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Product Details

  • Series: Desert Places
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (September 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816523509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816523504
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,960,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stillman balances romantic prose, written to the park's animal and botanical inhabitants, with acrid protests that rage against the insane bureaucracy of its government stewards, the apathy of its visitors and the polluting effects of urban sprawl." —Antelope Valley Press "Deanne Stillman has a lock on the desert. After her brilliant and troubling take on Twentynine Palms, she has created a vivid meditation on the adjacent Joshua Tree National Park. Deanne reveals a deep empathy for the bizarre beauty of this rocky and spiny wonderland. Her snappy commentary is embellished with magnificent photographs by Galen Hunt." —Kenneth Anger, author of Hollywood Babylon "I love Joshua Tree. There is no place like it. This book captures, remarkably, the mystery and beauty of this special park. Deanne Stillman's text is beautiful, understated and precise. Galen Hunt's photographs are truly artful. This is great introduction to one the most special places on Earth." —Percival Everett, author of Wounded "The darkness that Deanne Stillman conjured up out of her book Twentynine Palms is the stark contrast to the way that she portrays the sacred land that we know as Joshua Tree monument. It's a poetic document along with excellent photographs. " —Eric Burdon, founding member of The Animals and long-time Joshua Tree resident "This tribute reveals the landscape of a startling country whose visa requirements are resolute inquisitiveness, an active imagination, and simple curiosity. As Stillman and Hunt show, Joshua Tree can be unsettling, provocative, and ultimately gratifying. May your visa to Joshua Tree never expire." —Tom Miller, award-winning author of On the Border: Portraits of America's Southwestern Frontier


“Stillman’s insightful, witty, and sometimes odd narrative is beautifully supported by Hunt’s photos.” —Terrain.org

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"Deanne Stillman has a lock on the desert. After her brilliant and troubling take on Twentynine Palms, she has created a vivid meditation on the adjacent Joshua Tree National Park. Deanne reveals a deep empathy for the bizarre beauty of this rocky and spiny wonderland. Her snappy commentary is embellished with magnificent photographs by Galen Hunt." --Kenneth Anger, author of Hollywood Babylon

"I love Joshua Tree. There is no place like it. This book captures, remarkably, the mystery and beauty of this special park. Deanne Stillman's text is beautiful, understated and precise. Galen Hunt's photographs are truly artful. This is great introduction to one the most special places on Earth." --Percival Everett, author of Wounded

"The darkness that Deanne Stillman conjured up out of her book Twentynine Palms is the stark contrast to the way that she portrays the sacred land that we know as Joshua Tree monument. It's a poetic document along with excellent photographs." --Eric Burdon, founding member of The Animals and long-time Joshua Tree resident

"This tribute reveals the landscape of a startling country whose visa requirements are resolute inquisitiveness, an active imagination, and simple curiosity. As Stillman and Hunt show, Joshua Tree can be unsettling, provocative, and ultimately gratifying. May your visa to Joshua Tree never expire." --Tom Miller, award-winning author of On the Border: Portraits of America's Southwestern Frontier


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Angello on November 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I got this book I spent the first week enjoying the photographs. I'm glad I devoted some undivided attention for these images. They express a personal involvement with, and a command of the subject matter. They would make a wonderful, gallery show. I was not in a hurry to get to the text, though, probably because I thought I already got the gist of the book from the excerpt in "My California" (Angel City Press), or that it was going to be a bit of a travel log.

What was I thinking!?! I clearly forgot who I was dealing with. This is the author that cracked wide open my emotions with her story of the heroic power of a young woman in the same desert ("Twentynine Palms").

Besides the blind side assault on my status quo, this volume, as most of what Ms. Stillman writes, performs well on several levels. Geology, botany, zoology, humor, history, and politics are woven together with autobiographical anthropology. And, despite the nonfiction genre, the book subtly tracks the opening, conflict, climax, and resolution of a play or novel.

Much of my enjoyment in reading her work is my perception of the recurring theme of putting Pop-Culture, Americana, and civilization in context. A kind of Grand Unification Theory. All political debate prompted by the biting, well supported commentary seems welcome in this Big Picture. And, Baseball is more than just a metaphor.

This book does satisfy the nature enthusiast's desire for the must see, and might see highlights of the Park, but moreover, it's well crafted, moving, and much larger than it's size suggests.
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I bought this book because I love the SW desert area, and the book had one 5 star review which I read. (Always a bit iffy if this is the only product the person has reviewed.) Got the book used via Amazon and was disappointed in the photographs and writing--the latter mostly. As I read thru the pages, I kept flipping to the back cover to see who is this writer. The book is neither a travel guide nor an introspective interaction with the landscape. I would say: desert chick lit. The cover, back and front with photos and blurbs are the best things about the book. I gave it one star because if I had checked it out at the library or looked at it closely in a bookstore, I would not have purchased this book.
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