- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (September 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679740244
- ISBN-13: 978-0679740247
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 125 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place Paperback – September 1, 1992
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The only constants in nature are change and death. Terry Tempest Williams, a naturalist and writer from northern Utah, has seen her share of both. The pages of Refuge resound with the deaths of her mother and grandmother and other women from cancer, the result of the American government's ongoing nuclear-weapons tests in the nearby Nevada desert. You won't find the episode in the standard history textbooks; the Feds wouldn't admit to conducting the tests until women and men in Utah, Nevada, and northwestern Arizona took the matter to court in the mid-1980s, and by then thousands of Americans had fallen victim to official technology. Parallel to her account of this devastation, Williams describes changes in bird life at the sanctuaries dotting the shores of the Great Salt Lake as water levels rose during the unusually wet early 1980s and threatened the nesting grounds of dozens of species. In this world of shattered eggs and drowned shorebirds, Williams reckons with the meaning of life, alternating despair and joy.
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Utah naturalist Williams ponders the loss of her mother to cancer and the disastrous flooding of a bird refuge in a moving account of the interrelations between personal tragedy and natural history. Author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I had a bit of trouble at the beginning, not being a birder. However, I was more drawn to the story of her mother's illness/death and how she and the family dealt with it. I would recommend it certainly to anyone going through the prolonged illness of a loved one. Wonderful insights into both the dying person's feelings and the denial by the family.
Along the way I became intrigued with the Great Salt Lake. It is now on my must see list.
Finally, I read this on my I-Pad and loved the ability to Google the myriad of birds she talked about. Brought the book to life for me.