Charles Bowden was an American non-fiction author, journalist and essayist based in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
His journalism appeared regularly in Harper’s GQ, and other national publications. He was the author of several books of nonfiction, including Down by the River.
In more than a dozen groundbreaking books and many articles, Charles Bowden blazed a trail of fire from the deserts of the Southwest to the centers of power where abstract ideas of human nature hold sway — and to the roiling places that give such ideas the lie. He claimed as his turf “our soul history, the germinal material, vast and brooding, that is always left out of more orthodox (all of them) books about America” (Jim Harrison, on Blood Orchid ).
Books in order of publication:
Blue Desert – 1988
Desierto: Memories of the Future – 1991
Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America – 1995
Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future – 1998
Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family – 2002
Blues for Cannibals: The Notes from Underground – 2002
Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future – 2009
Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields – 2010
Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez – 2010
The Red Caddy: Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey – 2018