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Review: 'Desert America' by Ruben Martinez
Review: 'Desert America' by Ruben Martinez

-------------------- Desert America Boom and Bust in the New "New West" Rubén Martínez Metropolitan Books: 337 pp., $28 -------------------- In his new book "Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New 'New West,'" Los Angeles writer Rubén Martínez leaves the city behind for the beauty and desolation of the dry, sparsely populated corners of what he calls the "inner West." He alights in northern New Mexico, a land of pueblos and piñon trees, of sweeping vistas and old adobes. Many an adventurer and seeker has come to this land before him: Spanish conquistadors, American artists, New Age spiritualists,...

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