national parks

A sunset at Taft Point
National Park Service

We welcome back custom travel planner Andrea Schwartz to help you satisfy your wanderlust. Andrea is an expert on American and Canadian national parks. Ray Graf hosts. 

   This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

List:
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston

  A naturalist and advocate for freedom of speech, Terry Tempest Williams explores how environmental issues are social issues and ultimately matters of justice.

Her new book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, comes with the centennial of the National Park Service. It is a celebration of our National Parks and an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them.

  Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark’s most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks.

On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He'd spend a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she'd not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter.

But then the unthinkable happened: his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.

  Terry Tempest Williams, author and environmentalist, will speak at Williams College on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

A naturalist and advocate for freedom of speech, Williams explores how environmental issues are social issues and ultimately matters of justice. Her next book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, will be published in spring 2016 to honor the centennial of the National Park Service. Tempest is the author of 15 other books including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and When Women Were Birds. She is a columnist for The Progressive and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Orion Magazine, among others.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Two New York Democrats have introduced legislation to require national parks to sell merchandise made in the U.S.A.