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Archive for the ‘New Mexico books’ Category

August - 23 - 2016

One of my posts in this blog was all about cooking calabacitas for the California nieces, and it dawned on me that the easiest way for everyone, especially someone new to this cuisine, to prepare traditional New Mexican dishes is to own one of my favorite cookbooks – Simply Simpatico, from the Junior League of Albuquerque (find at http://www.jlabq.org/ – $19.95). My copy was given to me by my pal Patty Williams, back in 1988, and the pages are, quite appropriately, smeared with evidence of red chile sauce, avocado, batter from chile rellenos.  I’ve USED this cookbook. Especially during the years that I was  [ Read More ]

November - 6 - 2012

I was in a nail salon in Santa Fe a couple of weeks ago, visiting with and becoming fast friends with the girl giving me a manicure.  She was telling me all about how relocating to Santa Fe from Espanola had changed her social life and how much fun she was having.  “And then we went to the premiere of Bless Me Ultima at the Lensic the other night. . .” she chattered on, and I lifted my free hand. “Wait,” I said, “There’s a movie?” “Oh yes,” she said, “. . .and if you’re from New Mexico, you’ll love  [ Read More ]

April - 14 - 2012

This is a repost – this past week was Bookmobile week, and as luck would have it, it was also the week the Bookmobile came to Logan.  Now I have a new stack of books for a month, and you have a post to read about one of my favorite New Mexico institutions!  I love the Bookmobile. I’ve been in Atlanta for the past seven days, and it makes me very content to be back in Logan after a week in the city.   Don’t get me wrong.   I love getting to eat fresh seafood and amazing Thai noodles and sushi.   [ Read More ]

March - 21 - 2012

Repost from January 2010, but still so timely.  Need a good book?  Here’s my best recommendation today: My favorite books are on the top shelf of the blue bookshelf in my bedroom.   There’s a copy of Salinger’s Nine Stories, and Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima (which deserves its own post someday).   I have Ellen Gilchrist and Anne Lamott and a copy of Pam Houston’s Cowboys are My Weakness and Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love and of course, Annie Proulx’s Shipping News and The Legacy of Conquest by Patty Limerick.   All good books.   Not necessarily Ulysses or Crime and Punishment or Tolstoy or Atlas  [ Read More ]

November - 18 - 2011

Repost – Great for wintertime reading:  I read The Milagro Beanfield War 29 years ago when I was pregnant with Zachary. I was living in West Texas missing my old life in New Mexico, trying not to be totally bewildered at my new role as someone’s wife. Deborah, my friend from college, sent the book to me as a wedding gift – one of the most unique gifts I’ve ever received. It came in a box with seven other books and a note that said, “These are the best books I’ve read this year – and now they’re your’s. Congratulations.”  [ Read More ]

March - 2 - 2011

I just finished “The House at Otowi Bridge” by Peggy Pond Church, I’m embarrassed to say.  Embarrassed because I should have read it years ago – it’s been recommended by professors and friends, and I always assumed it would be a dry rendition of life in northern New Mexico in the mid-twentieth century.  But when I found the collections of essays by Ferenc Szasz (“Larger than Life, New Mexico in the Twentieth Century”) at the bookmobile (http://bit.ly/gPXFLn) and read the piece on Robert Oppenheimer, Szasz mentioned Edith Warner and Los Alamos and this book.  I thought I’d dig in and  [ Read More ]

February - 2 - 2011

It’s Winter in New Mexico.  It’s quite obviously Winter, which means you’re going to have considerably time for reading.  I thought it would be fun to write about what I think are the top 10 books about New Mexico, and in the process I’m hoping I’ll hear from you on what books you believe should be included in the list.  Each Wednesday, I’ll post a review of one of the books I’ve chosen for the list – comment if you have a choice I should consider.  I’m anxious to get your feedback – and would love to hear about a  [ Read More ]

January - 25 - 2011

I’ll say it again, over and over again – I love a good book, and I especially love a good book that portrays and celebrates all that is unique and appealing about New Mexico.  I first wrote about Barbara O’Neal last January (http://ilovenewmexico.wordpress.com/2010/01/02/the-lost-recipe-for-happiness/).  I stumbled across “The Lost Recipe for Happiness” at Hastings in Clovis as part of the plunder I chose with my birthday gift card from the Harris Law Firm.  That book sat in a pile that ended up on my bedside table (the ubiquitous pile – there are always seven or eight books sitting there, comforting me with their endless  [ Read More ]

September - 15 - 2010

I’ll be 50 this December, which probably sounds incredibly ancient to some of you.  I refuse to see it as a negative – everyone should get to live this long and be this pleased with the world and feel this happy and healthy.  And part of what makes me feel continually young is feeling enthusiastic about everyday events that the rest of the world might view as totally mundane. Just like today.  I woke up knowing that the bookmobile will be parked at the Logan Post office from 11:00 to noon.  So, besides the fact that it’s already a sunny, almost fall day outside, I have the bookmobile to  [ Read More ]

July - 21 - 2010

It’s no secret that I love the Bookmobile, and no secret that I love a great book written by a New Mexico author.  Last month I picked up Rick Collignon’s debut novel, “Journal of Antonio Montoya” from the regional shelf, thinking that this slim book might be the perfect thing to carry on an airplane to keep me from getting too homesick when I traveled to Atlanta. So, now I’m home from a week selling Pick Up Sticks jewelry in Atlanta, and I’m blown away by Collignon’s amazing little book.  It’s set in the quintessential northern New Mexico village (Questa maybe?  Mora?) and  [ Read More ]

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