Silko is part Pueblo, Laguna, Mexican, and white. She grew up on the Laguna Pueblo reservation near Albuquerque and attended the University of New Mexico. Silko published her first book of poems, "Laguna Women Poems" in 1974, and her first novel, "Ceremony", in 1977. Many of her works, both prose and poetry, deal with the preservation of the oral traditions and ceremonies of the Laguna Pueblo Indians
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This classic account of self discovery and railroad life describes Linda Grant Niemann's travels as an itinerant brakeman on the Southern Pacific. Boomer combines travelogue, Wild West adventure, sexual memoir, and closely observed ethnography. A Berkeley Ph.D., Niemann turned her back on academia and set out to master the craft of railroad brakeman, beginning a journey of sexual and subcultural exploration and traveling down a path toward recovery from alcoholism. In honest, clean prose, Niemann treks off the beaten path and into the forgotten places along the rail lines, finding true American characters with colorful pasts -- and her true self as well.