Some Hispanic Americans living today can recall a time when barrio or ranch life was marked by a simplicity & neighborliness that has vanished with progress. These 13 first-person accounts of southern Arizona residents capture a spirit evocative of the Hispanic presence in the Southwest, while striking photographs reflect the grace & dignity of their lives. Their stories are those of a people with a strong sense of place, person, & time. The passages chosen demonstrate not only an understanding & empathy for the subjects, but also an intuitiveness about the elements of daily life that are at once unique & universal. The black & white photographs will be enjoyed by lovers of the Southwest & historians of Hispanics.Martin, Patricia Preciado is the author of 'Images and Conversations : Mexican Americans Recall a Southwestern Past', published 2005 under ISBN 9780756797898 and ISBN 0756797896.