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Querencia

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In the late 1970s, Stephen Bodio, a Boston-based writer, amateur naturalist, and falconer, happened into Magdalena, New Mexico, on the way somewhere else. He never left. With an assortment of birds, dogs, snakes, and books, he took up residence in a ramshackle two-story house along US 60 and set out to live in the way of country people. "Querencia"--the Zen-like Spanish te ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Clark City Press
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Brad Watson
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, elegiac, spare but full-hearted memoir of a love affair between two people and a place, the area in and around Magdalena, New Mexico. It's about love, literary poverty, work, hunting, dogs (so great about dogs), and friends. And death and survival. I wish someone would take it up and reprint it.
Ellie Julio
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's hard for me to comment without getting overwrought; I've lived in Magdalena periodically, and I've known Bodio since I was 7. So I'll keep this short.

Querencia is a love story about the New Mexican high country and an unusual Bostonian woman that's written in the sort of vivid, descriptive prose that makes you want to leave the city behind. Part ode, part elegy, part Western - it's romantic in all senses. You feel as if you're sitting at the kitchen table, listening to cowboy stories into t
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Steven McKay
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I wish I could remember how I found this book. I do know that it wasn't at all what I expected.
This book is beautifully written, with memorable descriptions of rural New Mexico and the small town in which the author finds himself living.
That said, I had trouble with a single, repeated topic: bloodsports. I am not a fan of sport hunting, cock fighting, etc. I recognize that meat comes from animals and that animals eat each other, but I don't get a thrill from the process. I pressed on through the
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Rod Barnes
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, part memoir, part nature writing in the tradition of Terry Tempest William's "Refuge." It also broke my heart with a life experience strongly resonating with a fresh grief in my own life.
Mary
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
New Mexico as I know it written by a man who has survived the loss of what could only be called his soulmate.
Ernest Hogan
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book about living, loving, and dying in New Mexico. Stephen Bodio is one hell of a writer.
Nagrom
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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Nagrom
Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, Falconers, Hunters, Poets, Writers, Photographers, Travelers, Wanderers, Lovers, Anyone
Other reviewers have already said a lot about this work, and its depth, and power, which I don't disagree with, or feel like repeating. Correct they are that Querencia is a great work, a heartfelt memoir of a person, a place, and a time. It is that, and at least for me, much more. Filled with rich details of people, falcons, guns, hunting, the country, and simple day to day life in an incredibly unique place, Querencia, is more than a simple memoir of loss. It is a fundamental account of exactly ...more
Sj Renfroe
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I first began this memoir, I wasn’t exactly deeply intrigued. I thought the imagery was beautiful, and enjoyed the easy narrative, but wasn’t quickly sucked into the story. I had been told it was an incredible love story between a younger man and an older woman, replete with poetic nature descriptions.
It wasn’t until the last part that I fell in love with the story. I didn’t even realize it was happening, and I think this was part of the point. It was how Steve fell in love with Betsy, how
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Mike
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I had no idea what this book was about, I simply read it because it was at the beginning of my to be read list alphabetically and I have a little room left on my read bookshelf from letters A-C. Some serious rearranging is necessary. I am not one to put a book down and walk away from it but this book made me think about it in the opening chapters. The author seemed to want to be a beautiful linguist without giving much information about what the book was actually going to be about. Bodio settled ...more
Marisa
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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“Querencia” was a fascinating memoir of a non-traditional (to put it mildly) couple who carved out a mini-paradise for themselves in Magdalena despite themselves. What made this book so interesting was Bodio’s gift for evoking vivid landscapes that easily transport the reader to a land unlike no other.

Sometimes evocative, sometimes funny the memoir is in the form of a personal essay. It is a commemoration to Bodio and his wife’s unconventional relationship and how it changed both their lives for
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Cynthia  Scott
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had been waiting for a good chance to read Querencia. I sampled it when I bought it but the time wasn't right. It is the semi-autobiographical story of a New York writer who follows a visit to a remote New Mexican village by moving there, with his fascinating older lady love, and a whole bunch of dogs. Something of a "back to the land" story but much more. Wonderful, understanding character sketches of the local population. Adventures in the southwest from daily life. Just a wonderful book.

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Justin Jones
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An honest book, with as beautiful descriptions of love and culture as landscape. This is a glimpse of place and ways of life that are rare, and for which I have tremendous appreciation. It is deeply grounded to the land of New Mexico. This book is very important to me.
Cson Johnson
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
definately a favorite.
David Roberts
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lyric prose that well describes a simple life in the New Mexico mountains west of Socorro.
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