Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert

Red Passion and Patience in the Desert The beloved author of Refuge Terry Tempest Williams is one of the country s most eloquent and imaginative writers The desert is her blood In this potent collage of stories essays and testimony Red

The beloved author of Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams is one of the country s most eloquent and imaginative writers The desert is her blood In this potent collage of stories, essays, and testimony, Red makes a stirring case for the preservation of America s Redrock Wilderness in the canyon country of southern Utah.As passionate as she is persuasive, Williams writes lyricaThe beloved author of Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams is one of the country s most eloquent and imaginative writers The desert is her blood In this potent collage of stories, essays, and testimony, Red makes a stirring case for the preservation of America s Redrock Wilderness in the canyon country of southern Utah.As passionate as she is persuasive, Williams writes lyrically about the desert s power and vulnerability, describing wonders that range from an ancient Puebloan sash of macaw feathers found in Canyonlands National Park to the desert tortoise an animal that can teach us the slow art of revolutionary patience as it extends our notion of kinship with all life She examines the civil war being waged in the West today over public and private uses of land an issue that divides even her own family With grace, humor, and compassionate intelligence, Williams reminds us that the preservation of wildness is not simply a political process but a spiritual one Lush elegies to the wilderness Earthy, spiritual, evocative The Boston Globe Erotic, scientific, literary Her intimacy with this landscape is complex and passionate Los Angeles Times Book Review Her finest writing Use s pure language in the face of laws that need to be changed and lawmakers and citizens who need to understand that there is another way to see Portland Oregonian

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  1. Terry Tempest Williams is an American author, conservationist and activist Williams writing is rooted in the American West and has been significantly influenced by the arid landscape of her native Utah in which she was raised Her work ranges from issues of ecology and wilderness preservation, to women s health, to exploring our relationship to culture and nature.She has testified before Congress on women s health, committed acts of civil disobedience in the years 1987 1992 in protest against nuclear testing in the Nevada Desert, and again, in March, 2003 in Washington, D.C with Code Pink, against the Iraq War She has been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of the Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as a barefoot artist in Rwanda.Williams is the author of Refuge An Unnatural History of Family and Place An Unspoken Hunger Stories from the Field Desert Quartet Leap Red Patience and Passion in the Desert and The Open Space of Democracy Her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World was published in 2008 by Pantheon Books.In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfictionand a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction Williams was featured in Ken Burns PBS series The National Parks America s Best Idea 2009 In 2011, she received the 18th International Peace Award given by the Community of Christ Church.Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah and a columnist for the magazine The Progressive She has been a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College where she continues to teach She divides her time between Wilson, Wyoming and Castle Valley, Utah, where her husband Brooke is field coordinator for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

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  1. This collection of essays about red rock and canyon country was a little hit and miss Some of them I loved and re read as soon as I d finished the first read through Others made me angry, Dear Terry, you can t just go wandering off in the middle of the summer in the desert, barefoot without water It s a Bad Idea I don t care how much spirit you feel in the rocks and how much you identify with the landscape Stop it That being said, in many ways, this book is a series of love letters to the countr [...]

  2. I ll admit I ve started a love affair with Terry Tempest Williams This book found me at the second hand store I read it, and now I am feverishly scanning the library for every book she s written Even if you don t know the desert myself included , you will fall in love with it because she loves it so much It also made me ask what are my stories of the land

  3. In her typically eloquent plea for love and protection of the American West wilderness, Terry Tempest Williams states, The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time They are kneeling with hands clasped that we might act with restraint, that we might leave room for the life that is destined to come 215 What a quotation I can see this chiseled in stone in the offices of the Senate and House of Representatives If only our lawmakers and advocate [...]

  4. 3.5 I love TTW and am in the process of reading as many of her books as I can find at the library This one, which was written in part to stimulate activist engagement in saving the canyonlands and red rock wilderness in Utah from exploitation, was not my favorite TTW is deeply connected to the West and her family s roots there and like most of her books, that connection features prominently in this one This is a collection of essays, some published previously, that focuses on this desert landsca [...]

  5. One of my favorite nature writers, Williams does an outstanding job describing her love of the red canyons of southern Utah Through short stories and essays, you feel like you re sharing her experiences.

  6. I enjoy journal keeping Terry s books seem like that to me and she has opened hers to the public She definitely writes from her comfortable place.

  7. Red is a collection of stories and essays about the desert of southern Utah and the necessity of preserving it None of the stories are than a few pages long, and they serve to evoke a sense of place for the reader who has not been to these majestic lands Although some of the stories felt a bit flat on their own, I think as a collection they fulfill their purpose More compelling than the fictional creations are Williams personal recollections and essays.In Labor, Williams muses upon one of her v [...]

  8. On a quest for lady naturalists to counterpoint Edward Abbey s crabby borderline misogyny, I came across Terry Tempest Williams I wasn t sure first couple chapters, and the quartet at the end, are pretty woo woo But it s reasonable I fell in love with Utah s slickrock desert and it s well worth being a little wacky over There is much good, nutritional nature and solitude meditations in here, and some really nice thinking about society vs wilderness.

  9. We read this powerful book in my reading group sadly I got distracted somehow and could not remember the author s name although the subject matter has impacted me greatly in the years since I read it Williams name never came back to me until recently when it came up in, of all places, a memorial service for my cousin Suddenly I had the link back to RED I WILL finish at some point I am a devout believer in the importance of leaving places UNTOUCHED, UNCOMPROMISED, UNADULTERATED in ANY way by huma [...]

  10. Terry Tempest Williams has alot of wilderness in her soul I love her for that She says that until you can cut your arm and bleed red sand, you do not own the redrock country of southern Utah I can feel the desert around me as I read her words Her writing is moving and lyrical, however this book is difficult for me As a Mormon who also believes in conservationism, I love that my Religion has so much room for every good thing But TTW leaves me feeling a bit hollow in alot of ways She says that the [...]

  11. This collection resonated with me as a fellow lover of the high Utah desert Some of the essays are truly stunning Ode to Silence, A Prayer for a Wild Millennium, and Wild Mercy in particular.

  12. The first time I saw the red rock country of the Four Corners area, I was awed It is awesome Not in the way the word is currently over used, as a verbal hiccup to overpraise the mundane and trivial, but the true definition of awesome inspiring an overwhelming sensation of reverence, admiration, and fear To put that is some perspective, I am most definitely not an outdoor enthusiast People think I am joking when I say my idea of camping involves room service I most definitely am not joking When T [...]

  13. I keep trying, and failing, to enjoy Terry Tempest Williams s writing When I first read Refuge as a first year college student, I was not a fan I later taught that same first year literature course and had to teach Refuge in class Through that experience, I came to enjoy the book a bit , but only a bit Before my recent trip to Bryce and Zion in Utah, her book Red came up on a recommended reading list, and I decided to give Terry Tempest Williams s writing another go It was a quick read, and very [...]

  14. I read this on an early morning plane to Utah Williams s REFUGE, which is an absolute masterpiece, was largely responsible for taking me to Utah in the first place This collection, however, was disappointing Much of the writing seemed rushed, and nothing much sank in for me The titular essay about discerning variation in color was interesting, and of course I support her intentions, but I can t say that anything from this book has really lingered with me a week after reading it Perhaps I should [...]

  15. An interesting collection of pieces that gives a great insight into the political climate of Utah as far as environmentalism and national parks go, at least and the author s personal connection with her home It was very interesting for nonfiction, but did stray into the realm of strange than once Which isn t always a bad thing.

  16. Terry Tempest Williams is in a class of her own the landscape of her world and mind becomes poetry Sometimes too out there for me, often, full of wisdom and melodic beauty Always a treat to read her.

  17. The writing was indeed quite lyrical, but I struggled so much to make it through the book It did make me want to go back to the beautiful place that is southern Utah, but I do not want to read any of this book.

  18. First off, the title captured my attention Red Red is my favorite color It is passion, fire, blood, life, and the color of so much of the rock that makes up southern Utah Secondly, the subject, the desert country of southern Utah, ultimately caused me to buy this book, since it is my favorite place.The southern Utah I know is Canyonlands, Goblin Valley, Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon, Newspaper Rock, the canyon of the Escalante river, Monument ValleySouthern Utah is a stark and beautiful place [...]

  19. Red, a Connection of People with Place, September 20, 2001on When Terry Tempest Williams starts this book with her simple equation place people politics, you know you ve started reading a book meant to have political impact But as the equation states, and as any TTW reader knows, you will be reading about place and about people, and you will be reading about these things as seen through the honest open heart of Terry Tempest Williams Red is a collection of stories, poems, journal entries and tho [...]

  20. I love TTW, and highly recommend some of her other books This collection is both beautiful and disappointing The gorgeous descriptions of red rock, slip canyons, and the feeling of being in the Utah desert are a delight for those of us who call this country home But for the first time, I found her passion so effusive it became forgettable and saccharin I m guessing these pieces were not written to be in a collection together, but rather gathered from various sources and outlets because they focu [...]

  21. This is mostly a flat collection of stories about the importance to Williams of the redrock country in southern Utah, and why it must be preserved and protected The writing is about her spiritual feelings toward this country, but there s not much, really, about what the rocks and this landscape themselves say Reflecting her faith, she learns from this country humility in the face of Creation, reverence in the presence of God In the voice of Brigham Young, this country reveals, she quotes, the st [...]

  22. Love is a powerful tool, and maybe, just maybe, before the last little town is corrupted and the last of the unroaded and undeveloped wildness is given over to dreams of profit, maybe it will be love, finally, love for the land for its own sake and for what it holds of beauty and joy and spiritual redemption that will make wilderness not a battlefield but a revelation Environmental writer and historian T.H WatkinsThis quote reproduced in the book captures the essence of what the author is seekin [...]

  23. I was a big fan of When Women Were Birds, T T Dubs other great book, and even when I read this while camping and tromping through the red rock canyons of Zion and Utah, this book left me a little colder than WWWB.The narrative on a whole is a lot anthologized, piecemeal elements of articles, testimony, short stories, and Not that this is inherently bad, but it s also harder for me to pull some great elusive meaning from.I liked her musings on why she writes, on the sensual and erotic aspects o [...]

  24. I read this book while backpacking deep in the belly of a Southern Utah canyon, and I could not have read it in a better place In her typical evocative, sensuous prose, Williams waxes poetic, and at times political, about the Utah deserts and canyons that are her home This desert lanscape with it s red sandstone cliffs, towering canyon walls, endless mazes of dry washes, and highly adapted plant an animal life is beyond unique, it s the only place of its kind in the world Williams knows this and [...]

  25. I really enjoyed the last TTW book I read, but I absolutely loved Red Now that I ve read two of TTW s books I know what I like so much about her writing Her life is filled with many family members, fellow Mormons, and other people in her community who are hostile to her deeply held environmentalist views, hostile to her way of earning a living and hostile to her conscious decision not to have children Yet, her response to all this is not hostility in kind, but this eloquent writing in which she [...]

  26. I read this immediately after finishing Terry s latest book, When Women Were Birds Having been completely transformed by that incredible narrative, as well as by Refuge many years ago, I did not want to set myself up for disappointment with expectations about this book However, I found myself immersed in it, taking notes and pondering many sections of it I even shared parts of it with a friend of mine, and we discussed it for hours Although there were chapters that did not captivate me, overall [...]

  27. Red is beautifully written, sad, and inspiring Like Williams, I would love for Congress to pass America s Red Rock Wilderness Act, but I am afraid it is a dream that will not soon become a reality especially in our current political climate I am extremely grateful, however, that I have gained insight into the situation, and I will join her in her fight Maybe in time, others will come to see that we should not sacrifice wildness and beauty for resources that we must not surrender the happiness, [...]

  28. Some lines that I particularly liked Desert Mothers, all of us, pregnant with possibilities, in the service of life, domestic and wild it is our freedom to choose how we wish to live, labor, and sacrifice in the name of love Perhaps the difference between repetition and boredom lies in our willingness to believe in surprise, the subtle shifts of form that loom large in a trained and patient eye Perhaps an index to misery is when we no longer perceive beauty that which stirs the heart or have los [...]

  29. Beautiful, lyric almost poetry extolling the beautiful red rock country of southern Utah As one who moved to the Southwest because of my inner resonance with the beauty of the desert, I found the book ringing true on every page Also a very strong advocate of wilderness preservation, the book develops multiple cogent arguments for the environmental movement as it pertains to wilderness.Like many books that are a collection of essays, it doesn t exactly hang together in a coherent fashion, but, if [...]

  30. Not a coherent book like Refuge, instead just a loosely related group of essays Most of the essays aren t fully developed either but seem like impressions or journal entries Although I also consider the red rock desert to be my home, I didn t understand much of her prose It seemed like new age puff in places.However, a bonus is that this book is really a collection of previously published material, so you can save money by buying it instead of the separate works Two books that were previously pu [...]

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