Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit
A History of Walking

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Drawing together many histories-of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores-Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction-from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja-finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.
 

About Rebecca Solnit

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Rebecca Solnit is the author of ten books. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Penguin Books. 338 pages
Genres: Self Help, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel, Law & Philosophy, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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A luminous study of a little-considered but essential human capability.

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Walking, as Thoreau said and Solnit elegantly demonstrates, inevitably leads to other subjects. This pleasing and enlightening history of pedestrianism unfolds like a walking conversation with a parti

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The value Solnit places on protest and city walking far outweighs her coverage of other forms, and her chapter on women and walking is laced with a feminist tone entirely incongruous with the rest of the book.

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Entertainment Weekly

In an age of step classes and adventure stunts, Rebecca Solnit's ode to walking, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, proves a mentally invigorating antidote.

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Project MUSE

And it devotes a considerable number of pages to the condition of walking in the contemporary United States and Solnit's favorite American cities, San Francisco and New York, whose walking centers have survived.

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Lonely Planet

This is by no means a concise history of walking – the Eastern and Southern Hemispheres of the planet are mostly ignored – but rather a quirky, circumlocutory ramble that also traverses religious pilgrimages, sidles gay rights, assaults urban planning and scales the peak of gender inequality.

Jun 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Wanderlust: A History of Walking

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