Talking to the Ground: One Family's Journey on Horseback Across the Sacred Land of the Navajo

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Simon & Schuster, 1995 - Social Science - 284 pages
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The adventure of a lifetime, this is the true story of family's perilous trek into the sacred landscapes described in the Navajo creation story. This book is both a story of personal growth and a fascinating exploration of Navajo life, history, and spirituality. The Preston family, following the Journey for Knowledge and Power, packed their food on horseback, camped under the stars, and found their water in the desert. They traveled through some of the most isolated places in America, where they learned to depend on each other for their very lives and on the hospitality and wisdom of the Navajo people they met. The book includes unforgettable descriptions of the harsh splendors of Navajo Mountain, Monument Valley, and Canyon de Chelly - as well as lost Anasazi cities and remote canyons rarely visited by white people. Along the way, the author began to hear details of an extraordinary prophecy. Talking to traditional Navajo people, he gradually pieced together the complete story. It starts in the deep past, at the time of Creation, when the world was out of balance. It then explains the mysterious disappearance of the Anasazi. And finally it reaches into the distant future where, in a shattering twist, it links the fate of the Anasazi with the ultimate destiny of America itself.

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User Review  - JeaniaK - LibraryThing

Talking to the Ground has to be one of the top ten books I have read in the last decade. I found the writing to be truly evocative of the land in many ways the hero of the story the place that grounds ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erwind - LibraryThing

Very good - Preston, his soon to be wife and her daughter travel by horseback across the reservation from Navajo Mountain across to Monument Valley, down to Canyon de Chelly, and then up the ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Douglas Preston was born on May 20, 1956 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in English literature from Pomona College in 1978. His career began at the American Museum of Natural History, where he worked as an editor and writer from 1978 to 1985. He also was a lecturer in English at Princeton University. He became a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction books in 1986. Many of his fiction works are co-written with Lincoln Child including Relic, Riptide, Thunderhead, The Wheel of Darkness, Cemetery Dance, and Gideon's Corpse. His nonfiction works include Dinosaurs in the Attic; Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado; Talking to the Ground; and The Royal Road. He has written for numerous magazines including The New Yorker; Natural History; Harper's; Smithsonian; National Geographic; and Travel and Leisure. He became a New York Times Best Selling author with his title Two Graves which he co-wrote with Lincoln Child.

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