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  • Out of the Sierra, Victoria Blanco
    Coffee House Press, 9781566896535, June 11, 2024 (Non-Fiction)

    “Blanco writes an unparalleled work of narrative nonfiction that intricately captures a chronicle of everyday resistance in this story of the Rarámuri people, as social and environmental factors force them away from their communal society in the Sierra Madre mountains and into a different life in Chihuahua City.”

    —Stephanie Skees, The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO

    “A delicately told account of the Rarámuri, a native people of Mexico, that honors their history, traditions, and culture while recounting one family’s story as they adapt to modern Mexican life. Out of the Sierra emphasizes the small resistances of the family and their community as they fight to preserve their traditional way of life in an often hostile world. Simultaneously poetic yet journalistic, dramatic yet quiet, devastating but ultimately hopeful. Victoria Blanco, with the collaboration of the Gutiérrez family, has struck a balance that invites readers and uplifts the Rarámuri with dignity.”

    —Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

    "Out of the Sierra will undo and challenge your expectations of nonfiction. A story collected through oral history and first-hand encounters, this book captures a history of a people who have long withstood being cataloged by Western history standards. Though it makes no direct reference to these things, simply by existing and sharing this story, Out of the Sierra stands in opposition to colonialism, capitalism, climate change, patriarchy, and white supremacy. This book exudes the beauty that is Indigenous way of life, and the horrors that occur when the violence of whiteness forces its way into the narrative."

    —Frances Metzger, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT

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