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“The writing of Terry Tempest Williams is brilliant, meditative, and full of surprises, wisdom, and wonder. She’s one of those writers who changes peoples’ lives by encouraging attention and a slow, patient awakening.” —Anne Lamott, author of Imperfect Birds
“Much more than a brave and luminous memoir, When Women Were Birds is a set of blueprints for building one of America’s most impassioned and audacious writers, as well as a transcript of the moment when she stepped determinedly into the full power of her own voice. In Terry’s magical equation, rage + confusion + grief + accountability = love. At some point I realized I was reading every page twice trying to memorize each insight, each bit of hard-won wisdom. Then I realized I could keep it on my bedside table and read it every night.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted
“Somehow, miraculously, Terry Tempest Williams has done it again: written a book that no one else could have, that tells the truth about our lives. If you want to understand how a writer finds her voice, read this gorgeous book.” —Sue Halpern, author of Can’t Remember What I Forgot
“When Women Were Birds is a wise and beautiful and intelligent book, written for the women, men, and children of our times. It vibrates with the earned honesty of a great soul. It is a gift, passed on to readers with the same spirit of love and generosity with which it was first given to the author by her mother. A remarkable journey, a remarkable story.” —Rick Bass, author of The Wild Marsh
“Williams narrates stories that range wide and run deep . . . Here, readers get a Terry Tempest Williams who is at the top of her game, the master of her craft . . . a gift from a writer who knows how to split the world open.” —Cheryl Strayed, Orion
Beautifully written, full of personal stories, powerful, inspiring.
Ms. Williams reads them by imbibing her mother's spirit into the blankness, by living her own life in her mother's empty journals and rewriting them.
I read the book first and then decided to order the audio version ---for myself and a friend.
I listened to this on audio, which I think enhanced the prose, as it was read by TTW herself. It's a beautiful collection, and I recommend it heartily.Published 6 days ago by Julie
This is not only a beautifully written book, but the book itself is nicely made. I'm a sucker for the cut pages. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Lori
My heart opens whenever hear Terry Tempest Williams voice, and this connected on so many levels beyond that. Her relationship with her mother left me speechless.Published 1 month ago by Michele Stern
One of the best books I have ever read. Rich and layered and beautifully articulated. Amazon prime delivered in 2 daysPublished 2 months ago by Tamara
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams (others); Library; R/L bookclub; (2 1/2*)
This is a tough one for me to review. Read more
One of the best books that I've ever read. It is poetic and perceptive. So much so that I often read the same page over. It is a remarkable book that surprises and delights. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judy D
I was captured first with the Words and then the story of one life moving to make sense of loss and still moving forward.Published 2 months ago by Ron A. Nelson