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.
A fascinating tour through space and time, with side trips into science, gardening, political activism, and mountaineering. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by The Ryders
I liked it, but it was much too scholarly without her usual spirit.Published 1 day ago by Cynthia Blachly
I bought this for my mother who is now in a nursing home. She loved it.Published 4 months ago by Renny James
Wonderful intelligent free associations. takes you off into multiple imaginative walksPublished 9 months 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 10 months ago by june Fairhead