Kip's desert book club
the temptation of st. anthony
february 6, 2017



Not in a million years would I think that the Desert Book Club might be reading Flaubert. When John Alexis suggested The Temptation of St. Anthony as the February selection, he could see that I was rather surprised at the thought. It turns out that this work is not only set in the desert, but it also explores "the desert of the mind" as John put it so well.

high desert test kitchen
january ingredient: yerba santa
january 16, 2017



JANUARY INGREDIENT: YERBA SANTA

Coming down from the holiday high can be a bit rough and may leave your immune system running ragged. Forgo the post-party blues and fortify your body and mind with a little bit of holy herb, Yerba Santa

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



DECEMBER INGREDIENT: CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

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.