The Hour of Land - Terry Tempest Williams

Staff Pick

With the looming devastation of our national treasure, the parks system, this book offers an understanding of their importance to our history and the sanity of our collective respect for the earth. In her reflective and calming voice, Williams offers her thoughts on the parks that have meant the most to her and the great loss from which we'll all be reeling if and when they are degraded. If you find yourself walking through or camping in a national park this summer, Williams will help you see yourself as a part of that landscape. Perhaps only when we again see ourselves as part of the landscape will we see these parks as sacred land worth saving.

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280093
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 31st, 2016

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks By Terry Tempest Williams Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781250132147
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Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2017

Savage Dreams - Rebecca Solnit

From the “sketchy shade” of oaks to the wider expanses with their “successive waves of culture, battles, heroes, and real-estate developers,” this classic on the American West gives you the forest and the trees—or, rather, the desert and the lush woodland, the Armageddon and the Arcadia of national myths. Reissued on its 20th anniversary, Solnit’s second book blends vivid nature writing with a strong social conscience, producing a powerful work along the lines of writing by Thoreau and Muir—predecessors Solnit references, reveres, and argues with. As passionate as she is rational, Solnit exposes the catastrophic history of the Nevada Test Site where the U.S. military dropped hundreds of atomic bombs—“rehearsing the end of the world over and over.” By the same token, Yosemite, treasured as a piece of pristine nature, in fact has a long and complex pre-European history that is all but erased in the official image.

Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Hidden Wars of the American West By Rebecca Solnit Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780520282285
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Published: University of California Press - June 6th, 2014

Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas - Rebecca Solnit, Sandow Birk, Mona Caron

Infinite City, a bizarre and intriguing book, is composed of 22 different maps of the city, dealing with different phenomena specific to the city on the Bay. These range from Map 6: "Monarchs and Queens: Butterfly Habitats and Queer Public Spaces", to Map 16: "Death and Beauty: All of 2008's Ninety-nine Murders, Some of 2009's Monterey Cypresses." Solnit's writing is thought-provoking and complex. Several contributing writers add their personalities and insights to the maps as well, providing a well-rounded, albeit slightly odd, analysis of SF’s character. One doesn't need to be hugely familiar with the city to enjoy the creativity and writing here, but San Francisco fans will obviously find it to be a most compelling adventure. My favorite atlas: "Phrenological San Francisco."

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780520262508
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Published: University of California Press - November 29th, 2010

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