Lovers of Terry Tempest Williams' writing (and those who never read her before--these are usually the only two categories) rejoice. In time for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, her new book The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks chronicles one of America's best-known and beloved nature writer's visits to twelve national parks and monuments. Those familiar with her writing will appreciate her return to a more straightforward narrative of her journeys through places as diverse as Gates of the Arctic National Park to Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa and Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in California. Woven through the narrative are Terry's early memories of how the parks shaped her life and galvanized her path as an environmental activist as are both excruciating and hilarious moments with her aging father, founder of the family's oil and gas excavation business. Highly recommended by Kelly
America's national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year.