The Turquoise Ledge

The Turquoise Ledge

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Penguin Putnam
A highly original and poetic self-portrait from one of America's most acclaimed writers.

Leslie Marmon Silko's new book, her first in ten years, combines memoir with family history and reflections on the creatures and beings that command her attention and inform her vision of the world, taking readers along on her daily walks through the arroyos and ledges of the Sonoran desert in Arizona. Silko weaves tales from her family's past into her observations, using the turquoise stones she finds on the walks to unite the strands of her stories, while the beauty and symbolism of the landscape around her, and of the snakes, birds, dogs, and other animals that share her life and form part of her family, figure prominently in her memories. Strongly influenced by Native American storytelling traditions, The Turquoise Ledge becomes a moving and deeply personal contemplation of the enormous spiritual power of the natural world-of what these creatures and landscapes can communicate to us, and how they are all linked.

The book is Silko's first extended work of nonfiction, and its ambitious scope, clear prose, and inventive structure are captivating. The Turquoise Ledge will delight loyal fans and new readers alike, and it marks the return of the unique voice and vision of a gifted storyteller.



Baker & Taylor
A poetic self-portrait combines family stories with reflections on the creatures and terrain observed on the Sonoran desert arroyos of Arizona during meditative walks that have been influenced by Native American storytelling traditions. By the author of Ceremony.

Baker
& Taylor

Silko takes readers along on her daily walks through the arroyos and ledges of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, weaving tales from both sides of her family's past into her observations, and using the turquoise stones that she finds on her walks to unite the strands of her stories.
The American author combines family stories and self-reflection about her life with observations about the creatures and terrain observed on the Sonoran desert arroyos of Arizona.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
ISBN: 9780670022113
Branch Call Number: BIO Silko SIL
Characteristics: 319 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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rlbecker Feb 17, 2011

This was a highly entertaining memoir spiced with information about her ancestors, present day family, friends and critters of all sorts. The story starts about by grounding her story in that of some of her interesting grandparents. It then continues by giving us her reactions to local wildlife such as the various rattlesnakes who each live in a certain spot in her yard or under her house. They live together sympathetically: she doesn't bother them, they seem to know this, and they don't attack her. The same goes for her local wild bees, salamanders and owls. She also owns some macaws and dogs. The story is told in a very loving and insightful way.
She also speaks about her continuing quest for turquoise. She looks for big ledges of it on her walks in the nearby desert. She picks up pieces, but always wants to find big deposits of it. The irony of it is, later on, she finds that she built her house on top of a turquoise ledge.

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