River of Traps
A New Mexico Mountain LifeA Pulitzer-nominated portrait of changing times and changing lives in the mountains of New Mexico
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 ...
“Anyone who wishes to know [northern New Mexico] can skip the galleries full of pink howling coyotes, stay home and read an exceptional documentary book, River of Traps.”— New York Times Book Review
“On a raft of perfectly crafted sentences, the book floats through the reader’s mind, buoyant and serene. DeBuys never exaggerates or sounds an awkward note, whether in tone or detail. The equilibrium of the prose reflects a genuine empathy with the subject matter . . . The book should be admired and read for a long time to come.”— Kansas City Star
“An irresistibly engaging story . . . deBuys [is] a storyteller of poetic breadth with a discerning eye for subtle, sensitive associations.”— The Nation
- Santa Fe New Mexican Bestseller