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V.29 No.34 | 8/20/2020
Talking Animals
Courtesy Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Book Review

Joni Murphy’s Talking Animals

An Orwellian satire about the revolution that’s already here

Talking Animals

Joni Murphy’s novel Talking Animals is a modern-day political satire that cuts almost too close to the bone, with echoes of Orwell’s Animal Farm that reverberate throughout the subways and endless numbered streets of her not-so-fictional New York City.
V.29 No.28 | 7/9/2020
Feasting Wild
courtesy of Gina Rae La Cerva

Book Review

Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food

NM-born writer Gina Rae La Cerva writes about our obsession with—and destruction of—wild foods

Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food

It is slightly ironic, given the state of our wildlands, that we are seeing a recent cultural fascination with foraging and wild foods. One of the things Gina Rae La Cerva touches on often in her new book, Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food, is why the trend has entrenched itself in the cultural subconscious now, when true wilderness is all but nonexistent.
V.28 No.42 | 10/17/2019
The Music of Her Rivers
courtesy of the artist

Book Review

A Tale of Two Rivers

Renny Golden’s The Music of Her Rivers

The Music of Her Rivers

The Music of Her Rivers is a two-part book of poetry about the history of two rivers: the Rio Grande and the Chicago River.
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V.28 No.25 | 6/20/2019
Flight of Spirit
UNM press

Art Magnified

Flight of Spirit

New book celebrates the photographs of Anne Noggle

Anne Noggle’s interest in photographing older women holds a place in the canon of American photography that few have sought to match and the new book Flight of Spirit: The Photographs of Anne Noggle is a brilliant, though by no means exhaustive, collection of some of her finest work.
V.28 No.12 | 3/21/2019

Book News

Reading and Hiking

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque

Topping many Burquenos’ list of why they love living here is access to the great outdoors, but what if you’re at a loss for an excursion that fits your desired length, landscape and difficulty, or if you’re just tired of hiking the same trails every weekend?
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V.27 No.50 | 12/13/2018
The Brewers
Eric Williams Photography

Culture Shock

The Literary Life

Organic Books opens up shop in Nob Hill

A new bookstore opens: a literal mom-and-pop shop that welcomes conversation, invites you to take a seat, browse and discover new authors, stories and worlds in the cozy storefront out of the cold.
V.27 No.34 | 8/23/2018

Poetry Review

The Liberated Poem

An Infected Sunset by Demian DinéYazhi'

DinéYazhi' writes the hard stuff without obscuring or embroidering it with language and An Infected Sunset explores the potential of form to underscore its content.
V.27 No.29 | 7/19/2018
Twelve Recipes
calpeternell.com

Books for Cooks

Five Books on Food

Alibi Food Editor’s favorite food reads

Since it’s summer and, according to Instagram, the season for reading by the pool or on the beach, here’s a list of some of Robin Babb's favorite food books.

V.27 No.24 | 6/14/2018
Calypso
courtesy Of Little, Brown And Company

Book Review

It's Complicated

David Sedaris' latest, Calypso, is both great and maddening

Calypso

When he's at his best in Calypso, David Sedaris is—without too many jokes—revealing parts of himself that are hard to look at.
V.27 No.23 | 6/7/2018
The New Farm

Book Review

Finding Success on The New Farm

A memoir of a (profitable) organic farm

The New Farm: Our Ten Years at the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution

In The New Farm, Brent Preston gives his account of moving out to the country to start a farm, doing it successfully and creating a model that could help countless other small farmers build their business.
V.27 No.22 | 5/31/2018
More With Less
courtesy of the publisher

Cookbook Review

More With Less

Jodi Moreno’s first cookbook combines whole foods and big flavor

More With Less: Whole Food Cooking Made Irresistibly Simple

More With Less: Whole Food Cooking Made Irresistibly Simple is more of a “how to cook” book than a list of recipes, and good for someone who follows a largely whole foods and vegetarian diet, but who doesn’t want to sacrifice flavor.
V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018

Book Review

Beyond Ink and Whiskey

Leslie Jamison's newest work is full of feeling and analysis that leads the way to truth

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

The heart of Leslie Jamison's The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is the grip of alcohol, its reputation as the literary choice of romantic self-destruction. It's not so much the substance itself so much as “the surplus of mystical properties” that people assign to it.
V.27 No.10 | 3/8/2018
The House of Broken Angels

Book Review

Magic in the Medium

Luis Urrea's novel works moving literary feats

The House of Broken Angels

The House of Broken Angels is a tremendous work—full of joy, yes, but regret, too—capable of humor typed right on to the page with phrases that will provoke tears.
V.27 No.6 | 2/8/2018
Neon in Daylight

Book Review

New York Moments

Neon in Daylight finds a story for the directionless

Neon in Daylight

Neon in Daylight is a New York story, and ever-lurking, edgy side of the city inserts itself into the story as though it were a character as vital as any human one.
V.26 No.52 | 12/28/2017

Book News

Print's Not Dead

A short list of the year's best books

Maggie Grimason tells of the individuals, and associated reads, which stood out in 2017.