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In the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico’s Mora Valley harbors the ghosts of history: troubadours and soldiers, Plains Indians and settlers, families fleeing and finding home. There, more than a century ago, villagers collect scraps of paper documenting the valley’s history and their identity—military records, travelers’ diaries, newspaper articles, poe In the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico’s Mora Valley harbors the ghosts of history: troubadours and soldiers, Plains Indians and settlers, families fleeing and finding home. There, more than a century ago, villagers collect scraps of paper documenting the valley’s history and their identity—military records, travelers’ diaries, newspaper articles, poetry, and more—and bind them into a leather portfolio known as “The Book of Archives.” When a bomb blast during the Mexican-American War scatters the book’s contents to the wind, the memory of the accounts lives on instead in the minds of Mora residents. Poets and storytellers pass down the valley’s traditions into the twentieth century, from one generation to the next. In this pathbreaking dual-language volume, author A. Gabriel Meléndez joins their ranks, continuing the retelling of Mora Valley’s tales for our time. A native of Mora with el don de la palabra, the divine gift of words, Meléndez mines historical sources and his own imagination to reconstruct the valley’s story, first in English and then in Spanish. He strings together humorous, tragic, and quotidian vignettes about historical events and unlikely occurrences, creating a vivid portrait of Mora, both in cultural memory and present reality. Local gossip and family legend intertwine with Spanish-language ballads and the poetry of New Mexico’s most famous dueling troubadours, Old Man Vilmas and the poet García. Drawing on New Mexican storytelling tradition, Meléndez weaves a colorful dual-language representation of a place whose irresistible characters and unforgettable events, and the inescapable truths they embody, still resonate today.


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In the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico’s Mora Valley harbors the ghosts of history: troubadours and soldiers, Plains Indians and settlers, families fleeing and finding home. There, more than a century ago, villagers collect scraps of paper documenting the valley’s history and their identity—military records, travelers’ diaries, newspaper articles, poe In the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico’s Mora Valley harbors the ghosts of history: troubadours and soldiers, Plains Indians and settlers, families fleeing and finding home. There, more than a century ago, villagers collect scraps of paper documenting the valley’s history and their identity—military records, travelers’ diaries, newspaper articles, poetry, and more—and bind them into a leather portfolio known as “The Book of Archives.” When a bomb blast during the Mexican-American War scatters the book’s contents to the wind, the memory of the accounts lives on instead in the minds of Mora residents. Poets and storytellers pass down the valley’s traditions into the twentieth century, from one generation to the next. In this pathbreaking dual-language volume, author A. Gabriel Meléndez joins their ranks, continuing the retelling of Mora Valley’s tales for our time. A native of Mora with el don de la palabra, the divine gift of words, Meléndez mines historical sources and his own imagination to reconstruct the valley’s story, first in English and then in Spanish. He strings together humorous, tragic, and quotidian vignettes about historical events and unlikely occurrences, creating a vivid portrait of Mora, both in cultural memory and present reality. Local gossip and family legend intertwine with Spanish-language ballads and the poetry of New Mexico’s most famous dueling troubadours, Old Man Vilmas and the poet García. Drawing on New Mexican storytelling tradition, Meléndez weaves a colorful dual-language representation of a place whose irresistible characters and unforgettable events, and the inescapable truths they embody, still resonate today.

20 review for The Book of Archives and Other Stories from the Mora Valley, New Mexico

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sierra The Book Addict

    This is such a delight to read, grown up and living in New Mexico is such a blessing but reading these beautifully crafted stories of Mora really opened my eyes. I felt like each story was to short 😂 for after each one "ended" I really just wanted more. Some were sad, others were dramatic, but others also had a lot of truth hidden within them. Go pick up this book, its well worthy one's time. This is such a delight to read, grown up and living in New Mexico is such a blessing but reading these beautifully crafted stories of Mora really opened my eyes. I felt like each story was to short 😂 for after each one "ended" I really just wanted more. Some were sad, others were dramatic, but others also had a lot of truth hidden within them. Go pick up this book, its well worthy one's time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Moryma

    Read the English portion only. Enjoyable collection of stories and story snippets - would love to read again with local maps and history to dive deeper.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Scott Russell

    The book blends oral tales, history, and fiction together to provide the hispanos and Chicanos of Mora, New Mexico a history and preserves culture. The form is an interesting collection of vignettes that make up the novel. Many of these short vignettes may be amusing or sad, but all interconnect and build upon recreating the book of archives, the records of the town destroyed by American cannons during the attack on Mora during the Taos rebellion. Identity, color, history and the effect of techn The book blends oral tales, history, and fiction together to provide the hispanos and Chicanos of Mora, New Mexico a history and preserves culture. The form is an interesting collection of vignettes that make up the novel. Many of these short vignettes may be amusing or sad, but all interconnect and build upon recreating the book of archives, the records of the town destroyed by American cannons during the attack on Mora during the Taos rebellion. Identity, color, history and the effect of technology all come together in this book.

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