New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains are a place where two cultures Hispanic and Anglo meet. They're also the place where three men meet: William deBuys, a young writer; Alex Harris, a young photographer; and Jacobo Romero, an old farmer. When Harris and deBuys move to New Mexico in the 1970s, Romero is the neighbor who befriends them and becomes their teacher. With the tools of simple labor shovel and axe, irony and humor he shows them how to survive, even flourish, in their isolated village. A remarkable look at modern life in the mountains, River of Traps also magically evokes the now-vanished world in which Romero tended flocks on frontier ranges and absorbed the values of a society untouched by cash or Anglo America. His memories and wisdom, shared without sentimentality, permeate this absorbing story of three men and the place that forever shaped their lives.
Trinity University Press; January 2016
- ISBN: 9781595340979
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- Title: River of Traps
- Author: William deBuys; Alex Harris
Imprint: Trinity University Press
About The Author
William deBuys is a writer and conservationist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a professor of documentary studies at the College of Santa Fe and the author of The Walk (Trinity University Press, 2007) and Enchantment and Exploitation (University of New Mexico Press, 1985). River of Traps, coauthored with Alex Harris, was a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1990.
DeBuys’s other books are Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California (University of New Mexico Press, 1999), which received a Western States Book Award; and Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell (Shearwater/Island Press, 2001). DeBuys’s shorter work has appeared in many publications, including Story, Northern Lights, and the New York Times Book Review.