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Bless Me, Ultima

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Our new tradition, on the Bedrosian Bookclub, is to read a witchy book for the month of October. This year …

We’re taking a look at the coming of age novel, Bless Me, Ultimaby Rudolfo Anaya. This is the story of Antonio Marez, a six year old boy caught between his Father’s love of travel, his mother’s desire he become a priest, the town (modernity), and the farmland of the llano (tradition). Then a magic elder, a curandera (a healer who uses herbs and magic) comes to live with the family. She mentors the young boy as he begins to seek his self.

Host Lisa Schweitzer, joined by Caroline Bhalla, Aubrey Hicks, and Stacy Patterson (EML ’12)find many themes to discuss in this novel set at the end of World War II in a small New Mexican community.

To listen to the Bedrosian Book Club discussion of Bless Me, Ultima, click the arrow in the player on this post. Or you can download it and subscribe through ApplePodcastsSoundcloud, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app!

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Caroline on Twitter: @Coodence
Aubreyon Twitter: @AubreyHi
Stacy on Twitter @stacypatt614


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What we’re reading:

Macbeth: A Novelby A. J. Hartley (Author), Alan Cumming (Narrator), David Hewson (Author)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
All The Light We Cannot Seeby Anthony Doerr
The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Studyby Fred Moten, Stefano Harney, J. Jack Halberstam
Blind Goddess by Anne Holt, Tom Geddes (Translation)
The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimesby Nina Barrett

What we’re reading next for the Bookclub:


And for next month, the Bedrosian Bookclub is reading …

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassinby Terrance Hayes




This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by The Brothers Hedden, Ryan and Corey.

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