When Jes Marquez posted on Craigslist about the trials and tribulations about living in an off the grid rental near Santa Fe, people from all over replied with stories and passionate thoughts about living (or not living) in Northern New Mexico. Having growing up mostly in New Mexico, Marquez realized it was time to tell the whole story on "mesa serenity" living. At the least, she expected an homage to adobe homes and off-the-grid DIY tips, and a few laughs. Utilities Nearby is a non-fiction account of Marquez' anecdotal experiences and letters from Craigslist readers who shared their passionate thoughts with her.
From the author: "Right now someone is dreaming about moving to a mesa in northern New Mexico. Around here off the grid properties are astoundingly ominpresent. For several years my post, "Caution: Off-Grid Solar Power Renters" has appeared under Craigslist's Santa Fe/Taos rentals. This book is a conversation on the meaning of dwellings, living simply and the American West. May it provide you with useful insights in New Mexico's real estate, a "survival guide" if you will! Join me as we scratch beneath the adobe veneer that both enchants and exasperates. There are no guarantees, but upon completion of this book you might be able to convert watts into kilowatt-hours. The only free part is high voltage humor amped with personal experience."
Jes Márquez is a life long resident of the Land of Enchantment. She currently lives on the grid and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. Definitely a dog person. In her spare time, Jes makes cowboy boots from scratch.
Christopher Márquez has over 25 years of professional experience in historic photography of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has an extensive background as a photography dealer including photography from around the world and the Southwest. Márquez also teaches a university class on the history of photography. Most recently he taught at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design. He holds a B.A. from the University from New Mexico.