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An Unspoken Hunger

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A manifesto both fierce and compassionate from one of our most eloquent and elegant voices of the American West. Terry Tempest Williams weaves together the passion of personal experience with the presence of political commitment. In this gathering of work, Williams explores our unspoken hunger, our desire for a life of greater intention. In a series of detailed and beautifully rendered portraits, she illuminates the strength and inspiration that helped to form Georgia O'Keeffe, Rachel Carson, Mardy Murie, and the...
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Overview

A manifesto both fierce and compassionate from one of our most eloquent and elegant voices of the American West. Terry Tempest Williams weaves together the passion of personal experience with the presence of political commitment. In this gathering of work, Williams explores our unspoken hunger, our desire for a life of greater intention. In a series of detailed and beautifully rendered portraits, she illuminates the strength and inspiration that helped to form Georgia O'Keeffe, Rachel Carson, Mardy Murie, and the Stone Creek Woman. There are portraits as well of two uncles, who also live outside the expectations of normalcy and orthodoxy. Through the power of her observations, we see how our lack of intimacy with the natural world has initiated a lack of intimacy with one another. An Unspoken Hunger is finally a call to action, where we begin to find the courage and heart to stand our ground in the places we love. As Williams reminds us, "Perhaps the most radical act we can commit is to stay home." An Unspoken Hunger is further proof of Terry Tempest Williams's unique gift - one that removes us from the distractions and confines of daily routine and prompts in us an awakened sense of wonder.

Williams weaves her observations in the naturalist field and her personal experience--as a woman, a Westerner, and a Mormon--into a resonant manifesto on behalf of the landscapes she loves, making clear as well that, through our disregard of this world, we have lost an essential connection to our deepest selves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Naturalist Williams's collection of essays mixes environmental activism, a passion for the landscape of her native Utah and a special concern with the role of women in the environmental cause. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Williams, trenchant chronicler of the American West and author of seven previous books, has produced a work of passionate essays. As naturalist-in-residence at the Utah Museum of Natural History, she demonstrates her love affair with the earth and her fondness for family and friends in brief but compelling writings. Using her book as a vehicle for her convictions, Williams stands out as an urgent voice calling humanity to renew its relationship with the natural world. Williams also serves as narrator in this audio edition, and her lilting voice captures well the nuances of her elegant prose. Williams's pieces speak of the sensual delights of swimming in a hidden gorge, the erotic beauty of Yellowstone Park, and the despair she feels at witnessing the decay of the Pelham Bay Park wetlands in New York. Highly recommended for natural history collections.-Gretchen Browne, Rockville Centre P.L., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9786797522567
  • Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/16/1995

Table of Contents

In the Country of Grasses 3
The Architecture of a Soul 13
In Cahoots with Coyote 17
The Village Watchman 27
Water Songs 39
Erosion 49
Undressing the Bear 51
Winter Solstice at the Moab Slough 61
Stone Creek Woman 67
A Eulogy for Edward Abbey 73
An Unspoken Hunger 79
Yellowstone: The Erotics of Place 81
Mardy Murie: An Intimate Profile 89
A Patriot's Journal 97
All That Is Hidden 115
Testimony 125
The Wild Card 133
Redemption 143
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