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An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Author: Terry Tempest Williams

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 030777273X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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In the spring of 1983 Terry Tempest Williams learned that her mother was dying of cancer. That same season, The Great Salt Lake began to rise to record heights, threatening the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and the herons, owls, and snowy egrets that Williams, a poet and naturalist, had come to gauge her life by. One event was nature at its most random, the other a by-product of rogue technology: Terry's mother, and Terry herself, had been exposed to the fallout of atomic bomb tests in the 1950s. As it interweaves these narratives of dying and accommodation, Refuge transforms tragedy into a document of renewal and spiritual grace, resulting in a work that has become a classic.

Lektionen der Wildnis

Author: Gary Snyder

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783882216578


Page: 263

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The Open Space of Democracy

Author: Terry Tempest Williams

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 160899208X

Category: Political Science

Page: 138

View: 5867

Terry Tempest Williams presents a sharp-edged perspective on the ethics and politics of place, spiritual democracy, and the responsibilities of citizen engagement. By turns elegiac, inspiring, and passionate, The Open Space of Democracy offers a fresh perspective on the critical questions of our time.


Passion and Patience in the Desert

Author: Terry Tempest Williams

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307559401

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 3638

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.

An Unspoken Hunger

Author: Terry Tempest Williams

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 110191243X

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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The acclaimed author of Refuge here weaves together a resonant and often rhapsodic manifesto on behalf of the landscapes she loves, combining the power of her observations in the field with her personal experience—as a woman, a Mormon, and a Westerner. Through the grace of her stories we come to see how a lack of intimacy with the natural world has initiated a lack of intimacy with each other. Williams shadows lions on the Serengeti and spots night herons in the Bronx. She pays homage to the rogue spirits of Edward Abbey and Georgia O’Keeffe, contemplates the unfathomable wildness of bears, and directs us to a politics of place. The result is an utterly persuasive book—one that has the power to change the way we live upon the earth.

The Hour of Land

A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

Author: Terry Tempest Williams

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

ISBN: 0374712263

Category: Nature

Page: 416

View: 9812

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, the author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, 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.

Finding Beauty in a Broken World

Author: Terry Tempest Williams

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307377784

Category: Nature

Page: 432

View: 3432

"Shards of glass can cut and wound or magnify a vision," Terry Tempest Williams tells us. "Mosaic celebrates brokenness and the beauty of being brought together." Ranging from Ravenna, Italy, where she learns the ancient art of mosaic, to the American Southwest, where she observes prairie dogs on the brink of extinction, to a small village in Rwanda where she joins genocide survivors to build a memorial from the rubble of war, Williams searches for meaning and community in an era of physical and spiritual fragmentation. In her compassionate meditation on how nature and humans both collide and connect, Williams affirms a reverence for all life, and constructs a narrative of hopeful acts, taking that which is broken and creating something whole.

The Story of My Heart

As Rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams

Author: Richard Jefferies,Terry Tempest Williams,Brooke Williams

Publisher: Torrey House Press

ISBN: 1937226425

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 9581

A nineteenth-century love letter to nature is rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams.

Unsere Seelen bei Nacht

Author: Kent Haruf

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257607857

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 6994

Holt, eine Kleinstadt in Colorado. Eines Tages klingelt Addie, eine Witwe von 70 Jahren, bei ihrem Nachbarn Louis. Sie macht ihm einen ungewöhnlichen Vorschlag: Ob er nicht ab und zu bei ihr übernachten möchte. Louis lässt sich darauf ein. Und so liegen sie Nacht für Nacht nebeneinander und erzählen sich ihre Leben. Doch ihre Beziehung sorgt für Aufsehen in dem Städtchen.

Der Biograf von Brooklyn

Author: Boris Fishman

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 3641114233

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Eine herrliche Schelmengeschichte: Ein junger Journalist erfindet die Vergangenheit seiner jüdischen Familie neu Den Journalisten Slava Gelman aus Manhattan und seine aus der Sowjetunion nach Brooklyn emigrierte, schrullige Familie trennen nur ein paar U-Bahn-Stationen – und doch Welten. Nun ist Slavas geliebte Großmutter Sofia gestorben, gleichzeitig trifft ein Brief der „Konferenz für jüdische Schadensersatzansprüche gegen Deutschland“ ein. Ob Sofia eine Vergangenheit zu erzählen hat, die eine Entschädigung rechtfertigt? Slavas Großvater wittert eine Gelegenheit. Auch wenn Sofias Schicksal nicht den strengen Anforderungen für eine solche Zahlung entspricht: Ist sein Enkel nicht Schriftsteller? Schriftsteller schreiben doch Geschichten. So wird Slava unfreiwillig und zögerlich zum Biografen seiner Familie. Wenig später kann er sich vor Aufträgen aus der Nachbarschaft kaum retten – bis die ganze Sache aufzufliegen droht ... Der Biograf von Brooklyn ist ein berührender und komischer Debütroman, der auf Fragen nach Gerechtigkeit, Familie und Gedenken überraschende und nachhallende Antworten findet.

Das Haus der Amseln


Author: Alice Hoffman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442460137


Page: 202

View: 7045

Die Geschichte eines kleinen Farmhauses in den Feldern von Cape Cod und der Menschen, die dort im Laufe von 200 Jahren gelebt haben.

The Geography of God's Incarnation

Landscapes and Narratives of Faith

Author: Ann Milliken Pederson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621898016

Category: Religion

Page: 188

View: 6548

What does geography have to do with the incarnation of God and with our spiritual lives as Christians? We will embark on a theological road trip that explores how geographies are at the heart of understanding of God's incarnation in the world. It is no surprise to Christians that the center of the incarnation is the person of Jesus Christ--God in flesh made manifest. However, it might be a stretch for some Christians to imagine that the promise that God has become flesh is not only in a person but also in a place: in the creation. Christians need to expand what incarnation means and what it means to be created in the image of God so that the scope of God's creative and redemptive action and work indeed reaches to the scope of all things: from the outer reaches of space to the inner reaches of our hearts. To be the creatures of God that God calls us to be requires a kind of dual citizenship: within the details of our daily life, attending to the needs of our neighbors, simultaneously knowing we are part of a greater cosmos whose future is still unfolding.

Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature

Author: Geoff Hamilton,Brian Jones

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476600538

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 356

View: 2992

This encyclopedia introduces readers to American poetry, fiction and nonfiction with a focus on the environment (broadly defined as humanity’s natural surroundings), from the discovery of America through the present. The work includes biographical and literary entries on material from early explorers and colonists such as Columbus, Bartolomé de Las Casas and Thomas Harriot; Native American creation myths; canonical 18th- and 19th-century works of Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Hawthorne, Twain, Dickinson and others; to more recent figures such as Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, Stanley Cavell, Rachel Carson, Jon Krakauer and Al Gore. It is meant to provide a synoptic appreciation of how the very concept of the environment has changed over the past five centuries, offering both a general introduction to the topic and a valuable resource for high school and university courses focused on environmental issues.

Available Means

An Anthology Of Women'S Rhetoric(s)

Author: Joy Ritchie,Kate Ronald

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822979756

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 560

View: 8597

“I say that even later someone will remember us.”—Sappho, Fragment 147, sixth century, BC Sappho’s prediction came true; fragments of work by the earliest woman writer in Western literate history have in fact survived into the twenty-first century. But not without peril. Sappho’s writing remains only in fragments, partly due to the passage of time, but mostly as a result of systematic efforts to silence women’s voices. Sappho’s hopeful boast captures the mission of this anthology: to gather together women engaged in the art of persuasion—across differences of race, class, sexual orientation, historical and physical locations—in order to remember that the rhetorical tradition indeed includes them. Available Means offers seventy women rhetoricians—from ancient Greece to the twenty-first century—a room of their own for the first time. Editors Joy Ritchie and Kate Ronald do so in the feminist tradition of recovering a previously unarticulated canon of women’s rhetoric. Women whose voices are central to such scholarship are included here, such as Aspasia (a contemporary of Plato’s), Margery Kempe, Margaret Fuller, and Ida B. Wells. Added are influential works on what it means to write as a woman—by Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Nancy Mairs, Alice Walker, and Hélène Cixous. Public “manifestos” on the rights of women by Hortensia, Mary Astell, Maria Stewart, Sarah and Angelina Grimké, Anna Julia Cooper, Margaret Sanger, and Audre Lorde also join the discourse. But Available Means searches for rhetorical tradition in less obvious places, too. Letters, journals, speeches, newspaper columns, diaries, meditations, and a fable (Rachel Carson’s introduction to Silent Spring) also find places in this room. Such unconventional documents challenge traditional notions of invention, arrangement, style, and delivery, and blur the boundaries between public and private discourse. Included, too, are writers whose voices have not been heard in any tradition. Ritchie and Ronald seek to “unsettle” as they expand the women’s rhetorical canon. Arranged chronologically, Available Means is designed as a classroom text that will allow students to hear women speaking to each other across centuries, and to see how women have added new places from which arguments can be made. Each selection is accompanied by an extensive headnote, which sets the reading in context. The breadth of material will allow students to ask such questions as “How might we define women’s rhetoric? How have women used and subverted traditional rhetoric?” A topical index at the end of the book provides teachers a guide through the rhetorical riches. Available Means will be an invaluable text for rhetoric courses of all levels, as well as for women’s studies courses.

Dirty Wars

Landscape, Power, and Waste in Western American Literature

Author: John Beck

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803226691

Category: History

Page: 366

View: 7206

Since World War II, the American West has become the nation’s military arsenal, proving ground, and disposal site. Through a wide-ranging discussion of recent literature produced in and about the West, Dirty Wars explores how the region’s iconic landscapes, invested with myths of national virtue, have obscured the West’s crucial role in a post–World War II age of “permanent war.” In readings of western—particularly southwestern—literature, John Beck provides a historically informed account of how the military-industrial economy, established to protect the United States after Pearl Harbor, has instead produced western waste lands and “waste populations” as the enemies and collateral casualties of a permanent state of emergency. Beck offers new readings of writers such as Cormac McCarthy, Leslie Marmon Silko, Don DeLillo, Rebecca Solnit, Julie Otsuka, and Terry Tempest Williams. He also draws on a variety of sources in history, political theory, philosophy, environmental studies, and other fields. Throughout Dirty Wars, he identifies resonances between different experiences and representations of the West that allow us to think about internment policies, the manufacture of atomic weapons, the culture of Cold War security, border policing, and toxic pollution as part of a broader program of a sustained and invasive management of western space.

Bleib bei mir


Author: Ayobami Adebayo

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492992528

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1570

Yejide hofft auf ein Wunder. Sie will ein Kind. Ihr geliebter Mann Akin wünscht es sich, ihre Schwiegermutter erwartet es. Sie hat alles versucht: Untersuchungen, Pilgerreisen und Stoßgebete – vergeblich. Dann nimmt ihre Schwiegermutter das Heft in die Hand und stellt Akin eine zweite Frau zur Seite. Eine, die ihm ein Kind schenken kann. Dabei haben sich Akin und Yejide entgegen der nigerianischen Sitten entschieden, keine zweite Frau in die Ehe zu holen. Doch jetzt ist sie da, und Yejide voller Wut und Trauer. Um ihre Ehe zu retten, muss sie schwanger werden – aber um welchen Preis? Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀s Debütroman erzählt mit emotionaler Kraft eine universelle Geschichte. Wie viel sind wir bereit zu opfern, um eine Familie zu bekommen?

Zeit der Geborgenheit


Author: Wallace Earle Stegner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423140980


Page: 417

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The Boilerplate Rhino

Nature in the Eye of the Beholder

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743200322

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 6122

A collection of twentysix essays about the natural world captures the relationship between human and animal, with such topics as rattlesnakes and their handlers, and spiders and arachnophobia, all told in an entertaining, enlightening style.

In the Field, Among the Feathered

A History of Birders and Their Guides

Author: Thomas R. Dunlap

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199838127

Category: History

Page: 256

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America is a nation of ardent, knowledgeable birdwatchers. But how did it become so? And what role did the field guide play in our passion for spotting, watching, and describing birds? In the Field, Among the Feathered tells the history of field guides to birds in America from the Victorian era to the present, relating changes in the guides to shifts in science, the craft of field identification, and new technologies for the mass reproduction of images. Drawing on his experience as a passionate birder and on a wealth of archival research, Thomas Dunlap shows how the twin pursuits of recreation and conservation have inspired birders and how field guides have served as the preferred method of informal education about nature for well over a century. The book begins with the first generation of late 19th-century birdwatchers who built the hobby when opera glasses were often the best available optics and bird identification was sketchy at best. As America became increasingly urban, birding became more attractive, and with Roger Tory Peterson's first field guide in 1934, birding grew in both popularity and accuracy. By the 1960s recreational birders were attaining new levels of expertise, even as the environmental movement made birding's other pole, conservation, a matter of human health and planetary survival. Dunlap concludes by showing how recreation and conservation have reached a new balance in the last 40 years, as scientists have increasingly turned to amateurs, whose expertise had been honed by the new guides, to gather the data they need to support habitat preservation. Putting nature lovers and citizen-activists at the heart of his work, Thomas Dunlap offers an entertaining history of America's long-standing love affair with birds, and with the books that have guided and informed their enthusiasm.

Arctic Wings

Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Author: Stephen Charles Brown

Publisher: Braided River

ISBN: 9780898869750

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 3241

Two hundred color images celebrating the birds that journey to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge each year are accompanied by essays by noted biologists and conservationists.

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