The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's


The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks [EPUB] ✺ The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks By Terry Tempest Williams – Buyprobolan50.co.uk America s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing which is why than million people visit the parks each year Now Terry Tempest Williams the author America s of Land: eBook ↠ national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing which is why than million people visit the parks each year Now Terry Tempest Williams the author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir WhenWomen Were Birds returns with The Hour of Land a literary celebration of our national parks an The Hour PDF/EPUB or exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to themFrom the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas and Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the uniue grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape Hour of Land: A Personal Kindle - with its own evolutionary history into something of Hour of Land: ePUB ☆ our own making Part memoir part natural history and part social critiue The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

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  • 416 pages
  • The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks
  • Terry Tempest Williams
  • English
  • 08 February 2016

About the Author: Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest of Land: eBook ↠ Williams is an American author conservationist and activist Williams writing is rooted in the American West and has been significantly influenced by the arid landscape of her native Utah in which she was raised Her work ranges from issues of ecology and wilderness preservation to women s health to exploring our relationship to culture and natureShe has testified The Hour PDF/EPUB or before Congress on women s health committed acts of civil disobedience in the years in protest against nuclear testing in the Nevada Desert and again in March in Washington DC with Code Pink against the Ira War She has been a guest at the White House has camped in the Hour of Land: A Personal Kindle - remote regions of the Utah and Alaska wildernesses Hour of Land: ePUB ☆ and worked as a barefoot artist in RwandaWilliams is the author of Refuge An Unnatural History of Family and Place An Unspoken Hunger Stories from the Field Desert uartet Leap Red Patience and Passion in the Desert and The Open Space of Democracy Her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World was published in by Pantheon BooksIn Williams received Hour of Land: A Personal Kindle - the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society their highest honor given to an American citizen She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfictionand a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction Williams was featured in Ken Burns PBS series The National Parks America s Best Idea In she received the th International Peace Award given by the Community of Christ ChurchWilliams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah and a columnist for the magazine The Progressive She has been a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College where she continues to teach She divides her time between Wilson Wyoming and Castle Valley Utah where her husband Brooke is field coordinator for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.



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  1. Bam cooks the books ;-) Bam cooks the books ;-) says:

    2016 aty reading challenge week 28 A biography, autobiography, or memoir A celebration of the centennial of the U S National Park Service, August 25, 2016 I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order John Burroughs Perhaps that is what parks are breathing spaces for a society that increasingly holds its breath This is the Hour of Land, when our mistakes and shortcomings must be placed in the perspective of time The Hour of Land is where we remember what 2016 aty reading challenge week 28 A biography, autobiography, or memoir A celebration of the centennial of the U S National Park Service, August 25, 2016 I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order John Burroughs Perhaps that is what parks are breathing spaces for a society that increasingly holds its breath This is the Hour of Land, when our mistakes and shortcomings must be placed in the perspective of time The Hour of Land is where we remember what we have forgotten We are not the only species who lives and dreams on the planet There is something enduring that circulates in the heart of nature that deserves our respect and attention A personal note Instead of bringing home plastic souvenirs from vacations, my favorite thing to do is to find an indy bookstore and talk to them about a book they would recommend from a local author This past June we were very fortunate to visit the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks and stopped at Dolly s bookstore in Park City, Utah where the proprietor suggested this new book I said, Perfect To not only enhance our visit to the parks but celebrate the year of the centennial of our National Park Service What I was expecting was a beautiful memoir of inspiring visits to twelve of our national parks And there is quite a bit of that gorgeous depiction of the landscapes and vistas she has experienced interspersed with black and white nature photos by various artists.But Terry Tempest Williams is not only a nature writer but a conservationist and activist and she writes a great deal about the issues and problems that need to be addressed such as, the continuing cleanup of the huge BP oil spill of 2010 in the Gulf that is still affecting that region, the constant battles needed to be waged to keep our western parks pristine and out of the greedy hands of oil and gas developers, the obvious effects of global warming and climate change on our parks, and the understandable desire of many Native Americans to regain the use of their sacred homelands within our parks.I took my time reading this book one park per day savoring each essay 1 GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING Est 1929 Williams and her family have been coming to the Tetons for generations and, having experienced the park for the first time myself this summer, I was eager to read every word She provides some historical background so one can appreciate how hard people like John D Rockefeller Jr worked to expand the park and protect the land for future generations to enjoy 2 THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, NORTH DAKOTA Est 1978 A gentle, peaceful place that is being endangered by two causes activity at the Bakken shale oil field and climate change.Valerie Naylor, park superintendent The Bakken has changed everything My work as superintendent used to be focused on the elk herds, the bison, shoring up the crumbling bentonite hills But now my primary job is to mitigate the drilling on the boundaries of the park, and that isthan a full time job But I ll tell you, honestly, it s relentless and depressing and I m tired The park is also being affected by climate change Average rainfall used to be fourteen inches a year For the last five out of six years, we ve been averaging twenty inches of rain Our badlands now stay green until September This is unheard of With all the rain, the clay turns into a slippery slide on the slopes and it s affecting the roads Literally, the ground is moving beneath our feet We ve had to close the visitor center on account of it sinking 3 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE Est 1916 America s first national park east of the Mississippi and the first park to be created entirely out of private land, most of which was donated again thank John D Rockefeller Jr for this Williams writes that she has felt a deep connection to the park since her first visit in 1981 Recently, while researching her genealogy at the Mormon church s Family History Library, she discovered a reason why a familial link to Maine and Acadia National Park before her branch of the family moved west to Utah In this essay she seeks out a distant relative who still lives on Great Cranberry Island An interesting note is that another national park is being proposed in northern Maine on land donated by the Quimby family former owners of Burt s Bees Maine Woods National Park Let s hope opposition to this park can be defeated 4 GETTYSBURG NATIONAL PARK, PENNSYLVANIA Est 1966 Williams visits this park in various seasons and discusses the bloody history and the wounds that war inflicted on our national consciousness that still haven t completely healed While viewing the battlefields, Williams comes to the realization that all wars are political We will fight for the myth that will support and sustain our point of view at all costs 5 EFFIGY MOUNDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, IOWA Est 1949 Located in the northeast corner of Iowa, this peaceful park protects 207 effigy mounds, 31 of them in the shapes of animals According to Williams there were once tens of thousands of these earth mounds across the midwest territory and twenty three different shapes of effigy mounds have been documented by archeologists What happened to the rest Plowed under to grow fields of corn Albert LeBeau, the cultural resources manager at the park, says The archaeological evidence supports the native understanding that these mounds were created and used for ceremonial purposes It was seen as a sacred area There arequestions here than answers.6 BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS Est 1944 This is my desire to simply walk and witness the Chihauhaun Desert, where thousands of species of cactus will ask nothing of me but to be left alone beneath an overarching sky Williams writes this essay of her daily experiences in the park through color a different one for each day 7 GATES OF THE ARCTIC NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA Est 1980 Located 200 miles northwest of Fairbanks in the Central Brooks Range, there are no roads in the park so you must hike in While Williams writes of her experiences in this park in short, descriptive sentences, her mind is really on a problem she is having with one of her brothers that seems to be upsetting and distracting her I would have appreciated less of that andabout the park itself.But I found this statement most poignant The legacy of the Wilderness Act is a legacy of care It is the act of loving ourselves, beyond our own species, beyond our own time To honor wildlands and wild lives that we may never see, much less understand, is to acknowledge the world does not revolve around us The Wilderness Act is an act of respect that protects the land and ourselves from our own annihilation 8 GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, FLORIDA AND MISSISSIPPI This was the hardest essay to read Williams first hand experience of the magnitude of the devastation in the Gulf region caused by the massive BP oil spill in 2010 from the BP Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rigs.Flying over the site in a private plane, Williams writes Five thousand feet below is the source of the violent blowout that created a geyser of oil forthan a hundred days, fouling the seas, floating onto shore, into the wetlands, into the food chain, into our bodies Here is the source of our unconscious privileged lives where we remain blind to the harm we are causing to all that is alive and breathing and beautiful 9 CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UTAH Est 1964 This is the area Williams calls home and about which she is most passionate Her essay contains letters she has written to newspapers and friends some now dead , even the Secretary of the Interior, about environmental issues in the west Is civil disobedience needed to protect our vital natural resources I might have to read Desert Solitaire Again Williams repeats that the main danger to our parks is in development I just read in a recent report by the Center for American Progress that forty two national parks are threatened by oil and gas development with twelve of them currently affected Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier among them This deserves not only our attention, but our resistance 10 ALCATRAZ ISLAND, GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, CALIFORNIA Est 1972 Although we ve visited San Francisco several times and sailed past Alcatraz on a ferry boat and a cruise ship, I have never felt the slightest desire to tour the prison In this essay, Williams talks about a number of people who have been imprisoned for their beliefs She and two friends, both activists, one who had served time for civil disobedience, came to Alcatraz to tour an art exhibit entitled Large Ai Weiwei at Alcatraz Ai Weiwei, a dissident Chinese artist, was apparently arrested in his own country on suspicion of economic crimes butlikely for giving the middle finger to power with his art.Frank Dean, superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area believed the exhibit, which was on display from the fall of 2014 to the spring of 2015, bolster ed and supplement ed the interpretive story of this challenging, multi layered national park site confinement and liberty repression and release despair and hope and the role and responsibility of the individual to drive social change 11 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA Est 1910 In this essay, Williams writes a harrowing account of being caught in the wild fires of 2003 while hiking with family in the park.Global warming is affecting this park in real, extreme ways In 1850, 150 glaciers were recorded within the boundaries of Glacier National Park In 2015, only 25 active glaciers remain Disturbing predictions say they could all be gone within fifteen years.12 CESAR E CHAVEZ NATIONAL MONUMENT, CALIFORNIA Est 2012 Cesar Chavez, the great labor organizer and activist said, After thirty years of organizing poor people, I have become convinced that the two greatest aspirations of humankind are equality and participation He is buried here where he worked and organized, his grave located in the midst of a peace garden.And finally, in conclusion to this excellent book, Williams says We are at a crossroads We can continue on the path we have been on, in this nation that privileges profit over people and land or we can unite as citizens with a common cause the health and wealth of the Earth that sustains us If we cannot commit to this kind of fundamental shift in our relationship to people and place, then democracy becomes another myth perpetuated by those in power who care only about themselves In this election year, vote carefully and vote your conscience I m one of the nearly 300 million people who visit our parks each year Denotes parks I have been fortunate enough to visit

  2. Brooke Brooke says:

    This book was intense, unusual, poetic, political, and jarring with each chapter and prose shift It made me uncomfortable at times, but I think that was a good thing Much of this book serves as a wake up call a reminder to those of us who believe in preserving and protecting the natural world to not just believe, but to do something with that belief.

  3. Debbi Debbi says:

    Two chapters in and I must own this book Returning this copy to the library and buying my own It feels like a bible for the naturalists among us, for historians, for politicians, for campers, for outdoor lovers, for everyday readers wishing to expand their horizons Who knew that the stories of national parks and their people would be so interesting Tempest Williams hits it out of the park with this one no pun intended.

  4. Mary Rice Mary Rice says:

    Terry Tempest Williams held the release event for this book in the small theatre in Moab There was a reception beforehand my mother worked in the Park Service and was a special guest I knew the bookstore owner who had helped Terry write the book his elderly father is my neighbor My sister and I shovel his driveway in the winter He invited me to go to the invite only reception when I came into his bookstore asking for a ticket to the release event.There was a special, one of a kind bindin Terry Tempest Williams held the release event for this book in the small theatre in Moab There was a reception beforehand my mother worked in the Park Service and was a special guest I knew the bookstore owner who had helped Terry write the book his elderly father is my neighbor My sister and I shovel his driveway in the winter He invited me to go to the invite only reception when I came into his bookstore asking for a ticket to the release event.There was a special, one of a kind binding made for Terry by Andy the bookstore owner and some artisans who were his friends and Terry s It was a surprise gift Each sheet of paper pressed by hand It was thick and ivory and the words were pressed into it like engravings on stone The cover was polished walnut, smooth with oil, the title page rough pulped sage paper with the imprints of leaves, and the book itself it held several chapters with pictures from local photographers, which had not survived the publisher s shears in the journey from manuscript to final printing Terry, dressed in a long linen robe and scarf despite the 108 degree evening heat, wept at the presentation of such a gift At one point Bruce Hucko, a friend of mine and one of the photographers, gave me the book, and I was terrified I would drop the jewel in my hands, conscious of the oils on my fingertips, afraid I would leave smudges on the unmarked walnut cover Mom introduced me to Terry whose works I read when I am at school in a dirty, crowded city a universe away from the desert to keep the red rocks warm in my soul and I gave her back the book I wondered what it must be like to be handed the work of your own mind enclosed within the work of someone else s hands I stammered, and Terry was kind when she signed my own mass market copy At the release event, with every seat full in the old theatre, Terry read passages from her book She had a microphone, but her soft, commanding voice carried well without its amplification Her audience was silent, their attention was rapt I could not tell where the passages of her book ended and her unscripted meditations began, so clear was her voice in her writings, and so articulate was the writer behind it She paused at one point, remarking how in San Juan County to the south of us, opposition to the proposed Bears Ears National Monument was so vehement that flyers were appearing in windows everywhere saying, Backpacker Open Season which displayed a target superimposed over the silhouette of a hiker It was unsaid and universally known that the people who made those flyers were less than half joking I recalled my backpacking trips, both solo and with my mother, and the time when I was a little girl that someone sent dismembered animal parts to my mother in retaliation for her work enforcing grazing limits on public lands Terry then went on to describe the joys of seeing Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument given the prestigious Dark Sky designation in recognition of their preservation of Earth s scarcest and most delicate non renewable resource She talked about the victory of the local Park Service office in shutting down oil leases that would have put oil wells in the middle of the magisterial vistas that roll from horizon to horizon in Arches and Canyonlands National Park, how one park superintendent was arguing to the BLM that the national parks deal in vistas, not just earth, that the sky and air is as important as the rocks I could see my mother smile at the subtle praise of the monumental endeavor that had been keeping her at the office for sixty hour weeks over the last eighteen months Then Terry called my mother out by name and asked her to stand, and she said, Thank you for the work you do to protect these sacred spaces I honor you Every person in that theatre stood to give my mother what was likely the first and last round of applause she ever had received inthan 30 years working and fighting for the National Park Service And then Terry asked everyone under the age of 25 to stand, and for a moment, I stood next to my mother in a rare moment of equality Terry said, To the next generation, we apologize for our mistakes, and we honor you for your vitality, and your integrity, and your strength, because it is you who will shape the future For this, we honor you I could feel the tears in my eyes at the coming together, the stitching of many pieces, that was happening in that room, where everyone s eyes looked at me and at each other with a sort of clarity that recognized one another both for our past and for our potential, understanding the heavy, seemingly hopeless burden of environmentalism and conservation in the 21st century, but bright with the determination and will to forge change And this was the atmosphere Terry crafts in her book Somehow, in her writings, there is a seamless unity between old and new, the imperfect past and complicated present of a National Park Service that is both her greatest joy and her greatest pain She invites us into the beautiful places of the world, places where we confront our own pain, where we are forced to recognize and reckon with the pain of others, and with the devastating future of our own world We walk with her through it all, together Wondering Prayers have to be walked, not just talked The wilderness is in peril Ice melts, and so beetles survive to dig deep into trees and kill them which gives fuel to the massive violent fires that rage across the drought stricken West because of the warming temperatures that caused the ice to melt and because of state lines drawn heedless of watersheds and millions of people raised to believe that the West can be irrigated and they can have lawns and sprinklers and golf courses and fracking, and all through the landscape at the legal borders of the scenic vistas the wildfires obscure with their smoke lie oil and gas wells whose emissions and product caused the warming in the first place Oil washes up on our shores and poisons our food and our skies and our children and our psyches Genocide against the people who first inhabited the land, and people who inhabit it now, goes unnoticed, unspoken, ignored Earth crumbles under erosion Streams dry up Animals are cast aside because they are not interesting enough to warrant a place on the Endangered Species List Humanity calls the shots based on bureaucracy and whim And what is a synonym for wild All this Terry explores candidly It is, in many ways, a scathing condemnation of the National Park Service It is a scathing condemnation of the US Government It is a scathing condemnation of enormous development and petroleum and gas companies.Above all, it is a scathing condemnation of us Of you Of me Of herself And yet There is a coming together ness in this book Terry does not soften the blows of reality, but she does not shield us from its joys either do not fear darkness it s where one comes alive She dives into the darkness to find those moments where the earth comes alive, and we experience it with her In the despair of the BP oil spill, there are those who fight for transparency and regulation In Canyonlands there are those who fight the oil leases In Gates of the Arctic, Terry begins to come to terms with a rift between her and her brother In Alcatraz, an imprisoned artist from China asks us to listen to the songs of hope and anger and joy from political prisoners around the world Wilderness is an antidote to the war within ourselves A 28 year old college student went to jail for 2 years for interrupting a BLM auction of land parcels for development Native Americans took over Alcatraz after it was abandoned and demanded it be returned to tribal trust Lavender dares to become violet A massive wildfire in Glacier National Park, by virtue of a shift in the winds, narrowly misses a historic chalet and the 40 people inside If the world ends, let me be here She balances fear with hope, walking with her reader into the depths of despair for our own soul and the soul of our land, and then walks with us to the peaks of joy for all we have been given, spurring us to action and recognition all along the way Have you heard the thrumming of the Earth It is here She spurs us to action, to passion, to rage We forget the place of anger in the work of love Her language soars to poetry She includes the poems and songs and quotations of others There are letters and emails, songs, photos a multimedia presentation and a love letter, love song, love story to the world beloved by naturalists, blue collar men, and weary souls She invites us into the magnificent world we occupy, asking us to open our eyes, to see it clearly as we saw one another clearly in that theatre She asks us to recognize the gifts around us, the gifts of people, of labor, of landscape She asks us to contemplate the way landscape is erased from our sight oil wells, virtual tours, souvenirs instead of memories and from our minds removed from our dictionaries, soothed into inaction by corporations She does not ask for action but inspires it, inspires a fierce stewardship of the world She dares us to hope We lose nothing by loving

  5. Patrick Macke Patrick Macke says:

    starts off as natural history, evolves into a sermon, a poetry reading, a letter to the editor, an episode of 60 Minutes, a cry for help, an angry lecture, a therapy session, a drug flashback, a raised fist with a black glove, a guilt trip, a grand jury testimony, an indictment maybe of the reader , a love letter, a ransom note i may believe that this is indeed the hour of land, i may see the healing power of nature and i may realize that parks and wilderness are powerful life forms that sh starts off as natural history, evolves into a sermon, a poetry reading, a letter to the editor, an episode of 60 Minutes, a cry for help, an angry lecture, a therapy session, a drug flashback, a raised fist with a black glove, a guilt trip, a grand jury testimony, an indictment maybe of the reader , a love letter, a ransom note i may believe that this is indeed the hour of land, i may see the healing power of nature and i may realize that parks and wilderness are powerful life forms that should be respected, preserved and honored still, the book made me feel like i had stumbled into the camp of some cult comprised of mostly women and my only chance at escape is to agree to take militant action against something or somebody for their crimes against nature in the end, the book turns the beauty of our National Parks into a bloody crime scene with the Feds and maybe all of us as the perpetrators and beautiful words and the renewing power of nature turn into a doomsday siren it s sad, the talented author turned her own love song into a political bitch session oh, the BW images are wonderful

  6. Angela Angela says:

    This is the kind of book that one keeps in the collection Many, many sources of reference for future readings with regards to our national parks.

  7. Kristen Kristen says:

    Between this book, The Nature Fix, and general work stress, I m about to say fuck it and just go join the Forest Service and live in a look out in the woods.

  8. Robin Robin says:

    Living here in Rhode Island where there are no national parks, I examined the list of national parks and the where they are around the country and discovered that I have not been to any of them This book is very personal to the author because she and her family have spent a lot of time in various national parks in the west It fascinates me when I read or hear about people who plan family vacations where they hike together That s a whole different way of life than I ve known I was very excite Living here in Rhode Island where there are no national parks, I examined the list of national parks and the where they are around the country and discovered that I have not been to any of them This book is very personal to the author because she and her family have spent a lot of time in various national parks in the west It fascinates me when I read or hear about people who plan family vacations where they hike together That s a whole different way of life than I ve known I was very excited to have the digital review copy of this title on my Kindle after hearing the author interviewed on a panel with Ken Burns and Mark Kurlansky at the American Library Association Midwinter conference this past January She is one of the many people you meet during the National Parks PBS series I watched some of that series recently Again, it fascinates and intrigues me to learn about how people traveled across the country to see these natural wonders back in the 1800s I ve complained about driving across two states in a mini van with air conditioning and snacks This is not an easy read Williams challenges us to think about how the land, and the people who lived on that land before the parks were established, are treated This would be a great choice to read and reflect on during a library program or during a college course coupled with the PBS series and other materials I won t forget this book anytime soon

  9. Trijntje Trijntje says:

    I m really sad to give this book such a low rating I wanted so much to like it And, in fact, I liked the beginning of the book very much The first couple of chapters were a lovely mix of reading about a subject I love National Parks which were written by someone with a refreshingly beautiful command of language It was a pleasure to read at first.Then things kind of degraded in the middle, and by the last few chapters I found myself skimming to get through it It turned into a personal d I m really sad to give this book such a low rating I wanted so much to like it And, in fact, I liked the beginning of the book very much The first couple of chapters were a lovely mix of reading about a subject I love National Parks which were written by someone with a refreshingly beautiful command of language It was a pleasure to read at first.Then things kind of degraded in the middle, and by the last few chapters I found myself skimming to get through it It turned into a personal diatribe about, well, quite a few things Environmental abuses, political abuses of the native americans, for instance , and that theme just just became the main thrust of the last third of the book These are important issues, I don t argue that, but it became not at all a description of parks any Perhaps this is where her personal journey went as she was writing it, so it s fitting that s how her book evolved, but it wasn t what I thought I was getting into and I didn t like feeling so much worse about EVERYTHING when I was done I already feel awful about most of what she was discussing, and a book I d hoped would be an optimistic look at the beauty we are trying to hold onto with National Parks became a very negative shame fest My recommendation read the first part and when you start to wonder what the heck is going on, stop It will just keep making you feel worse until the end and he insight in to the parks goes away anyway

  10. Feisty Harriet Feisty Harriet says:

    Part love letter to the National Park system, part memoir, and part political statement on climate change, land use, and the oil and gas industryso, pretty standard Terry Tempest Williams stuff This was probably 3.5 stars, I agree with most of TTW s political statements, however she does get a littlewoo woo about the land than I am, I think part of that is her, and part of that is the way she chooses to write about it, deliberately poetic and, as a friend aptly said, self consciously b Part love letter to the National Park system, part memoir, and part political statement on climate change, land use, and the oil and gas industryso, pretty standard Terry Tempest Williams stuff This was probably 3.5 stars, I agree with most of TTW s political statements, however she does get a littlewoo woo about the land than I am, I think part of that is her, and part of that is the way she chooses to write about it, deliberately poetic and, as a friend aptly said, self consciously beautiful And sometimes that gets on my nerves Overall, a lovely book about saving our public lands, supporting National Parks, and living a life deeply connected to the mountains, prairies and red rock canyons of the West and a little bit about Gettysburg, the Mississippi Delta, and Maine thrown in for good measure

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