When Women Were Birds

when women were birds cover image When Women Were Birds

by Terry Tempest Williams
Picador; Reprint edition
Paperback, 256 pages

A week before Terry Tempest Williams' mother died, she told Williams that she was leaving her all of her journals, but she also asked that she not read them until after she was gone. A short while after her mother passed away she finally felt the time had come to read her journals. There were three shelves of beautiful journals all lined up. When she opened the first journal, it was empty. They were all empty. These empty journals are the inspiration for Williams' latest work When Women Were Birds. In 54 short chapters, we are challenged to discover what it means to have a voice. While this book is really about growing as a woman, and finding that voice as a woman, this is still a book that will inspire anyone.
It's not often that words can inspire or even change a person. For some, this may be just that memoir. Written with passion, intelligence and beauty, this is a book you will not be able to put down.