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The hour of land : a personal topography of America's national parks

Author: Terry Tempest Williams
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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America's national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams presents a literary celebration of our national parks, an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them. From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas and more, Williams  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Travel writing
Named Person: Terry Tempest Williams; Terry Tempest Williams
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Tempest Williams
ISBN: 9780374280093 0374280096
OCLC Number: 918995039
Description: 395 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: America's National Parks: By definition --
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming: Keep promise --
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota: All this is what the wind knows --
Acadia National Park, Maine: The stones, the steel, the galaxies --
Gettysburg National Battlefield, Pennsylvania: "There is no prevailing" --
Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa: Death yes but as a gathering --
Big Bend National Park, Texas: Any wind will tell you --
Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska: There is no private space --
Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida and Mississippi: What more shall we do to others; to otherness --
Canyonlands National Park, Utah: We are in some strange wind says the wind --
Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California: The bodies are all gone from it, the purchases have been made --
Glacier National Park, Montana: It is so extreme this taking-the-place of, this standing-in-for, this disappearing of all the witnesses --
César E. Chávez National Monument, California, and the future: I say to myself keep on, it will not be the end, not yet --
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America's national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams presents a literary celebration of our national parks, an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them. From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas and more, 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 a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

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