Memoir

A Life on Hold

Living with Schizophrenia
By Josie Méndez-Negrete

Méndez-Negrete's powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with schizophrenia.

The Haunting of the Mexican Border

A Woman's Journey
By Kathryn Ferguson

“This is an important book at the right time. We need to read this story and understand its vision. Recommended.”—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway: A True Story

Subjects: MemoirSouthwest

Hoe, Heaven, and Hell

My Boyhood in Rural New Mexico
By Nasario García

In this account of his boyhood García writes unforgettably about his family’s village life, telling story after story, all of them true, and fascinating everyone interested in New Mexico history and culture.

Subjects: MemoirSouthwest

Rider of the Pale Horse

A Memoir of Los Alamos and Beyond
By McAllister Hull
Illustrations by John Hull

A recollection of life in the workshops where nuclear bomb components were constructed during the Manhattan Project.

Xylotheque

Essays
By Yelizaveta P. Renfro

Combining memoir and nature writing, this book comprises nine essays that represent different seasons and slices of time, not unlike the rings of a tree. No two rings are alike, but each accretes to the next, creating, section by section, a life.

Subjects: NatureMemoir

The Young Neurosurgeon

Lessons from My Patients
By Paul Edward Kaloostian

Paul Kaloostian’s intimate account describes both the lifesaving feats and tragic failures that are the daily ups and downs of twenty-first century neurosurgery.

Subjects: MedicineMemoir

Leaving Tinkertown

By Tanya Ward Goodman

“Goodman writes beautifully. The characters are well drawn, compelling, and convincing. Most importantly, the book has genuine emotional power, which builds as the story unfolds, even though how it will end is understood from the beginning.”--Frank Huyler, author of The Blood of Strangers

Subjects: MemoirSouthwest

Beyond Words

Illness and the Limits of Expression
By Kathlyn Conway

Author Kathlyn Conway, a three-time cancer survivor, believes that the triumphalist approach to writing about illness fails to do justice to the shattering experience of disease. By wrestling with the challenge of writing about the reality of serious illness and injury, she argues, writers can offer a truer picture of the complex relationship between body and mind.

Subjects: MedicineMemoir

Weekends with O'Keeffe

By C. S. Merrill

In 1973 Georgia O’Keeffe employed C. S. Merrill to catalog her library for her estate. Merrill, a poet who was a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, was twenty-six years old and O’Keeffe was eighty-five, almost blind, but still painting. Over seven years, Merrill was called upon for secretarial assistance, cooking, and personal care for the artist. Merrill’s journals reveal details of the daily life of a genius.

Subjects: ArtMemoir

Navajos Wear Nikes

A Reservation Life
By Jim Kristofic

With tales of gangs and skinwalkers, an Indian Boy Scout troop, a fanatical Sunday school teacher, and the author’s own experience of sincere friendships that lead to hózhó (beautiful harmony), Kristofic’s memoir is an honest portrait of growing up on—and growing to love—the Reservation.

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