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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leslie Marmon Silko Narrator: Alma Cuervo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With the publication of Ceremony in 1978, Leslie Marmon Silko established herself as a storyteller of unique power and brilliance. Now, in her first work of nonfiction, Silko combines memoir with family history and observations on the creatures and desert landscapes that command her attention and inform her vision of the world. Ambitious in scope and full of wonderfully plainspoken and evocative lyricism, The Turquoise Ledge is both an exploration of Silko’s experience and a moving and deeply personal contemplation of the enormous spiritual power of the natural world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A much-needed treatise on renewing our relationship with the natural world.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Novelist, essayist, and poet Silko finds in her deeply meditative memoir-cum-journal an exquisite harmony between the native ways of her ancestors and the cycle of nature that unfolds in the high desert of Arizona where she has lived for 30 years.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Selected for the December 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan Ward | 2/15/2014

    " Finally gave up on this one. Although some of the stories were interesting, it just didn't hold my attention. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Courtney Stockstill | 2/14/2014

    " I can't force myself to read any more of this. I've read the first 31 chapters... 174 pages out of 311. I keep thinking it will get better, but it won't. It's not like I have to read it. This book just rambles on about one woman's personal journal of how she walks around the arroyo's in Tucson and picks up turquoise, and how she has all her favorite rattle snakes in her yard, etc. etc. I can't believe it got so many good reviews. Oh well, I must learn to cut my losses sooner with this type of book and just move on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Carol | 2/11/2014

    " Another disappointment (see Wendell Berry review) - Perhaps I should try one of her novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Craig Werner | 2/8/2014

    " Clouds, Rattlesnakes (she loves and respects them), Star Beings, her beloved Macaws, the turquoise she picks up on her walks through the arroyos near her home outside Tucson: these are the main characters of Silko's fascinating, strange memoir. Sometimes rambling and a bit repetitious, it's not as perfectly realized as Ceremony or as prophetically powerful as Almanac of the Dead, but definitely worth reading. "

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About the Author
Author Leslie Marmon Silko

Leslie Marmon Silko has said that her writing has at its core “the attempt to identify what it is to be a half-breed or mixed-blood person.” As she grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation, she learned the stories and culture of the Laguna people from her great-grandmother and other female relatives. After receiving her BA in English at the University of New Mexico, she enrolled in the University of New Mexico School of Law but completed only three semesters before deciding that writing and storytelling were the means by which she could best promote justice. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.