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...