Selected Works
& Works in Progress

Natural History
Landscapes, Plants, & Animals that Saint Francis Knew and Loved.
Season-by-season in Arizona, another gorgeous book from Arizona Highways!
A field guide with notes on natural history.
What Wild Plants Tell Us About Time. (Work in Progress)
National Parks
An illustrated portrait.
A guide to the park.
Interpretive essays.
Southwest Cultures
One of four guides to Southwestern indigenous arts by Susan Lamb.
Cultural roots of the Southwest

In Brief…

My writing explores connections between
the natural world and the human spirit,
especially in the traditional cultures of
the American Southwest and Europe.
Long-term personal works in progress include
The Flower Clock: What Wildflowers Tell Us About Time
and
So Much More Than Trees:
The Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Forest.

Look for it in January 2014!

An Introduction to Grand Canyon Wildlife


How many hearts with warm red blood in them are beating under cover of the woods, and how many teeth and eyes are shining! A multitude of animal people, intimately related to us, but of whose lives we know almost nothing, are as busy about their own affairs as we are about ours.
— John Muir.
An Introduction to Grand Canyon Wildlife is an ecological portrait of the diverse and fascinating creatures that make their homes in the canyon's many habitats.



Update: The Four Forests Restoration Initiative will treat parts of the Walnut Canyon Study Area described in Flagstaff's Wild Canyons.


Some Favorite Comments


Flagstaff's Wild Canyons
Books are not the only way to tell the story of Flagstaff's amazing natural diversity and heritage. But in the hands of an evocative writer and an inspired photographer, even a few short pages can go a very long way… Lamb's prose has the compactness of a guidebook that isn't afraid to show off a love of language. The topography is "rumpled," and the dark ravines "twist" in a maze below sunny uplands. But there is good science and history here, too… Because both Lamb and Bean are professionals in their fields, "Flagstaff's Wild Canyons" has a professional feel to it, including full-page photos that do justice to the subject and text that is edited to fit and to inform."
Randy Wilson, Editor, Arizona Daily Sun.

The Natural World of Saint Francis of Assisi

"The beauty of Umbria that inspired Francis is still there today, as you will see in the evocative words of Susan Lamb and the remarkable photographs of Tom Bean. The rocks and landscapes, the winds and climate, the rivers, lakes and marshes, the plants and animals of Umbria and the neighboring parts of Italy are all brought to life in this book. It could serve as a substitute for going there, or better, it could be the inspiration for a trip, and a memory afterward."
Dr. Walter Alvarez, Geologist and Author of
T.Rex and the Crater of Doom and
The Mountains of Saint Francis.

"This book provides a valuable service, for it helps us to perceive the Earth not as a jumble of objects, but rather a communion of subjects (as Thomas Berry suggests), participating in the life of creation as holy gift of God. May Sister, Mother Earth, depicted in these pages, inspire you as it did Francis."
Keith Douglass Warner, OFM
Environmental Studies Institute, Santa Clara University.

Pueblo and Mission

"The thoughtful text approaches the topic of culture and history with reverence…The result is an interdisciplinary story written by a scholar whose generous spirit excludes no one."
Bloomsbury Review.

Ancient Walls

"There is a perfect balance between the facts you need to understand and the quality of magic in the places, the haunting haunted evocative specialness of the places. I incline to be silly on this subject, this book does it honor."
Book Bag.

Channel Islands National Park

"The author has a pleasing way of telling the story of the history, geology, and wildlife of these not-so-remote places."
Selection of Western Books, Rounce and Coffin Club, Occidental College.

A Guide to Navajo Rugs

"Very well done presentation of an unusual subject. Good, quick, clearly expert information here. The quotes are a nice element. Subject is excellently handled."
Conference of National Park Cooperating Associations.

Lightfall and Time

"Lamb’s texts emphasize in literate prose the geological structures that give these National Parks their individual natures."
University of Arizona Library
“Critical Checklist of Current Southwestern Americana.”
Email Susan Lamb
Writer/Naturalist

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So Much More Than Trees
(work in progress)

Arizona's Scenic Seasons
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BOOKS BY SUBJECT

Native Americana


Cultural Studies

Pueblo & Mission:
  Cultural Roots
of the Southwest.


Ancient Walls:
 Indian Ruins of the Southwest


Indigenous Artisanry

American Indian Folk Art
  of the Southwest.

Zuni Carvings.

Pueblo Pottery.

Navajo Rugs.




Natural History


Arizona's Scenic Seasons.

The Natural World of
Saint Francis of Assisi.


100 Common Wildflowers
of the Tallgrass Prairie.


100 Common Wildflowers
of California.


Wildflowers of California (essays).

Wildflowers of the
Pacific Northwest (essays).

Wildflowers of the
Plateau and Canyon Country (essays).

Smithsonian Guide to Natural America:

National Park System


Mesa Verde: Life, Earth, Sky.

Channel Islands National Park.

Mesa Verde: Ladder, Sandstone, Sky.

Grand Canyon: The Vault of Heaven.

Wupatki National Monument.

Tumacacori National Historical Park.

Petroglyph National Monument.

Montezuma Castle National Monument.

Lava Beds National Monument.