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When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
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Jul 16, 12

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Read in July, 2012

Wow! I'll likely read this one again. As of a week ago, I had never even heard of Terry Tempest Williams. This book was very edgy which I crave and rarely find. Though, at first, I had a hard time letting go of my expectations for the book and allowing her take me wherever she was going. I kept grasping for a thread, a theme. It's rather rambling, at times obtuse, and the purpose for some vignettes are not always readily apparent. But it's fun to ponder the many examples she uses! I utterly loved her exploration of this topic: namely finding one's voice and choosing how to use it. Of course, the premise for the book (her mother leaving the author her collection of completely empty, unwritten journals upon her death) was very intriguing to me! Highly recommended!

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