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Desert America A Journey Through Our Most Divided Landscape

ISBN-10: 1250024145
ISBN-13: 9781250024145
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 6/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

A brilliantly illuminating portrait of the twenty-first-century West - a book as vast, diverse, and unexpected as the land and the people, from one of our foremost chroniclers of migrationThe economic boom - and the devastation left in its wake - has been writ nowhere as large as on the West, the most iconic of American landscapes. Over the last decade the West has undergone a political and demographic upheaval comparable only to the opening of the frontier. Now, in Desert America, a work of powerful reportage and memoir, Ruben Martinez, acclaimed author of Crossing Over, evokes a new world of extremes: outrageous wealth and devastating poverty, sublime beauty and ecological ruin.In northern New Mexico, an epidemic of drug addiction flourishes in the shadow of some of the country's richest zip codes; in Joshua Tree, California, gentrification displaces people and history. In Marfa, Texas, an exclusive enclave triggers a race war near the banks of the Rio Grande. And on the Tohono O'odham reservation, Native Americans hunt down Mexican migrants crossing the most desolate stretch of the border.With each desert story, Martinez explores his own encounter with the West and his love for this most contested region. In the process, he reveals that the great frontier is now a harbinger of the vast disparities that are redefining the very idea of America."Martinez is one of the brightest voices of a new generation of Hispanic Southern Californian writers. He manages to be both graceful and impassioned; his obsessions with multiculturalism, with the nature of identity and with popular culture are precisely the subjects with which intelligent people today must grapple."- The Washington Post

Introduction: Snow in the Desert
Mornings in New Mexico
House of the Moon
In the Shadow of the Black Mesa
Water in the Desert
A Walk in the Woods
Where the River Bends
Conclusion: Neighbors
Acknowledgments

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