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Seasons in the Desert is a rare and wonderful combination of lyrical writing, natural history, and fine art. Esteemed nature writer Susan J. Tweit reveals the hidden life thriving in the deserts of the American Southwest, from the tiny fairy shrimp to the regal saguaro cactus. Her witty, factual, and heartfelt reflections combine with Kirk Caldwell's beautiful illustrations to illuminate the ways and mythologies of forty eccentric plants and animals. Sharing the qualities of the works of Terry Tempest Williams, Sue Hubbell, and Gretel Ehrlich, Seasons in the Desert is a wondrous and thoughtful foray into the living world of vast desert spaces.
"Susan Tweit's notebook is a wonderful addition to the library of all of us who love the desert." Tony Hillerman
"Put your other concerns aside for a moment, for this book is an event you won't want to miss. Inhale its fragrances, listen to its songs." Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD., Director of Science, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
"Seasons in the Desert is a true naturalist's notebook: shimmering with wonder, bristling with inquiry, sweaty and stickery and sandy and stained from days spent in the field...I thought I knew many of these plants and animals already, but this book reminded me that in the hands of a real naturalist and fine writer like Susan Tweit, nature is ever fresh and never known too much." Robert Michael Pyle, author of Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide
With Seasons in the Desert, Susan Tweit takes us into the heart of the Southwestern desert community, introducing the varied species who live there with fond familiarity. From the Joshua tree to the Gila monster, from the grasshopper mouse to the mountain lion, we meet forty of the most endearing, eccentric, and dazzling desert creatures. Striking portraits by artist Kirk Caldwell accompany Tweit's reflections, capturing the faces and forms of these eccentric pioneers. Together, Seasons in the Desert offers a rare and often amusing glimpse into the richly varied lives of the wild desert.