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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.


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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