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Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places) Hardcover – February 15, 2010

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“Kim Stringfellow has invented her own genre, a fusion of cultural geography/tour guide and artist’s book. These books are unique as environmental and local histories that are up-to-date, readable (!), and imaginatively illustrated. I’d welcome her into my neighborhood any time.”

(Lucy R. Lippard, author of The Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicente)

“Stringfellow’s mix of natural and cultural history, social criticism, and art is a smart and succinct addition to the top shelf of desert geographies.”

(Bill Fox, author of In the Desert of Desire: Las Vegas and the Culture of Specta)

“Stringfellow attacks her subject as a historian, a collector, and a photographer with the vision of a Walker Evans on acid.”

(Danny Lyon, author of The Bikeriders and Conversations with the Dead)

About the Author

Kim Stringfellow is an associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University. She is also the author of Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905–2005.


Product Details

  • Series: Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Center for American Places; 1 edition (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935195050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935195054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's great that Kim Stringfellow recognized this odd but very interesting episode in the development of the West. There's no doubt that people traveling through certain desert regions find themselves staring at these odd little box remains as they drive by. They make you think about the early homesteads, and wonder at the people crazy enough to set down roots "out there." Some are still homes - like in Morongo Valley with its fairly dense population and residences expanded from these original wooden frames. As you travel out into the emptiness though, so many of these little boxes (like the cover photo) become sad reminders of how hard the desert is, and of people's dreams that just couldn't survive there.
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We have a homestead property in Joshua Tree so we loved and appreciated this book!
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