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Finding Beauty in a Broken World (Vintage)by Terry Tempest Williams
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"Shards of glass can cut and wound or magnify a vision," Terry Tempest Williams tells us. "Mosaic celebrates brokenness and the beauty of being brought together." Ranging from Ravenna, Italy, where she learns the ancient art of mosaic, to the American Southwest, where she observes prairie dogs on the brink of extinction, to a small village in Rwanda where she joins genocide survivors to build a memorial from the rubble of war, Williams searches for meaning and community in an era of physical and spiritual fragmentation.
In her compassionate meditation on how nature and humans both collide and connect, Williams affirms a reverence for all life, and constructs a narrative of hopeful acts, taking that which is broken and creating something whole.
An impassioned and moving plea for a better relationship between the natural world and humankind, from one of our most treasured writers.
Constructing a narrative of hopeful acts, Williams travels the world to see how broken pieces of history and earth can create something new and whole. She learns about the art of mosaic in Ravenna, Italy. She studies the prairie dogs on the brink of extinction in the American Southwest. And she travels to a small village in Rwanda where she joins survivors of the genocide to build a memorial from the rubble of war. Sparking social change and healing, Williams's journey forms a singular meditation on how the natural and human worlds both collide and connect in violence and beauty, and in tumult and peace.
From learning about the art of mosaic in Italy to joining survivors of the Rwandan genocide, Williams presents an impassioned and moving plea for a better relationship between the natural world and humankind.
About the Author
Terry Tempest Williams is the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her books include Refuge, Leap, Red, and The Open Space of Democracy. Her writing appears frequently in journals and newspapers worldwide. She is the recipient of Lannan and Guggenheim fellowships in creative nonfiction. Williams lives in Castle Valley, Utah.
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