When upstate New Yorker Mary Sojourner reluctantly agreed to visit the Grand Canyon of Arizona, she little suspected that she was about to lose her heart to the beauty of the Southwest, or that she would shortly find a passion for the land, and a cause in protecting it. She has since gained notoriety as an environmental writer and as a grass-roots activist protesting the heedless development of the Southwest's increasingly precious and embattled open spaces. The essays collected here reflect Sojourner's journey from greenhorn to old-timer, from tourist to committed defender of the land and the human communities that share it. She writes of exploring the deserts, forests, mountains, and river rapids of the Southwest, and of her love for this austere and ravishing landscape; of family, friends, and lovers; of the ways that development is destroying the Southwest's fragile beauty; and of the greed and spiritual emptiness that motivate much of this development. There is humor here, and adventure, and the intensity of a writer who confronts the world around her with bold candor and a lover's tender gaze.
About the Author
Mary Sojourner is a fiction writer, columnist, activist, and National Public Radio commentator. She is the author of six books and is a dedicated defender of the environment. She currently writes and lives in Flagstaff, AZ.
Table of Contents
|She Changes Everything She Touches||34|
|You Could Say I'm Your Neighbor||58|
|Compromise: Ghost Dance of the New West?||72|
|On the Street--2000||80|
|On and On||97|
|Desert tortoise, Meet the Annihilator||114|
|Bitch Bitch Bitch||120|
|November, 1997, Dear Jason||134|
|Outliving the Enemy||155|
|Outliving the Enemy--Again||157|
|The black work|
|The Black Work||163|