Welcome to Phyllis Barber's website (and, by the way, the above quote is in response to How I Got Cultured: A Nevada Memoir, which was cited in 2012 by TheBrowser.com as one of the top five books written about Las Vegas).
Barber's essay, "Great Basin DNA" which appeard in the 2014 fall issue of Weber: The Contemporary West, has been nominated for the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award, winner to be announced in New York in mid-March.
Barber's newest book, To the Mountain: One Mormon Woman's Search for Spirit, has been released from Quest Books. It is the story of the author's twenty-year hiatus from Mormonism and her visits with shamans in Peru and Ecuador; Tibetan Buddhist monks in North India and Tibet; a variety of Baptist congregations in Arkansas, Missouri, Utah, and South Carolina; megachurches; charismatic Christian congregations, travels with godddess worshipers in the Yucatan, and much more. The book's purpose is to demonstrate how we can not only tolerate a variety of ideas in the spiritual realm, but can learn from their wisdom.
Official book trailer on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=phyllis+barber+to+the+mountain
A new Barber essay, "Bounty," can be found in the anthology, Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front, History Press.
And another, "Music in the Mojave," will appear on the Helen Literary Magazine blog, "Friday Night Specials" soon.