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Southwestern Homelands
     

Southwestern Homelands

by William Kittredge
 

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For part of each of the last twenty years, much-loved essayist and fiction writer William Kittredge has ventured to the storied desert landscape of the American Southwest and immersed himself in the region's wide-ranging wonders and idiosyncrasies. Here Kittredge brings all this experience to bear as he takes us on a rewarding tour of the territory that runs from

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For part of each of the last twenty years, much-loved essayist and fiction writer William Kittredge has ventured to the storied desert landscape of the American Southwest and immersed himself in the region's wide-ranging wonders and idiosyncrasies. Here Kittredge brings all this experience to bear as he takes us on a rewarding tour of the territory that runs from Santa Fe to Yuma, and from the Grand Canyon on south through Phoenix and Tucson to Nogales. It is a region where urban sprawl abuts desert expanse, where Native American pueblos compete for space with agribusiness cotton plantations, and where semi-defunct mining towns slowly give way to new-age hippie gardening and crafts enclaves.

As part-time resident and full-time observer, William Kittredge acquaints us with one of the country's most vital and perpetually evolving regions. Populated with die-hard desert rats on the banks of the Colorado, theoretical physicists in Albuquerque, Hopi mothers and their daughters, and renegade punk-rock kids sleeping in the streets, Southwestern Homelands is a book as much about the legacies of a territory's colorful past as it is about the alternately exciting and daunting complexities of its immediate future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792265344
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
National Geographic Directions Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

William Kittredge has published fiction and essays in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Rolling Stone, Outside, TriQuarterly, North American Review, and Iowa Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a professor of creative writing at the University of Montana, Kittredge's works include Hole in the Sky: A Memoir, Owning it All: Essays, and the story collections The Van Gogh Fields and We Are Not in This Together. 

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