Refuge : An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Refuge An Unnatural History of Family and Place Author:Terry Tempest Williams In the spring of 1983 Terry Tempest Williams learned that her mother was dying of cancer. That same season, The Great Salt Lake began to rise to record heights, threatening the herons, owls, and snowy egrets that Williams, a poet and naturalist, had come to gauge her life by. One event was nature at its most random, the other a by-product of rog... more »ue technology: Terry's mother, and Terry herself, had been exposed to the fallout of atomic bomb tests in the 1950s. As it interweaves these narratives of dying and accommodation, Refuge transforms tragedy into a document of renewal and spiritual grace, resulting in a work that has become a classic.« less
This is a great book for woman who are faced with breast cancer. As her mother is dying from cancer, she compares and contrasts her life with the bird life around the Great Salt Lake. If you are interested in nature and healing, I recommend this book, however Ms. Williams does get a little bit too spiritual for my tastes.
The author parallels the effects of changing levels of the Great Salt Lake on its birds and changing levels of grief. It would have worked even better if I knew anything about birds or the Great Salt Lake. But I learned enough to keep going and be glad I did.
I really enjoyed this book. Terry Tempest Williams has a great way of weaving her love of the natural world in with her relationships with her family and her faith, and what she was going through with her mother's illness. Very moving!
I think the emphasis is on the place, in this book; she describes the area around Great Salt Lake by referencing trips there, often with her mother. It's interesting to find the places she's mentioned (Like "Utah Tree") on Google Earth (since I've never been to the Great Salt Lake)