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

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University of New Mexico Press, 1995 - Science - 203 pages
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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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Introduction I
Spadefoot Toads and Storm Sewers 35
The Disappeared Ones 61

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About the author (1995)

SUSAN J. TWEIT is an award-winning author whose passionate articulation of humans' relationship with the "community of the land"-nature and the landscapes we love-has earned her accolades that include a Silver Eddie, the Oscar of magazine awards, for "The Last Refuge" in National Parks magazine, and a spot on the Denver Post's "Colorado Voices" panel-twice. Her eleven books include Colorado Less Traveled, a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards, and The San Luis Valley: Sand Dunes and Sandhill Cranes, hailed as "a joy to read" by High Country News. Tweit writes a weekly column, "Nature of Life," for her local paper, the Mountain Mail. She also records and produces this material for broadcast on KHEN-FM, her local community radio, and as podcasts on her Web site,

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