Suggested Reading List
Palm Springs: The Landscape, the History, the Lore
Author: Churchwell, Mary Jo
Description: Mary Jo Churchwell depicts the desert community of Palm Springs over the last 150 years, reveling in eccentric anecdotes and inspiring landscapes. With equal doses of history, nature and personal reflection.
Joshua Tree: The Complete Guide: Joshua Tree National Park
Author: Kaiser, James
Description: Stunning photographs showcase the wondrous landscape of Joshua Tree National Park in this unique guidebook. Joshua Tree National Park is a desert getaway that boasts some of the most dramatic and unexpected scenery in the Southwest. This edition features updated information, as well as a newly expanded section on the geology of the park. Fascinating chapters discuss the park's history, geology, and wildlife along with a guide to desert wildflowers and maps of more than 20 of the best hikes in the park. An indispensable guide for outdoor enthusiasts, rock climbers, and vacationing families on a budget, this beautiful guidebook will enhance any traveler's collection.
A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
Author: Patricia Wentworth Comus (Editor)
Description: "Once in a generation, a guide to understanding a major North American landscape comes along. This book is such a touchstone, sure to become a classic. The emphasis here is on biodiversity, mutualism, co-evolution, and, especially, ethno-relationships—the long history of connection between desert peoples and their homeland, on both sides of the border.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Author: Reisner, Marc
Description: The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--and Eden that may be only a mirage. 608pp
Palm Springs Legends
Author: Niemann, Greg
Description: Palm Springs—for years a desert hideaway for celebrities—has a history as unique and varied as its residents. Nestled against lofty Mt. San Jacinto, the oasis of Palm Springs was the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The climate attracted not only respiratory patients and their families, but world-famous artists and writers who sought solace and inspiration in the palm-shaded canyons. Enjoy a historical, behind-the-scenes romp: Ride the tram, admire the Follies, meet the stars, and discover the myriad forces and diverse population that made the Palm Springs area an international destination.
Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis
Author: Glennon, Robert
Description: In the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas casinos use billions of gallons of water for fountains, pirate lagoons, wave machines, and indoor canals. Meanwhile, the town of Orme, Tennessee, must truck in water from Alabama because it has literally run out. Robert Glennon captures the irony—and tragedy—of America’s water crisis in a book that is both frightening and wickedly comical. Unquenchable reveals the heady extravagances and everyday inefficiencies that are sucking the nation dry.