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Old 04-24-2019, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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But another reason to read Rudy Anaya is that Bless Me, Ultima was banned in Arizona by Republican former governor Jan Brewer in her crack-down against Mexican American Studies in high schools, and has been burned and banned in other school districts.
"Burned"?? I seriously doubt it's been "burned."
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Old 04-24-2019, 01:57 PM
 
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"Burned"?? I seriously doubt it's been "burned."
"Sen. Christine Donisthorpe (R-San Juan) announced during a hearing that the Bloomfield School Board ordered Bless Me, Ultima to be burned. Donisthorpe was a member of that school board. She’s quoted as saying members personally ensured copies of the novel were lit on fire.

"Ultima, set in rural New Mexico, had been used as part of a cultural awareness class in Bloomfield, N.M.

"Since the burning was in his home state, “that was the most traumatic,” says Anaya. “That’s pretty extreme dictatorship.”

https://alibi.com/news/40600/Fired-Up.html
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Old 04-25-2019, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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"Sen. Christine Donisthorpe (R-San Juan) announced during a hearing that the Bloomfield School Board ordered Bless Me, Ultima to be burned. Donisthorpe was a member of that school board. She’s quoted as saying members personally ensured copies of the novel were lit on fire.
That's crazy. These kind of people in political office - no wonder the world is still divided on racial lines. Is she still in office? Get her a** out of there.
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Old 04-25-2019, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Silver Hill, Albuquerque
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That's crazy. These kind of people in political office - no wonder the world is still divided on racial lines. Is she still in office? Get her a** out of there.
A church in Alamogordo organized a burning of Harry Potter books a few years back.
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Old 04-25-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I used to work at the UNM bookstore before they moved into the new location. It had a huge trade books (non-textbook) section with fantastic selections in academic subjects, anthropology, religion, history, languages, you name it. They had a large staff just to manage the trade books. Real bibliophiles. They also had a huge local interest section including local publishing houses and New Mexico based authors.

The new bookstore is mainly a place to get a Starbucks and buy a UNM sweatshirt with the current incarnation of Louie Lobo on it.

I will say they do have a good school/office supplies department that includes a good selection of pens, paper, drafting/marking tools, and even a decent selection of art supplies.
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Old 04-26-2019, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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A church in Alamogordo organized a burning of Harry Potter books a few years back.
wtf?? That's retarded.
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I've got this on reserve:
https://www.amazon.com/Cricket-Web-U...=books&sr=1-18
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Old 04-28-2019, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Good read. Several branches have copies too. I've got Taylor Ranch's.
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Old 04-28-2019, 04:08 PM
 
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Well, after some recommendations, I've just finished V B Price's Albuquerque: The City at the End of the World and Glory Lane, two very different books, for sure.

I loved Price's book, just loved it, and given that we're leaving for NM in a few days, I'm excited to explore some of the areas within the city that he mentions in the book. Some places have changed, roads and such, but I've been able to understand what's changed on a map and still investigate IRL while there. I particularly appreciate how he gets to the heart of an area and explains why it is what it is. I know it's his subjective view, but he goes into detail in such a way that it will likely be easy for me to see if his perspective is too subjective to be able to be neutral. He's not objective throughout the book, for sure, but he is in a lot of places. That's why I like his writing style. It's pretty obvious to me when he moves into his opinions. To me, he writes "clean."

I loved the parts in Price's book about the UNM. I never miss exploring university campuses. The UNM bookstore was definitely one of the bookstores I was going to visit because I assumed there would be so many books to find there given UNM Press, but a prior post mentions the bookstore used to be good but now seems to sell more UNM sweatshirts and mugs for the parents. I'll see for myself in a few days.

Glory Lane was hilarious and just like ABQConvict mentioned - something read in high school and definitely something appreciated at that age. I was amused, yes, a fun very quick read. The 80s is my time, and I think I appreciated the 80s vibe of the book most of all...along with the mentions of ABQ AND the universal teenage angst about wherever the kid is, doesn't have to be ABQ.

Now I'm onto the Oppenheimer book, 109 East Palance. In fact, my husband and I have got a copy each from the library and will be reading our respective books on the trip. The book looks very good.

Thanks again for the book and bookstore suggestions. I'll be looking for many of the books in this thread while there, at B&N, the UNM bookstore, and at Page 1 Books.

Maybe I'll run into some of you while there, but we'll never know!
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Welcome to New Mexico, Algiz. I remember you from the city-data Washington threads. I think you're gonna like New Mexico just fine!
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