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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
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

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

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)

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)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Dayton Duncan | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • DVD

The widescreen edition of Ken Burn's 6-part, 12-hour ode to the national parks, featuring hundreds of interviews, fascinating archival images and dazzling cinematography in High Definition. (USA394, $99.99)

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)

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, $32.50)

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)

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)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

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