Red by Terry Tempest Williams
Passion and Patience in the Desert

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The beloved author of Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams is one of the country’s most eloquent and imaginative writers. The desert is her blood. In this potent collage of stories, essays, and testimony, Red 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 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.

“Lush elegies to the wilderness. . . . Earthy, spiritual, evocative.” —The Boston Globe

“Erotic, scientific, literary. . . . Her intimacy with this landscape is complex and passionate.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Her finest writing . . . Use[s] pure language in the face of laws that need to be changed and lawmakers and citizens who need to understand that there is another way to see.” —Portland Oregonian

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About Terry Tempest Williams

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She is the award-winning author of Leap, An Unspoken Hunger, Refuge & most recently Red - A Desert Reader. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah. A widely recognized critic of New England art, Carl Little has published more than sixteen books and numerous articles in such journals as Art New England, Art in America, and Ornament. Tom Curry holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught and conducted workshops at Wellesley College, Rhode Island School of Design, the Round Top Center for the Arts, the Danforth Museum School, and the Wentworth Institute. His paintings have been included in such publications as Island Journal, the Boston Globe, The New Yorker magazine, Down East, and on the cover of the book East Hope (Penguin Books, 2009). His work is in the collections of the Delaware Art Museum, the Wheaton College Art Museum, the U.S. State Department, Federal Reserve Bank, Boston Red Sox, Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, and General Electric. His muse, Chatto Island, of which he has produced nearly fifty paintings and pastels, represents a significant portion of his creative output.
Published December 25, 2008 by Vintage. 288 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Shaped by wind, heat and the etchings of rare water, the deserts of the American West are at the heart of Williams's numerous writings on the need to preserve wilderness (

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The Guardian

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Islamic art took - and takes - its iconoclastic cue from that fact.

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The Telegraph

Flinty Red is a dinky, informal bistro and wine bar, co-owned by the local wine merchants, whose exposed brickwork and square, functional furniture give very few clues about how the food might come out.

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Unfortunately, she lives in 1970s China, and the law dictates that everyone in town must be cremated to save land for the new apartment buildings needed for the new families to work in the new factories.

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Spirituality & Practice

Williams has written some new essays as well and includes excerpts from her testimony before Congress on behalf of wild places that need protective legislation.

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Williams offers an English journalist's wry, charming memoir of being a black Nigerian girl growing up in a 1970s white foster home in a village of West Sussex, England...Her...

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