Terry Tempest Williams

Author and environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams has written of deserts and the American West, the Great Salt Lake and the Bear River. She’s a naturalist and a natural poet.

Her new book is “Finding Beauty in a Broken World.” It’s an unlikely pilgrimage from the artisan workshops of Italian mosaic masters, to the complex prairie dog cities of Utah, to the broken and remade world of genocide and Rwanda.

A pilgrimage thirsting for beauty in a world of shards and broken fragments.

This hour, On Point: Terry Tempest Williams, and “Finding Beauty in a Broken World.”


Terry Tempest Williams is a scholar of environmental humanities at the University of Utah. She’s the author of several books, including “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place”, an acclaimed chronicle of the 1983 floods of the Great Salt Lake and her mother’s death from cancer, which was linked to nuclear exposure of so-called “Downwinders.” Her new book is “Finding Beauty in a Broken World.”

Read an excerpt from “Finding Beauty in a Broken World.”

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