paper, 363 pp., $27.95
This is the second edition of a greatly enlarged guidebook to the Sonoran desert: a vast, arid region, most of it in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California as well as Baja California in Mexico. The author has devoted his life to guiding the desert enthusiast toward a more accurate and more enjoyable appreciation of the desert environment.
This book is user-friendly, with a tremendous introduction to cacti; classified, color-coded pages by floral color; and with information on such animals as the coyote and desert rat as well as some birds. The author has photographed most of the images in the work and the pride in his study is apparent. This is a terrific book as a guide to a hostile environment, allowing you to appreciate a unique landscape.
— Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden