On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, ReadWest joined hundreds of other nonprofits in New Mexico by launching its first Giving Tuesday NM campaign. The campaign was supported by the donation of autographed books generously provided by New Mexican authors as well as authors with ties to the Land of Enchantment. The books were part of drawing that eligible donors were entered into.
Read more about the books below. We also encourage you to visit the authors’ websites and/or follow them on social media to help us show our gratitude for their wonderful support of ReadWest Adult Literacy Program.
The Last Chance Olive Ranch
“In this exciting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, China Bayles fears for her husband’s life as an escaped convict targets him….”
A Wilder Rose
“The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most beloved books in the American literary canon. Lesser known is the secret, concealed for decades, of how they came to be.”
The General's Women
“Set during the chaotic years of World War II, The General’s Women tells the story of the conflicted relationship between General Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, his Irish driver/aide, and the impact of that relationship on Mamie Eisenhower and her life in Washington during the war.”
“If you’re going through hell, keep going…”Shaken by the death of his beloved wife and wrestling with powerful personal demons, Professor Gabriel McKenna leaves New York City for New Mexico to claim an inheritance from a mysterious distant relative. He finds something other than a Land of Enchantment.Unseen enemies threaten his life. Old friends turn up and rally to his side. Together they plunge into a lethal struggle for a 19th Century treasure, the fabled Lost Adams gold.”
“What do you do when the dead come back and your loved ones disappear? All Gabe McKenna wanted was a new floor for his barn. What he got was seven corpses, all long dead. Seven rich men, missing from New York. One of his closest childhood friends is gunned down in an Albuquerque casino. After escaping two attempts on his own life and with time running out, McKenna must uncover the connection and prevent his loved ones from joining the growing ranks of the dead.”
Cut. Print. Kill.
“There’s always room for one more lie… Reeling from family betrayal and tragedy, Gabe McKenna charts a new course as historical consultant on a motion picture filming in New Mexico. Before you can say “Action!”, he is entangled in a web of illusion and deceit, where death plays a starring role.”
Sunlight and Shadow
“Everything is going well for San Diego restaurateur Abby Silva. She is four months pregnant, and her husband Bobby is finished with his last tour as a Navy submariner, but their happiness is interrupted by a brutal robbery, followed by Bobby’s father’s sudden death. Bobby and Abby’s mixed marriage angered their families. Her wealthy white parents disowned her after she married a Hispanic, and Bobby’s father felt that his son was denying his heritage. Now Bobby wants Abby to have the baby in the tiny New Mexico town of Esperanza where he grew up so she can experience the feeling of ‘La Familia,’ where everyone helps one another. Abby reluctantly agrees, then Bobby mysteriously disappears.”
A Growing Season
“Hailed by Booklist as “two talented authors who vividly bring to life the beauty of New Mexico and its people,” Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl return in A Growing Season to Esperanza, New Mexico, the setting of their first book, Sunlight and Shadow. Esperanza is a community at the crossroads where a devastating drought threatens the farming community’s very survival. Vultures circle in the form of developers who see failing farms as ripe pickings for a bedroom community for Albuquerque. Court battles pit the endangered silvery minnow against the farmers as the once mighty Rio Grande shrinks from its banks even as demand for its precious water increases.”
Long Night Moon
“Fresh out of college, Santiago Silva begins his dream career in San Francisco, only to receive shocking news from home in Esperanza, New Mexico. A woman he briefly dated has reappeared with a three-year-old son she swears Santiago fathered. She claims they are in danger. Confronting the unfolding crisis in New Mexico, Santiago faces a soul-wrenching crossroads between the new life he has worked so hard to achieve and the undeniable pull of Esperanza. Long Night Moon continues the story of the Vigils and the Silvas, begun in the authors’ first two award-winning novels….”
Chasing the Cure in New Mexico
“This book tells the story of the thousands of “health seekers” who journeyed to New Mexico from 1880 to 1940 seeking a cure for tuberculosis (TB), the leading killer in the United States at the time. By 1920 such health seekers represented an estimated 10 percent of New Mexico’s population. The influx of “lungers” as they were called―many of whom remained in New Mexico―would play a critical role in New Mexico’s struggle for statehood and in its growth.”
“Robbed and beaten by outlaws, stagecoach guard James Colton vows justice and recovery of his grandfather’s watch. Determined to find his heirloom, James hunts the outlaws, only to face an immoral sheriff who gives him no choice but to shoot. Charged with his murder, James’s solitary hope is to get the bandits to confess to the sheriff’s villainy. With older brother Trace along to help, James tracks the outlaws into Mexico. But after Trace is gravely wounded, James is ambushed by lawmen as he tries to take his brother across the border.”
The Naked Rainbow and Other Stories
“Author, poet, linguist, and oral historian Nasario García turns to his childhood home, the Río Puerco Valley southeast of Chaco Canyon in northern New Mexico, for the setting of this collection of fictional short stories. They illustrate the vibrant culture of rural northern New Mexico and its inhabitants with a cast of common characters, above all women, whose compassion, willfulness, humor, observation, and spirit reflect the rich heritage of the environment that inspired their creation.”
“After twenty years of being an outcast, Jossenda Ledesma suddenly shows up at a family gathering. She latches onto Becca Sandoval, a relative newcomer to the clan, who is in the dark about the hostility surrounding the woman. Becca soon learns that Jossenda is not only belligerent and ill-mannered, but also a member of a questionable “religious” cult. To escape Jossenda’s interference in her life, Becca must unmask the secrets of Jossenda’s personal animosity as well as the sinister activities of the cult.”
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Susan J. Tweit
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Susan J. Tweit
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