Must Read Classics
Mayordomo - Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico
A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a small New Mexico Farm
You can buy vegetables, and certainly garlic from Crawford at the Farmer’s Market each year but
you’ll have a much greater appreciation for what went into growing it. Both non fiction books are
insightful to the hard work and water management that sustained the earliest Santa Feans and
continues to do so today through farmers like Crawford.
House Made of Dawn
–N. Scott Momaday
Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969- a young Native American man returns home to New Mexico after
serving in a foreign war.
The Milagro Beanfield War
This fictional account of locals versus big developers over the issue of water in the high
desert has never been more timely. In Santa Fe county the issues of water and development are
hotter than ever in the new millennium.
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Read this classic for an insightful account of the impact the Roman Catholic clergy had in New Mexico
during the 19th century.
The Woman at Otowi Crossing
The mystical converges with the atomic world in this story based on the life of Edith Warner who ran
a tea house near Los Alamos prior to it becoming the home of the first atom bomb.
Santa Fe Community
Santa Fe: Turn Left at the Sleeping Dog: Scripting the Santa Fe Legend 1920-1955
–John Pen La Farge
La Farge grew up in Santa Fe and brought an intimacy to this collection of interviews
with the locals who lived in the city when it was still ‘inaccessible’, before the
Interstate connected it with the Albuquerque airport.
Santa Fe: History of an Ancient City
–David Grant Noble
Archival photographs, maps and scholarly essays give a broad historic look at Santa
Fe as it grew into the mid-19th century.
Santa Fe on Foot
–Elaine Pinkerton/Eli Levin, illustrator
An historic guide to Santa Fe you can only discover by slowing down and walking.
Arts & Culture
The Essence of Santa Fe: From a Way of Life to a Style
–Jerilou Hammett, Kingsley Hammett, Peter Sholtz
‘The true Santa Fe is a way of life; it's not a style.’ This book goes to the root of what
makes the city Different, taking a look at the creativity that grew from a simple, sustainable
way of life in northern New Mexico.
Literary Pilgrims: The Santa Fe and Taos Writer’s Colonies 1917-1950
Writers and poets helped put Santa Fe on the map when their enthusiastic accounts of life in
New Mexico were published, fanning the flames of Santa Fe as a unique destination.
The Myth of Santa Fe
How did Santa Fe emerge from a ‘declining provincial capital’ to a top tourist destination?
It was not a fluke but a successful, at least by the standards of commerce, merger of rich
cultural traditions and enthusiastic newcomers.
Georgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place
–Barbara Buhler Lynes, Lesley Poling–Kempes, and Frederick W. Turner
The connection between landscape, art and abstraction that distinguishes northern New Mexican through the iconic works of Georgia O’Keeffe.
New Mexico Style: A Sourcebook
–Nancy Hunter Warren
Informative and inspirational photography of architectural details from New Mexico houses.
The book highlights the idiosyncratic touches that make a New Mexico home unlike any other.
Santa Fe Style
–Christine Mather and Sharon Woods
This book offers a brief history and abundant images that show the architectural influences
and evolution of Santa Fe Style as it peaked in the mid-1980’s/early 1990’s. An indispensable
coffee table book that continues to be an inspirational resource for creative interiors.
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