Multcolib Northwest Picks: Companion to Cadillac Desert
Annotation:St. Clair provocatively lambasts the Federal government, the states, big business, and the green-washing industry in this powerfully written defense of wild spaces.
Annotation:Stegner is more well-known for his award-winning fiction and the dizzying list of writers that studied under him. This narrative of John Wesley Powell's adventures in the Southwest and his profound advocacy for it may be Stegner at his best.
Annotation:Much like the Owens River was stolen away to Los Angeles, Viola Martinez was taken from her family in the Owens Valley and "Educated" at The Sherman Institute in Riverside, CA where she was punished for speaking her own language... and that's just the beginning of her complex and captivating life.
Annotation:This narrative may seem far away from Cadillac Desert, but then again, Kesey uses the damming of Celilo Falls to prop up his central metaphor and as an inciting moment.
Annotation:This article is a great overview of one of the most monumental movements in recent history. Access JSTOR for free with your MCL card!
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Through its "beautifully written and meticulously researched" (St. Louis Dispatch) pages, Cadillac Desert details the diverted and dammed history of water in the American West. Here is a selection of resources (both nonfiction & fiction) that pair well with Marc Reisner's opus aqua. (This list is under construction).