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The Mysterious Lands: A Naturalist Explores the Four Great Deserts of the Southwest

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"(Zwinger) respectfully explores the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mojave, and Nevada Basin deserts, describing geologic changes, flora, and fauna--from the ancient disappearance of a lake to the burrowing of a grouse--with precision and grace. Read it and you'll hear the desert call."--Commonweal

"Rich in the unique metaphor that the desert inspires, enhanced by the author's exquis

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Paperback, 388 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by University of Arizona Press
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Anna Burke
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love deserts. I've visited them in the U.S. and other parts of the world. I live in one and my mystery series is set, here, in the Sonoran Desert near Palm Springs, CA. Deserts resonate for me with images of sweeping vistas, exotic cultures, and lush oases. They are evocative and surprising--shades of Indiana Jones and Lawrence of Arabia you may say. Yes, I admit it, with a bit of Thoreau and Castaneda tossed into the mix!

Ann Zwinger captures part of that allure in her book THE MYSTERIOUS LAND
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Alice Harbin
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you ever wanted to see the world as a botanist sees it, you would enjoy this book. Also, you will learn a lot about deserts, and what you will have to do to be able to spend time there.
The author obviously loves plants and insects and deserts. It is hard not to "catch the fever" as you spend time with her.
I especially liked it when her daughter joined her. Their relationship was beautiful.
There is a lot of detail here, so it is not a quick read; at leasts it was for me.
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Patricia
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Zwinger is always amazing. I marvel at her adventurous spirit, her vast knowledge of plants and geology, and her easy and apt references to art history. That her books come illustrated with her own drawings makes them treasures.
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Ann Haymond Zwinger was the author of many highly-regarded natural histories noted for comprehensive detail and lyrical prose.

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