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ISBN-10: 0679752560
ISBN-13: 9780679752561
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 08/29/1995
Dimensions: 8.03" L, 5.18" W, 0.43" H

An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field

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Williams weaves her observations in the naturalist field and her personal experience–as a woman, a Westerner, and a Mormon–into a resonant manifesto on behalf of the landscapes she loves, making clear as well that, through our disregard of this world, we have lost an essential connection to our deepest selves.

A manifesto both fierce and compassionate from one of our most eloquent and elegant voices of the American West. Terry Tempest Williams weaves together the passion of personal experience with the presence of political commitment. In this gathering of work, Williams explores our unspoken hunger, our desire for a life of greater intention. In a series of detailed and beautifully rendered portraits, she illuminates the strength and inspiration that helped to form Georgia O’Keeffe, Rachel Carson, Mardy Murie, and the Stone Creek Woman. There are portraits as well of two uncles, who also live outside the expectations of normalcy and orthodoxy. Through the power of her observations, we see how our lack of intimacy with the natural world has initiated a lack of intimacy with one another. An Unspoken Hunger is finally a call to action, where we begin to find the courage and heart to stand our ground in the places we love. As Williams reminds us, “Perhaps the most radical act we can commit is to stay home.” An Unspoken Hunger is further proof of Terry Tempest Williams’s unique gift – one that removes us from the distractions and confines of daily routine and prompts in us an awakened sense of wonder.

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Reviews
"An eloquent book, full of humor and drama, and–most important–Williams's passion for saving the land she grew up in." –Newsweek

"Full of stories that articulate the spiritual need to preserve wilderness. . . . Williams has made it her mission to translate her fierce love of [the West] into a literature of the desert." –The Washington Post

"There are rich meditations [with] strength and power. . . . From an examination of women's earliest mythic connections to the earth to the accounts of recent protests against nuclear testing, the idea of women as intermediary between earth and human conduct is interwoven throughout. . . . This is all good stuff, the kind of continuous exploration and adventure that makes a life into a pilgrimage." –The New York Times Book Review

"Dazzling. . . . Only a few books in my life have made me feel grateful to the author, and An Unspoken Hunger is one of them." –Maureen O'Neill, The Seattle Times

"Williams has influenced, cajoled, and delighted many, many readers with her compassion and transforming imagination. Like Virginia Woolf, she seems to live on the level of myth and symbol." –Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Details

ISBN-10: 0679752560
ISBN-13: 9780679752561
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 08/29/1995
Dimensions: 8.03" L, 5.18" W, 0.43" H
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