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BROTHER BILL'S BAIT BITES BACK
COAL CAMP DAYS
COAL CAMP JUSTICE
ON THE WAY TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY



Coal Camp Days
Copyright © 2001
by Ricardo Garcia
U of New Mexico P

The coalfields of northern New Mexico are the setting for the remembrances of six-year-old Matias Montaño, a fictionalized version of the author’s life in the last years of World War II. García writes about ordinary coal-mining people as they struggle to make a living and raise families, and about their heroism, joy for living, and their belief in the value of education, hard work, and the American Dream.
For Matias, his brothers, friends, and the adults in their lives, the poor living conditions did not interfere with their adventures and activities, which included collecting scrap iron, picking chokecherries, tracking deer, hunting rattlesnakes, and riding hand cars down the railroad tracks. This book presents a fresh and richly textured view of life in a mining town from the Hispanic viewpoint but includes folklore and stories told by the town’s many other ethnic groups, among them Italian, Slavic, and Greek immigrants and African Americans, all working together in support of the war effort and in search of better lives. — from the jacket


Coal Camp Justice
Copyright © 2004
by Ricardo Garcia
U of New Mexico P

A prequel novel to Coal Camp Days, chronicles the egregious events causing the coal miners to form a union with the threat of strike.


On the Way to San Francisco Bay
Copyright © 2001
by Ricardo Garcia
Salmon Run Publishers

In the spirit and style of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, ten professors drive a van to San Francisco on a pilgrimage to Silicon Valley with one simple rule: you can speak at any time so long as you speak in rhyme. At trip's end, they've told 33 rhymed tales, one ode, and sang two songs, the themes of each narrative as diverse as the group of weary travelers. — from the publisher


Brother Bill’s Bait Bites Back
and other tales from the Raton
Copyright © 2004
by Ricardo Garcia
U of NE P

Orally transmitted folklore from an ethnically diverse region (Hispanic, Anglo, Slavic, Middle Eastern, African American, Asian), these short stories are tales told to me of events (1905-1945) in the Raton region Colfax County, NM.


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