Ken Lamberton

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Beyond Desert Walls

Essays from Prison

The University of Arizona Press

A teacher and family man incarcerated in Arizona State Prison—the result of a transgression that would cost him a dozen years of his life—Ken Lamberton can see beyond his desert walls. In essays that focus on the natural history of the region and on his own personal experiences with desert places, the Burroughs Medal-winning author takes readers along as he revisits the Southwest he knew when he was free, and as he makes an inner journey toward self-awareness. Whether considering the seemingly eternal cacti or the desolate beauty of the Pinacate, he draws on sharp powers of observation to re-create what lies beyond his six-by-eight cell and to contemplate the thoughts that haunt his mind as tenaciously as the kissing bugs that haunt his sleep.

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Chiricahua Mountains

Bridging the Borders of Wildness

By Ken Lamberton; By (photographer) Jeff Garton
The University of Arizona Press
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Dry River

Stories of Life, Death, and Redemption on the Santa Cruz

The University of Arizona Press
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Time of Grace

Thoughts on Nature, Family, and the Politics of Crime and Punishment

The University of Arizona Press
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Chasing Arizona

One Man’s Yearlong Obsession with the Grand Canyon State

The University of Arizona Press

It seemed like a simple plan—visit fifty-two places in fifty-two weeks. But for author Ken Lamberton, a forty-five-year veteran of life in the Sonoran Desert, the entertaining results were anything but easy. Chasing Arizona takes readers on a yearlong, twenty-thousand-mile joy ride across Arizona during its centennial, racking up more than two hundred points of interest along the way. This book is an adventure story, a tale of Arizona, and a celebration of what makes the state a great place to visit and live.

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