Last stand: America's virgin lands

Front Cover
National Geographic Society, Oct 1, 2002 - Nature - 190 pages
2 Reviews
Last Stand takes readers from the tallgrass prairies of Kansas to the Arctic tundra of Alaska to the deserts of the Southwest and bears passionate witness to our last wildernesses, reminding us why they must be preserved. Dedicated conservationist and acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver teams with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt to capture the essence of Americaís endangered virgin lands. In her moving introduction and int he essays opening each chapter, Kingsolver deftly explores the ways of the wilderness, the threats against it, and what it needs to survive. Griffiths Beltís accompanying hand-tinted infrared photographs breathtakingly evoke the spirit and beauty of these diverse bioregions.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Last stand: America's virgin lands

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

In this coffee-table nature book, two ardent conservationists make an impassioned plea for the preservation of American wilderness, from sparkling seashores to pristine deserts. In her moving ... Read full review

Review: Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands

User Review  - Robyn - Goodreads

I didn't love the treatments applied to the photographs in this book. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Copyright

27 other sections not shown

About the author (2002)

Barbara Kingsolver was born on April 8, 1955 in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up in Eastern Kentucky. As a child, Kingsolver used to beg her mother to tell her bedtime stories. She soon started to write stories and essays of her own, and at the age of nine, she began to keep a journal. After graduating with a degree in biology form De Pauw University in Indiana in 1977, Kingsolver pursued graduate studies in biology and ecology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She earned her Master of Science degree in the early 1980s. A position as a science writer for the University of Arizona soon led Kingsolver into feature writing for journals and newspapers. Her articles have appeared in a number of publications, including The Nation, The New York Times, and Smithsonian magazines. In 1985, she married a chemist, becoming pregnant the following year. During her pregnancy, Kingsolver suffered from insomnia. To ease her boredom when she couldn't sleep, she began writing fiction Barbara Kingsolver's first fiction novel, The Bean Trees, published in 1988, is about a young woman who leaves rural Kentucky and finds herself living in urban Tucson. Since then, Kingsolver has written other novels, including Holding the Line, Homeland, and Pigs in Heaven. In 1995, after the publication of her essay collection High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, De Pauw University. Barbara's new nonfiction book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was written with her family. This is the true story of the family's adventures as they move to a farm in rural Virginia and vow to eat locally for one year. They grow their own vegetables, raise their own poultry and buy the rest of their food directly from farmers markets and other local sources.

Annie Griffiths Belt has won numerous awards and covered a wide-ranging list of topics for the "National Geographic" magazine: Lawrence of Arabia, Baja, Galilee, Petra, Sidney, Vancouver, England's Lake District, and others. She is featured in the book "National Geographic's Women Photographers." Her own most recent title, "Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands," celebrates the remaining pristine wilderness areas in North America.