Botanical Book Club: The Milagro Beanfield War

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Tuesday, February 12th 1:00 PM – 2:30 

Meeting Location: Small Udall Conference Room, 725 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM, 87505.

No RSVP required. Botanical Book Club meets every second Tuesday of the month. We hope you can join us!

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden invites you to participate in our monthly Botanical Book Club. Join other botanical book enthusiasts over tea, cookies, and great conversation about our book of the month. The book of the month for February is The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols.

About The Milagro Beanfield War: Joe Mondragon, a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, slammed his battered pickup to a stop, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into the arid patch of ground. Carefully (and also illegally), he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began-though few knew it at the time-the Milagro beanfield war. But like everything else in the dirt-poor town of Milagro, it would be a patchwork war, fought more by tactical retreats than by battlefield victories. Gradually, the small farmers and sheepmen begin to rally to Joe’s beanfield as the symbol of their lost rights and their lost lands. And downstate in the capital, the Anglo water barons and power brokers huddle in urgent conference, intent on destroying that symbol before it destroys their multimillion-dollar land-development schemes. The tale of Milagro’s rising is wildly comic and lovingly tender, a vivid portrayal of a town that, half-stumbling and partly prodded, gropes its way toward its own stubborn salvation.

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