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Finding Beauty in a Broken World

Terry Tempest Williams


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/6/2009)
Hardcover (10/7/2008)

October 2008 Indie Next List

“Who else but Terry Tempest Williams could take the art of mosaic, a prairie dog community, and a small town in Rwanda and give us insight into natural beauty, tumult, and peace. This is a beautifully written book by one of the best caretakers of our environment and our soul.”
— Barbara Theroux, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT
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Winter 2011 Reading Group List

“In Ravenna, she creates mosaics; in Utah, she observes the grassland mosaic that is a community of prairie dogs; in New York, she catalogs bones in a museum; in Rwanda, she witnesses the aftermath of a genocide's millions dead and millions who have witnessed death. As Williams pieces together each jagged shard, connecting, finding patterns, catching light, she finds meaning where none seemed possible. Her pared-down language, her close observation and her exacting use of detail lend power to the unthinkable: dignity to beaten-down individuals and purpose to the remnants of community.”
— Betsy Burton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
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When faced with the chaos of our times and tragedy in her own life, Terry Tempest Williams asked: "How do we pick up the pieces? And what do we do with these pieces?" To find her answer, this visionary author and naturalist embarked on a journey that took her around the globe.

In Finding Beauty in a Broken World, she delivers a story, a mosaic, that is both heartbreaking and hopeful—an unforgettable exploration of truth from a passionate artist and humanitarian.

In this original author adaptation of her acclaimed book, Williams recalls an odyssey that began on the rocky shores of Maine, where she prayed for "one wild word" to follow after the events of 9/11. That word was "mosaic"—and it marked the first step on a path that took her to the artistic heart of Italy, through ecological struggles in the American Southwest, and ultimately to war-torn Rwanda and the seemingly inconceivable task of fostering healing through the art of mosaic in the midst of genocide as villagers and artists build a memorial together. Presented by the author in her own inimitable words, here is an inspiring story of how we can overcome even the most traumatic wounding the world can offer.

Finding Beauty in a Broken World is a call to listeners to create beauty in the world we find, each in our own way, each in our own time, each with our own gifts. By taking that which is broken and creating something whole, we can begin to embrace both empathy and engagement within our own communities.

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Course objectives:

Analyze the importance of community, unity, and language through the art of mosaic creation
• Examine in-depth the art of ancient mosaic creation, and list its 11 rules
• Discuss language and some of its potential, then some of its dangers when it is not understood
• Describe the dangers when there is lack of communication
• Discuss the dark violent side and the loving side of human beings
• Examine some of the many forms of language

Sounds True, 9781591797425

Publication Date: December 1, 2009

About the Author

Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks; Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and When Women Were Birds, among other books. Her work is widely taught and anthologized around the world. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School and divides her time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Castle Valley, Utah.