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Desert Time, A Journey Through the American Southwest

Diana Kappel-Smith

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ISBN 10: 0316482986 / ISBN 13: 9780316482981
Published by Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1992
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Author takes you on a journey through Oregon and Idaho to the Mexican border with her studies of desert life and the peoples she encounters. Binding is tight and firm. Book has small dent on bottom edge and slight bruising at bottom/top of spine. Book is otherwise clean and crisp with no markings, soiling, or tears. Contains drawings and illustrations. Jacket is in pretty good condition for the type of paper. 1" tear at bottom spine and slight edge wear, otherwise in clean and intact. First edition so stated. Number line intact and complete. Not price clipped. Not a remainder. Bookseller Inventory # 275

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Title: Desert Time, A Journey Through the American ...

Publisher: Little, Brown & Co., Boston

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good+

Edition: First edition.

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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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