Multcolib Northwest Picks: Companion to Cadillac Desert

Cadillac Desert
Cadillac Desert The American West and Its Disappearing Water By Reisner, Marc Book - 1993 333.91 R377c 1993 All copies in use Availability details
A Dangerous Place
A Dangerous Place California's Unsettling Fate By Reisner, Marc Book - 2003 979.4 R377d 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Reisner was close to finishing this follow-up upon his death... think of it as the opposite of utopian futurism.

Born Under A Bad Sky
Born Under A Bad Sky Notes From the Dark Side of the Earth By St. Clair, Jeffrey Book - 2008 363.700973 S77448b 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West By Stegner, Wallace Book - 1992 B-P8837s 1992 Available in some locations

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.

Viola Martinez, California Paiute
Viola Martinez, California Paiute Living in Two Worlds By Bahr, Diana Meyers Book - 2003 B-Ma366b 2003 Available in some locations

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.

Flow DVD - 2008 DVD 333.91 FLOW Available in some locations

Annotation:This is essentially a love story.

The Control of Nature
The Control of Nature By McPhee, John Book - 1989 304.2 M172c Available in some locations

Annotation:McPhee's writings on the MIssissippi, along with that of many other tireless advocates, could have prevented most of the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest By Kesey, Ken Book - 2003 FICTION KESEY 2003 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 24 copies

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.

Dam Nation
Dam Nation Dispatches From the Water Underground Book - 2007 333.91 D154 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Dam Nation gives a nice historical overview of our relationship with water and provides some DIY water tips, tricks, and projects for conservation.

Desert Solitaire
Desert Solitaire A Season in the Wilderness By Abbey, Edward Book - 1990 818.5 A124d 1990 Available in some locations

Annotation:Abbey's classic ode to the wilderness of the Red Rock Country and the now inundated Glen Canyon.

Essential Muir
Essential Muir By Muir, John Book - 2006 508.73 M953e 2006 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:John Muir was an incredible advocate for wild places; his reverence inspired activism, art, theory, and practice.

Last Call at the Oasis
Last Call at the Oasis DVD - 2012 DVD 333.91 LAST Available in some locations

Annotation:A global look by award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu. You can also stream it through Hoopla or check-out the book by the same title.

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!

Annotation:OVC is a great resource for finding differing viewpoints on controversial issues; another free database for MCL cardholders!

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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).

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