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

Tweit, Susan J.

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Synopsis: One woman's personal look at the hidden stories of the Chihuahuan Desert--a search for home in a forbidding landscape.

From the Back Cover: Appearing barren and most definitely wild, the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States may look worthless to some, but for Susan Tweit it is an inspiration. In this collection of seven elegant personal essays, she explores undiscovered facets of this seemingly hostile environment. With eloquence, passion, and insight, she describes and reflects on the relationship between the land, history, and people and makes this underappreciated region less barren for those who would share her journeys.

"A collection of insightful essays . . . Here are stories of conditions often out of balance, mostly without visible remedy--short-sighted urban renewal, the legacy of overgrazing, aquifer depletion, the loss of an old church and with it the gathering place of a whole community. . . . Those interested in the history and ecology of the region will want to pick it up, as well as those looking for good contemporary essay writing about the West." --The New Mexican

"Through her stories and the stories inherent in the land, we come not only to feel this country, but to believe in its dry, bony presence as a place of miracles and wild wisdom." --Terry Tempest Williams

"There's often little to this terrain, but to the author it's a beautiful landscape bursting with stories and wildlife, with big cities and small chunks of quietness found in few other places on earth. Tweit's essays have a pleasant style that combines history with personal discovery." --Book Talk

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