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Erosion : essays of undoing

by Williams, Terry Tempest,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Fierce, timely, and unsettling essays from an important and beloved writer and conservationist

Terry Tempest Williams's fierce, spirited, and magnificent essays are a howl in the desert. She sizes up the continuing assaults on America's public lands and the erosion of our commitment to the open space of democracy. She asks: "How do we find the strength to not look away from all that is breaking our hearts?"

We know the elements of erosion: wind, water, and time. They have shaped the spectacular physical landscape of our nation. Here, Williams bravely and brilliantly explores the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, and trust. She examines the dire cultural and environmental implications of the gutting of Bear Ears National Monument--sacred lands to Native Peoples of the American Southwest; of the undermining of the Endangered Species Act; of the relentless press bythe fossil fuel industry that has led to a panorama in which "oil rigs light up the horizon." And she testifies that the climate crisis is not an abstraction, offering as evidence the drought outside her door and, at times, within herself.

These essays are Williams's call to action, blazing a way forward through difficult and dispiriting times. We will find new territory--emotional, geographical, communal. The erosion of desert lands exposes the truth of change. What has been weathered, worn, and whittled away is as powerful as what remains. Our undoing is also our becoming.

Erosion is a book for this moment, political and spiritual at once, written by one of our greatest naturalists, essayists, and defenders of the environment. She reminds us that beauty is its own form of resistance, and that water can crack stone.

Published Reviews
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
Notes "Sarah Crichton books."
Description xiii, 318 pages : map ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 317).
ISBN 9780374280062
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