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Pie Town Woman: The Hard Life and Good Times of a New Mexico Homesteader (Paperback)
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Pie Town Woman: The Hard Life and Good Times of a New Mexico Homesteader (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 30/08/2001
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Pie Town, New Mexico, was immortalised in 1940 in the photographs of Russell Lee, who documented life in the high, dry farming community as part of the Farm Security Administration's New Deal survey of American life. This book tells the story of one of the women photographed by Lee. Doris Caudill lived on a homestead with her husband and daughter, who was six years old when Lee made his famous photographs, many of which show Doris planting her garden, canning vegetables, and milking cows. Now, more than sixty years later, Joan Myers, herself a distinguished photographer, introduces us to the woman behind the pictures.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826322845
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 585 g
Dimensions: 240 x 175 x 15 mm


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." . . a remarkable, often moving account that combines one woman's nostalgic recollections of uncommonly hard times, and insightful analysis of Lee's photographic legacy, and family snapshots."
Myers has done an admirable job in telling Doris story, and focusing on an often overlooked region.
"Myers has given us an invaluable glimpse into the history of a small community that has become almost a ghost town."
""Pie Town Woman" describes the back-breaking manual labor of subsistence agriculture and the drudgery of housekeeping."
Myers . . . is a thoughtful writer whose prose seems effortless and transparent . . . and makes a whole community of individuals come to life in a real page-turner.
. . . a remarkable, often moving account that combines one womans nostalgic recollections of uncommonly hard times, and insightful analysis of Lees photographic legacy, and family snapshots.
"The reader is not only engaged by the photos and absorbed by Myers's account of one spunky woman's perspective on homesteading in New Mexico- but is also engrossed by Myers's thought-provoking questions."
." . . highly visual book. . illiminate s both the stark reality and the compelling beauty of Plains ruins. . . Joan Meyers uses photographs, letters, interviews and determined sleuthing to richly detail the brimming life such places contained."

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