facing unimaginable challenges, they climbed mountains seeking untold riches, swooped down legislative hallways, wove intricate artistry and taught the next generation about equality.
Discover even more massacres, mayhem, and mischief as the 2nd Edition of Outlaw Tales of Arizona expands to include three additional chapters on some of the state’s more notorious citizens. Meet John Ringo whose mysterious death still raises eyebrows among learned historians. Diminutive Cecil Creswell was feared by even the most hardened cowboy if he crossed paths with the lady cattle rustler. Explore the dark, foreboding, cavernous cells of Yuma Territorial Prison during its heyday in the early 1900s. Bedlam ran amok during the late 1800s in Arizona Territory when the law and the lawless were often in cahoots and no one was safe from the whim of a gun-slinging desperado.
Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists, 1912-2012
The narratives in Skirting Traditions begin with Jan’s story of Sharlot Mabridth Hall, considered one of Arizona’s first journalists. Were it not for Sharlot’s determination to preserve Arizona history, many relics of the past including priceless journals, diaries, letters and manuscripts would have been lost to history. These biographies personify the pioneering spirit of Arizona’s early women in communication, describing daring feats, patriotic actions, and amazing accomplishments. They are women you will not soon forget.
Wise Women: From Pocahontas to Sarah Winnemucca, Remarkable Stories of Native American Trailblazers
Jan contributed the first two chapters to Wise Women, legacies of women caught between two nations. The biographies of Nevada Territory’s Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, champion of her Paiute people, and Washoe basket weaver Dat So La Lee, personify the Native American women who shaped their cultures and changed the course of American history. These brave and intelligent women often put their own safety and the lives of their families at risk by taking on the roles of peacemakers, diplomats, and spokeswomen for their people.
Badasses of the Old West
Badasses of the Old West: True Stories of Outlaws on the Edge
Lady-killer Frank Nashville “Buckskin Frank” Leslie, forger James Addison Reason, and Indian renegade The Apache Kid all contributed to the massacre, mayhem, and mischief of the early days in Arizona history. Jan presents these three daring desperadoes, detailing their wild and wicked ways, in Badasses of the Old West, the stories of 36 of the most notorious outlaws, gunslingers, and bad guys who made the Wild West wild.