Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet


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Trinity University Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Brooke Williams has spent the last thirty years advocating for wilderness. He is the author of four books, including Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness. His journalistic pieces have appeared in Outside, the Huffington Post, Orion, and Saltfront. He and his wife, Terry Tempest Williams, divide their time between Utah and Wyoming.


"Brooke Williams weaves together personal and collective history to show how the outer, physical wilderness grants access to one's own inner wilderness."-- Moab Times-Independent

"... a complex book.... In a partly imagined biography reconstructed from the few details of William Williams' life that still survive, Williams follows his ancestor's journey from Shrewsbury, Darwin's hometown, to death on the wagon crossing of Wyoming." -- Moab Sun News

"Brooke Williams' prose is magnificent -- lyrical, evocative and encompassing. Readers will see clearly the wild beauty of southern Utah and be reminded of the spiritual nourishment that only comes through nature. 'Open Midnight' is an expanding experience, one that will change forever how readers see life, death and those who have gone before us." -- Deseret News

"What history books don't record about his ancestor, Brooke Williams beautifully and thoughtfully invents." -- Salt Lake Tribune

"Open Midnight is a kind of prayer -- for peace, for connection between land and people, and for the future of the species." -- Santa Fe New Mexican

"Williams has given great and long thought into the state of humans in and out of touch with wild nature. It's easy to believe by reading 'Open Midnight' that wilderness is vital to our continued survival. For the receptive reader, Williams' volume will generate much food for thought and instill a desire to head for the hills. Or desert, river, bluff or anywhere where solitude and nature can work their magic and give relief from our fast-paced daily lives." -- Durango Herald

"Williams spent a year alone verifying maps of the southern Utah desert, where he felt a deep connection to the landscape. He wanted to understand that connection, and found an answer in the imagined story of his ancestor William Williams. Nature and wilderness, he concludes in his new book, are part of his DNA." -- Radio West

"If Williams has one familiar narrative in his life that shines through in this book, it is his love of wild places." -- Durango Telegraph