The Land of Little Rain
Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934) moved with her family from Illinois to the desert on the edge of the San Joaquin Valley in 1888. In the next fifteen years she moved from one desert community to another, working on her sketches of desert and Indian life. Spending the last years of her life in Santa Fe, Austin remained a lifelong defender of Native Americans and was recoginzed as an expert in Native American poetry. The land of little rain (1903), Austin's first book, focuses on the arid and semi-arid regions of California between the High Sierras south of Yosemite: the Ceriso, Death Valley, the Mojave Desert; and towns such as Jimville, Kearsarge, and Las Uvas. She writes of the region's climate, plants, and animals and of its people: the Ute, Paiute, Mojave, and Shoshone tribes; European-American gold prospectors and borax miners; and descendants of Hispanic settlers.
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Review: The Land of Little RainUser Review - Ann - Goodreads
Beautiful photography combined with historic writing makes the Mojave desert come alive. I have been in a small part of the Mojave desert in Spring Mountain area . I would like to see more of this great desert. Read full review
Review: The Land of Little RainUser Review - Goodreads
I came to Mary Austin via Edward Abbey (he lists some of his favorite desert books in Desert Solitaire) and what a lovely surprise it was to read her. Austin is a clear master of the essay form. She ... Read full review