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Tic Basue descended relatives Martin observes them as they persist in a difficult but rewarding existence and celebrates with neither pity nor regret the large and small dramas of their lives and their stubborn attachment to a place that seems likely to disappear in his lifetime. A well written series of stories that take place in a town so small that some people consider it a ghost town The author tells of time spent in this tiny Nevada town mostly his own stories but some stories of his grandparents and other relatives There are a few inconsistencies in the stories and a few places where they become confusing such as when stories take place in Elko rather than Mountain City but no mention is made of that until late in the story Taken together the stories paint a vivid picture of life in this dwindling town

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Mountain City

By the end of Gregory Martin's unsentimental but affecting memoir only thirty one people live in remote Mountain City Nevada and none of them are children The town's abandoned mines are testimony to the cycle of promise exploitation abandonment and attrition that has been the re. creative nonfictionautobio i think he studied in u of arizona then taughtteaches at u of nm but about a very very small town in northern neveada southern idaho and what it was like to visit there at his grandparents storetown and live there too as a grownup perhaps one of the most out of the way towns in lower 48 and unigue history of basues in usa and ranching and indians etc was a groundbreaking book in creative nonfiction when written but now sort of old hat

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Peated story of the West Yet the comings and goings at Tremewan's the general store Martin's family has run for than forty years reveal a remarkably vibrant community that includes salty widows Native Americans from a nearby reservation and a number of Martin's deeply idiosyncra. I now feel like I ve been to Mountain City


10 thoughts on “Mountain City

  1. says:

    This is the memoir of a tiny rural community settled by immigrants and depopulated by economic forces in the span of a few generations And th

  2. says:

    creative nonfictionautobio i think he studied in u of arizona? then taughtteaches? at u of nm but about a very very small town in northern neveada southern idaho and what it was like to visit there at his grandparents storetown and live there too as a grownup perhaps one of the most out of the way towns in lower 48 and un

  3. says:

    i met martin when i was going to go study with him at UNM and bought his book then decided not to go independent of him and then never read the book till now i felt kind of ambivalent as i read it but as soon as i'd put it down and

  4. says:

    I now feel like I’ve been to Mountain City

  5. says:

    If you liked James Galvin's The Meadow you will like this one Down to earth full of stories within stories vignettes beautiful stripped language infused with intimacy and yet relevant to all small fading boom to bust towns and histories wonderful book

  6. says:

    2020 50 States 50 Books Reading Challenge #28 NEVADA A uick easy and sweet little readMountain City Nevada a small town only one mile long and situated just above 5600 feet in elevation along Highway 225 North today is lined with mostly mobile homes with a population of 31 mostly old and retired Basue sheepherders In 1870 it was a booming

  7. says:

    A well written series of stories that take place in a town so small that some people consider it a ghost town The author tells of time spent in this tiny Nevada town mostly his own stories but some stories of his grandpare

  8. says:

    Lovely little memoir very evocative of place and people and as another reader said images and little scenes keep popping up in my mind and it takes me a long time to place their origin almost like personal memories And now I finally know why Basues see Craig JohnsonLongmire came to the Wild West Thanks for the illumination

  9. says:

    This is a lovely small town memoir of Martin’s Basue heritage in Nevada His clean spare prose with wry revelations of funny members

  10. says:

    Snippets of life in a dying town An all to real American story