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Books & Reviews

The Desert Explorers are a refined and intelligent group. Interests vary and most of us are bookworms to some extent. This section contains book reviews as well as places to find and enjoy books related to the desert and our environment. Happy reading!

Books - Eastern Sierra

Bob Jacoby
Book Report - Eastern Sierra By Bob Jacoby There is no question that one of the most scenic and popular areas in California is the Eastern Sierra. In fact, I would hazard a guess that this might...

The Desert is Yours by Erle Stanley Gardner

Bob Jaussaud
The Desert Is Yours by Erle Stanley Gardner Book Review by Bob Jaussaud It was most likely Neal Johns who gave me The Desert Is Yours by Erle Stanley Gardner. He used to give away the duplicates ...

Highway 99 The history of California's Main Street

Bob Jacoby
Highway 99, the History of California’s Main Street Stephen H. Provost, Author Published by Craven Street Books Reviewed by Bob Jacoby I have been obsessed with the federal highway system since...

The Big Bonana

The Big Bonanza” by C.B. Glasscock Mignon lent me an old (1931) book on the Comstock titled “The Big Bonanza” by C. B. Glasscock. It’s about the huge silver strikes beginning in the 1860’s in Vir...

Postcards from Mecca

Anne Stoll
Postcards from Mecca Here’s a recent arrival to the Stoll bookshelf: Postcards from Mecca: The California Desert Photographs of Susie Keef Smith and Lula Mae Graves 1916-1936. Edited by Ann Japeng...

Women in the Sand

Anne Stoll
Women in the Sand Review by Anne Stoll We watched The Women in the Sand as promised this Thanksgiving after dinner, sipping champagne in our jammies. One of our number fell asleep but I watched t...