The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Terry Tempest Williams

Narrated By: Terry Williams

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: June 2016

Duration: 11 hours 3 minutes


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 twelve 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.


  • Diane C.

    The intelligence and beauty of Terry Tempest Williams shines throughout this masterpiece. If only all Americans would listen with open heart and open ears to hear her use of words describe and connect you to our nations greatest assets. The history of our nations National Parks revealed through the art of story telling is evident throughout the entire book. If we are to have a future on our precious planet filled with respect for all life forms including the lands themselves then providing a way for our youth to experience the essence of our lands through stories such as these would provide a valuable vehicle in which to do so. How can we expect our future leaders to embrace our Public Lands system if they have no connection. Terry Tempest Williams provides that vehicle in this beautifully written book.

Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

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