Mariah recently returned from London where she was competing for the prestigious BP Portrait Awards and is preparing her first solo show in Phoenix. For The Good Lessons she created a single, continuous piece for the front and back cover. She interpreted a photograph that captured the juxtaposition of a young man's rebellion with his need for the adult world to remain caring. The mesquite tree and desert landscape were inspired by the story of a Pima medicine woman and her intervention with wounded teens. The evocative, compelling cover becomes increasingly meaningful as the reader progresses through the book.