A Beautiful, Cruel Country
Arizona's Arivaca Valley lies only a short distance from the Mexican border and is a rugged land in which to put down stakes. When Arizona Territory was America's last frontier, this area was homesteaded by Anglo and Mexican settlers alike, who often displaced the Indian population that had lived there for centuries. This frontier way of life, which prevailed as recently a...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by University of Arizona Press
(first published October 1st 1987)
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Amazing story which makes me think I need to give my children way more responsibility! The only downfall of this autobiography is an excess of names and people that I cannot keep straight. I eventually gave up on keeping them straight and in the end it didn't matter as the story could still be told beautifully even with the slight confusion.
Jul 18, 2011 Rosie marked it as to-read · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I loved reading about the author's daily life on her family's ranch in ARIVACA, AZ. The details in which she describes her surroundings, the hills, the smells after a rainshower, the hardships make it easy to imagine how life in Arizona was in the beginning of the century.
An account of life on an isolated southern Arizona ranch at the turn of the century, this memoir includes a lot of really interesting stories from the author's childhood. While I enjoyed the stories, there didn't seem to be a "dramatic arc" or anything that kept me coming back to this book, curious about what would happen next. So I would set it aside for weeks or months while I was spellbound by novels, then by the time I picked it up again, I had forgotten who the various people were. If you'r...more