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Valley of Shining Stone: The Story of Abiquiu

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North by northwest from old Santa Fe is the winding road to Abiquiu (ah-be-cue'), Ghost Ranch, and el Valle de la Piedra Lumbre, the Valley of Shining Stone: mythical names in a near-mythical place, captured for the ages in the famous paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe.

O'Keeffe saw the magic of sandstone cliffs and turquoise skies, but her life and death here are only part of
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by University of Arizona Press
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Patrick Gibson
Dec 22, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it really liked it
El Valle de la Piedra Lumbre is one of the most mythical enigmatic places in the West (I was going to say ‘on Earth’ but I tend to hyperabjectualize so I will try contain myself). I tell people there is a reason why Georgia O’Keeffe landed in the middle of this valley and never left. The luminous multi-hued sandstone cliffs illuminated by a turquoise sky does more than take your breath away. It affects your soul.

This is a history that reads like a novel. Long before O’Keeffe, the Spanish pilgrim
Jan 16, 2015 Novation rated it really liked it
A well-researched and well-written history of a magical place in North America and the people that sought to live on that land. It is a microcosm of the world over when different cultures have connections and designs on the same piece of earth and the conflicts and relationships that can arise. That piece of earth just watches silently, bearing the changes to its ecology, as the same stories repeat over and over. Somewhat sad as the author documents the Anglo takeover of northern New Mexico.
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My mom brought this back from a trip to NM.
Abiquiu is a mystical place and I want to spend more time there.
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Aug 07, 2007 Kristin Carlisle rated it it was ok
i am planning to read this in preparation for my New Mexico vacation!
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My writing life is completely connected to my daily life on the high desert of Abiquiu and northern New Mexico. Like my "Bone Horses" protagonist, Charlotte, I was born and raised in New York, specifically in Westchester County. Unlike Charlotte, I loved the wild vast empty desert and wide blue sky of the Southwest on sight. I was always working my way back home to this exotic, magnificent place. ...more
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