kip's desert book club
the rope by nevada barr
january 2, 2017

Take your mind off of your hectic holiday schedule for a few hours and read The Rope by Nevada Barr. You will get to follow protagonist Anna Pigeon through her adventures working at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, an artificial lake surrounded by an amazing desert. Besides being a first class whodunit, this novel addresses the environmental, social and emotional issues that arise when large numbers of people utilize isolated wilderness areas. 

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december ingredient: california juniper
december 19, 2016


I've never decorated my home for the holidays (I know, what a grinch), but all of the small cuttings I've severed from the California Juniper bushes growing on my land are beginning to accumulate, so I might just have a tree by the end of the season. The scent is a nice reminder that winter is arriving, despite being masked by the eternal Mojave sun.

Kip's desert book Club
the joshua tree by robert cabot
december 5, 2016

Bernard Leibov has once again invited the Desert Book Club to meet at his warm and cozy BOXO House. Please join us on December 5th at 7:00 pm to discuss Robert Cabot's book, The Joshua TreeThis is a unique novel in that it is written in the form of poetry, which I realize could be off-putting for many readers. I challenge everyone to stick with it and see if it grows on you and possibly becomes enjoyable after a while. Cabot spent quite a bit of time with the famous Bill Keyes and his family, so see if this book doesn't deepen our understanding of this local character. My thinking is that between the content and the form of this work, we should be in for a lively discussion.

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november ingredient: mormon tea
november 21, 2016


One of the most ubiquitous plants in this region, you've probably run into this prehistoric survivor, which might be mistaken for the skeleton of a shrub that's lost its leaves. In the spring and summer, this gymnosperm will produce bright yellow-green flowers and teeny dark cones at the base of each nodule. There are seven species that grow in California, and all can be used in the same manner, most commonly steeped as tea.