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Hermit's Peak Press is proud to present original voices of northern New Mexico.

A Cowgirl in
Search of a Horse
A MemoirBook Cover - A Cowgirl in Search of a Horse

By Alice Winston Carney

Las Vegas, New Mexico in the 1950s was,
and still is, two towns – Old Town and
New Town with a rich Hispanic and
cowboy culture as well as a beautiful high plains
drifter's setting from which you can see Hermit's
Peak, still one of the most haunting images of
the American West. All of this is not lost on Alice
Winston Carney who grew up in this mysterious
and historical milieu of artists, trappers, cattle
owners, urbanites, college professors, authors and
barroom storytellers. It is very satisfying to know
that Alice Carney's world pretty much is the way it
was, with very little affectation but perhaps a littler
more sophistication than when she was growing up
in the fifties. Did she encounter Wonder Woman,
the ghost of Teddy Roosevelt (the Rough Riders
joined up in Las Vegas), La Llorona the Spanish
under-the-bridge female spirit with no face? Did
little Alice find her horse? Her first boyfriend?
Her lost chameleon? Or did she wash away in soap
bubbles in the basement of her elementary school?
She tells us in prose as clear as a Sapello stream.

To Order:

Contact Hermit's Peak Press
(916) 947-0983 or order
from your local book seller or at amazon.com.

Aso available from:
Tome on the Range
158 Bridge Street
Las Vegas, NM 87701-3427
(505) 454-9944

Collected Works Bookstore
202 Galisteo St # A
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2176
(505) 988-4226

Classification: Ages 8 years and up
Price: $14.95
Pages: 104
Size: 5” x 7 1/4”
Edition: Paperback with cover flaps
ISBN 978-0-615-34548-2
Available: February 2010


. . .In this collection of stories, A Cowgirl in Search of a Horse, Alice Winston Carney blends just the right amount of realism with childhood wonder, as we listen to the voice of a young girl acquaint us with simpler times growing up in a small town out west. . .
Martha Meacham Story Circle Network Review


Her language is gently poetic and fits each age she is remembering, and never looks down from an adult height. If you want to re-enter your own childhood in your own town with your own unique household of characters then read this story of hers and your head will swim with things you haven't enjoyed thinking of in a long time. J.Carpenter

This is a must book for someone who experienced High School in the 50's. I could almost hear "Blue Berry Hill" playing as I read the pages. The book is filled with images of the author's life experience which so connected me to many of my own images that I almost felt like a participant in her story.

Thank you for taking me down your memory lane and causing me to re-visit mine. Richard Maw