Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

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Vintage Books, 1991 - Social Science - 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  - Faith Colburn - Goodreads

What a powerful indictment of our government's disregard for the people who live in the world's "virtually uninhabited" areas. Terry Tempest Williams and her family live among the virtual ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joell - Goodreads

It's a thoughtful memoir of the parallels between our natural world and how we interact with it. But Tempest's voice can get too wistful for me - too much use of the passive voice and she skips from ... Read full review


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Terry Tempest Williams lives in Grand County, Utah.

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