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Desierto

Desierto
Memories of the Future

A forerunner of Charles Bowden’s acclaimed books about the harsh life in the Southwestern borderlands, Desierto offers seven essays that combine the lore of the gypsy scholar, the incantatory power of a prose shaman, and the bracing cussedness of the old-style American maverick.

April 2018
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264 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 |
ISBN: 
978-1-4773-1658-0
Description: 

“A dark, troubling vision of life in the desert, defined broadly; of mountain lions and drug kingpins, Mexican hopes and Indian feuds.”
Los Angeles Times

“In these powerful epic tales of the Sonora Desert, Bowden peoples the harsh land on both sides of the US-Mexican border with saints and sinners, but his enduring hero is the desert itself.”
Kirkus Reviews

Author: 

CHARLES BOWDEN
(1945–2014)

Author of many acclaimed books about the American Southwest and US-Mexico border issues, Bowden was a contributing editor for GQ, Harper’s, Esquire, and Mother Jones and also wrote for the New York Times Book Review, High Country News, and Aperture. His honors included a PEN First Amendment Award, Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, and the Sidney Hillman Award for outstanding journalism that fosters social and economic justice. He wrote The Red Caddy in 1994.

Reviews: 

“Where most ecologically minded writers draw a clean line in the sand between man and nature, Bowden stomps all over the sanctimonious boundary, in the process merging history and natural history into a spooky and seamless narrative.”
Esquire

“A dark, troubling vision of life in the desert, defined broadly; of mountain lions and drug kingpins, Mexican hopes and Indian feuds . . . and the romantic faddishness of environmentalists. Bowden is an observant reporter, but the primitive strength of Desierto derives from his compulsive hunger . . . to examine and experience the underside of border life. . . . Fans of Castaneda and Traven will find much to like here.”
Los Angeles Times

“In these powerful epic tales of the Sonora Desert, Bowden peoples the harsh land on both sides of the US-Mexican border with saints and sinners, but his enduring hero is the desert itself. The seven essays are a poignant blend of history, science, legend and lore, naturalism, investigative journalism, portrait painting, and independent thinking. . . . Thought-provoking and moving.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A compelling and wonderfully poetic book. . . . [Charles Bowden is] a forthright and thrillingly good writer.”
Ron Hansen, New York Times Book Review