Terry Tempest Williams Pens a Love Letter to National Parks

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The author Terry Tempest Williams.  (Photo: Kwaku Alston)

Some 300 million people explore America's national parks each year. But for naturalist Terry Tempest Williams, visiting national parks is a deeply personal experience. In her book, "The Hour of Land," she pens a lyrical love letter to twelve of her favorite parks, including Grand Teton National Park, where she recalled drinking from waterfalls with her mother and grandmother, their "faces wet with mist." Williams also explores the parks' dark history with Native Americans, as well as the policies crucial to the lands' preservation and existence. She writes: "The time has come for acts of reverence and restraint on behalf of the Earth."

Terry Tempest Williams,
naturalist and environmentalist; author, "The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks" and "Finding Beauty in a Broken World"