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Erosion : essays of undoing

by Williams, Terry Tempest,

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Fierce, timely, and unsettling essays from an important and beloved writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams is one of our most impassioned defenders of public lands. A naturalist, fervent activist, and stirring writer, she has spoken to us and for us in books like The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks and Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. In these new essays, Williams explores the concept of erosion: of the land, of the self, of belief, of fear. She wrangles with the paradox of desert lands and the truth of erosion: What is weathered, worn, and whittled away through wind, water, and time is as powerful as what remains. Our undoing is also our becoming.She looks at the current state of American politics: the dire social and environmental implications of recent choices to gut Bears Ears National Monument, sacred lands to Native People of the American Southwest, and undermine the Endangered Species Act. She testifies that climate change is not an abstraction, citing the drought outside her door and at times, within herself. Images of extraction and contamination haunt her: "oil rigs lighting up the horizon; trucks hauling nuclear waste on dirt roads now crisscrossing the desert like an exposed nervous system." But beautiful moments of relief and refuge, solace and spirituality come--in her conversations with Navajo elders, art, and, always, in the land itself. She asks, urgently: "Is Earth not enough? Can the desert be a prayer?"
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Booklist Review: "An apostle of life and earth and a soul-revving teller of true stories, Williams (The Hour of Land, 2016) brings lyricism, candor, mystery, and factual exactitude to the deeply affecting essays collected here, all written between 2012 and 2019. Currently writer-in-residence at Harvard Divinity School, she traces the nexus between beauty and spirit and explains lucidly and passionately why it's essential for humanity to conserve nature on our warming planet. She reflects on how the bipartisan-supported Endangered Species Act and Wilderness Act have been saving lives and land for more than four decades, yet are now under attack, as are precious public lands. Exalting in her Utah home and the West at-large, she decries their increasingly reckless exploitation by the carbon industry. Williams reports on enlightening forays in the Arctic, Galápagos Islands, Rwanda, and China, and shares, with profound resonance, her brother's suicide and the harsh consequences of her and her husband's protest purchase of oil and gas leases. Williams takes readers far beyond the expected, illuminates unforeseen connections, and rejects despair, embracing, instead, attentiveness and action. Ultimately, Williams discerns that the now prevailing force of erosion can be liberating, observing, We are eroding and evolving, at once. Williams' exquisite testimony of wonder and wisdom is vitalizing and crucial.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Erosion.
Self (Philosophy)
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Essays.
Language English
Description xiii, 318 pages : map ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 317).
ISBN 9780374280062
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