“When NASARIO GARCIA was a boy in Ojo del Padre, a village in the Rio Puerco Valley northwest of Albuquerque, he grew up the way rural New Mexicans had for generations. His parents built their own adobe home, raised their own food, hauled their water from the river, and brought up their children to respect the old ways. In this account of his boyhood Garcia writes unforgettably about his family’s village life, telling story after story, all of them true, and fascinating everyone interested in New Mexico history and culture.” Winner of the 2016 Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico Winner of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Biography—New Mexico Subject and Best Book on New Mexico
About the Author:
NASARIO GARCIA was born in Bernalillo, New Mexico. He attended the University of New Mexico where he received his BA and MA degrees in Spanish and Portuguese, respectively. His Ph.D. is from the University of Pittsburgh in XIX Century Spanish Literature. Garcia is an award-winning author who for the past 30-plus years has devoted his life to the preservation of Hispanic language, culture, and folklore of northern New Mexico. He has authored/co-authored thirty-one books in addition to translating five books written by other authors. Nasario Garcia currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Janice. Folklorist and native New Mexican Nasario García has published numerous books about Hispanic folklore and the oral history of northern New Mexico, including Grandma’s Santo on Its Head / El santo patas arriba de mi abuelita: Stories of Days Gone By in Hispanic Villages of New Mexico / Cuentos de días gloriosos en pueblitos hispanos de Nuevo México and Grandpa Lolo’s Navajo Saddle Blanket: La tilma de Abuelito Lolo (UNM Press). He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.