"Jan Cleere is possibly the best local historian and public speaker. With titles like Levi's & Lace: Arizona women Who Made History and Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers, she gifts us with all the desert grrrl (sic) power we need! After you catch up on your local lady knowledge, we also recommend Outlaw Tales of Arizona: True Stories of Arizona's Most Famous Robbers, Rustlers, and Bandits, in which we learn about the rowdy villains of the southwest! This is one amazing woman we can't wait to see at the festival." 

— Bookman's preview of 2016 Tucson Festival of Books program


Goodreads, February 14, 2016 review of "Never Don't Pay Attention:" The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louisa L. Serpa

"This is a lively written biography of a legendary woman photographer who made her own way in a man's world and who shaped the character of rodeo.  She often said she was born in the wrong place, to the wrong woman, at the wrong time.  She was the epitome of tough elegance!  This is the best of Jan Cleere's 5 books detailing the lives of early Western Pioneers."

Bookman's preview of 2016 Tucson Festival of Books programs.

"Jan Cleere is possibly the best local historian and public speaker.  With titles like Levi's & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History and Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers, she gifts us with all the desert grrrl (sic) power we need!  After you catch up on your local lady knowledge, we also recommend Outlaw Tales of Arizona: True Stories of Arizona's Most Famous Robbers, Rustlers, and Bandits, in which we learn about the rowdy villains of the Southwest! This is one amazing woman we can't wait to see at the festival."

Southwest Books of the Year review of Levi's & Lace (Notable Mention), by Bill Broyles.

"Arizona has had its share of fascinating, pioneering women, and here we meet 35 of them in short biographies that should spur us to look further. They include artists like potter Nampeyo and writer Katie Lee, teachers like Rebecca Dallis and Maria Urquides, businesswomen like Ada Bass, Nellie Cashman, and Louisa Wetherill, healers Florence Yount and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and judge Lorna Lockwood. Each and all reveal much about our state and its progress. A fun, fine read whether you are an old-time Arizonan or newcomer. "

Southwest Books of the Year review of Levi's & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History, by W. David Laird.

"Cleere includes photos, when available, so we modern readers can get a sense of what these woman, not all heroines, were like. That famous Apache “warrioress” Lozen is here, and 150 years later, Maria Urquides. Somewhere in between, chronologically, is perhaps the most famous Arizona woman, the Hopi potter Nampeyo. Nice tributes make easy reading. Only 30-some here, so there’s lots of room for another book, or two, Jan."

A Traveler's Library: Books and Music to Inspire Travel

Book review of Levi's & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History, by Vera Marie Badertscher
http://atravelerslibrary.com/2012/02/15/arizona-women/

Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine, Vol. XIX, No. 3 (February 2012)

"Women have oft been omitted from the annals of history. Enter Jan Cleere, who has pulled together accounts of many women who might not have made the pages of the encyclopedia, but, in their own way, changed the history of those they served. . . . Levi's & Lace is a must read."

Journal of Arizona History, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Winter 2011)

"Levi's & Lace is an enjoyable read, with lively writing about a diverse group of women who contributed to the development of the state."

Green Valley News & Sun

Book review by Karen Walenga
Levi's & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History

Story Circle Book Reviews

Book Review by Laura Strathman Hulka
Levi's & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History

Journal of Arizona History

Book review of Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers, by Bruce J. Dinges, Editor
"Oro Valley writer Jan Cleere has compiled her own 'profiles in courage' in Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers. . . . she presents lively biographies of eleven Arizona women whose childhood adventures presaged their productive adult lives. . . . Thanks to Jan Cleere, they are able to share their stories with adults and children today."

Desert Tracks

Newsletter of the Southwest Chapter of the Oregon-CaliforniaTrails Association, Book Review by Walter Drew Hill of Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers 
"Jan Cleere's collection of eleven fascinating real life accounts of early Arizona girls . . .  offer(s) a view of southwestern history that is often overlooked: childhood. Cleere writes with enthusiasm for her subjects, and consequently she has succeeded in making these Arizona girls come alive. Each sketch is adventure-intensive and interesting."

The Explorer Newspaper

Book Review, by Emil Franzi
Amazing Girls of Arizona
Local Reads on Western Lore Make Great Gifts This Year

The Journal of Arizona History

Book Review by Bruce J. Dinges, Editor:  Outlaw Tales of Arizona: True Stories of Arizona's Most Famous Robbers, Rustlers, and Bandits
"Jan Cleere recognizes a good story when she hears it, but she is skeptical enough not always to accept it at face value. . . . Cleere's bibliography is a handy guide to further reading and a testament to her own diligent research."

Arizona Daily Star

Book Review by J.C. Martin, "Southern Arizona Authors"
Outlaw Tales of Arizona: True Stories of Arizona's Most Famous Robbers, Rustlers, and Bandits

The Journal of Arizona History

Book Review of More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women, by Bruce J. Dinges, Editor
"Her charmingly written book serves as both a tribute to the resourcefulness of the human spirit and an invitation for further research into the lives of these, and other, forgotten pioneer women."

Arizona Daily Star

Book Review by J.C. Martin, "Southern Arizona Authors"
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women

Las Vegas Review-Journal

"STAKING THEIR CLAIM: Independent Spirit - New book details 13 Nevada pioneer women who broke from convention," by John Przbys

Las Vegas Sun

"Pioneers no longer overlooked," by Susan Snyder
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women