The Hour of Land

  • by Terry Tempest Williams
  • Narrated by Terry Williams
  • 11 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For years, America's national parks have provided public breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why close to 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now, to honor the centennial of the National Park Service, Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks, what they mean to us, and what we mean to them.
Through 12 carefully chosen parks, from Yellowstone in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas, Tempest Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America. Our national parks stand at the intersection of humanity and wildness, and there's no one better than Tempest Williams to guide us there.

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What the Critics Say

"[T]his is a uniquely evocative, illuminating, profound, poignant, beautiful, courageous, and clarion book about the true significance of our national parks." (Booklist)

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Cultural Cross Sections

This book needs to be adopted as required reading up among the ranks with Abbey, Carson, Leopold, Powell, and too many other great American authors who advocate for the necessary preservation of our cultures last stand for wholesome connectivity. A simply fantastic read.
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- Caleb Hansen

Best audio book I've ever experienced.

What did you love best about The Hour of Land?

The writing - Terry's words ring true in an incredibly poetic way


What did you like best about this story?

The emotional journey through so many places with different formats in each chapter.


Which character – as performed by Terry Williams – was your favorite?

Her father - at Big Bend and the superintendent that led them through the park.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Awe is the moment when ego surrenders to wonder.


Any additional comments?

This book is especially important to anyone who loves and wants to protect our environment.

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- Cindy O.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio