"Praise for A Desert Harvest"

“Bruce Berger is an elegant and embodied writer of the American Southwest. His words mirror the spare beauty of the desert while offering us the unexpected surprises that come from one who has walked this arid landscape over time." —Terry Tempest Williams

A Desert Harvest

Forthcoming March 11th, 2019
Occupying a space between traditional nature writing, memoir, journalism, and prose poetry, Bruce Berger’s essays are beautiful, subtle, and haunting meditations on the landscape and culture of the American Southwest. Combining new, unpublished essays with selections from his acclaimed trilogy of “desert books”—The Telling Distance, There Was a River, and Almost an Island—A Desert Harvest is a career-spanning selection of the best work by this unique and undervalued voice.

Wasteland architecture, mountaintop astronomy, Bach in the wilderness, the mind of the wood rat, the canals of Phoenix, and the numerous eccentric personalities who call the desert their home all come to life in these fascinating portraits of America’s seemingly desolate terrains.

About Bruce

Nonfiction writer and poet Bruce Berger is best known for a series of books exploring the intersections of nature and culture, usually in desert settings. The first of these works, the essay collection The Telling Distance, won the 1990 Western States Book Award and the 1991 Colorado Book Award, and its contents have been widely anthologized. It was followed by There Was A River, whose title piece is a narrative of what may have been the last trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon before its inundation by Lake Powell, and by Almost an Island, which recounts three decades of exploration and friendship in Baja California.

The End of the Sherry

Chosen as an Indie Ground Breaking Nonfiction

“Raucous adventure transpires… Berger writes richly and animatedly about the people he met, the places he explored, the spiritual subjects he parsed, and the unforgettable experiences he lived to the fullest during his time in Spain… Berger’s dynamic and lively prose, proves thoroughly infectious…”

– Craig Manning, Independent Publisher Magazine

THE END OF THE SHERRY recounts what happens to a young American who finds himself abandoned in southern Spain in 1965 with a dog and a dubious car, stumbles into work as a nightclub pianist, and stays for three improbable years. Berger’s adventures blossom into a portrait of provincial Spain toward the end of the Franco dictatorship — bleakness that breaks into unexpected hilarity even as the author discovers his calling as a person and a writer. His return to Spain after the death of Franco puts it all into perspective.