Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

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University of California Press, May 1, 2008 - History - 416 pages
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"Amongst the best American writers, Rebecca Solnit leads the 'don't mourn, organize' school. In the toxic deserts and suburban badlands of the West, she still finds seeds of paradise and futures redeemable by struggle. Neither lovesongs nor dirges, these remarkable essays are a genre of their own: imagine the intellectual acuity of Susan Sontag alloyed with the holy roar of Walt Whitman."--Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

"Solnit's is an indispensable voice, and Storming the Gates of Paradise is the perfect introduction to her work."--Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma

"Rebecca Solnit, like some of the places she writes about here, is a national treasure. At a time of reckless arrogance in high places, hers is a voice of moral clarity, wisdom about our country and planet, and impressive erudition that is lightly worn. This book is a tasting menu for the work of a mind and pen we are lucky to have."--Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

"Solnit is, as she says, a memoirist, a journalist, and a critic, but first and foremost, she is a writer. The essays in Storming the Gates of Paradise, with their brilliant and all too rare interweaving of political acumen and passionate prose, prove that she is in fact the best landscape writer around. When she focuses on some of my favorite Western places, it's like revisiting them in good company, with sharpened eyes and mind."--Lucy R. Lippard, author of The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society

"Rebecca Solnit is reinventing the genre we call 'American nature writing,' finding provocative new ways to look at the intersections of landscape and politics. Hers is an indispensable voice, and Storming the Gates of Paradise the perfect introduction to her work."--Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
  

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It was a good insight into a writers process. - Goodreads
solnit is officially my favorite writer of the moment. - Goodreads
Not sure why Solnit is not a more widely read writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Braden Bernards - Goodreads

Absolutely excellent. Unparalleled in its prose, and sharp in a way few books achieve on modern political geography, landscapes of dissent, and landscapes of possibility. Read full review

Review: Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

I'm not sure this comparison has been made too often, but as a former Chicagoan living in San Francisco, she's my Studs Terkel, a writer whose wholly committed to and celebrates the virtues of my city I most appreciate while fighting for the ideas I most wish to fight for. Read full review

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Rebecca Solnit is the best-selling author of ten books ? among them Wanderlust, Savage Dreams, and Hollow City ? and countless articles, for which she has received numerous awards and accolades. In 2003 she won the prestigious Lannan Literary Award. Also in 2003 she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for River of Shadows.

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