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Cheap Land Colorado by Ted Conover
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Nov 01, 2022 | ISBN 9780525521488

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“Most Americans have never heard of the San Luis Valley: the huge, high, flat area at the headwaters of the Rio Grande. And most have never given a thought to the people there who live on the off-grid edge of American society, and what they might tell us about ourselves. As he has so often in the past, Ted Conover immerses himself in the lives of these forgotten men and women—and emerges with an unforgettable portrait of a slice of American society today.”—Charles C. Mann, author of 1491

“Ted Conover has made a career of entering forgotten or marginal American lives and being with those people until he knows them from the inside out. It takes a special empathy, not to say an extraordinary commitment of time, to accomplish his kind of reportage. It seems fundamentally an act of respect. In this account of some back-of-the-moon Colorado lives, he is never once above the folks about whom he is writing. I bet they would say so themselves. I couldn’t read the book fast enough.”—Paul Hendrickson, author of Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost

Cheap Land Colorado cements Conover among our greatest subcultural storytellers. In these dispatches, he invites readers to ride shotgun along an unraveling edge of the American West, where sepia-toned myths about making a fresh start collide with modern modes of alienation, volatility, and exile. Unflinchingly candid and eternally big-hearted, Conover brings the frontier and its denizens into focus without blurring any contradictions: splendor and brutality, freedom and deprivation, hospitality alongside a deep-seated unease. In a nation whose edges have come to define its center, this is essential reading.”—Jessica Bruder, author of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

“Ted Conover has produced an intimate, vivid, and deeply engrossing portrait of a modern American frontier. Amid the loneliness, crime, addiction, trauma, poverty, and social marginalization that Conover witnessed he also discovered deep veins of generosity, tolerance, beauty, and love. The result is a moving chronicle of people whom few of us have encountered but whom all of us can recognize.”—Luke Mogelson, author of The Storm Is Here

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