Kip's Desert Book Club
Twentynine Palms by Deanne Stillman
August 1

Deanne Stillman is the author of 4 desert books, each quite different from one another. The first one we will be reading is her true crime book, Twentynine Palms. It's a chronicle of an incredibly disturbing event that occurred in the town of Twentynine Palms in 1991. Much has changed since this horrible event took place, so there should be a lot to talk about.

Kip's Desert Book Club
Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner
July 4


Laurel and Frank have invited us back to the Glass Outhouse in Wonder Valley on the 4th of July to discuss the environmental classic, Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. This 30 year old book explores the important topic of water in southwestern North America and is perhaps more relevant today than the day it was published. Laurel says the Glass Outhouse is a great place to watch the fireworks on the base, so bring a folding chair and enjoy!

Paradise Springs
Brigid McCaffrey
June 4, 2016

Please join us on Saturday June 4th for our annual summer film screening at The Palms in Wonder Valley! This year we are very excited to be showing Brigid McCaffrey's recent film, Paradise Springs, along with additional short films. Screening time will run for about an hour right after the reliably beautiful pinks and purples of the Wonder Valley sunset. Food and drinks available from our heroes at The Palms. See you there!

Paradise Springs
Brigid McCaffrey
33 minutes, color, sound, digital video
Featuring: Ren Lallatin ​
Screening will begin at 8 pm

Kip's Desert Book Club
Small Rocks Rising by Susan Lang
June 6, 2016

769 In Small Rocks Rising, Susan Lang reveals the incredible stories of the pioneering women of Pipes Canyon in novel form. Growing up immersed in this vibrant culture allows Susan to use her writing skill to bring this story to life in a series of 3 books following the life of Ruth Farley. I assure you that the Book Club will be reading the next two volumes and also her latest book, The Sawtooth Complex, in the near future. I am also pleased to announce the environmental classic, Cadillac Desert, by Marc Reisner as our July selection. You can also pick up a copy of Twentynine Palms by Deanne Stillman for August.

Kip's Desert Book Club
No Place for a Puritan by Ruth Nolan
may 2, 2016

I am so happy to announce that Ruth Nolan, editor of this month's Book Club book, No Place for a Puritan, will be joining us out in Wonder Valley at 7:00 pm on May 2nd. Ruth mentioned that supplies of the first edition are running low and she is talking to Heyday Books about a second run. Our faithful desert book readers can contact the publisher at to express their love for this desert classic so we don't lose a critical part of the desert literary canon. Our feedback can demonstrate a growing readership and keep this book in print.