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America, New Mexico
     

America, New Mexico

by Robert Leonard Reid
 

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New Mexico is a land with two faces. It is a land of enchantment, legendary for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. But it is also a land of paradox. In America, New Mexico, Robert Leonard Reid explores deep inside New Mexico's landscape to find the real New Mexico—with all of its gifts and challenges—within. Having traveled and hiked

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New Mexico is a land with two faces. It is a land of enchantment, legendary for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. But it is also a land of paradox. In America, New Mexico, Robert Leonard Reid explores deep inside New Mexico's landscape to find the real New Mexico—with all of its gifts and challenges—within. Having traveled and hiked countless miles throughout the state, Reid knows New Mexico's breathtaking landscape intimately. But he knows the human landscape as well: its artists and poets, medicine men and businessmen, preachers and politicians, Hispanics and Anglos. He knows that amid the glittering mansions of Santa Fe there are homeless shelters, that the Indians of myth and legend combat alcoholism and poverty, and that toxic waste lurks beneath a land of almost surreal beauty. America, New Mexico is a book about land, sky, and hope by a writer whose passion and inspiring prose invite us to see the promise and possibilities of reconnecting with the natural world. It is unflinching in its depiction of the adversities facing New Mexicans and indeed all Americans. But above all, it searches behind and beyond these troubling issues to find, standing staunchly against them, a quiet and unshakable confidence rooted in New Mexico's natural world. For anyone who has ever been moved by the incomparable beauty of New Mexico, for anyone concerned with the landscape in which all Americans live, America, New Mexico is an unforgettable book.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"From deserts to mountains, the freedom of prairie expanses to dodging traffic on Central Boulevard in Albuquerque, Reid leaves the reader appreciating his accuracy and forthrightness. . . . Don't let this one get away. It delivers enthralling reading."—Taos News

"Reading what someone has written about your home state is an experience similar to listing to an analyst describe your mental symptoms: You cringe and you snort and, occasionally, you stand amazed because the writer has hit the mark exactly right."—Albuquerque Journal

Library Journal
The title suggests a book of two layers. Reid, who exhibits strong feelings for his adopted state, travels throughout New Mexico to see what makes it special for him. While visiting peoples and places, he uses New Mexico as a microcosm to elaborate on larger societal problems. His trip to Santa Fe, now a chic city with its own style, magnifies the widening gap between haves and have-nots and the problem of homelessness. He visits artists in Taos, springing into a discussion on art. His travels to other parts of the state allow for explorations of gun control, Native Americans, the plight of immigrants, and storage of spent nuclear fuel. A good book on both layersas a work about New Mexico and New Mexicans and some interesting thoughts about societal problems. David Schau, Kanawha Cty. P.L., Charleston, W. Va.
Booknews
Explores deep inside New Mexico's landscape to find the real New Mexico within, and reveals a land of paradoxes: beautiful vistas hiding toxic waste dumps, Native communities plagued by alcoholism, and homeless shelters adjacent to mansions. Inspires readers to see the promise of reconnecting to the natural world as a way of overcoming problems that plague the modern world. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816518760
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Leonard Reid is the author of Mountains of the Great Blue Dream and editor of A Treasury of the Sierra Nevada. He lived for eight years in New Mexico and now resides with his wife and son in Carson City, Nevada.

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