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The hour of land : a personal topography of America's national parks, Terry Tempest Williams

The hour of land : a personal topography of America's national parks
The hour of land
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a personal topography of America's national parks
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Terry Tempest Williams
  • "A personal, lyrical, and idiosyncratic ode to our national parks"--
  • "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 twelve 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. Beautifully illustrated, with evocative black-and-white images by some of our finest photographers, from Lee Friedlander to Sally Mann to Sebastiao Salgado, The Hour of Land will be a collector's item as well as a seminal work of environmental writing and criticism about some of America's most treasured landmarks"--
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The hour of land
In honor of the United States National Park Service's centennial this year, naturalist and author Terry Tempest Williams reflects on 12 of the 400+ parks, seashores, monuments, and recreation areas that are, as she so elegantly puts it, "portals and thresholds of wonder." Visiting Gettysburg, Alcatraz Island, Grand Teton, Acadia, Gates of the Arctic, and more, she reflects on her trips and her own past as well as the history of the parks, how politics and people have shaped them and continue to shape them, and the environmental issues they face. Gorgeously illustrated with selections from several accomplished photographers, The Hour of Land is a fascinating book that nature lovers will cherish. -- Description by Dawn Towery
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016
  • Green Prize for Sustainable Literature: Adult Nonfiction, 2017.
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contains biographical information
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.W54 2016
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non fiction
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a personal topography of America's national parks
a personal topography of America's national parks
Terry Tempest Williams
hour of land
a personal topography of Americas national parks
The hour of land : a personal topography of America's national parks, Terry Tempest Williams
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A Poetic Crossing -- Mapping the Territory -- Introduction: By Definition : America's National Parks -- Keep promise : Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming -- All this is what the wind knows : Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota -- What more shall we do to others : To otherness : Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida & Mississippi -- "The stones, the steel, the galaxaies" : Acadia National Park, Maine -- "There is no prevailing" : Gettysburg National Battlefield, Pennsylvania -- Death yes but as a gathering : Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa -- Any wind will tell you : Big Bend National Park, Texas -- There is no private space : Gates of the Arctic National Park -- We Are In Some Strange Wind Says the Wind : Canyonlands National Park, Utah -- The bodies are all gone from it, the purchases have been made : Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California -- It is so extreme this taking-the-place-of, this standing-in-for, this disappearing of all : Glacier National Park, Montana -- I say to myself keep on, it will not be the end, not yet, my children sleep, not yet : Cesar Chavez National Monument and the future -- Gallery
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22 cm
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395 pages
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