For years, America's national parks have provided public breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why close to 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now, to honor the centennial of the National Park Service, Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks, what they mean to us, and what we mean to them.
Through 12 carefully chosen parks, from Yellowstone in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas, Tempest Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America. Our national parks stand at the intersection of humanity and wildness, and there's no one better than Tempest Williams to guide us there.
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"[T]his is a uniquely evocative, illuminating, profound, poignant, beautiful, courageous, and clarion book about the true significance of our national parks." (Booklist)
This book needs to be adopted as required reading up among the ranks with Abbey, Carson, Leopold, Powell, and too many other great American authors who advocate for the necessary preservation of our cultures last stand for wholesome connectivity. A simply fantastic read.
Terry Tempest Williams' voice is calming and matches the tone of the book. She's an excellent narraror.
By far my favorite thing about this book is the way Williams presents the challenges facing our National Parks in our country today versus when the specific Parks were created. She presents the history of each National Park she visited in preparation for this book. She also presents the evidence of the incredibley tough and in many caes, tragic issues the Park face today, each unique, but most realted to growth - population and corporate.
Then, instead of forcing an "agneda" on the reader, Williams allows the reader to come to their own feelings, thoughts, and conclusion about each Park. This book is very thought-provoking and is a breath of fresh air in an era of spin-media.
I actually bought the Aubile version of this book after reading the hardcover version because I loved it so much. Both are wonderful, but the stories in the book come alive in a different way when listening to her read them.
Yes - absolutely.
Terry Tempest Williams follows in the footsteps of John Muir, Edward Abbey, and like them, is a National Treasure.This book is a gem for our country's history and its hope for its future of wild places. Read this book!
The acclaimed naturalist and environmental activist, Terry Tempest William, visits some of our national parks and explores their meaning for her own life and for our society, culture and future. This book has many sub-stories and contains a call for action, not just for our protected and sometimes threatened public places, but for our wondrous and fragile planet.
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