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Authors Natalie Goldberg and John Nichols have been involved with the Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) since its inception in 1983. Even as their books gained prominence on the world stage, Goldberg and Nichols have continued to read at SOMOS events year after year. Except, in all of this time, they have never read together. more
The focus of this week’s books is on history. The first uses vintage images and essays to document the Río Grande while the second entices hikers to reach interesting historic sites. more
The SOMOS Summer Writers Series continues with two authors who have just released new books: Lorraine Lener Ciancio and James McGrath Morris. more
Inside, we are still children. It doesn’t matter how mature we are in years. We may have put away our toys and moved on to “adulting,” but inside, we are still the children who need help tying our shoes, reaching the top shelf and figuring out what it all means. more
The Big Chief Bar looked like a cyclone had hit it, and Max Evans was responsible. That’s why he was in jail in Raton. So was his friend, an ex-jockey, and the jockey’s monkey, … more
This week’s books were borrowed from Taos Public Library’s new releases section. The first is a ranger’s memoir about his experiences at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The second is a novel about the women married to the men working in Los Alamos during World War II. more
Journeys figure big in the books reviewed for this column. Rough-sawn characters go on a wild ride through the Deep South in the first while in the second, a Mexican boy and his family make their way in the United States. The Substance of Things … more
If you’re the type of well-mannered reader who approaches a book sensibly — starting at the beginning and not neglecting the prologue — you will find instructions, suggestions and even a YouTube link to assist you in navigating Kathy Goss’ “Darwoon Dyreez” before you encounter anything that might give you pause. more
The first book reviewed this week is a historical memoir in which a Jewish woman experiences a shift in her views about Palestinians. The second is a mystery solved by oh-so-familiar characters in … more
Searches are big in this week’s books. The first, a nonfiction book, is what the author calls “an invitation to consider a new perspective on how to navigate your life.” The second, a dystopian novel for young adults, has characters that find a way to escape a miserable existence. more
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