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Rebecca Solnit, a thoughtful writer and spirited walker, takes her readers on a leisurely journey through the prehistory, history, and natural history of bipedal motion. Walking, she observes, affords its practitioners an immediate reward--the ability to observe the world at a relaxed gait, one that allows us to take in sights, sounds, and smells that we might otherwise pass by. It provides a vehicle for much-needed solitude and private thought. For the health-minded, walking affords a low-impact and usually pleasant way of shedding a few pounds and stretching a few muscles. It is an essential part of the human adventure--and one that has, until now, been too little documented.
Written in a time when landscapes and cities alike are designed to accommodate automobiles and not pedestrians, Solnit's extraordinary book is an enticement to lace up shoes and set out on an aimless, meditative stroll of one's own. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Wonderful intelligent free associations. takes you off into multiple imaginative walksPublished 1 month ago by Suzanne Bartos
I love Rebecca Solnits books she's quirky philosophical funny and visual but most of all she looks at the human condition with an objective eye.Published 3 months ago by june Fairhead
I like the writing and the concept of this book but found it too pedestrian to engage me for long.Published 9 months ago by Professor Cassandra Pybus
Solnit has just become a favorite author of mine. She writes with a compelling intertextualization that includes philosophy and history. Read morePublished 11 months ago by IShouldBePainting
Rebecca Solnit is a marvel. In this book about walking, what it means to walk, changing views about walking, different kinds of walking, she has created a beautiful weaving... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lady Fancifull
The free writing style fits the content well. As a compulsive walker, she speaks to what moves me to move, As an advocate for active transportation, it speaks to the reason to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Terry Preston
The book is enjoyable, but has early signs of being untrustworthy. The author wants to be elegiac and exquisite, but on page 7 (the 5th page of text), in describing a walk through... Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. P. Jackson
To read Solnit is to be intertwined with your lover after an afternoon tryst. You see the sunshine through the open window and you know there is no place you would rather be.Published on April 10, 2012 by Joe F
I walk every day for pleasure and had high hopes for this book. However, it just kind of meandered from place to place. Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by C. Hurwitz