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New Mexico Authors and Books: Nonfiction

Memoirs and Autobiographies

Ackerman, Diane (1948- )

Ackerman's memoir The Twilight of the Tenderfoot is set on a New Mexico ranch.

Baca, Jimmy Santiago (1952- )

Baca is a poet and New Mexico native. His memoir is A Place to Stand: The Making of Poet.

Church, Peggy Pond (1903-1986)

Church is a native New Mexican poet and author known for her evocative writings capturing the landscape and character of New Mexico. Her father operated the Los Alamos Ranch School which later became the site of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The House at Otowi Bridge is a both a memoir and biography of her friend Edith Warner that witnessed the changes on the Pajarito Plateau.

Luhan, Mabel Dodge (1979-1962)

Dodge Luhan was a wealthy heiress who moved to Taos in 1919 and became an influential patron of the arts. She wrote her memoirs in four volumes; Winter is Taos is the best known. Her papers are held at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

 

Narrative Nonfiction and Narrative History

Abbey, Edward (1927-1989)

Abbey is a well-known nature writer, best known for Desert Solitaire. He wrote two books set in New Mexico: Fire on the Mountain and The Brave Cowboy.

Connors, Phillip

In Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness, Connors, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, writes about his experiences as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest.

Hoglund, Don

Hoglund is a veterinarian in Santa Fe. His narrative nonfiction work is Nobody's Horses: The Dramatic Rescue of the Wild Herd of White Sands.

Horgan, Paul (1903-1995)

Horgan won the Pulitzer Prize for history for Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History (1955) and Lamy of Santa Fe: His Life and Times (1976). He wrote more than 40 books of fiction and nonfiction. Most of his fiction is set in the Southwest. Horgan moved to Albuquerque with his family in 1915, and attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He was later the librarian at the New Mexico Military Institute.

Sides, Hampton

Sides 1986 work of narrative nonfiction, Blood and Thunder, tells the story U.S. Army's conquest of the American West. He recounts the details of Kit Carson's involvement in "resettling" the Navajo from their lands in New Mexico and Arizona. Sides is an editor at Outside magazine, based in Santa Fe, and was a 2015 Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute.

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