Charles Bowden

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Blue Desert

The University of Arizona Press

Published in 1986, Blue Desert was Charles Bowden’s third book-length work and takes place almost entirely in Arizona, revealing Bowden’s growing and intense preoccupation with the state and what it represented as a symbol of America’s “New West.” With a thoughtful new foreword by Francisco Cantú, Blue Desert is a critical piece of Bowden’s oeuvre.

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Frog Mountain Blues

By Charles Bowden; By (photographer) Jack Dykinga; Foreword by Alison Hawthorne Deming
The University of Arizona Press

When first published in 1987, Frog Mountain Blues documented the creeping sprawl of new development up the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Today, that development is fully visible, but Charles Bowden’s prescience to preserve and protect a sacred recreational space remains as vivid as ever. Accompanied by Jack W. Dykinga’s photographs from the original work, this book conveys the natural beauty of the Catalinas and warns readers that this unique wilderness could easily be lost.

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Dreamland

The Way Out of Juarez

University of Texas Press

This striking work of graphic journalism pairs previously unpublished creative nonfiction by Charles Bowden with provocative scratchboard drawings by Alice Leora Briggs to create a vignette of daily life in Juárez, Mexico, in all its surreal brutality and

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The Charles Bowden Reader

By Charles Bowden; Edited by Erin Almeranti and Mary Martha Miles; Introduction by Jim Harrison
University of Texas Press

With excerpts from his major books—Blue Desert, Desierto: Memories of the Future, Blood Orchid, Blues for Cannibals, A Shadow in the City, Trinity, and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing—as well as prominent magazine articles and early journalism, this anthology gathers the best and most representative writing from Charles Bowden’s entire career

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Red Line

By Charles Bowden; Introduction by James Galvin
University of Texas Press

Red Line powerfully conveys a desert civilization careening over the edge—and decaying at its center.

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Desierto

Memories of the Future

By Charles Bowden; Introduction by William deBuys
University of Texas Press

A forerunner of Charles Bowden’s acclaimed books about the harsh life in the Southwestern borderlands, Desierto offers seven essays that combine the lore of the gypsy scholar, the incantatory power of a prose shaman, and the bracing cussedness of the old-style American maverick.

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Blood Orchid

An Unnatural History of America

University of Texas Press

The first book in Charles Bowden’s “Unnatural History of the United States” sextet, Blood Orchid is a dizzying excavation of the violence and corruption at the roots of American society.

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Blues for Cannibals

The Notes from Underground

By Charles Bowden; Introduction by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
University of Texas Press

The second book in Charles Bowden’s “Unnatural History of the United States” sextet, Blues for Cannibals is an elegiac rumination on our hunger for self-consumption and destruction as a species.

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Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing

Living in the Future

University of Texas Press

The third book in Charles Bowden’s “Unnatural History of the United States” sextet, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing continues to interrogate humanity’s destructive actions and responsibilities as we move further into the twenty-first century.

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Mezcal

University of Texas Press

A reissue from the author of Blue Desert and The Red Caddy that charts the disintegration of the land, the loss of friends to drugs, and the decline of American innocence.

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Killing the Hidden Waters

University of Texas Press

The costs and limits of using natural resources, demonstrated through a simple example: water.

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The Red Caddy

Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey

University of Texas Press

The first literary biography of Edward Abbey in a generation, this thoughtful memoir serves as a meditation on the writing life, the cult of readers, reputation, and the literary afterlife of a well-known writer.

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