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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.

©2016 Terry Tempest Williams (P)2016 Tantor

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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)

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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.

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It could have been good.

I started listening to this book with great expectations - what's not to like about our National Parks? - but soon found myself bogged down by Williams' dreary recital of the usual dog's breakfast of leftist ideas and causes. Perhaps one has to expect it these days as every progressive attempts to out-virtue signal her comrades, but this book was supposed to be about the national parks, not feminismdiversityimmigrantindigenouslgbtglobalwarmingism.

What I also didn't anticipate was the author's truly stunning lack of a sense of irony. In her chapter about the Gulf Coast, Mississippi Delta, and the aftermath of the BP oil spill, we find our intrepid Terry flying as a passenger in some environmentalist's Cessna 182, an expensive private airplane that burns 12 gallons of evil fossil fuel per hour, during a 4 1/2 hour flight to gawk at the oil spill. Any idea why BP was out there drilling for that oil, Terry? Clue: so your friend can replenish the more than 50 gallons of gas he burned while you tut-tutted BP's wickedness. It reminds me of a john complaining about a prostitute's morals.

In other chapters, Terry and her extended family blissfully jetset from Utah to Maine, Utah to North Dakota, Utah to Montana, Utah to Wyoming, and beyond, feeding all the while on that BP oil spill. Montana is home, of course, to Glacier National Park, which was stolen from indigenous peoples, an act which Terry assures us is bad, while Wyoming is home to Grand Teton National Park, part of which was stolen from white people by the oil-fueled Rockefeller dynasty, which Terry assures us is good. Terry, you are making my head hurt.

But once in a while, and despite her best efforts to the contrary, a sweet, unbeguiled love of beauty and the land creeps out of the leftist caterwalling, and as a reader, I am enchanted. Too bad there isn't more. Like the precious, hidden pools of water in William's beloved red rock desert, these passages refreshed me. That is what I wanted from this book and got not nearly enough. I wanted to like "The Hour of the Land," I really did, but the bitter leftist preaching was finally just too much for me. The politics finally overwhelmed the poetry.

Maybe someday, when the sour taste of this disappointing book goes away, I'll try another Terry Tempest Williams book.

Maybe.


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every reader will become an environmentalist

Tempest Willliams is so passionate about the parks that every reader will become an environmentalist,

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Amazing

Ed Abbey multiplied by infinity. Williams gives a proud voice to a nature silenced by economic growth. Our national parks are relics that could slip away as forgotten treasure if aren't paying attention. Williams helps bring our focus back to what is important.....wild spaces.

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Powerful

TTW knows how to speak softly and carry three big sticks of research, passion, and empathy. Beware, though; her soft voice and compelling narrative could activate the most latent activists for our national parks. Thank you, Ms. Tempest.

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Moving

I love hearing Terry Tempest Williams tell of her experiences in the national parks. Each has motivated me to get out and create my own experiences and share them with those around me. The book left me wanting more.

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She knows a lot!

Ms. Williams has had a surprising life that has taken her many places. She fuses her personal experiences with those of a broad set of celebrated acquaintances. An interesting blend of history, spirituality and environmental advocacy. Worth hearing

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For lovers of national parks, this book is for you

If you are passionate about national parks and protection of our natural assets in the US, you should love this book. I enjoyed some chapters more than others. The ones in which Terry gave some history, some personal stories, etc were great but some of the others were too preachy. She is a beautiful writer though.

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Best audio book I've ever experienced.

What did you love best about The Hour of Land?

The writing - Terry's words ring true in an incredibly poetic way

What did you like best about this story?

The emotional journey through so many places with different formats in each chapter.

Which character – as performed by Terry Williams – was your favorite?

Her father - at Big Bend and the superintendent that led them through the park.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Awe is the moment when ego surrenders to wonder.

Any additional comments?

This book is especially important to anyone who loves and wants to protect our environment.

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Wonderful and thought provoking

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.