Quilt of Words: Women's Diaries, Letters & Original Accounts of Life in the Southwest 1860-1960
DescriptionHistorically, the Southwest has attracted people with yearnings for freedom and adventure, people who define themselves as individuals. Unlike their husbands and brothers, women in the Southwest did not, for the most part, subdue and tame the land; but their character and individuality were manifested as they lived with and improved upon conditions as they found them. Their fascination with their way of life and the need for self-expression led them to write of their experiences, providing them with a creative outlet and offering those who came later a unique window into the past.
"A Quilt of Words" won the Border Regional Library Association 1989 Southwest Book Award for literary excellence and enrichment of the cultural heritage of the Southwest. It was also awarded the National Federation of Press Women first prize for history in 1989.
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"Sharon Niederman has made a wonderful contribution to Southwestern history. A Quilt of Words gives us the voices and the memroies of the women who lived that history--ful of nostalgia, sorrow, joy, and loss--rich with those intimate details of living which make history come alive for me." -- Tony Hillerman "Tony Hillerman"
"This is a collection to be treasured, like an old and rare quilt." -- True West "True West"