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Know the West

A Place to Stand

  A Place to Stand
Jimmy Santiago Baca
264 pages, hardcover $24. Grove Press, 2004.

If you think your own busy life offers challenges, open Baca’s latest book and be very grateful. Baca is not only New Mexico’s finest poet and homegrown writer, but an ex-con whose memoir will stun those of us who think we lead difficult lives or live in trying times.