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DESERT TIME: A Journey Through the American Southwest

Kappel-Smith, Diana

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ISBN 10: 0316482986 / ISBN 13: 9780316482981
Published by Little, Brown & Company, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1992
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Title: DESERT TIME: A Journey Through the American ...

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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The author of Wintering and Night Life recounts her journey across nine different American deserts, discussing botany, plate tectonics, and the meaning of her own odyssey.

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In Desert Time, New Englander Diana Kappel-Smith travels from the Black Rock Desert of Oregon to the Mexican border seeking "the spirit of the American Southwest." Spirit-seeking can sometimes be a fuzzy enterprise, and Desert Time has an undercurrent of New Age grooviness. In the course of Kappel-Smith's travelogue, she gets at the heart of many things Western: the precision of Navajo weavers and Hopi silversmiths, the sinuous paths of sidewinders on sand dunes, and the quality of light that adds a surrealistic touch to the region, "like a copper-gold lens colored as if it were filled with pollen, but as dry and light as the outbreath of a kiln."

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