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November 2021

Read the West Book Club — Death Comes for the Archbishop

Willa Cather's best-known novel is an epic — almost mythic — story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the Southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost 40 years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only…

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December 2021

Read the West Book Club—Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality

In 1917 Mabel Sterne (Mabel Dodge Luhan), patron of the arts and spokeswoman for the New York avant-garde, came to the Southwest seeking a new life. This autobiographical account is a remarkable description of an Easterner's journey to the American West. It is also a great story of personal and philosophical transformation. The geography of New Mexico and the culture of the Pueblo Indians opened a new world for Mabel. She settled in Taos immediately and lived there the rest…

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