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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Lovely and heartfelt writing, but emotionally draining. - Goodreads
Difficult to read, but very moving. - Goodreads
Written with compassion and insight. - Goodreads
Very rich book both in writing style and themes. - Goodreads
This woman is a wonderful democratic feminine writer. - Goodreads
Nature writing at it's finest. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Richard Kravitz - Goodreads

This was a good book. Terry Tempest Williams is a great writer, thought provoking and great descriptions of nature. Interesting medical facts and history. Read full review

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User Review  - Katelynn Clement - Goodreads

Moving reflection on our relationships with one another, relationships with the natural world, and how they all intertwine. Learned a lot about the natural history of the Great Salt Lake region; loved her love for birds, and descriptions of her encounters and relationships with them. Read full review


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Terry Tempest Williams lives in Grand County, Utah.

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