• The cover of the book Refuge


    Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams brings fierce passion to her subjects, from her own family to pressing environmental and social issues. In Refuge, she deftly weaves together the concurrent tragedies that besieged her during the spring of 1983: her mother’s cancer diagnosis and the record rise of the Great Salt Lake. The result is a moving account of grace and humanity in the face of devastation, both natural and unnatural.

  • The cover of the book A Field Guide to Getting Lost

    A Field Guide to Getting Lost

    This series of essays showcases Rebecca Solnit’s incredible ability to elegantly and associatively connect seemingly disparate things as her writing traverses the territory of travel, criticism, memoir, and more. In this “field guide,” place and the exploration of the natural world loom large, and the resonance of Solnit’s insights (“Every love has its landscape”) ensures that the reader is never lost.

  • The cover of the book The Solace of Open Spaces

    The Solace of Open Spaces

    Gretel Ehrlich penned this slim collection after a sudden tragedy and a drastic geographic move—from New York to the high plains of Wyoming. The detour of these changes, she explains, “became the actual path; the digressions in my writing, the narrative.” Across a series of meditative essays, that narrative traverses the open spaces of rural Wyoming, the people who inhabit them, and the life Ehrlich builds for herself there. Ehrlich’s tender and expansive writing reflects the landscape she so vividly depicts.

  • The cover of the book The Anthropology of Turquoise

    The Anthropology of Turquoise

    Ellen Meloy’s playful and lyrical essays explore the human connection to the natural world, particularly the red rock desert she called home in Southeast Utah. Bold, informative, and often irreverent, The Anthropology of Turquoise uses the color turquoise as a starting point for discussions of color, light, landscape, desire, and the seas, mountains, and of course her beloved desert, where all of these meet.