I occasionally recommend books, films, and events that I’m confident will truly resonate with readers of this column. The Colorado, the latest title by author, geologist, and canyon country advocate Christa Sadler, is one such volume that I am proud to bring to your attention.
Thoroughly researched and richly-illustrated, this book chronicles the cultural and natural history of the Colorado River, one of North America’s most important waterways. The author’s connection to this iconic river — as student, teacher, longtime commercial river runner, and environmental champion — is on full display from cover to cover.
Although written as a companion book to filmmaker/documentarian Murat Eyuboglu’s newest documentary on the subject, Project Colorado (projectcolorado.com), Sadler’s The Colorado doubles as a standalone resource.
I have had the privilege of accompanying Christa on numerous Grand Canyon Association Field Institute rafting trips in her capacity as trip leader and lead geologist. During these journeys I witnessed firsthand her mastery of the canyon’s geologic, botanical, paleontological history; not to mention her captivating storytelling (and an acapella “Amazing Grace” or two).
Anyone serious or curious about the river which is considered the lifeblood of the Desert Southwest would do well to add The Colorado to their “must read” list.
For more information or to order follow this link: www.thisearthpress.com.
- “This Earth Press” Publishers Information (PDF 64kb – will open in new window)