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California: Death Valley National Park

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The Land of Little Rain

The Land of Little Rain

by Mary Austin | Terry Tempest Williams

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 107 PAGES

In this turn-of-the-century desert hymn, Austin -- a writer and naturalist who accompanied her husband to Death Valley in the 1890s -- finds a vibrant ecosystem where her forbears saw wasteland. An illuminating natural history. (CAL66, $14.00)

Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire

by Edward Abbey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

One of the great works on the value of the desert, eloquent and laugh-out-loud funny. Although Abbey writes specifically about his experiences as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, his message is universal. (DES02, $16.00)

The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park

The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park

by T. Scott Bryan | Betty Tucker-Bryan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A practical guide to Death Valley and a survey of the park's human and natural history. (CAL67, $23.95)

Death Valley National Park Map

Death Valley National Park Map

by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A topographic map of Death Valley National Park. (CAL09, $11.95)

 
Best Easy Day Hikes Death Valley

Best Easy Day Hikes Death Valley


by Bill Cunningham

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 102 PAGES

A compact guide to 20 popular day hikes in the 3.3 million-acre national park. (CAL179, $9.95)

Hiking Death Valley

Hiking Death Valley


by Michel Digonnet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 542 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to hiking in Death Valley, written by a veteran traveler and adventurer in the region. (CAL68, $19.95)

California the Beautiful

California the Beautiful


by Galen Rowell

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 159 PAGES

Rowell's exquisite photographs are accompanied by excerpts from Joan Didion, M.F.K. Fisher, Jack London, William Saroyan and many other luminaries in this celebration of the nature and spirit of California. (CAL277, $19.95)

Death Valley and the Amargosa, Land of Illusion

Death Valley and the Amargosa, Land of Illusion


by Richard E. Lingenfelter

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 662 PAGES

An exhaustive history of Death Valley and the Amargosa River, filled with illustrations, maps and documents. (CAL10, $38.95)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities


by Elna S. Bakker

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 484 PAGES

An introduction to the ecology and wildlife of the Golden State, this volume is filled with photographs illustrating a variety plants, animals and geological features found throughout the deserts, forests and coastline of California. (CAL11, $28.95)

Assembling California

Assembling California


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of scientist Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California. (USW187, $17.00)

Basin and Range

Basin and Range


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

McPhee's illuminating account of travels in the company of geologist Kenneth S. Deffeyes along Route 80 from Utah to California. (GEO13, $16.00)

Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water


by Marc Reisner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 582 PAGES

A definitive history of water development in the American desert -- and a now-classic chronicle of wrong-headed policies and misadventures controlling the great rivers of the West. (USW246, $19.00)

Chuckwalla Land, The Riddle of California's Desert

Chuckwalla Land, The Riddle of California's Desert


by David Rains Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

Wallace (The Klamath Knot) draws on the work of paleobiologists, botanists and naturalists to go beyond the surface of the flora and fauna of North America's hottest and driest region and explores the debate over the origin and evolution of its ecosystems. We admire his Thoreau-like sense of the poetry of place. (CAL307, $36.95)

Death Valley

Death Valley


by National Geographic Society

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • DVD

Journey with National Geographic from Death Valley's highest peak to its lowest and meet the scientists who are working to protect it. (CAL304, $24.95)

Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley

Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley


by Robert P. Sharp | Allen F. Glazner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 329 PAGES

An introduction to the geological features of southeastern California. (CAL12, $20.00)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Ken Burns | Dayton Duncan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system. (USA356, $35.00)

Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do about It

Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do about It


by Robert Jerome Glennon

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Glennon looks critically at water usage in America, an issue that is more pressing than ever. With wit and insight, he illuminates the most wasteful practices in the country and proposes the implementation of market-based solutions before it's too late. (USA587, $23.00)

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians


by Robert Stebbins

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES

The definitive field guide, with a special section on Baja's endemic species. (FG08, $22.00)

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of California

American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of California


by Brian E. Small | Alvaro Jaramillo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • COMING IN SEPTEMBER

The ABA's daypack-sized guide to more than 300 endemic and migratory species found in The Golden State. Each species is presented with 450 color photos, clear descriptions and spotting tips. (CAL383, $24.95)

Introduction to California Desert Wildflowers

Introduction to California Desert Wildflowers


by Philip A. Munz

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

First published 40 years ago and revised for this updated edition, this popular plant guide covers both the Mojave and the Californian Sonora. (CAL261, $23.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna. (CAL07, $22.00)

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