Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Land of inspiration.(Books)

Byline: DAVID STEINBERG Of the Journal

Authors, books share a New Mexico connection

With every new year, New Mexico ensnares more hearts and minds retirees in search of tranquility, blue-collar workers in search of jobs, artists in search of sunsets.

The Land of Enchantment also manages to trap a few authors who sniff out pinon-scented stories, provocative issues and enduring conflicts on their way to finding residence and publication.

Some writers don't live here, though they've doubtlessly visited long enough to find inspiration in the fragrance of roasting chile or in the vistas of snow-brushed mountains.

Here is a list I call it a sprinkling of books, fiction and nonfiction that were published in 2000 with some New Mexico connection through the author, subject or publisher.

Though this list is not intended to be comprehensive, perhaps you will find a few titles to pique your curiosity.

*"Latino USA - A Cartoon History" by Ilan Stavans, illustrated by Lalo Alcaraz (Basic Books, $19.95). Stavans' words and Alcaraz's hand combine for a refreshing comic-book approach to the history of Latinos, which the authors describe as "a fiesta of types, archetypes and stereotypes. …

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