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Terry Tempest Williams

“By honoring wilderness, we honor beauty. Beauty is not peripheral, but at the core of what sustains us. Awe and wonder ignite our imagination.”

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS, EROSION: ESSAYS OF UNDOING

Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. Erosion: Essays of Undoing explores the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, and trust.

In Erosion, Williams sizes up the continuing assaults on America’s public lands and the erosion of our commitment to the open space of democracy. She examines the dire cultural and environmental implications of the gutting of Bear Ears National Monument ― sacred lands to Native Peoples of the American Southwest; of the undermining of the Endangered Species Act; of the relentless press by the fossil fuel industry. These essays are Williams’ call to action for blazing a way forward through difficult and dispiriting times. Our undoing is also our becoming.

Williams is the award-winning author of The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National ParksRefuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and When Women Were Birds, among others.

More about Terry Tempest Williams

Sierra, January 2020

Terry Tempest Williams on “Erosion”

Becoming Wise podcast from On Being, June 2019

Empathy Rooted in Action

Orion Magazine, August 2014

The Glorious Indifference of Wilderness, by Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams’ Website

“Williams makes a poignant connection between the political and the personal… . If Williams’s haunting, powerful, and brave book can be summed up in one line of advice it would be this: Try to stare down the grief of everyday life, speak out and find solace in the boundless beauty of nature.”

DIANE ACKERMAN, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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