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High Riders, Saints and Death Cars

A Life Saved by Art

by Nicholas Herrera, as told by Elisa Amado

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A USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor Book

Nicholas Herrera started life as a mischievous, dyslexic boy, born into one of the old Spanish families of New Mexico. Bad teachers and poor schooling helped him to lose himself in drugs, drinking, riding motorcycles and driving fast cars. A near-death experience, a wonderful mother and a fascination with making art saved him.

Today Nicholas Herrera is one of the most noted Santeros -- artists who create images of saints and other religious figures -- in the U.S. The text, as told to Elisa Amado, tells Nicholas's story through his art and expounds the hard-earned wisdom that his experience has brought him. Herrera's life, his political views about drugs, his sense of social justice, and his support for oppressed people will speak directly to young readers, especially those who might feel that life has nothing to offer them due to their economic circumstances or their class or ethnic backgrounds.

About the Authors
Nicholas Herrera is one of the best-known folk artists working in the United States today. His work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Pueblo and Santa Fe. Visit Nicholas Herrera's website: http://www.nicholasherrera.com/
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Nicholas Herrera is one of the best-known folk artists working in the United States today. His work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Pueblo and Santa Fe. Visit Nicholas Herrera's website: http://www.nicholasherrera.com/
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Awards
  • Commended, 2012 USBBY Outstanding International Book
Editorial Reviews

It's a fortunate teenager who will come across this beautifully produced art book and its subject...

— School Library Journal

"... most pieces display a tongue-in-cheek humour as well as a love of colour and reverence for traditional beliefs. The book is lavishly illustrated with photos by John T. Denne. "

— Canada.com

The biography’s appeal lies in the art’s derivation from daily life in a New Mexico town where the artist still lives today.

— Librarian's Choices Blog

His unique view of the modern world combined with his traditional methods make Herrera an important contemporary santero.

— Pasatiempo Magazine

[Herrera]...makes clear the concrete impact that art can have.

— Publishers Weely

Herrera and his art are interesting and engaging.

— CM Magazine

...stunning photographs...and a lively narrative...

— Rutgers

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