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My Tiny Vegas: Stories from Las Vegas, New Mexico [Kindle Edition]

Birdie Jaworski
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Book Description

Birdie Jaworski lives on the edge of the eastern plains of New Mexico, where the Sangre de Christo Mountains meet the Great Plains, smack in the middle of the town of Las Vegas. No - not the big City of Sin in Nevada with the gambling strip!

Las Vegas, New Mexico is not as well known as other Wild West towns, such as Dodge City, Deadwood, or Tombstone, but she is said to have been the worst of the rowdiest Old West towns. She's still rowdy, still mysterious, still full of larger-than-life characters!

Doc Holliday kept his medical office in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The Rough Riders held their first reunion in the saloon of the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas. You can get a shot of tequila in that same saloon, today.

Birdie wants to share her beautiful tiny Las Vegas with you... read her beautifully crafted essays on roasting green chile, on the secret Scientology mesa near the ghost town of Trujillo, New Mexico, on salsa dancers, on the never ending drought that threatens life on the edge of the Great Plains.

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About the Author

Birdie Jaworski's writings have appeared in many online and print journals, including Good Housekeeping, The San Diego Reader, the Las Vegas Optic, Adoption Today, MiPOesias,, BlogHer, The Nervous Breakdown,, and the Virtual Occoquan. Birdie's memoir, "Don't Shoot! I'm Just the Avon Lady!" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Birdie and her stories have been profiled in the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Positive Thinking magazine. Birdie publishes and edits GALLINAS, a biweekly magazine celebrating the arts, cultures, and communities of Northeastern New Mexico.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5014 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1441452850
  • Publisher: Rames Press; 1 edition (October 21, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UKOM0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birdie's Vegas February 2, 2012
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Birdie's book, "My Tiny Vegas" is one of the most delightful books I've read. She moved her kids from urban chaos to a small rural town, Las Vegas, New Mexico, still selling Avon.

Her and her sons' adventurous spirits, plus Birdie's great writing talent kept me riveted to her book, leaving me no choice but to read it in one setting. Added to that, the wonderful pictures of Las Vegas and neighboring towns enhanced her descriptions of this country cowboy setting. Through her writing, I felt the pulse of the towns, country and the people (many of which still process chili and pinon nuts the old way). I could even smell the mesquite wood fire and the chili's roasting.

I could hear the sound of the primal beat of the tribal drum. "Five dancers shook the dance stage..." Birdie joined the dancers on stage, following the motion of the music shamans and danced to bring much need rain. "An hour later the skies grew sleepy, grew dark. The rains fell, fell hard and restless against the ground."

This is a magnificent book. Birdie, as your gray parrot says, I love you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual BUT absolutely memorable! May 25, 2012
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As I said before this is an unusual approach to a book! I couldn't put it down once I started to read it, it stirred emotions & memories in me that were "refreshing" to say the least. Been in that part of the world many times & so it was totally understandable BUT the emotions Birdie brought forth with her writing was amazing. I know from this book that the author could come into my home as a "friend" & "break bread" so to speak. Every mom should read this book & admire this woman who took strength from all those around her, including her "physical surroundings. THANX Birdie!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating February 7, 2010
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"My New Mexico town forgot it once breathed," Birdie writes in a chapter titled An Hour of Sunshine for a Million Years of Rain.

A delightful journey through a once important,now forgotten New Mexico town with one of the most distinctive,lively writing voices I've encountered. Birdie misses nothing. My Tiny Vegas is chock full of stories. It's memoir,travelogue, history, musings. The one thing that's missing is a table of contents. I yearned for such a table when trying to find my favorites to reread. Instead I read the entire book for a second time, straight though, and loved every minute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a feisty lady! April 10, 2012
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I have been to Las Vegas, New Mexico, several times, so this story was close to my heart. I enjoyed the friendly people the author encountered and learned more about the area from her descriptions of her activities, and all of this was told in a nice homey way. Her adventures as an Avon lady to a group of mysterious women was great, loved her big night at the dance. Enjoyable reading for my Kindle Fire.
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More About the Author

Birdie Jaworski lives and writes in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the editor of Very Much Wow | The Dogecoin Magazine, a biweekly publication that covers Dogecoin news, entertainment, commentary, humor, and features interviews with Dogecoin personalities and merchants. She is the author of six published books. Several of her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Award.

Birdie has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and Positive Thinking Magazine. She can sometimes be heard reading her stories about life in the high desert on National Public Radio.

Follow Birdie on Twitter: @AtomZomb


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