The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

hour of land cover imageThe Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

by Terry Tempest Williams
Reflections on Nature
Sarah Crichton Books, 2016
Hardcover, 416 pages
$27.00

One of our favorite books and bestsellers in the shop is Terry Tempest Williams’ memoir/meditation When Women Were Birds. Now, on the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service we have her brilliant reflection on the American national parks. But, don’t take it from us! Andrea Wulf, author of the prizewinning biography of Alexander von Humboldt, says this: “The Hour of Land is one of the best nature books I’ve read in years… My only advice is to read the book. And then read it again, with pen in hand. And then visit a national park, because as Williams reminds us, they are ‘portals and thresholds of wonder,’ the ‘breathing spaces for a society that increasingly holds its breath.”