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Classic American Nature Writing Since 1900
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Ann Zwinger

 

Recommended Nature Writing Books by Ann Zwinger (1925- )

Beyond the Aspen GroveBeyond the Aspen Grove
Ann Zwinger

"Ann Zwinger’s Beyond the Aspen Grove takes us to the Montane Zone of Colorado (7,000 to 9,000 feet) to walk her land with her, to savor the immense variety of life to be found there, above and below ground, in its streams, meadows, under the surface of a lake and among its groves of aspen and Ponderosa pine. The book is a compendium of information, packed densely with meat like a rich nut … [a] work of love that is also a work of science and a work of art." - The New York Times Book Review 2002, Johnson Books


DowncanyonDowncanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River Through Grand Canyon
Ann Zwinger

In Downcanyon Zwinger is part of a team of volunteer naturalists and scientists studying environmental impact along the Colorado River. Returning time after time, she describes the changes of the seasons and man-made additions like a huge dam. She creates an intensely rich experience from the weaving of a spider web, and her recollection of summer in the canyon is a scalding, shimmering sensation. "In summer, passing close to these sepulchral walls is like skirting the flank of a dragon. Rock made of seething, molten magma still pulses heat out more than a millennia later when its flat faces tilt to the sun like solar collectors." 1995, University of Arizona Press


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

Ann Zwinger immerses herself in the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mojave, and Great Basin deserts, and describes her explorations of these fascinating ecosystems. She includes many of her own drawings of plants, mammals, birds, toads and landscapes. 1996, University of Arizona Press


Run, River, RunRun, River, Run: A Naturalist's Journey Down One of the Great Rivers of the American West
Ann Zwinger

In peerless prose, Zwinger describes her 730-mile journey on the Green River, from its headwaters to its confluence with the Colorado River. She writes both as naturalist and as historian, deftly weaving together the natural and human history of this wild, vigorous river. Run, River, Run is filled with her acute and evocative observations of the riverscape and the life she encounters there. Even as she revels in the solitude and wildness of her journey, she reminds the reader of the constant threats to the natural integrity of the Green River watershed.
John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing 1976
1984, University of Arizona Press


Wind in the RockWind in the Rock: The Canyonlands of Southeastern Utah
Ann Zwinger

Zwinger describes treks through five beautiful, rocky canyons in southern Utah, celebrating quiet and solitude. Her feel for the animals and plants native to this arid region enhances the precise sketches which punctuate the text. As always, Zwinger is alert to the looming threat of human impacts on her beloved natural areas. 1986, University of Arizona Press

 

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