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When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
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Aug 18, 2012

it was amazing
Read in August, 2012

Already a fan of Terry Tempest Williams (see her incredible earlier book "Refuge"), I was not surprised to absolutely love this memoir. It is a beautifully designed book that is a joy just to hold in your hands. But do open it. Ostensibly a response to inheriting her mother's many volumes of personal journals, only to find them all empty, Williams finds many ways to "give voice" to herself, her mother, other women in her life. These voices all resonated with me, particularly the author's mother, whose "absence became her presence." Having lost my own mother this year, I "get" this. I will keep and re-read this very thoughtful book.

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