Finding Beauty in a Broken World

By Terry Tempest Williams

"Shards of glass can minimize and wound or amplify a vision," Terry Tempest Williams tells us. "Mosaic celebrates brokenness and the great thing about being introduced together." starting from Ravenna, Italy, the place she learns the traditional artwork of mosaic, to the yankee Southwest, the place she observes prairie canine close to extinction, to a small village in Rwanda the place she joins genocide survivors to construct a memorial from the rubble of struggle, Williams searches for that means and neighborhood in an period of actual and non secular fragmentation.

In her compassionate meditation on how nature and people either collide and fix, Williams affirms a reverence for all lifestyles, and constructs a story of hopeful acts, taking that that's damaged and growing anything complete.

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