Terry Tempest Williams

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Adult

Terry Tempest Williams grew up within sight of the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Williams is perhaps best known for her book Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (Pantheon, 1991), where she chronicles the epic rise of Great Salt Lake and the flooding of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in 1983, alongside her mother's diagnosis with ovarian cancer, believed to be caused by radioactive fallout from the nuclear tests in the Nevada desert in the 1950's and 60's, is now regarded as a classic in American Nature Writing, a testament to loss and the earth's healing grace. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "There has never been a book like Refuge. . . . utterly original."

Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert (Pantheon, 2001), traces her lifelong love of and commitment to the desert, inspiring a soulful return to "wild mercy" and the spiritual and political commitment of preserving the fragile redrock wilderness of southern Utah.

She was recently inducted to the Rachel Carson Honor Roll and has received the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Award for Special Achievement.

Her book, The Open Space of Democracy, is a triptych of essays originally published in Orion magazine, presents a sharp-edged perspective on the ethics and politics of place, spiritual democracy, and the responsibilities of citizen engagement. By turn elegiac, inspiring, and passionate, The Open Space of Democracy offers a fresh perspective on the critical questions of our time.

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Fazal Sheikh & Terry Tempest Williams: The Moon Is Behind Us By Fazal Sheikh (Photographer) Cover Image
By Fazal Sheikh (Photographer)
$40.00
ISBN: 9783958298804
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Published: Steidl - September 28th, 2021

Erosion: Essays of Undoing By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250758248
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Published: Picador - October 13th, 2020

Erosion: Essays of Undoing By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780374280062
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - October 8th, 2019

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781250132147
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Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2017

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250024114
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Published: Picador - February 26th, 2013

Finding Beauty in a Broken World By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375725197
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Published: Vintage - October 6th, 2009

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679740247
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1992

The Open Space of Democracy By Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Frank (Illustrator) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781608992089
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Published: Wipf & Stock Publishers - January 1st, 2010

Leap By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679752578
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Published: Vintage - September 18th, 2001

Pieces of White Shell By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780826309693
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - May 1st, 1987

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375725180
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Published: Vintage - October 8th, 2002

Voice in the Wilderness: Conversations with Terry Tempest Williams By Michael Austin (Editor) Cover Image
By Michael Austin (Editor)
$22.95
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ISBN: 9780874216349
Published: Utah State University Press - August 15th, 2006

An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780679752561
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Published: Vintage - August 29th, 1995

The Story of My Heart By Richard Jefferies, Terry Tempest Williams, Brooke Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937226411
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Published: Torrey House Press - November 4th, 2014