Barren, Wild, and Worthless: Living in the Chihuahuan Desert
These seven elegant personal essays explore the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. With eloquence, passion, and insight, the author describes and reflects on the relationship between the land, history, and people of this little-known, underappreciated desert region.
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