Tue, Jan 17|
Stone Soup Books
Book Discussion: Milagro Beanfiled War by John Nichols
Perfect for January - "Gentle, funny, transcendent." --The New York Times Book Review
Time & Location
Jan 17, 6:30 PM
Stone Soup Books, 150 Race Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980, USA
About the Event
Drop in book discussion group. Only rule is we discuss the book! Let us know if you need a copy of the book.
Our January 17, 2023 discussion is on "Milagro Beanfield War" by John Nichols
About the book: 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.