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Jaye  | 366 comments The Never-Open Desert Diner The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson

I just finished this book and enjoyed reading about the people who live in a desert environment. Then I wondered about where exactly are deserts located in North America and found this link with a list and map: http://www.desertusa.com/north-americ...
Not that it will assist in finding fiction, but there it is.

I was thinking maybe I should include non-fiction as that may ferret out books about actual people.
I do prefer character driven fiction though.
Thanks for any suggestions.


message 2: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37760 comments Mod
Are you ruling out any genres? I can think of several mysteries for example that are set in desert national parks.


message 3: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Any fiction is fine, thank you.


message 4: by Hillary (new)

Hillary | 275 comments Do you need the major action to take place actively in the desert, or if that is an overall setting and there are influences on the plot and atmosphere, that is ok?


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message 6: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37760 comments Mod
These have very evocative desert/canyon/cave type settings. They're more action driven than character driven and all the action pretty much is outdoors.

Blind Descent is set in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
The Rope is set in a national park in Utah.


message 7: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "Maybe check out:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4..."


I saw that list but there isn't much fiction. I do have the library looking for Walks Away Woman Walks Away Woman by Ki Longfellow for me.


message 8: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "These have very evocative desert/canyon/cave type settings. They're more action driven than character driven and all the action pretty much is outdoors.

Blind Descent is set in Carlsb..."


Fairly dark stuff with negative mentions in the reviews... had to laugh with yours re: The Rope!


message 9: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Hillary wrote: "Do you need the major action to take place actively in the desert, or if that is an overall setting and there are influences on the plot and atmosphere, that is ok?"

I'm finding it hard to find fiction that is primarily about people who live in a desert. I'm guessing if I expanded to other countries it would be easier, but no, I'm only interested in the American deserts.
As to overall setting and influences...I will look at all suggestions. Unless I am missing something it seems like it's slim pickings otherwise.


message 10: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 1531 comments There's a list here of books set in the Mojave Desert: https://www.goodreads.com/places/2436...


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Peter Meilinger | 475 comments Deathwatch is more of a desperate fight to survive in a desert than normal living in a desert, but it's a helluva read.


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Mary (marissa_214) | 131 comments Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

109 East Palace takes place in Santa Fe and Los Alamos, NM and is non-fiction but wonderful.

There's a stand-alone written by Laurie R King called A Darker Place set in AZ about infiltrating a cult that I remember enjoying.

Seems like there's more but I'll have to think about it!


Steph (loves water) | 110 comments This was a really good mystery: The Territory

I love the desert too, I read another one last year I'm still searching for, can't remember the name, I'll be back when I find it.


message 14: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Thank you all for the suggestions you've made.
I am looking through them .

I'm completely distracted by the fact that my well system was making noises it shouldn't so I had to shut it down yesterday.
The repair guy must be away because I haven't heard back from him.
I'm trying not to think about it and enjoy my morning coffee (luckily, I have a few gallons of water left over from hurricane season).


message 15: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37760 comments Mod
The Terranauts is set in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. However, it's also set inside a terrarium/biosphere situated there, with five different climates, which may not be what you're looking for. It is very character driven. The fact that it's set in a desert does actually come into play at several points.


message 16: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "The Terranauts is set in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. However, it's also set inside a terrarium/biosphere situated there, with five different climates, which may not be what you'r..."

I'd like to try this one.
I'll see if I can find a paperback copy at the library (508 pages!).
I just finished The Whole Town's Talking -
a massive hardcover and it just about put my hands out of business.


message 17: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Steph (loves water) wrote: "This was a really good mystery: The Territory

I love the desert too, I read another one last year I'm still searching for, can't remember the name, I'll be back when I find it."


This one seems like one I'd like to read. I'm headed over to the library site to check it out. Thanks for telling me about it.


message 18: by Will (new)

Will Nelson | 10 comments The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver starts in rural Kentucky, but ends up in Tuscon, AZ. It's much more about the people the MC meets than it is about the desert, but there's some really great imagery.


message 19: by Joseph (new)

Joseph  (bluemanticore) | 441 comments Maybe stories of the Old West like Zane Grey's Desert Gold.


message 20: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37760 comments Mod
Gods Without Men is set in the Mojave desert.


message 22: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments I'm paying attention ! Thank you for all the suggestions.
By the way, I read Walks Away Woman Walks Away Woman by Ki Longfellow by Ki Longfellow and thought it to be an excellent survival story, among other things.


message 23: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Steph (loves water) wrote: "This was a really good mystery: The Territory

I love the desert too, I read another one last year I'm still searching for, can't remember the name, I'll be back when I find it."


I got this from the library and started reading it only to find that it really wasn't for me. Thank you anyway.


message 25: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey | 28 comments Earlier you were asked if it was just about people living in the desert or if it had to have a heavy impact. But you didn't entirely answer the question.

So for example, would a story where the character happens to live in New Mexico country town be okay? Or do you specifically need plenty of details of the survival skills and other impacts of the desert has?


message 26: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Aubren wrote: "Earlier you were asked if it was just about people living in the desert or if it had to have a heavy impact. But you didn't entirely answer the question.

So for example, would a story where the ch..."


Living in a town in a desert would be fine. I was thinking about books in which the desert has some sort of influence on a town and/or people, as would any other extreme climate such as living in a rain forest or Siberia. I wasn't thinking specifically of survival skills. Just everyday living with what consequences may come to the characters from just being there.
Sorry for the confusing reply.


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message 28: by Aubrey (last edited Apr 01, 2017 09:47PM) (new)

Aubrey | 28 comments "Living in a town in a desert would be fine. I was thinking about books in which the desert has some sort of influence on a town and/or people, as would any other extreme climate "

Well in that case, Fated and The Valkyries. Thanks!


message 29: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37760 comments Mod
Sonora


message 30: by C. (new)

C. | 219 comments Great thread, as I have loved the area of Tucson,AZ ever since I lived there as a teen when my AF dad was stationed there. Your thread inspired me to search for some books to read of the area for myself,lol!

Post Grid An Arizona EMP Adventure by Tony Martineau

Post Grid Wagontrain An Arizona EMP Adventure by Nancy Martineau

Concrete Desert by Jon Talton

Desert Wind (A Lena Jones Mystery, #7) by Betty Webb

Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor


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message 32: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Love | 1077 comments The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron, is a Newbery Award winner, set in a California desert. The Higher Power of Lucky


message 34: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 37760 comments Mod
Inland


message 35: by Mony (new)

Mony (mony1) Will wrote: "The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver starts in rural Kentucky, but ends up in Tuscon, AZ. It's much more about the people the MC meets than it is about the desert, but there's some rea..."

I loved this book! Read it 20 yrs ago...
She also wrote Animal Dreams which desert scenes.
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver


message 36: by Mony (new)

Mony (mony1) Not an American desert book but it's very cool

Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson
Tracks A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson


message 37: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments I'm paying attention. Thank you for the ongoing suggestions.


message 38: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments By the way, a different group monitor mentioned that notifications of all types are not working.
Anyone have any info about this?


message 39: by Aerulan (new)

Aerulan | 1190 comments Jaye wrote: "By the way, a different group monitor mentioned that notifications of all types are not working.
Anyone have any info about this?"


GR apparently had a big influx of porn spam that many many people were getting notifications for and they shut them off until they can lock that down.


message 40: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Aerulan wrote: "Jaye wrote: "By the way, a different group monitor mentioned that notifications of all types are not working.
Anyone have any info about this?"

GR apparently had a big influx of porn spam that ma..."


Your reply is the 1st notification I've gotten for 5 days. Thank you. I guess it's fixed.
What ever happened to that goodreads feedback group, or whatever it was called, where you could find out about issues ?


message 41: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart | 16164 comments They closed the feedback group, but there's a private, secret group that does discuss these things. I was part of it before it became secret, though, so I'm not sure how to invite people.


message 42: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Rainbowheart wrote: "They closed the feedback group, but there's a private, secret group that does discuss these things. I was part of it before it became secret, though, so I'm not sure how to invite people."

Well, poop.


message 43: by Ky (last edited Oct 08, 2020 11:38AM) (new)

Ky | 126 comments Joanna Brady mystery series by J.A. Jance is set mostly in SE Arizona, particularly in and around Bisbee, Arizona.


message 44: by Gillian (new)

Gillian Wiseman (gillianwiseman) | 147 comments Tony Hillerman's mysteries are all set in the west, and many involve the desert.

Rebecca Roanhorse has a fantasy series, the first of which is Trail of Lightning They're set in a post-apocalyptic Dineh tribal land, mostly desert.


message 45: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart | 16164 comments Jaye wrote: "Well, poop."

I sent you a PM. Hope it worked!


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message 47: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "The Resort"

Eeek, it's written by Bentley Little. !! Unless they're throwing sand and cactus at the thing in the pool i can't see how the desert fits in.
I'll get it from the library for a look-see.
Thank you.


message 48: by Jaye (new)

Jaye  | 366 comments Gillian wrote: "Tony Hillerman's mysteries are all set in the west, and many involve the desert.

Rebecca Roanhorse has a fantasy series, the first of which is Trail of Lightning They're set in a ..."


I got Trail of... from the library and discovered it wasn't good for me. Thanks for the suggestion anyway.
I'll look at the mysteries you suggested.


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