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
Terry Tempest Williams' prose is excellent. - Goodreads
Written with compassion and insight. - Goodreads
This is a love story of a woman and her landscape. - Goodreads
Very rich book both in writing style and themes. - Goodreads

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This amazing book took me by surprise. I am so grateful to the friend who mentioned it on facebook as a book that influenced her. It has definitely influenced me, captured my heart in the wings of ... Read full review

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In 1983, the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge flooded as the water levels of Great Salt Lake rose. It was also the year that Terry Tempest Williams' mother was diagnosed with cancer. Refuge is the ... Read full review

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Prologue
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wilsons phalarope
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WHIMBRELS
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Terry Tempest Williams lives in Grand County, Utah.

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