Southwest Books


SouthwestBooksREVmW Collectively,   these two titles represent a comprehensive look at the life of the many cultures of Northern New Mexico. Comedy, pathos, and drama jostle together in these enchanting tales of life now and in years gone by in one of our country’s most colorful states.




AYER Y AHORA: Yesterday and Today

Winner of the 2006 New Mexico Heritage Preservation Award for Literature.

With this anthology, everyday folk from Hispanic and Anglo cultures build a composite picture of life today and yesterday in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. The once isolated region has undergone rapid change. As new generations of Hispanics no longer speak Spanish, the culture of their forebears vanishes. And Santa Fe, once “The City Different,” is much like other cities now. And yet, despite the arrival of modernity, both city and region retain their ability to enchant.

Stories include:

La Semana Santa,” “Slowing Change,” “Politics at the Corral,” “Before Santa Fe Bars,”     “Boomtown—New Mexico,”  “The Case of the Cut Percha in Kangaroo Court,” “Santa Fe in the Seventies,” “The Little Goat Girl.”
“Bob Wolf ‘s approach to oral history is unique . . . His work is more than a lament, it is a battle cry.” — Studs Terkel

“Like Walt Whitman and Studs Terkel, Wolf hears America singing, and he wants us all to listen.” — Booklist

“Wolf hears America singing . . .”  — Kirkus Reviews

This book is available in the Free River Press online store here.




MIXED BEANS: Stories from New Mexico, Past and Present

Mixed Beans presents first-hand accounts of life in widely varying New Mexican cultures, spanning the gamut from present-day ranch life in northeast New Mexico to stories of life in Hispanic mountain villages. Mixed Beans also includes narratives by Indians and Anglo artists.

Sections include:

The Pueblo of Pojoaque, Northern Hispanic Villages, Taos, Santa Fe, and Ranch Country

Praise for Mixed Beans:

Mixed Beans is an unusual and moving book, stitched together from an unlikely source—writing workshops attended largely by older New Mexicans. The budding authors offer up varied glimpses of life reflective of New Mexico’s vanishing folk cultures. Engagingly written and instructive. Highly recommended.” —Marc Simmons, Historian

“Participants in Bob Wolf’s New Mexico writing workshops have produced diverse, vivid accounts of 20th-century and early 21st-century community and family life in north-central pueblos, villages and towns and the northeastern ranching communities. Their work sounds the same clarion to recognize ordinary lives and ways of life. . . that the New Deal documentation programs fostered across the country, 1933-43. Mixed Beans is a latter-day WPA Federal Writers’ Project/Writers’ Program American Guide.” —Marta Weigle, UNM Regents Professor, edited New Mexicans in Cameo and Camera: New Deal Documentation of Twentieth-Century Lives, co-authored The Lore of New Mexico, and co-edited Telling New Mexico: A New History

This book is available in the Free River Press online store here.