Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 30, 2008 - Nature - 288 pages
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In this potent collage of stories, essays, and testimony, Williams makes a stirring case for the preservation of America’s Redrock Wilderness in the canyon country of southern Utah.

As passionate as she is persuasive, Williams, the beloved author of Refuge,  is one of the country’s most eloquent and imaginative writers. The desert is her blood. Here she writes lyrically about the desert’s power and vulnerability, describing wonders that range from an ancient Puebloan sash of macaw feathers found in Canyonlands National Park to the desert tortoise–an animal that can “teach us the slow art of revolutionary patience” as it extends our notion of kinship with all life. She examines the civil war being waged in the West today over public and private uses of land–an issue that divides even her own family. With grace, humor, and compassionate intelligence, Williams reminds us that the preservation of wildness is not simply a political process but a spiritual one.


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9. [Red Passion and Patience in the Desert] by [[Terry Tempest Williams]] This is my first reading of Williams and certainly a five star read. Yes her lyrical descriptions of desert and wilderness are ... Read full review

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This is a beautifully written evocation of the Desert Country of Utah and the Colorado Plateau. A call for wilderness and ecological responsibility. She has a poetic voice and her stories and essays are emotional and touching. Read full review

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Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of fifteen books, including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and PlaceFinding Beauty in a Broken WorldWhen Women Were Birds, and, most recently, The Hour of Land. Her work has been widely anthologized around the world. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah, with her husband, Brooke Williams.

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