Natural History Book Club

the desert smells like rain9 am | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 • Location: Natural History Institute

Come read with us! Natural History Book Club offers guided discussions on a diverse array of environmental and natural history literature for scholarship, inspiration, and understanding, in a welcoming atmosphere. The goal of the Natural History Book Club is to foster discussion of the exploration and discovery of the natural world, its dynamics and the role of humans within it, by reading the best in popular, scientific, adventure, and creative natural history. All are welcome to attend! You can see what we are currently reading in the Natural History events calendar.

The book we will discuss on September 21st is The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in O'Odham Country by Gary Nabhan.gary nabhan

• Special Note! On September 27th, Gary Nabhan will be at Natural History Institute for the Prescott Launch of Mesquite and Food from the Radical Center. Read more details here »

Event Location: natural history book club logoNatural History Institute, 126 N. Marina St., Prescott. Please email info@naturalhistoryinstitute.org for more information.

About the Author and the Book

The Desert Smells Like Rain offers a remarkable insight, sensitive but unsentimental, combining the sound perceptions of a scientist with ecological concerns, matching humor and a sense of human frailty with tentative hope for the future.”—High Country News

Longtime residents of the Sonoran Desert, the Tohono O'odham people have spent centuries living off the land—a land that most modern citizens of southern Arizona consider totally inhospitable. Ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan has lived with the Tohono O'odham, long known as the Papagos, observing the delicate balance between these people and their environment. Bringing O'odham voices to the page at every turn, he writes elegantly of how they husband scant water supplies, grow crops, and utilize wild edible foods. Woven through his account are coyote tales, O'odham children's impressions of the desert, and observations on the political problems that come with living on both sides of an international border. Whether visiting a sacred cave in the Baboquivari Mountains or attending a saguaro wine-drinking ceremony, Nabhan conveys the everyday life and extraordinary perseverance of these desert people in a book that has become a contemporary classic of environmental literature.

A MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, Gary Paul Nabhan is Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University.

Event date: 

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:00am

Event address: 

Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina St.
Prescott, AZ 86301