“Life in Death Valley” is a book of "coffee-table" quality that can also be used as a concise and informative guide for experiencing the highlights of this starkly beautiful National Park. Without traveling, it can also be used to vicariously experience the beauty, history and features of this unusual geologic area.
The book includes appropriate quotations from other authors especially Walt Whitman. His "Leaves of Grass" is said to be one of the best books of the nineteenth century, a time when Death Valley was first being explored by Anglos. It is cited extensively. These quotations are cleverly blended with color photographs and brief descriptions of the major attractions of Death Valley.
The book is dedicated to all cancer survivors. The author is such a survivor. Emotions are subtly integrated into the text through experiences of another survivor named Don. Don found deepened meaning for his life by visiting Death Valley. He experienced influences of nature on mankind, influences of mankind on nature, dynamics of our changing earth, and the transcendence from this magnificent valley.
"Life in Death Valley" has 120 pages and over 100 photographs. It is informative, enlightening, inspirational and a guide for travel through life and through this unusual National Park. It is realistic and uplifting, but do not be surprised if you wipe a tear from your eye as you identify with some of the emotions evoked within Don.