Desert Time: A Journey Through the American Southwest

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University of Arizona Press, 1994 - Travel - 262 pages
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New Englander Diana Kappel-Smith explored the great deserts of the American West over an 18-month period. Traveling largely alone through the Southwest and parts of Idaho and Oregon, she logged 25,000 miles and discovered facets of the desert—and its human inhabitants—that may surprise even long-time residents.

"You come to trust her company and to savor her observations: she is the sort of guide who gestures at what you would otherwise step across—or on—without noticing. She calls her collection 'an introduction to particulars.' These she infuses with radiance." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

"With prose that is both lyrical and down-to-earth, Kappel-Smith makes readers aware of the fragility of the desert and the necessity to preserve these wonderful, alien and mysterious places." —San Francisco Chronicle

"We glimpse moments of experience, rendered both in words and in conscientious line drawings. The book has a gentle, meandering tone. It consciously refuses to manufacture dramatic events." —Christian Science Monitor

 

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Contents

sand
3
point of no return
11
wind
23
mesa
38
water canyon
45
outpost
54
reef
60
octf color
71
bechan
148
fossil water
157
the color blue
161
thorns spines ecstasies and itch
168
strata
172
ghost bedroom
176
PART IV
181
Owyhee
183

wild palms
80
honey juice badlands
86
elephant tree
90
tortoise tortoise
94
cattleman and mesquite
101
patriots
110
borderlands and river
118
PART III
129
Awatobi and the totaachi
131
pilgrimage
139
sage
198
lost water
205
Idaho Hotel
211
virgin camps
218
tree line
224
on the edge
228
bighorns
231
moving mountains
247
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