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ISBN13: 9781250024114
ISBN10: 1250024110
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"This poetic memoir continues the work Williams began in Refuge....Williams explores her mothers identity — woman, wife, mother, and Mormon — as she continues to honor her memory....A lyrical and elliptical meditation on women, nature, family, and history." — The Boston Globe

"I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you wont look at them until after Im gone." This is what Terry Tempest Williams's mother, the matriarch of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah, told her a week before she died. It was a shock to Williams to discover that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as it was to discover that the three shelves of journals were all blank. In fifty-four short chapters, Williams recounts memories of her mother, ponders her own faith, and contemplates the notion of absence and presence art and in our world. When Women Were Birds is a carefully crafted kaleidoscope that keeps turning around the question: What does it mean to have a voice?

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"Brilliant, meditative, and full of surprises, wisdom, and wonder." Ann Lamott, author of Imperfect Birds

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"Williams displays a Whitmanesque embrace of the world and its contradictions....As the pages accumulate, her voice grows in majesty and power until it become a full-fledged aria." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Williams is the kind of writer who makes a reader feel that [her] voice might also, one day, be heard....She cancels out isolation: Connections are woven as you sit in your chair reading — between you and the place you live, between you and other readers, you and the writer. Without knowing how it happened, your sense of home is deepened." Susan Salter Reynolds, The Daily Beast

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"Time, experience, and uncanny coincidence spiral through these pages....When Women Were Birds is an extraordinary echo chamber in which lessons about voice — passed along from mother, to daughter, and now to us — will reverberate differently in each inner ear." The Seattle Times

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"In some ways When Women Were Birds functions as a detective story, an attempt to solve a mystery. But its also a realization that often there are no answers…there's only the present." The Salt Lake Tribune

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"A lyrical, timeless book that rewards quiet, attentive reading — a rare thing." The Huffington Post

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"At some point I realized I was reading every page twice trying to memorize each insight, each bit of hard-won wisdom. Then I realized I could keep it on my bedside table and read it every night." Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

About the Author

Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of fourteen books, including Leap, An Unspoken Hunger, Refuge, and, most recently, Finding Beauty in a Broken World. She divides her time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Moose, Wyoming.

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c.e.davis, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by c.e.davis)
My favorite book this year! When I reached the last page, I immediately turned back to page one and started all over again.
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A visit to pages written by Terry Tempest Williams always surprises, delights and informs me in the most delicious ways. This small work did not disappoint. Now I have read three times, written in the journal based on her content which stirred and moved my spirit. Another wonderful work of thoughtful composition by an outstanding author of this time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250024114
Subtitle:
Fifty-Four Variations on Voice
Author:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Author:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Trade Paper with Flaps
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.125 x 4.5 in

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Product details 256 pages Picador USA - English 9781250024114 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brilliant, meditative, and full of surprises, wisdom, and wonder."
"Review" by , "Williams displays a Whitmanesque embrace of the world and its contradictions....As the pages accumulate, her voice grows in majesty and power until it become a full-fledged aria."
"Review" by , "Williams is the kind of writer who makes a reader feel that [her] voice might also, one day, be heard....She cancels out isolation: Connections are woven as you sit in your chair reading — between you and the place you live, between you and other readers, you and the writer. Without knowing how it happened, your sense of home is deepened."
"Review" by , "Time, experience, and uncanny coincidence spiral through these pages....When Women Were Birds is an extraordinary echo chamber in which lessons about voice — passed along from mother, to daughter, and now to us — will reverberate differently in each inner ear."
"Review" by , "In some ways When Women Were Birds functions as a detective story, an attempt to solve a mystery. But its also a realization that often there are no answers…there's only the present."
"Review" by , "A lyrical, timeless book that rewards quiet, attentive reading — a rare thing."
"Review" by , "At some point I realized I was reading every page twice trying to memorize each insight, each bit of hard-won wisdom. Then I realized I could keep it on my bedside table and read it every night."
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