Barren, Wild, and Worthless: Living in the Chihuahuan Desert

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University of Arizona Press, Feb 1, 2003 - Social Science - 203 pages
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Appearing barren and most definitely wild, the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States may look worthless to some, but for Susan Tweit it is an inspiration. In this collection of seven elegant personal essays, she explores undiscovered facets of this seemingly hostile environment. With eloquence, passion, and insight, she describes and reflects on the relationship between the land, history, and people and makes this underappreciated region less barren for those who would share her journeys.

"There's often little to this terrain, but to the author it's a beautiful landscape bursting with stories and wildlife, with big cities and small chunks of quietness found in few other places on earth. Tweit's essays have a pleasant style that combines history with personal discovery." —Book Talk "Sense of place is measured by one's awareness of the landscape and the extent to which it dictates thought and behavior. Barren, Wild, and Worthless dramatizes the aspirations, needs, and functional rhythms of life that are revealed and defined by this seventh sense." —Southwestern American Literature
 

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Contents

Coming to the Chihuahuan Desert
10
Spadefoot Toads and Storm Sewers
36
The Disappeared Ones
61
Weeds
89
Sanctuary
117
Terminus
147
Going South
181
Further Reading
199
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