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Terry Tempest Williams thinks, breathes and writes deeply in our national parks

Terry Tempest Williams thinks, breathes and writes deeply in our national parks

Terry Tempest Williams would like it very much if everyone could just take a deep breath.

“Our national parks are breathing spaces, in a time when we’re all holding our breath,” the author and environmentalist says. In her new book, “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks,” Tempest Williams considers the meaning and role of the parks in 12 eloquent personal essays.

In the book, Tempest Williams speaks softly but carries a big walking stick as she wanders, and wonders about, some of America’s most visited and hallowed sites.

“I wasn’t writing about the...

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