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Finding Beauty In A Broken World

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Publisher: 
Random House
 | 
October, 2009
ISBN:
9780375725197
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Banyen's Description: 

In her most eloquently moving book since Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams gives us a luminous chronicle of how she has been finding beauty in a broken world. Always an impassioned advocate for a just relationship between the natural world and humankind, Williams has broadened her concerns over past years to include a reconfiguration of family and community in her search for a deeper understanding of what it means to be human in an era of physical and spiritual fragmentation.

Finding Beauty in a Broken World begins in Ravenna, Italy, where “jeweled ceilings became lavish tales” through the art of mosaic. She discovers that mosaic is not just an art form but a form of integration, and when she returns to the American Southwest, her physical and spiritual home, and observes a clan of prairie dogs on the brink of extinction, she apprehends an ecological mosaic created by a remarkable species in the sagebrush steppes of the Colorado Plateau. And, finally, Williams travels to a small village in Rwanda, where, along with fellow artists, she joins survivors of the 1994 genocide and builds a memorial literally from the rubble of war, an act that becomes a spark for social change and healing.

A meditation on how the natural and human worlds both collide and connect in violence and beauty, this is a work of uncommon perceptions, of intersections between arrogance and empathy, tumult and peace, that constructs a narrative of hopeful acts by taking that which is broken and creating something whole.

The book, itself a skillful, nuanced mosaic (“a conversation between what is broken... a conversation with light, with color, with form”) uses this “way of thinking about the world” to convincingly “make the connection between racism and specism” and sensitively argues for respect for life in all its myriad forms.

Among Terry Tempest Williams’ other books are Red and Leap.

Publisher’s Description: 

"Shards of glass can cut and wound or magnify a vision," Terry Tempest Williams tells us. "Mosaic celebrates brokenness and the beauty of being brought together." Ranging from Ravenna, Italy, where she learns the ancient art of mosaic, to the American Southwest, where she observes prairie dogs on the brink of extinction, to a small village in Rwanda where she joins genocide survivors to build a memorial from the rubble of war, Williams searches for meaning and community in an era of physical and spiritual fragmentation.

In her compassionate meditation on how nature and humans both collide and connect, Williams affirms a reverence for all life, and constructs a narrative of hopeful acts, taking that which is broken and creating something whole.

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