An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Book - 2001 | 2nd Vintage Books ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2001
Edition: 2nd Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780679740247
Branch Call Number: B WILLIA,T
Characteristics: xvii, 314 p. : map ; 21 cm


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Mar 18, 2016

It's hard to classify this wide-ranging book. Williams moves between her mother and grandmother's deaths to cancer, the aboveground nuclear testing during the WW II and Cold War years, her Mormon roots, her love for the desert, and the natural disaster of the rise in the level of the Great Salt Lake which devastates the wildlife refuge where she works and the animals it shelters. That she can move from subject to subject without any sense of jarring is a tribute to her beautiful writing and her own sense of the interconnectedness of all things. Highly recommended.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 18, 2014

Terry Tempest Williams, a naturalist who lives and works near the Great Salt Lake in Utah, analyses and interweaves the themes in her life: her relationship with nature, her Mormon roots, and the trauma she experienced at losing her mother and grandmother to cancer.


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