The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

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The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

About the Author:

Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of fifteen books,including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and When Women Were Birds. Her work has been widely anthologized around the world. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah, with her husband, Brooke Williams.

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By Terry Tempest Williams


America’s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir WhenWomen Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks, an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them.


From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas and more, Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

  • Hardcover
  • 6 2/5" x 1 2/5" x 8 1/2"
  • 416 pages
  • Sarah Crichton Books, 2016
  • ISBN-10: 0374280096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374280093



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