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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This book held me from beginning to end - much to identify with. The author is a wildlife - bird - scientist, and a wetlands/refuge near Great Salt Lake provided the context for her sharing of the ... Read full review

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I remember being fundamentally altered when I first read Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams, altered in a way that I would never look at death the same again. Williams' book was a symphony sprung from ... Read full review

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Prologue
3
wilsons phalarope
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WHIMBRELS
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Terry Tempest Williams lives in Grand County, Utah.

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