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Finally, the species of my desire offer up compelling stories about the complex borderland where science and art, the personal and the collective, intersect. There are the animals themselves and perhaps they should be enough, but there are also the ways in which these creatures speak to me, of my own life and yearning, and of the sensual and sensuous world that is enhanced by, but lies partly beyond, the realm of facts and direct observation. The Death Valley region of California and Nevada Geological time scale, Miocene to Recent (all dates approximate) And yet this is a book rooted in sensory experience and data.

The University of North Carolina Press has been a member of the Green Press Initiative since 2003. Complete cataloging information for this title is available from the Library of Congress. ISBN 978-1-4696-1866-1 (cloth: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4696-1867-8 (ebook) 18 17 16 15 14 5 4 3 2 1 Portions of Pattiann Rogers’s poem, “Animals and People: ‘The Human Heart in Conflict with Itself,’” have been reprinted by permission of the author from Orion 16(1) (Winter 1997); Pattiann Rogers, Eating Bread and Honey (Milkweed Editions, 1997); and Pattiann Rogers, Song of the World Becoming: New and Collected Poems (Milkweed Editions, 2001).

To fully understand any story you must begin with its setting—in this case the spare and aching Great Basin country running east from the Sierra Nevada, a land that rises and falls in an endless iteration of mountains and valleys. A march of desert, 200,000 square miles of it, backlit crenellated hills stretching north and south: a touch of trees in the high places, a drift of luminous clouds across empty territory, of lonely highways through deep and lovely valleys. A threadbare blanket of ragged shrubs draped across the land, the scent of dust and sage in the afternoon air, two or five or ten inches of rain and snow per year.

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