A career-spanning collection of Bruce Berger’s beautiful, subtle, and spiky essays on the American desert
Occupying a space between traditional nature writing, memoir, journalism, and prose poetry, Bruce Berger’s essays are beautiful, subtle, and haunting meditations on the landscape and culture of the American Southwest. Combining new, unpublished essays with selections from his acclaimed trilogy of “desert books”—The Telling Distance, There Was a River, and Almost an Island—A Desert Harvest is a career-spanning selection of the best work by this unique and undervalued voice.
Wasteland architecture, mountaintop astronomy, Bach in the wilderness, the mind of the wood rat, the canals of Phoenix, and the numerous eccentric personalities who call the desert their home all come to life in these fascinating portraits of America’s seemingly desolate terrains.
“[T]here are few living writers more at home in desert country than Berger . . . Berger’s essays in [A Desert Harvest] are pleasures to read.” ―Kirkus
Praise for Bruce Berger:
“Berger takes his place with Annie Dillard and Barry Lopez.” —The Denver Post
Praise for The Telling Distance by Bruce Berger:
“A contemplation of the beautiful and the belching, snorting, seething desert that sprawls across the American Southwest.” —Los Angeles Times
“Berger shares a significant kinship with those early romantic individuals who, in looking into nature, found a greater sense of self and soul. . . . Here is the work not so much of a desert rat as a desert connoisseur.” —Bloomsbury Review