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Songs of the Fluteplayer: Seasons of Life in the Southwest

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In Songs of the Fluteplayer, the charm and challenge of the spectacularly beautiful American Southwest are irresistibly captured by a woman who risked much to discover a new life and greater meaning there. Sharman Apt Russell and her husband moved to the Mimbres Valley in southwestern New Mexico in order to lead a simpler yet more substantial life. Their efforts to be self ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Bison Books (first published August 31st 1991)
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Elizabeth Andrew
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The perfect book to read while traveling through New Mexico. Light literary essays about a chosen life in the wild, rural Southwest. I especially appreciated the chapter on birth:

It would seem that I had never been so vulnerable and so dependent in all my life. Yet I remember this, a physical memory, lodged deep in the body, as a moment of power.
--Sharman Apt Russell, Songs of the Fluteplayer
Carly Svamvour
I started reading this about 10 days ago - liked it.

Very interesting about the environment of New Mexico.

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Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This excellent collection of essays on the intersection of nature and life in the American Southwest is as poignant today as when it was written nearly 20 years ago.
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