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.
Williams brings a spare and poetic language to these essays, which include personal portraits of friends and family members. Williams, both naturalist and writer, has roots in Mormonism, and her wide-ranging concerns span the ecology and conservation movements. She wastes no words in linking the natural world with spiritual realms, whether reflecting on memories of her disabled uncle or facing a history of cancer among family members. Hers is an expressive voice that brings a passionate reasoning to contemplative observations, and if mysterious places in nature can sweeten life for all of us, then Williams is a fitting guide to these most private places.