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Terry Tempest Williams

Author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

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About the Author

She is the award-winning author of Leap, An Unspoken Hunger, Refuge & most recently Red - A Desert Reader. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Works by Terry Tempest Williams

Leap (2000) 194 copies
Erosion: Essays of Undoing (2019) 160 copies
Pieces of White Shell (1984) 104 copies
Coyote's Canyon (1989) 58 copies
Desert Quartet (1995) 44 copies
American Birds: A Literary Companion (2020) — Editor — 40 copies

Associated Works

The Land of Little Rain (1903) — Introduction, some editions — 597 copies
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contributor — 416 copies
The Best American Essays 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 213 copies
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (1998) — Contributor — 123 copies
Heart of the Land: Essays on Last Great Places (1994) — Contributor — 106 copies
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Contributor — 101 copies
A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contributor — 82 copies
This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home (2017) — Contributor — 38 copies
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Introduction — 30 copies
Exploring the Fremont (2002) — Foreword — 16 copies
Penguin Green Ideas Collection (2021) — Contributor — 12 copies
Heart Shots: Women Write About Hunting (2003) — Contributor — 6 copies
Great Salt Lake: An Anthology (2002) — Contributor — 6 copies
Conversations with Mormon Authors (2006) — Contributor — 3 copies
Sunstone - Vol. 13:1, Issue 69, February 1989 (1989) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Refuge – what an excellent book to bring one up short about prejudices. I knew of this book for years but feared the theme was too religious and nature study for my taste. I knew the author was Mormon and lived in Utah and the book had to do with birds. As soon as I read a few pages, I was very taken with the beauty of the writing, the themes of refuge and grief undertaken by the writer, a naturalist. I even became interested in the different birds described in each chapter and read the book with a Peterson’s Guide to Birds on my lap. The interesting thing about the story is that Refuge might be described by some as a book about losing one’s mother to cancer and seeking a way through grief and loss while others might say it is a book about nature and the birds losing their habitat due to climate changes and pollution. It’s both and richer for it. I can’t recommend it highly enough to both memoir readers and nature lovers and any thoughtful reader.

See what I mean? After I posted above review, GR sends this:

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featherbooks | 19 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
When Williams' mother died, she gave Williams all of her journals and told her to read them. Williams was honored to be trusted with her mother's record of her life. She went to the shelf full of journals, and found that every single one of them was empty. Her mother had a journal for every year of her life, but had not written a word in them.

This is the beginning of Williams' poetic reflection on women's voices, on what it means for women to have something to say and to say it. Along the way, she also reflects a lot on nature and relationships - romantic relationships and relationships between daughters and mothers and generations of women. She reflects on all of the pressures that silence women, particularly their imperative to sacrifice themselves to care for their children and spouses.

This is one of those books I could read over and over, and find something new in it every time. I first read it at a time in my life when I am newly free of obligations to care for other people and I have the freedom to exist solely for myself, and I am trying to find my voice. The next time I read it, I am sure different parts of it will speak to me in entirely different ways.
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