Ellen Meloy Fund


Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit

By Ellen Meloy
Pantheon (hardcover) (2002)

It is the stone of the desert. It is the color of yearning. . . . Poke a shish kabob skewer through a globe at the Colorado Plateau and it will come out the other side on the Tibetan Plateau. More than all others, the cultures of Tibet and the native American Southwest have absorbed turquoise into their traditions, ceremonies, and folklore. 
~  From The Anthropology of Turquoise


2003 Grand Prize Winner Banff Mountain Book Award for Adventure Travel - Jurors' statements.


From the book jacket ...

Exquisitely rendered. . . . Meloy’s gem-studded collection calls us to be mindful of the physical world, to see it—really see it—with fresh eyes.
—Los Angeles Times

Meloy’s vision of the world through turquoise-colored glasses is a unique, moving, self-effacing delight.
—The Washington Post

By the time you lift your eyes from the last page, you’ll be longing to clasp a piece of stone, to be surrounded by blue water. . . . Powerful and transporting—and funny. —The Times-Picayune

Finely crafted, vigorously descriptive, dazzling in its insights into biology and culture. —Booklist

[Meloy] crafts potent meditations on the desert landscape. . . . The Anthropology of Turquoise explores Meloy’s beloved Southwest—a region she knows intimately and describes with her trademark sharp wit.—Salt Lake Tribune

Amusing and intelligent . . . the talented Meloy is a Southwestern voice to listen to. 
—Santa Fe New Mexican

Smart, evocative, and memorable: Nature-writing done right. 

—Kirkus (starred review)

Combine[s] the best of travel writing with fascinating slices of history in an irresistible invitation to open our eyes and our minds, taking beauty where we find it. 
—Kingston Springs Advocate

Diverse, thoughtful, and humorous.
—Albuquerque Journal

A book of great beauty under which lies a drumbeat of grief and passion for the desert. Meloy is a perfect, often hilarious guide. Trust her on any river. There are images in this book I will never forget. 
—Nora Gallagher, author of Practicing Resurrection  

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