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Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
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Apr 29, 11

bookshelves: 2011, school, popular-non-fiction
Read from April 25 to 28, 2011

There is something very different going on in Terry Tempest William's head than my own. Her mother is dying of cancer and she is a scientist who studies birds near Great Salt Lake.

"The pulse of Great Salt Lake, surging along Antelope Island's shores, becomes the force wearing against my mother's body. And when I watch flocks of phalaropes wing their way toward quiet bays on the island, I recall watching Mother sleep, imagining the dreams that were encircling her, wondering what she knows that I must learn for myself. The light changes, Antelope Island is blue. Mother awakened and I looked away."

I would never, ever write something like that. Ever.

The entire book is like this, all 314 pages, and it gave me a headache. But hey, maybe this is your kind of thing.
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