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

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Wow. This'll stay with me for a while. Evocative provocative poetic essays to savor. A couple of warnings - it's not so much about family as about the women in the family. I was frustrated waiting for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

I wasn't quite sure about this book at first. I was afraid it was trying too hard to be arty. But by the time you finish, you find that Williams had done a terrific job of weaving together several ... Read full review

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Prologue
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wilsons phalarope
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WHIMBRELS
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About the author (1991)

Terry Tempest Williams lives in Grand County, Utah.

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