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Neil Reid, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Neil Reid)
This will serve only to introduce one of many fine books by this author, Terry Tempest Williams. She is a keen observer, and participant, in matters of nature, matters of craft and art, and matters of heart to all of us. Her prose borders poetic phrase. She shares what is pleasing for the eye and as well what is challenging to accept - something of truth about exactly who we really are, as a people, as stewards of purpose too.

Finding Beauty in a Broken World could hardly be any more appropriate and precisely in these times and situations we now live. Shattered stones, shattered lives, shattered nature, all abound. We all know to what measure our lives and world right now teeters upon an edge, already broken some, and awaiting dire more. What simple wisdom shall we seek?

Here is one. And as she begins this book, the very topic itself contains one answer, embracing all just as it is, yet inherent with promise still, and here expressed through her labors learning by experience the craft and art of mosaic. A conversation with what is broken, as she says.

A simply brilliant and just appropriate response! I'll leave the rest for you to discover yourself. Well worth the read even if you stopped after that first experience and near poetic dance.
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Sandy Haechrel, December 10, 2008 (view all comments by Sandy Haechrel)
From one review: Lily Yeh, who 'understands mosaic as taking that which is broken and creating something whole,'...

This is so on the mark, I can't wait to read this new book; the quote also reminds me of "Broken For You", by Seattle author Stephanie Kallos - read it, too!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375420788
Author:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Publisher:
Pantheon
Author:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Essays
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20081007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.44x6.40x1.38 in. 1.46 lbs.

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Product details 432 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375420788 Reviews:
"Review" by , "With hypnotic prose...Terry Tempest Williams inhabits the post-9/11 world wide awake, utterly open, completely feeling. Taking notes in shattered worlds as her own family breaks and reshapes into something surprising and completely beautiful, Williams presets us with an incredible achievement, a beautiful, terrible, wonderful, hopeful witness. The farthest thing from insanity I've read."
"Review" by , "How a book could be this gentle and this heartbreaking simultaneously I do not know. But over a simple trajectory of mosaic-to-prarie-dog-to-comtemporary-genocide, Terry Tempest Williams leads us with methodical accuracy into the devastations and delights of now."
"Review" by , "Scientific in her exactitude, compassionate in her receptivity, and rhapsodic in expression, Williams has constructed a beautiful mosaic of loss and renewal that affirms, with striking lucidity, the need for reverence for all of life."
"Review" by , "A deep-running meditation on reaching for the sublime despite obstacles."
"Review" by , "Williams discovers her way along a path that...leads to an unlikely yet inspired destination."
"Review" by , "The book requires some effort, yes. The mind is not always ready to connect pieces....But Williams fills Finding Beauty in a Broken World with so many glinting surfaces that the mind wants to connect them."
"Review" by , "[A] provocative, disturbing and profoundly important book....Williams' most important, most visceral, most demanding work. It should — no must — be read."
"Review" by , "[A]n ambitious, even audacious, work....It's a comfort to have Williams in our midst, reminding us of the mosaic formed by every creature on Earth."
"Review" by , "[A] resounding hymn to creativity, community and engagement."
"Synopsis" by , "Terry Tempest Williams' tools are words, ideas, sentences, fragments. She uses them to dig into chosen corners of our world, and to illuminate some unknowns in flickering light." — Washington Times

"With hypnotic prose--reminiscent of John Berger in its poetry--Terry Tempest Williams inhabits the post-9/11 world wide awake, utterly open, completely feeling. Taking notes in shattered worlds as her own family breaks and reshapes into something surprising and completely beautiful, Williams presets us with an incredible achievement, a beautiful, terrible, wonderful, hopeful witness. The farthest thing from insanity I've read."

--Alexandra Fuller, author of The Legend of Colton H. Bryant

"How a book could be this gentle and this heartbreaking simultaneously I do not know. But over a simple trajectory of mosaic-to-prarie-dog-to-comtemporary-genocide, Terry Tempest Williams leads us with methodical accuracy into the devastations and delights of now."

--John D'Agata, author of Halls of Fame

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