Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West

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  • Title: Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West
  • Author: Rubén Martínez Rubén Martínez
  • ISBN: 9780805079777
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. I found a lot of this book illuminating, but I read it in fits and starts because it couldn t always hold my attention Ultimately, there isn t a compelling central narrative beyond the author s own experience, and I most enjoyed when he got out of the way and focused on issues within the desert itself I almost gave up before the chapter on Marfa and am glad I didn t Much of the information I take away makes me feel implicated as part of the problem perhaps rightly so , but I continue to be intri [...]


  2. Outdated populist mythology delivered by an admitted drug addict The narrative is soaked in the poor little ol me excuse If you are a serious socialist, or even a herion junkie, you might really like this book I read all of it I have lived in Northern New Mexico for quite some time, and I have visited the Marfa, TX area a few times The author s message is lame and uninspiring There are plenty of success stories in the modern American West This book drifts all over the desert regions, looking for [...]


  3. This book is so comprehensive that I barely know where to begin It s dense with facts yet personal because much of the information is gleaned from conversations with desert people from various cultures and backgrounds We come to know these people as Martinez does while roaming around the land, sifting through historical records they ve gathered, sitting around in their living rooms Martinez also skillfully weaves in the story of his own difficult life in northern New Mexico.I ve lived in the Wes [...]


  4. I would highly recommend this book for anybody who is interested in understanding the southern American West The chapters that deeply delve into the areas where he lived for a significant period of time like Joshua Tree and Northern New Mexico are the strongest As someone who has lived in three of the four states he writes about, it is my perception that much of the complicated nature of the interactions he describes among people of different ethnic backgrounds in this region are authentic Unlik [...]


  5. Couldn t finish this book, which doesn t happen very often I tried but simply couldn t identify with his point of view or conclusions I didn t think it was brilliant or illuminating as described I bought the book because I have another of his, which I enjoyed but this one was not even well written, although he did use a lot of big words to show he was adademic.


  6. Gave a fair overview of the effect on desert communities of two of the Southwest s biggest challenges drugs and border control The book title though, seemed to suggest that there would be of an analysis of the economic situation of the last decade, but that perspective was buried and unfocused, and the personal narrative that was supposed to tie it all together wasn t very compelling.


  7. Overall I liked this book and would recommend it to anyone who has ever lived in the American Southwest But I also think that most people will appreciate some parts of it than others, and I also think thatl readers will find different sections interesting than others It is a book that covers a large swath of the American Southwest from Joshua Tree to Texas with extended stops in between in Southern Arizona and Northern New Mexico Few people have experienced all of these areas to the degree tha [...]


  8. On the surface, this is a book about the changing landscapes natural and social of the Southwest It does that well with chapters on Martinez time in New Mexico, Arizona and west Texas, always with his earlier life in L.A in the background He does a nice job tracking the impact of the real estate booms on communities, highlighting the tensions between the Nortenos, recent Mexican immigrants, and the new arrivals, mostly white and affluent, seeking spiritual or creative connection with the land T [...]


  9. Asina nos vendemos That s the way we sell out.There is a lot of nuance to Desert America that, to me, explains the pool of reviewers who are claiming this hardback to be a snooze fest It is a very personal read on behalf of author Ruben Martinez one that demands a preexisting familiarity with the land and spaces he is writing about By the very nature of Martinez s first person reporting on the North American deserts that span Southern California to Far West Texas and dip into northern Mexico , y [...]


  10. What it all boils down to is the idea of being good neighbors, across cultural divides, across borders, across differences in how we view the land I felt I learned a lot here about the borderlands of the desert southwest its recent history and the conflicts that drive and divide the people here About the moral ambiguities that should give us all pause How to best help a man encountered in the desert, suffering from the effects of the border crossing on his diabetes Get him medical help, drive hi [...]


  11. Book was very interesting and informative about the cultural attitudes and historical differences among the native americans, new mexicans and mexicans My enjoyment of this book was because I lived in Velarde NM and other villages mentioned in Mr Martinez book As Mr Martinez noted, the Espanola Valley area has improved in the typical business developments wal mart, eateries, etc but since my last visit in 2011, much of the cultural life remains as I remember when I lived there We must have hope [...]


  12. My problem with this book is that I kept falling asleep I think this book has something of value to say and those that were able to read it without passing out, mentioned the vocabulary and sentence structure was fascinating Others loved the stories.There were tidbits about his life and the history of the West that engaged me, but I would pass out for 2 3 hours if not A colleague mentioned this may be the result of exhaustion on my part than the actual quality of the book.I intend on tackling t [...]


  13. I thought this would be a skimmer, but wow, I liked it so much that I only skimmed the last chapter and read the rest I was particularly interested in Martinez s portrayal of the interaction of Anglos, Hispanos, Chicanos, and to a lesser extent Native Americans in New Mexico, a state that seems below the radar of most news He effectively pairs N.M with Arizona as a study in contrasts Jeez, there s a lot in here drugs, migrants, ethnic tension, flavors of environmentalism The social emphasis of M [...]


  14. A tremendously interesting book about the author s process of coming to an understanding about the SW, by means of observations and conversations with a number of activists etc A central theme is the fate of the illegal immigrants making the desert trek from Mexico to Texas, another issue is the misery of some residents, and the subsequent drug abuse, a way of self medicating and dealing with the misery The countryside is described in wonderful detail the reader gets a clear picture of valleys, [...]


  15. This was not the book I was led to expect from the jacket blurb, and yet I think I ll be pondering the themes and ideas in it for a long time to come In part a memoir of Martinez s own passion for desert places, it also looks at the historic interactions between different waves of settlers and modern issues that face the American Southwest The author covers a lot of territory, from issues of land use and water rights, to immigration, to gentrification and the erasure of minorities from popular h [...]


  16. A great book about the perils of gentrification and how it can divide and destroy communities, w the author s first hand observations in northern New Mexico and the Mojave Desert No suggestions for remedy Just a general angst about the way things are Appreciate the author s honesty in exposing the negative impact that the transient monied class can have on rural places I especially liked his line about speculators taking those characteristics that make a place special and commodifying them These [...]


  17. I expected one thing from the title and description of this book and got another It was still somewhat interesting, but it wasn t the book I wanted to read I d have preferred to read about the people of the desert Southwest, new and old, and how we interact This is a memoir of a guy who isn t from the desert, but wishes he was.


  18. The author examines the grim reality of life in the Desert Southwest from his years as a member of an artists community outside of Joshua Tree National Park to time spent in a small New Mexico community openly hostile to newcomers His account dispelled any romanticized notions I had of desert living yet did not discourage me from returning to the area as a tourist.


  19. smart and sort of random, with tendrils of about eight million stories weaving through it I feel like I learned a bunch of things, but also that they didn t add up to anything coherent, which is fine also apparently he knows Francesca Lia Block, whaaat


  20. Wonderfully written memoir and reporting Ruben sets out on personal journey and finds complex, fascinating worlds My wife s family comes from the Espanola Valley and the insights he offers ring true.


  21. Fascinating book and the best kind of creative nonfiction Part social history of the American West, part meditation on the un natural environment, part personal narrative of addiction, recovery and soul searching in the desert.


  22. I read a review on it in the Chicago Tribune and downloaded a sample from Kindle Within a paragraph, I was breathless Prose is wonderful and so is the viewpoint Immediately going on the TBR pile.



  23. I m fascinated with the desert and the american west who ends up here and for what reasons parts of this book were fascinating but ultimately too disjointed for a quality read.