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"If there’s squash bugs in heaven, I ain’t staying" by Stacia Spragg-Braude


If there’s squash bugs in heaven, I ain’t staying
Stacia Spragg-Braude,
200 pages, hardcover:
Museum of New Mexico Press, 2013

Nestled amid the orchards of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley is the old farming village of Corrales, where 85-year-old Evelyn Losack harvests fruit on land that has been in her family for 150 years. This is the setting for Stacia Spragg-Braude’s new memoir, If There’s Squash Bugs in Heaven, I Ain’t Staying.

 A former Corrales farmer herself, Spragg-Braude writes about her village and Losack, its matriarch and a dedicated water activist who struggles to sustain her small family farm in a rapidly changing agricultural landscape. In words and pictures, Spragg-Braude leads readers through the seasons: “It all begins when the sandhill cranes leave and it ends when they come back,” she writes. “When they leave, you plant. When they return, you harvest.”