V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014
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In Rayya Elias' memoir, Harley Loco, her unpretentious, funny narration depicts her outsider existence as a junkie, hairstylist and aspiring musician in late-'70s/early-'80s New York.
Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side
Color Me Curious
Sophie Benini Pietromarchi’s charismatic Color Book aims to awaken a love of the visible spectrum in pre-teens (and older readers who haven’t outgrown a nice picture book with lots of vivid spreads to mull over).
The Color Book
V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
Letters, Lovers and Time Travel
Shiskin is considered that country’s greatest living novelist. The Light and the Dark may not be as long as some of the Russian classics, but it is as large in its scope. It’s by turns engaging, confusing and erudite.
The Light and the Dark
Being Poetry, Serving Albuquerque
Carlos Contreras’ first book of poems, Time Served, brings you the verbal pyrotechnics and heartfelt emotion that many of us have watched being born in this young man’s work. Reading it is a cause for celebration.
V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014
Recovery in Aztlan
Paul DeBlassie III’s The Unholy is a frightening thriller that details the struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Set in the mythical land of Aztlan, DeBlassie’s novel is infused with the scents, sounds, and traditions of the author’s native New Mexico.
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
The Age of Innocence Lost
“I can pinpoint the very moment it all started to change, when the calm broke: when news that twelve-year-old Emanuel Jaques had disappeared spread through our neighborhood in the whispered prayers of women returning from Mass.”
Kicking the Sky
There are quiet sounds that often get lost in the business of our daily lives. Catherine Reid’s book Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home is a chronologically organized collection of personal essays meant to entice us to listen.
Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home
V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
In Memoriam, Moving Forward
Asa Mullins and the future of Bird Song Used BooksIn which we very fondly remember one of Albuquerque’s own.
Not Here, But Almost
The body of water that snakes through Alessandro Sanna’s The River isn’t Albuquerque’s Rio Grande, but it almost could be.
V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
The Red Mean vs. The Golden Mean
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, native to Montana’s Sqelix’u (Salish) tribe, and with nearly four decades of roots here in New Mexico, is not a painter so much as a visual narrator. Those with the patience and openness to follow her narrative will be rewarded.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: An American Modernist
V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
Under the Cover of Mountains
The secret life of Los AlamosLos Alamos, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, comes alive in TaraShea Nesbit’s debut novel The Wives of Los Alamos. The fictional story depicts a Los Alamos that hums with secrets, slights and insights.