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Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands
by Annie Griffiths
Publisher's Description
LAST STAND
AMERICA'S VIRGIN LANDS

In unforgettable words and images, best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver and award-winning photographer Annie Grifiths Belt celebrate the last corners of America where wilderness still reigns.

Last Stand takes readers from the tallgrass prairies of Kansas to the Arctic tundra of Alaska to the deserts of the Southwest and bears passionate witness to our last wildernesses, reminding us why they must be preserved.

Dedicated conservationist and acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver teams with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt to capture the essence of America's endangered virgin lands. In her moving introduction and in the essays opening each chapter, Kingsolver deftly explores the ways of wilderness, the threats against it, and what it needs to survive. Griffiths Belt's accompanying hand-tinted infrared photographs breathtakingly evoke the spirit and beauty of these diverse bioregions.

Excerpt from Last Stand by Barbara Kingsolver:
The human imagination seems to reserve its greatest dread and reverence for drylands: We name them badlands, the great barrens, the places we call deserted. From Siberia to the Monument Valley, these ends of the Earth have long been considered by human establishments to be places of exile and emptiness, a special punishment reserved for populations that needed to be pushed from greener pastures.

And just as surely as we deprecate the hostility of these lands, we also understand somehow that they are God's country. We have designated many thousands of acres of our western deserts as parks and preserves, and the names we give to these places-Zion, Moab, Devil's Garden, Thunder Mesa, Desolation Canyon- disclose an uneasy knowledge that they are spectacles almost beyond our ownership. We're awed by these landscapes where the Earth will he down and reveal herself to us so completely.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER
is the best-selling author of The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, Pigs in Heaven, The Bean Trees, and Animal Dreams. Her most recent work is a collection of essays, Small Wonder, published in 2002.

ANNIE GRIFFITHS BELT
has photographed the world's landscapes, cities, and people for National Geographic for almost 25 years. Her award-winning work has also appeared in Life, Geo, Stern, and Paris Match, as well as in numerous books.
ISBN: 0792269098
Publisher: National Geographic
Hardcover : 192 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 11.7 x 10 x 0.9 inches
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