When Women Were Birds

When Women Were Birds

Fifty-four Variations on Voice

Book - 2012
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In fifty-four chapters that unfold like a series of yoga poses, each with its own logic and beauty, Williams (beloved author of "Refuge") creates a lyrical and caring meditation of the mystery of her mother's journals .. and what it means to have a voice beyond a selfless existence informed by children and a husband.
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374288976
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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AnnabelleLee27 Nov 15, 2017

Williams' haunting memoir exploring voice, silence, and relationship written across 54 essays. Her prose is poetic and evocative as she moves elegantly across a range of topics and through time and space; sometimes poignant, sometimes shocking, but always insightful and rich.

Aug 27, 2016

Terry Tempest Williams is a beautiful writer. I love her style of writing.

Aug 17, 2012

I can't think of an author with more heart evident on the page than Terry Tempest Williams. Beautiful prose, as expected.


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quagga Sep 08, 2013

My Mother's Journals are theatrical. [...] My Mother's Journals are a transgression. My Mother's Journals are a scandal of white. My Mother's Journals are a "harmony of silence.

quagga Sep 08, 2013

Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.


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