Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

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Vintage Books, 1991 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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In the spring of 1983 Terry Tempest Williams learned that her mother was dying of cancer. That same season, The Great Salt Lake began to rise to record heights, threatening the herons, owls, and snowy egrets that Williams, a poet and naturalist, had come to gauge her life by. One event was nature at its most random, the other a by-product of rogue technology: Terry's mother, and Terry herself, had been exposed to the fallout of atomic bomb tests in the 1950s. As it interweaves these narratives of dying and accommodation, Refuge transforms tragedy into a document of renewal and spiritual grace, resulting in a work that has become a classic.

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User Review  - franciszka - Goodreads

here's what i liked, especially in the beginning: species of birds as section headings (and the list of species at the back of the book), lake levels for each chapter, the weaving of the bird stories ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

There isn't a word of dialogue that sounds like the way people talk. It sounds like the way people talk on TV, and maybe the rest of it is honest (is it?) but that's dishonest and it's getting under my skin right now. Read full review


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Terry Tempest Williams lives in Grand County, Utah.

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