A Field Guide to Getting Lost

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Viking, 2005 - Travel - 209 pages
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With such acclaimed books as "River of Shadows" and "Wanderlust," activist and cultural historian Rebecca Solnit has emerged as one of the most original and penetrating writers at work today. Her brilliant new book, "A Field Guide to Getting Lost," is about the stories we use to navigate our way through the world and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves or losing ourselves. Written as a series of autobiographical essays, it draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnitas own life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. While deeply personal, Solnitas book is not just a memoir, since her own stories link up with everything from the captivity narratives of early American immigrants to endangered species to the use of the color blue in Renaissance paintinganot to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie "Vertigo," The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery that only a writer of Solnitas caliber and curiosity could produce, a book that will appeal not only to her growing legion of admirers but also to the readers of Anne Lamott, Diane Ackerman, and Annie Dillard.

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User Review  - SonjaYoerg - LibraryThing

I'm convinced Rebecca Solnit could talk about any topic and I'd be keen to listen. She is well-read and sensitive, and has a mind like a bird dog, picking up the scent of one idea, hunting it either ... Read full review

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User Review  - JamesMScott - LibraryThing

An agreeable essay collection about, as the jacket says, "losing oneself in the pleasures of an experience, about wondering and being lost...", and she covers a gamut of the personal as well as ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Rebecca Solnit is the author of numerous books, including Hope in the Dark, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

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