Beyond Desert Walls: Essays from Prison

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A teacher and family man incarcerated in Arizona State Prison - the result of a transgression that would cost him a dozen years of his life - Ken Lamberton can see beyond his desert walls. In essays that focus on the natural history of the region and on his own personal experiences with desert places, the author of the Burroughs Medal-winning book Wilderness and Razor Wire takes readers along as he revisits the Southwest he knew when he was free, and as he makes an inner journey...
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Overview

A teacher and family man incarcerated in Arizona State Prison - the result of a transgression that would cost him a dozen years of his life - Ken Lamberton can see beyond his desert walls. In essays that focus on the natural history of the region and on his own personal experiences with desert places, the author of the Burroughs Medal-winning book Wilderness and Razor Wire takes readers along as he revisits the Southwest he knew when he was free, and as he makes an inner journey toward self-awareness.
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"The book is a thought-provoking accout of one man's quest to look beyond his prison cell and find inner peace through nature." —E Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816523566
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 133
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Lambertoton has written extensively about the desert Southwest, including Wilderness and Razor Wire, for which he won the 2002 John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and Time of Grace: Thoughts on Nature, Family, and the Politics of Crime and Punishment, also published by the University of Arizona Press. He lives with his wife in an 1890s stone cottage near Bisbee, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Desert's child 1
Ruins 11
Monsoon 23
Beneath the scroll 33
Oceanic rifts 41
Fear of snakes 55
Old Hat Gulch 63
Twin ponds 77
First time 87
Campo Bonito 99
Sleeping with the enemy 111
Neutering the boys 119
Adobe, hawks, and shadows 123
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