|Red: Passion and
Patience in the Desert
"From naturalist Williams, a powerful and lyrical collection ranging from sudden pieces of fiction and hip-shooting creative non-fictions to manifestos and eroticism, all taking their cues from the American Southwestern deserts."
"[RED] includes two of the works that have defined Williams as a central voice in the environmental movement: Desert Quartet, which is made up of simple and erotic personal essays, and Coyote's Canyon, comprised of the lovely tales of desert people. To these she adds pieces that center on her move out of Salt Lake City, her study of the meanings of the color red and, most importantly, the imperative to create national protection for land that cannot protect itself from each step of development and population growth."
About RED on the Random House/Penguin Books website.
RED: Passion and Patience in the Desert, was published by Pantheon in September, 2001.
ABOUT THIS BOOKRED: Passion and Patience in the Desert, explores naturalist Terry Tempest Williams's lifelong love of, and commitment to, the desert. Combining her best writing on the terrain she knows so well, with a collection of new essays of great originality and influence, RED brings together the lyrical evocations of her earlier books, Coyote's Canyon and Desert Quartet, with new essays of great power and originality.
RED includes meditations on the astounding rock formations that have haunted Williams's imagination for decades, as well as startling encounters with the face and soul of the desert. And because, for all its intensity and harshness, the desert is among the most fragile of landscapes, it prompts in Williams a fierce commitment to protect it from human forces of destruction. A manifesto calling for a "Coyote Clan"-for people to become quietly subversive on behalf of the land-RED presents a portrait of America's Redrock Wilderness in all its emotional and psychological power.
Terry Tempest Williams has testified before U.S. Congress twice regarding the environmental links associated with cancer, and has been a strong advocate for America's Redrock Wilderness Act, protecting the Redrock Canyons of Southern Utah. In addition, she has served on the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society and is currently on the advisory board of the National Parks and Conservation Association, The Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.