Carolyn Niethammer's Books


Complete guide for the southwestern desert forager
Recipes from Outstanding Restaurants and Resorts
Delicious recipes for prickly pear pads and fruits.
Women's Studies
Engaging story for middle readers on the life of Navajo activist Annie Dodge Wauneka
The life of Annie Dodge Wauneka, feisty Navajo leader and activist
A look at the lives of North American Indian women in traditional societies.
Old West meets New West in this guide to a legendary land
Learn how Indians used 50 edible wild plants
Carolyn with Susan Artemis playing Frisco Rosie.

Carolyn with a few tough hombres.

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Take a romp with Frisco Rosie in The Piano Player

I'm excited to announce that after nine nonfiction books and forty years as a book author, my first novel is available in trade paperback and electronic format, both Kindle and Nook. The book is published by the Wild Oak line of Oak Tree Press.

News Flash: The Piano Player was named a finalist in the Western Fiction category by the 2015 International Book Awards. It was also listed as a finalist for Best Novel 2015 by the Western Fictioneers, was a finalist in The New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, and took third place in the published fiction section of the Arizona Authors Assn. book awards.

Available in trade paper and as an e-book.

In 1882, Frisco Rosie, the saloon piano player, and Nellie, upstanding boarding house owner, form an improbable bond that takes them from Tombstone’s desert, to imprisonment in a Mexican jail and eventually to Dawson City’s frozen creeks in the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Challenging society’s norms for proper womanhood, they each pursue their own dreams for success, postponing romance with the men who love them, until for one, it becomes too late.

Reviews for The Piano Player

A Strong, Adventurous Woman
In THE PIANO PLAYER, Carolyn Niethammer provides a dramatic portrayal of a strong adventurous woman, Mary Rose Langley. Pitted against the rigid societal standards of her upper class San Francisco upbringing, the loss of that lifestyle and her desires for a life on the stage, Mary Rose heads for Tombstone. As “Frisco Rosie,’ she plays the piano and sings at the celebrated Bird Cage Theatre and meets up with real and imagined characters. Nellie Cashman and “Big Red” Sample make strong appearances. Niethammer delves into the motives, mistakes and loves of her main character with unstinting candor and beautiful use of language, especially in her descriptive passages of the settings in Arizona and the Yukon. The author allows the reader to experience the confusion, determination and conflicts inherent in the character’s choices. From naïve young woman to seasoned trooper, Mary Rose evolves in self-understanding and acceptance. She is a fine addition to the lexicon of fictional Western women. -- Arletta Dawdy, author of The Huachuca Woman

A Wild West Story
The main character in THE PIANO PLAYER is the Wild West itself, stretching from scorching Tombstone to the frigid Klondike...These are not cinematic stock characters. From now on, when I hear After the Ball is Over, I will think of Frisco Rosie, a frontier feminist who was not willing to sacrifice her liberties to accomplish what most women's goal was -- marriage.
-- Ann Evans

A Must Read!
This book should only be read when you can finish it all at one time! You will go to bed wondering what happens next...and then you'll get back up to read on! Loved the main character...she let us share in the adventures of a single female in that time period. ... This book was so well written I felt like I was experiencing all of the action myself! A must read!
-- Las Vegas Patti

Savor the Southwest food blog

Even though my newest book is fiction, I continue my love for southwest edible plants and southwest food. I share a blog with four other Southwestern food enthusiasts. We take turns writing through the month on edible wild plants and herbs, traditional agriculture crops, garden products, bees and chickens, and local spices. If you wish to explore the exciting world of Southwest cuisine, please join us each Friday. I've known most of my blogmates for years, but every week I learn something new from them.

Talks for Your Group

I am available to give talks and demonstrations related to my books.

West of Paradise: Exploring Southeastern Arizona is a great guide for anyone who loves the Southwest or is ready to begin exploring this exciting region. I am available to give a talk and slide show on the wonderful sites in Southeastern Arizona to groups of 50 or more.

The Prickly Pear Cookbook, The New Southwest Cookbook, and Cooking the Wild Southwest all feature delicious recipes from top resort and restaurant chefs for both wild foods and regional domestically grown foods. Great new ideas for the age-old questions of what to have for dinner tonight. Would your group like a cooking class?

I'll Go and Do More: Annie Dodge Wauneka, Navajo Leader and Activist, was a finalist for the Willa Award. Now Keeping the Rope Straight the middle reader's version, is available from Salina Bookshelf. I am available for a talk entitled "American's Native American Women: The Ordinary and The Extraordinary," which includes a discussion of Annie Wauneka's life.