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"This book, then, is a fresh look at the ecological and cultural patterns which shape the richest, most complex desert in all of the Americas. If you have the chance to walk through the threshold, to let its creatures and cacti speak directly to you, leaf through this book before you go and after you return. Read it by campfire light at night, or when you get stuck below a rocky overhang that summer day when a sudden downpour forces you to head for cover. Savor it as you sit beneath a saguaro cactus, eating its succulent fruit, hearing the breeze make music as it blows through the cactus spines--a living finger piano. And use it as a wellspring for reflection, to remind all of us human mortals that there are other lives on the face of this earth which enrich our own."