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
This is a love story of a woman and her landscape. - Goodreads
Very rich book both in writing style and themes. - Goodreads
With each reading I gain new insights. - Goodreads
It's easy to read and is really excellent. - Goodreads

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Williams is an thought-provoking author; her writing is almost poetic yet passionate. Read full review

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Beautiful book. Reading it really resonated with me while I was on a trip to the Utah desert. Maybe I felt more connected to this book since I grew up with the author's younger brother, Hank. I know ... Read full review


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Terry Tempest Williams lives in Grand County, Utah.

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