A Field Guide to Getting Lost

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Penguin, Jun 27, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown from the author of Recollections of My Nonexistence

Written as a series of autobiographical essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in 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. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.
 

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This is an engaging collection of essays, some quite personal, others dealing with various bits of history while still others offer intriguing biographical information about various world figures ... Read full review

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A series of essays and thoughts on the feelings associated with being lost or losing. I felt that that they were linked, but did not always have a flow from one to the other. That said the writing in ... Read full review

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Open Door
The Blue of Distance
The Blue of Distance
The Blue of Distance
The Blue of Distance
OneStory House
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About the author (2006)

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of seventeen books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism, including three atlases, of San Francisco in 2010, New Orleans in 2013, and New York in 2016; Men Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, The National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). She is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to The Guardian. She lives in San Francisco.

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