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By Michael Austin

ISBN-10: 0874215374

ISBN-13: 9780874215373

ISBN-10: 0874216346

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Together with her specific, impassioned voice and common felicity of language, Terry Tempest Williams talks approximately desolate tract and flora and fauna, position and eroticism, artwork and literature, democracy and politics, family members and history, Mormonism and faith, writing and creativity, and different topics that have interaction her agile mind—in a suite of interviews amassed and brought through Michael Austin to symbolize the span of her occupation as a naturalist, writer, and activist.

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How can we know the truth of our souls? How can we know other? And that is something that you don’t have to have an education to do, you don’t have to have money to do—it’s a quality that you’re talking about, a quality that’s available to all of us. Yes. And I think this is the unspoken hunger. This is our desire, our yearning, our longing to connect with some place, some one, some thing other, outside, beyond ourselves. And how do we reach out and do that? I don’t know, but I fantasize. I think about what would happen if we took an act like the Homestead Act, where everyone had a 160 acre parcel that they fostered—what would happen if we turned that inside out and created the Homestand Act, where as a people in this country, we literally stood our ground, and we really thought about the whole idea of home rule.

So I’ve never really been able to separate family, spirituality, landscape, and home. But I think that we all have our own stories. Some of these stories are about rootedness, and some of them may be about rootlessness. But I think that we need to pay attention. jt: I want to go back to your grandmother, Mimi. You begin your book, An Unspoken Hunger, by mentioning Mimi and seashells. And you also share Mimi in your other book, Refuge. So I want to talk about her. Tell me the story of Mimi. ttw: Well, I carry her with me.

My refuge exists in my capacity to love. ’’ Terry Tempest Williams is naturalist-in-residence at the Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City. Her first book, Pieces of White Shell: A Journey to Navajoland, received the 1984 Southwest Book Award. She is also the author of Coyote’s Canyon, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, two children’s books, and most recently, An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field. She is the recipient of the 1993 Lannan Literary Fellowship in creative nonfiction.

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