The Turquoise Ledge

The Turquoise Ledge

[a Memoir]

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
ISBN: 9780670022113
067002211X
Call Number: 818.5403 Si34t
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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